Design firms should take the ESG bet

ESG factors in investment decision-making has become a “hot potato” topic because it’s largely misunderstood, broadly defined, and the guardrails for companies to report on metrics have not yet been standardized. That said, it’s not too early for design firms to engage meaningfully, given their role in all things climate and many things social. To... Continue Reading →

Connecting the dots: business risks and climate change

The relationship between business and climate change involves both risks and opportunities. Three risks, in particular, deserve close consideration as each of them highlights business opportunities for the future. Transition Risks What are they? These are the business risks design and construction firms face related to changes in the policy and regulatory landscape; in other... Continue Reading →

Opportunity knocks, but…

The opportunity created by the federal stimulus packages passed since 2020 is undeniable, but the capacity to optimize this truly historic moment remains unclear. An infusion of trillions of dollars to keep businesses and governments from feeling too much of the pandemic pain was of primary concern early in the pandemic. In 2021, what transpired... Continue Reading →

TCFD and me: Why it matters

Climate change risks may seem too colossal and global for most businesses to be relatable, especially for non-publicly traded companies. Soon enough, however, all businesses will need to take stock and internalize business model impacts of climate change—the transition risks and opportunities— and climate change impacts on business—the physical risks of rising temperatures and related... Continue Reading →

New ESG baseline for professional services

In May, the Biden Administration issued its Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk to establish a policy framework for maintaining the integrity of the US financial system as it relates to climate change. The Order was aimed at prioritizing climate change from an economic standpoint and raising the flag for the continued risks of physical... Continue Reading →

Are firms ready to execute on the American Jobs Plan?

Having read through the American Jobs Plan, it’s clear that federal funding and capacity-building proposals for infrastructure and climate are transformational, once-in-a-lifetime, and good for business. However, if the design and construction industry views the proposed policy framework through the lens of just the project flow opportunities, it could miss a massive opportunity to address... Continue Reading →

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