Jan 09, 2015

Engineering Firm Honored for Promotion of Sustainability

Christopher B. Burke Engineering in Rosemont, Ill. receives the Green Industry Achievement Award

civil engineering, environmental engineering, green technology, CBBEL, CDOT

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) in Rosemont has been recognized for its sustainability efforts in the workplace and in the field.

The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association Green Council awarded the Green Industry Achievement Award to CBBEL for their promotion of sustainability within the company and community. The award was presented during the IRTBA 77th Annual Meeting in December. 

CBBEL has instituted a sustainability program for all employees that has reduced its impact on the environment. CBBEL has reduced its impact on the environment by creating a Commuter Program and Sustainability Committee to help reduce the company's carbon emissions by encouraging staff to participate in environmental activities, promote sustainable modes of transportation, modifying their corporate office building structure, among other green activities.

These programs also include a Bike to Work program, Enterprise Car Share program for employees, commuter program which has increased the use of public transit by employees and conservation and recycling programs. CBBEL also has made modifications to their office building including a rooftop garden, converted lights and the installation of two electric vehicle charging stations.

Their dedication to sustainability also includes their work in the field. Recent projects include work with the Chicago Department of Transportation. Improvements include widening sidewalks, intersection bump-outs, new LED street and pedestrian lighting and landscaped in-ground and above-ground planters.

These improvements not only increase safety and health but they are sustainable. Storm water is reduced, CO2 is reduced, using recycled materials, minimizing the construction footprint and reducing energy consumption.

CBBEL also worked with the village of Riverside on its Green Parking lot project, which was designed entirely with permeable pavement to reduce storm water flow into the City's system and provide a reduction of pollutants entering the Des Plaines River.

The design reduces storm water runoff by nearly 97% during rainfall events.