This year marks the 10th annual celebration of Green Week at Ayers Saint Gross, a week-long event that elevates sustainability literacy within our staff, advances high-performance design for our clients, and recognizes our sustainability achievements. This year also marks our 10th consecutive year of reporting data to the American Institute of Architect’s 2030 Commitment.
Ten years ago, in 2012, Ayers Saint Gross formalized its sustainability program into Take Action, the firm’s first ever sustainability action plan. We had certified 14 projects through the LEED rating systems, which at that point were using LEEDv2.2 and LEED 2009. We were in the process of integrating composting into our Baltimore headquarters to reduce the impact of our waste stream. Looking back, introducing composting was a significant evolution in both culture and behavior; now it’s our habit.
The next year, our firm put into practice for ourselves many of the strategies we were and are still advocating for our clients to pursue, including low-emitting materials and access to daylight and views. In 2014, we earned LEED Gold on the fit out of the new Ayers Saint Gross office space in Washington, DC.