Pakpour Consulting Group believes that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, and as civil engineers tasked with providing safe, clean water and air to the communities it serves, PCG chose to be at the forefront of the fight against global warming and hope to lead other civil engineering firms to follow suit so it can become the first industry to achieve carbon neutrality.
“As a certified green business in Alameda County, going to a zero carbon footprint was the natural next step for us. Environmental stewardship is everyone's responsibility, and as civil engineers tasked with providing safe, clean water and air to our communities we should be at the forefront of the fight against global warming,” stated Joubin Pakpour, P.E., president of Pakpour Consulting Group. “We hope other civil engineering firms will follow suit so we can become the first industry to achieve a zero footprint.”
"Carbonfund.org’s mission is to improve the world by helping people reduce their environmental footprint. Their goal is to provide a forum for the massive and growing, but mostly unconnected majority of people – whether they think of themselves as citizens or business people, parents or consumers, activists or theorists who want to do the right thing. Action is impossible without information. Pakpour Consulting Group is proud to be working with Carbonfund.org."
Pakpour Consulting Group provides comprehensive municipal civil engineering design and construction management services for a wide variety of public projects. Services include serving as contract district engineer, water distribution systems engineering, civil plan review, transportation engineering, sewer and storm drainage design, hydrology studies, program management services, constructability review and construction management.
Since 2007, Pakpour Consulting Group has monitored, measured and ultimately neutralized its environmental footprint. Pakpour Consulting Group offsets the carbon emissions used in producing its supplies such as paper and packaging and its office electricity by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction, clean air technology and forest preservation projects. In the past five years, Pakpour Consulting Group has neutralized over 500,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions through Carbonfund.org – the same quantity of emissions produced by the average passenger car driving almost 550,000 miles.
“As part of this process we scrutinized almost all of our day to day operations and through innovative approaches, we now recycle 80% of our waste and have reduced our paper usage by 13% while the company has doubled in size,” stated Pakpour.
In addition to the operational emissions measurement, reduction and mitigation, Pakpour Consulting Group is helping to restore the natural resources used to manufacture paper and other office supplies through tree planting, watershed restoration and conservation projects. Carbonfund.org appreciates the commitment to environmental leadership and action that Pakpour Consulting Group continues to demonstrate through these company-wide efforts.
The environmental movement today requires individual and collective efforts that reach beyond one’s personal impact on the earth to make a difference. The CarbonFree® Business Partnership program gives companies of all sizes a simple and affordable way to neutralize their annual operational emissions, but our programs also create opportunities to go beyond direct impact.
One of our CarbonFree® Partners, Envision Technology Marketing Group (ETMG), a totally virtual marketing firm and a certified green business, is celebrating its sixth year CarbonFree® while maintaining an innovative additional emissions offsetting program that recognizes each new purchase order opened by their clients each quarter.
For the past six years, ETMG has donated 500 pounds of carbon credits through Carbonfund.org for every new purchase order. To date, and including ETMG’s own aggregate CarbonFree® Partner offsets, ETMG has neutralized over 1.85 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by supporting clean energy technology and clean air projects around the world. That equates to taking 175 cars off the road for a year or equals the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered annually by 688 acres of US forestland.
ETMG chose to partner with Carbonfund.org after careful research, based on the high impact green causes Carbonfund.org supports, and the success the foundation has had creating momentum around environmental issues.
“Taking care of our environment has become part of our central mission to provide a unique and affordable service offering to our clients,” explains Michael Grodin, co-founder of ETMG. “Our ability to leverage cutting-edge technology for all our communications and operational needs is a tribute to our clients, and the incredible products they develop, and showcases the possibilities of a new era of conservation.”
This spring, ETMG produced a clever Infographic that explores the impact of their sustainability efforts. Carbonfund.org is very happy to partner with an innovative firm such as ETMG, leading its industry in helping transition to a cleaner energy future and healthier environment.