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 printing industry has made a lot of progress in helping its member organizations analyze and reduce carbon emissions from various aspects of the commercial printing process. These efforts to pursue industry sustainability have resonated with CarbonFree® Business Partner Digital Hub in very tangible ways.
Now in its fifth year as a CarbonFree® Partner, neutralizing its annual shipping emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s renewable energy projects, Mikal Martzel and Digital Hub has developed a broad range of environmentally responsible initiatives.
"We chose to partner with Carbonfund.org because we are on a mission to achieve as close to a zero carbon footprint as possible," explains Mikal Martzel, VP of Marketing, Sales and Environmental Policy at Digital Hub.
Over the past five years, Digital Hub has mitigated almost 400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through the CarbonFree® Business Partner program, equivalent to taking 37 cars off the road for a year.
Digital Hub produces all printed materials in-house, giving their staff complete control over the paper, inks and chemicals used to produce printed materials. This eliminates the chance of non-environmentally safe materials being used by an outsourced print vendor. Digital Hub also uses a waterless printing process when possible and reduces the chemicals used in traditional water-based offset printing methods.
In 2009, Digital Hub switched to 100% wind power for its electricity usage, further reducing its operational emissions. And their internal policies of “one stop” lunch service, in which all employees order lunch for delivery by the same local restaurant, paper and products recycling and food composting programs in their office adds to their sustainability initiatives.
Carbonfund.org is honored to partner with an industry leader like Digital Hub and commends their broad commitment to maintaining an environmentally sustainable business.