Contributor(s)Wager, Taru (Author)
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Abstractabstract: Buildings have many negative effects on the environment and people. The development industry needs to reduce those impacts to improve sustainable outcomes. Opportunities for the biggest gains in sustainable development begin with design professionals like Shepley Bullfinch, a national architectural firm. The firm is engaged in this project to assess current sus-tainability performance in business operations and design processes. This project includes a three-part sustainability assessment of the firm, stakeholder engagement session using the ABCD-procedure of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) (Broman, 2017), and an assessment of three peer firms for comparison. The final deliverable of this pro-ject is a sustainability consultant report which compiles all of the information gathered about Shepley Bulfinch and the three peer firms, a writeup of the engagement session, an example of what a sustainable architecture firm could look like, and recommendations and resources to implement sustainability principles and strategies. The outcomes of this project found opportunities for improvement and provided recommendations for strategic action for the firm. This project has the potential to help Shepley Bulfinch become more sustainable in business oper-ations and positively affect millions of square feet of buildings through their design and devel-opment process.