World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings (NZCB) Commitment
We are honored to announce that Corgan has joined the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings (NZCB) commitment as of December 7, 2023. As a signatory to the NZCB commitment, the firm is pledging to continually find ways to reduce our operational carbon emissions and mitigate the remaining unavoidable emissions by the end of FY 2025 through credible offsets. We are also committed to reducing embodied carbon in materials used for any future internal Corgan projects. Over the course of next year, Corgan will lay out a clear path towards decarbonization and begin executing strategies to minimize our emissions with the ultimate goal to be carbon neutral in 2025.
We are eager to join the 180 companies, governments, and organizations across the globe who are dedicated to lowering – and eventually eliminating – whole life carbon emissions in the building industry, which accounts for more than 40% of annual global carbon emissions. By bringing embodied carbon into the discussion along with operational carbon, we can make a more beneficial shift in our industry toward net zero emissions.
The commitment to reduce operational and embodied carbon emissions in the built environment puts in action Corgan Echo’s integrated sustainability work. By analyzing each project’s unique goals, challenges, and resources, Corgan Echo offers a holistic approach that seeks to make improvements across four pillars: health and wellbeing, decarbonization, natural resources and biodiversity, and climate change and resiliency. Joining the NZCB is a natural extension and next step for the firm in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions—bringing the same rigor to our own operations that we bring to our work.
To achieve our decarbonization goals, we will begin by creating a comprehensive climate action plan while simultaneously collecting internal data for carbon accounting. We will assess operational energy data from all of our offices and analyze that data to find opportunities and strategies to reduce consumption and associated carbon emissions. For all initiatives, we will take guidance from best practices established by EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership and other global standards. For full transparency, Corgan’s emissions data will be verified by an independent third party and shared in our annual reports. By signing on to this commitment we put to action our shared values of a cleaner world—investing the power of responsible design and understanding our potential, call, and leadership in a better tomorrow.