Tutor Perini Corporate Sustainability Statement
How we conduct our business is as important as our business itself. At Tutor Perini corporate sustainability means our commitment to creating long-term value for our shareholders, for our environment and for our society through innovative business solutions.
To do that we must act purposefully and proactively to conduct business in a way that protects, preserves and respects the environment; embraces, supports and encourages our employees, and gives back to our local communities. Our commitment is ambitious yet an attainable strategy to generate maximum value.
Our business is construction. The very nature of our work means we consume natural resources, we produce waste and we disturb the natural environment. But we do it in a way that has social, environmental and economic benefits. We believe that working closely with the owners and design consultants gives us the greatest opportunity to ensure an environmentally responsible construction process.
Key areas within our environmental management and stewardship are:
- Site Protection and Preservation
- Energy and Water Use Efficiency
- Carbon Emission Reduction
- Construction Waste Management
- Natural Resource Selection
- Indoor Air Quality Protection
Site Protection and Preservation
Our Code of Ethics requires every job-site employee to be familiar with the federal, state and local environmental regulations and compliance requirements on their job. Site Pollution Prevention Plans are job-specific, approved by the jurisdictional body, initiated and monitored throughout the project.
Energy and Water Use Efficiency
Energy and water use efficiencies are typically “by design”. When we have an opportunity to contribute to the design we look for building systems that provide immediate and long-term savings. We also search for innovative ways to save construction costs and reduce the use of resources such as potable water. One example of this is our reuse of water from de-watering wells for dust control. Our new office buildings include energy and water efficient measures including low-flow and waterless fixtures, energy-efficient glazing and motion-sensor lighting.
Carbon Emission Reduction
We are committed to the ongoing identification of carbon emission reduction strategies across our jobs and in our offices. Carbon emission reductions are currently achieved through the use of alternate-fuel corporate vehicles and construction equipment, fleet reduction, local material procurement, on-site renewable energy production, on-site material manufacturing such as concrete batch plants and the re-use of waste products such as flyash in our concrete mixes.
Construction Waste Management
All offices have active waste recycling programs. Job-site recycling is initiated where required by the owner or the jurisdiction or when cost savings are available. Waste management creates jobs in new markets, extends the life of our landfills by reducing the amount of waste, may reduce the cost of new materials made with recycled content and in some cases contributes to significant reductions in carbon emissions from the extraction of raw materials. We are committed to recycling efforts. In 2009 and 2010 combined, we recycled over 590,000 pounds of paper. That translates roughly into-
- 6,690 adult trees
- 1,750 cubic yards of landfill space
- 1,667,000 kilowatts of electricity or 990 barrels of oil
- Reduced carbon footprint by 295 metric tons (equal to removing 210 cars from the roadway)
Natural Resources Selection
Our ability to impact the sustainability of the upstream material suppliers and the downstream users is often limited by our clients’ choices. When possible we procure local materials. This reduces the carbon emission for transport and supports the local economy. Building materials with recycled content are used to reduce waste, reuse existing materials, reduce the use of virgin raw materials and save the expense and emissions from extracting or harvesting raw materials.
Indoor Air Quality Protection
In our offices and on our jobs we are protecting the indoor air from pollutants and contaminants that may cause immediate and future problems. On our green construction projects we use construction materials that meet standardized testing limits for volatile organic compounds and urea-formaldehyde content. Tobacco smoking is prohibited indoors. Our Safety Policy outlines the use of temporary ventilation and restrictions for air-polluting work during normal work hours.
We are committed to building and operating sustainably