Like so many other events in 2020, the Ride for Heart had a new “spin” this year. Individuals and teams participated virtually to raise much needed funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This day of awareness began in 1970, as a unified response to environmental protection. It is a day to honor our planet and reflect on ways we can contribute to a promising future for the next generations.
World citizens share a universal goal - we want to be healthy. We want to live on a healthy planet, with thriving ecosystems, clean air to breathe, and clean water to drink. We need to be prepared for extreme weather, social and economic events and build resilient communities.
As an engineering services firm, we provide critical infrastructure to our communities. We have the ability to directly enhance the well-being of society and do so by leveraging sustainable principles into our designs, and finding opportunities to have a lasting positive impact on our people, the environment and society as a whole.
We are celebrating Earth Day 2020 during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis requires rapid, unified action on the part of individuals, businesses, communities and world leaders to protect the health and well-being of people and places. Morrison Hershfield is adapting its approach to project delivery while prioritizing the health and safety of its employees and clients.
Our commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability continues to strengthen. We are involved in industry-leading projects with ambitious goals for reducing energy and water usage, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We also completed a carbon footprint of our own operations and employee commuting for 2019. When compared to our 2009 results, we were pleased to learn that though our workforce increased and the number of operating offices doubled over the last ten years, we reduced our carbon footprint per employee by 43%.
Corporate Social Responsibility is important to Morrison Hershfield, our clients and partners, and our communities. We will continue to demonstrate this in our corporate practices with regard to our people, culture, projects and governance. There is proof that the actions we take now can make a difference. As people around the world are changing their behaviors, skies are clearing. Our firm’s global carbon footprint is decreasing, and we are getting a glimpse of what could happen if we continue to take deliberate steps to positively impact the earth’s climate.
We have proven ourselves to be agile and resilient. As we face the challenging path ahead, we will work collaboratively with our clients and partners to support forward-thinking, sustainable designs that perform optimally and at a reasonable cost, while promoting efficient, safe and socially responsible habits both in and out of the workplace.
The foundation of Morrison Hershfield’s success is our people, culture and capabilities. Our Shareholders embody the characteristics that we value most, such as their demonstrated commitment to our Core Values & Principles, their attitude, their loyalty to the company, their skills and their service to our clients. We appreciate their exceptional contributions to the firm’s success, and the leading role they play in achieving our MH 2020VISION.
The Washington Building Congress recently announced the winners of its 64th annual Craftsmanship Awards recognizing exceptional workmanship on buildings throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Morrison Hershfield staff were part of the project team that was honored with an award in two categories this year for their work on LC1A Data Center in Loudoun County, Virginia. The project won awards in both the Electrical Special Systems category and the Power Generation, Distribution and Switchgear category.
March 8th is International Women's Day. It celebrates women's achievements and recognizes progress towards a more gender-equal world. The theme this year is "Each for Equal" which is all about collective individualism and understanding that while everyone is different, collectively we can come together to take action for equality. This is something that Morrison Hershfield believes deeply as we continue to make efforts towards a more gender-balanced environment both in our offices and in the industries which we participate.
Morrison Hershfield is an active supporter of the early introduction of STEM education. One of our colleagues recently helped the grade 7 & 8 robotics club at Alvin Curling Public School (ACPS) in Toronto, ON prepare for the FIRST® LEGO® League CITY SHAPERSM Challenge.
Celebrating Canada’s Key Players and Owners
On February 18, 2020 leaders from Canada’s largest firms in construction, engineering, financial, legal, government and environmental sectors came together to celebrate the biggest public sector infrastructure projects being built in Canada.
After months of planning and construction, our Fort Lauderdale office remodel is complete. The new and improved space will provide our staff a comfortable and productive environment to serve our clients and community.
In an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, one of our colleagues recently spearheaded the collection of donations for the Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region in Sutton West, Ontario.
BC has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, with low wages as one of the key contributors to child poverty. The goal of the Living Wage Employer Program is to reduce poverty and increase the standard of living in the region. It aims to raise awareness around the cost of living for families, and works with employers to help them become certified. Morrison Hershfield has participated in this program since 2015 as it recognizes our continued commitment to paying fair wages and upholding high work standards for our employees and contractors. Review and recertification is required every year.
Morrison Hershfield’s Toronto office recently hosted a “Take our Kids to Work Day” that provided an opportunity for high schoolers to learn more about engineering, and based on the feedback from participants, we think the day went pretty well!
Morrison Hershfield is pleased to announce Amanda Pushka as the winning recipient of our TAC Foundation Scholarship for the 2019/2020 school year. Amanda is currently a student at the University of Manitoba pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a special interest in bridges and transportation. She expects to graduate September 2020.
Our St. John’s office has once again made a difference for local families this holiday season.
Canstruction Houston’s 23rd annual design/build competition captured the attention of our Houston Office this year. Staff participated in this unique opportunity to showcase their creativity by building a unique “canstructure” using only canned food and other non-perishable food items.