It is Women in Construction week and what better opportunity to spotlight and celebrate some of the amazing women at Morrison Hershfield? We asked them what got them started in their careers, what they enjoy most about it and what it is like to be a woman in the construction industry.
Morrison Hershfield staff celebrated International Women’s (IWD) with a company-wide “Choose to Challenge” virtual event. We examined what the IWD 2021 theme means to us and what we are doing and can do, as an organization and as individuals, to challenge gender bias and inequity, celebrate women’s achievements, and build momentum toward achieving an inclusive world.
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.
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.
For the second year in a row, volunteers from the Morrison Hershfield Ottawa office were excited to collaborate with Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) for a neighborhood beautification project. OCH is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, providing about 15,000 homes to 32,000 tenants in communities across the city.
Ramadan is an annual Islamic tradition practiced by a number of Morrison Hershfield staff. This year, to honor the Ramadan tradition of increased charity and generosity, one of our colleagues decided to raise awareness about domestic violence by donating to the Muslim Welfare Home, managed by the Muslim Welfare Centre in Whitby, Ontario.
Morrison Hershfield staff participated in a wonderful day of fun and fitness at the 19th Annual Riverwalk Run, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hosted by the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc., the Riverwalk Run is an annual event to raise funds for improving the surrounding community.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has hosted the Kumvana Gala, for the last four years, to create a forum for industry representatives, student leaders, governments and non-profits to come together, network, exchange ideas and get inspired! It is a celebration of those who are striving to eliminate poverty and inequality – all while enjoying good food, fair trade wine, a silent auction and prizes!