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Urban Pledges to Meet Sustainability Goal
Publication Date
April 10th 2011

  As a charter member of the Greater Philadelphia Green Business Initiative (, Urban has made great strides reducing its environmental impact via expanded recycling, car share programs, and pretax deductions for transit fares. This year, Urban pledges to take this commitment to a new level.


What’s Urban’s Goal?
The Greater Philadelphia Green Business Initiative encourages companies across the greater Philadelphia area to make a public commitment to reduce company impacts on the environment. A firm is rated as Basic, Silver, Gold, or Platinum based on the number of green practices it has adopted. In the Green Business Program, companies are scored in the areas of Leadership and Education, Energy Savings, Operations and Procurement, Transportation, Waste and Recycling, Water Management, and Innovation. Urban achieved a Basic-sustainability rating in its first year of participation with the program.


In 2011, Urban is working hard to achieve the Silver sustainability rating by implementing these “green” initiatives:


Reduce our carbon footprint by promoting energy-efficient commuting, auditing business travel policies, streamlining office procedures and emphasizing sustainability in the design and construction of projects.
In 2010, Urban conducted a carbon footprint analysis of company cars, business travel, and electricity and natural gas use at our offices. See how we did.


 Expand the environmental awareness program.
In this initiative’s first year, Urban was able to conserve:

  • Paper equal to 17 mature trees
  • 1,080 lbs. of solid waste
  • 10,195 gallons of water
  • 2,098 lbs. of air emissions
  • 30,000 fewer Styrofoam cups
  • 48 lbs. of batteries

Continue to provide incentives for employees seeking to become LEED®Accredited Professionals and raise environmental consciousness in the engineering community through “green” training courses.
As an IACET-accredited organization, Urban’s Training Institute offers both its employees and the engineering community continuing education credits through a variety of environmental courses, such as Green Roof Design, Stormwater Management Design, Rainwater Harvesting, and LEED® AP training.

To view Urban’s 2010 Sustainability Report, please click here.

Questions? Comments? Please contact the Green Committee


The Green Pledge

Our employees play an active role in making Urban a more sustainable company. By pledging to “Go Green,” employees commit to becoming more environmentally-sensitive at home and the office.


Green Pledge