American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering for Change award honors dedication to social impact efforts
Recognizing the intensifying global risks from rising urbanization, population growth and climate change, Black & Veatch is working relentlessly to solve humanity’s critical infrastructure challenges. In recognition of these efforts to facilitate global change, Black & Veatch has been awarded the “Industry Driving Social Impact Award” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Engineering for Change.
The honor, given to the company during the fourth annual Impact.Engineered event, cited Black & Veatch’s efforts to achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Impact.Engineering jury specifically referenced the company’s efforts to deliver the Escondida Water Supply project, one of the largest, most complex desalination infrastructure projects in South America; its work in enabling hydrogen as a critical component of global decarbonization; and its push to innovatewith and develop microgrids, which promise new levels of resilience, reliability and sustainability.
“Achieving the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals requires support from organizations that understand and value the potential of technology-based solutions,” states the Impact.Engineering website. Bestowed each year during the Impact.Engineering event, the Industry Driving Social Impact Award “celebrates the dedication and progressive agenda of companies committed to engineering a better future through their contributions to social impact.”
“As an infrastructure company, we have a responsibility and privilege to contribute to sustainable development, reinforcing our commitment to the betterment of society,” said Brian Sifton, sustainability manager with Black & Veatch. “Today more than ever, we have an opportunity to truly drive social impact and change.”
“Through their contributions to the work of Engineering Change Lab – USA, Black & Veatch has demonstrated their commitment to elevating the contributions of the engineering community in addressing the challenges that the world faces in the 21st century through sustainability, stewardship of technology and entrepreneurship,” said Michael McMeekin, executive director of the Engineering Change Lab, who nominated the company for the award.
“By pairing innovation with technological advances likeadvanced water treatment, hydrogen, vehicle electrification, carbon capture and energy storage, we are actively helping the world achieve many of the U.N. SDGs,” Sifton said. “This includes helping secure our water future, working to support affordable and clean energy, and helping cities and communities become more sustainable. Our greatest opportunity to contribute is truly through the work we do for our clients around the world.”
■ Last month, Black & Veatch announced that it is strengthening its sustainability vision with new pledges that align with the U.N.’s SDGs and global best practices by addressing a range of environmental and business practices, including carbon neutrality by 2025, water usage, diversity and inclusion, anti-corruption and more.
■ Further demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, the company also announced that it is ending its participation in coal-based power design and construction to focus on clean energy technologies and help clients accelerate their path to net zero.
■ Click here to access Black & Veatch’s 2020-2023 Sustainability Strategy.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information, visit http://www.asme.org.
About Engineering for Change
Engineering for Change is a global community and knowledge organization working to prepare, educate and activate the international engineering workforce to improve the quality of life of underserved communities around the world. We do this by providing resources and platforms that accelerate the development of impactful solutions and ensure public health and safety around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.engineeringforchange.org.
About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries by addressing the resilience and reliability of our world's most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2019 were US$3.7 billion. Follow us on http://www.bv.com and on social media.
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