Architects go barefoot for Earth Day
Architectural design firm challenges its people, clients, and communities to reduce their carbon footprint on April 22.
This Earth Day, more than 2,500 HOK employees on four continents are being challenged to “ Go Barefoot ” by taking a tangible step toward reducing their carbon footprint. The architectural design firm is asking its people to alter their transportation, travel, and work habits on April 22, to contribute to reducing the firm’s collective environmental impact.
HOK’s “Go Barefoot Day” initiative supports the firm’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from its projects and practice by 50% by 2010. This goal reflects United Nations reports that recognize the role buildings play in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
Through a series of online surveys, HOK employees worldwide are reporting their current transportation and office practices and committing to make specific changes on April 22 that will reduce their environmental footprint. These changes may range from taking public transportation or biking to work, to eliminating paper usage, to reducing use of disposable packaging. After Earth Day, the firm will measure the tangible collective impact of the initiative.
As part of the initiative, HOK also is inviting its clients, partners, and local communities to join the firm in going barefoot for the day.
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