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Wight & Company Recognized as the First to Receive Green Firm Certification from SPI

Darien
October 4, 2011

At Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto, Wight & Company was the first company to receive Green Firm Certification from the Sustainable Performance Institute (SPI). SPI is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to mainstream green, healthy, efficient and intentional building and development. Wight is a leader in integrated architecture, engineering and construction solutions.

SPI’s pioneering Certification program for the design and construction industry is the first to recognize a company’s capability to deliver consistent, high quality sustainability services and projects.

“We are honored to achieve this prestigious designation. Being the first company to receive Green Firm Certification makes it even more special,” noted Mark T. Wight, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our firm is truly committed to bringing sustainable options to the industry. For each project, we work with our clients to identify their environmental priorities and pressures and tailor our solutions to achieve the level of sustainability that best suits their needs to deliver significant economic, social, aesthetic and environmental benefits.”

“Wight & Company epitomizes the values and capabilities that the SPI Certification program recognizes,” explains Barbra Batshalom, Executive Director of SPI. “Wight has demonstrated that sustainability is fully institutionalized into all of their systems, processes and activities, enabling them to provide the best value to their clients and achieve the performance needed to improve the built environment. Sustainability is integral to Wight’s culture and company DNA and we are excited to recognize them and offer them differentiation in this competitive market!”

In addition to earning Green Firm Certification, earlier this month Wight’s Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Lois Vitt Sale was named a member of the inaugural class of LEED® Fellows appointed by The Green Building Certification Institute.

“Sustainability is not just the way we do business at Wight & Company, it’s our way of life,” said Vitt Sale. “These two new honors showcase our commitment to promoting sustainability standards and practices. We have worked hard to get here. I couldn’t be more proud about the strides we are making in sustainability and the difference we are making to help improve the environment.”

SPI awarded the Green Firm Certification after a rigorous assessment of Wight’s ability to integrate sustainability into all facets of its business based on five performance areas:

  1. Leadership: The commitment, vision and clarity about what sustainability means to Wight.
  2. Partnering: Care and proactive nurturing of critical relationships necessary to achieve client and sustainable goals.
  3. Infrastructure: Human resources, information technology, communication, professional development, internal standards and resources are aligned with Wight’s goals for project performance.
  4. Project Delivery: Every team, on every project, has to deliver a consistent, high quality sustainability service.
  5. Outcomes: Measuring Wight’s corporate footprint, the performance of projects and continually raising the bar to demonstrate quality and commitment to clients.

Wight has both internal and external sustainability standards and goals; employees participate in InsideWight, a collaborative approach to greening our internal business practices and the company encourages visitors, vendors and partners to do the same. At its LEED®-certified Darien office, Wight is cultivating a living laboratory for a prairie restoration project, as well as using our interior office environment to test drive lighting and occupant responsive technologies. At the end of 2010, Wight became a signatory to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2030 Commitment, a long-term goal to make it standard practice to design and construct buildings that do not use greenhouse gas-emitting energy to operate.

Wight has more than 60 LEED® Accredited Professionals on staff and has designed more than 30 LEED®-certified and -registered buildings, including its own office buildings in Darien and Chicago. The company was the architect of one of the first LEED®-certified buildings in the country, and two of its projects have been certified LEED® Platinum, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest designation.

About SPI
The Sustainable Performance Institute (SPI) certifies and trains people to improve the built environment. SPI provides education, resources, and an independent Certification program that recognizes a company’s capability to deliver consistent, high quality sustainability services. Companies currently pursuing Certification include Buro Happold, CTG Energetics, CWC Builders, Goody Clancy, HMFH Architects, Nexamp, Shawmut Design and Construction, Studio G Architecture, Trautman Associates, Vanderweil Engineers and Wight & Company. SPI is a program of The Green Roundtable, a nonprofit organization providing sustainability leadership since 1998.





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