- Environmental Compliance
- Environmental Management
- Water Use
- Water Preservation
- Paper Consumption
As an industry-leading environmental company, CH2M places a high value on protecting the environment. As our HSE policy states, “It is our vision to create a culture that empowers employees to drive this value into all global operations and achieve excellence in HSE performance.” This is accomplished through our Target Zero culture, which includes a target of zero adverse environmental impacts from CH2M operations. Through our project delivery system and HSE program, we implement systematic environmental risk management practices in a manner that adds value to our clients, firm, staff, and projects, with the ultimate goal of achieving Target Zero.
CH2M’s environmental performance has been exceptional, especially considering the variety and complexity of the projects we deliver. In 2015, CH2M had zero environmental fines or penalties.
Our commitment to Target Zero and full implementation of our environmental program starts with leadership. Designated senior leaders from every business unit are trained on our environmental program and cascade Target Zero expectations throughout their organizations. With help from a network of environmental professionals around the globe, our environmental program provides tools, training, and resources to help projects and operations understand and comply with applicable environmental requirements wherever we work. Our environmental performance is the result of our educated, equipped, and empowered employees, who care about achieving Target Zero and protecting the environment.
CH2M uses a proprietary online tool, called the Hours and Incident Tracking System (HITS), to internally report, track, and trend spills and near-misses. Subcontractor spills are also included. Most of the releases documented in HITS are small in volume and occur on impervious surfaces and within containment systems. Root causes and corrective actions are noted in HITS, and discussed and implemented by the project teams. For significant spills, our environmental managers investigate the cause and issue formal lessons-learned statements to educate staff and prevent further incidents.
Significant spills are defined as those that exceed regulatory reporting thresholds, as established by the U.S. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). On CH2M projects in 2015, we had two significant spills: 100 gallons (0.38 cubic meter) of 12 percent sodium hypochlorite solution, and 210 gallons (0.79 cubic meter) of 40 percent sodium permanganate solution. Although classified as “significant,” the spills had no critical impact to the environment.