Using technology to enhance sustainability in our projects, operations, and communities around the world
Tetra Tech’s 2020 Sustainability Report Card shares how we are using technology to enhance sustainability in our projects, operations, and communities around the world. With the best technical experts and the latest technology, we create cost-effective, sustainable solutions that are good for the environment and the community.
By Claire McCarthy Global Director Sustainability, Security & Safety
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. On the first event in 1970, over 20 million Americans took to the streets in protest calling for increased protections for the planet. A collective generation asked for cleaner water, cleaner air, healthier ecosystems, and an overall healthy, sustainable environment. By the end of 1970, the US Environmental Protection Agency had been created and the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act were all passed into law.
Although many Earth Day activities—whether in your personal life, in your community or within your company—may look and feel differently this year, the COVID-19 crisis has shown us just how precious ‘outside’ really is. And one of the unexpected outcomes of “stay-at-home” orders is a reduction in smog and air pollution, a reduction in river pollution and even endangered sea turtles again laying egg on empty beaches.
Understanding the environmental concerns associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) chemical contamination at Australian Department of Defence sites
Dr. Sarah Richards a preeminent leader in per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemical contamination, helping Australian Department of Defence (Defence) clients find solutions to address their contamination problems. Sarah has been with Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company, since 2002, and has been in the contaminated land consulting and research industry since 1994.
Discussing wildfire protection and management following the 2020 black summer bushfires in eastern Australia
Rod Rose is Senior Principal, Bushfire Management with Eco Logical Australia, A Tetra Tech Company, based in Huskisson, New South Wales, Australia. He has more than 45 years of experience in wildfire planning and management and is a recognized leader in Australia in this, as well as related fields.
Supporting Engineers Without Borders to bring safe and sustainable water to La Reforma, Guatemala
Each year at Tetra Tech’s annual meeting, its employees donate to a charity organization. At the 2019 annual meeting, we donated to an Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) water project in La Reforma, Guatemala.
Regulations may be shifting in communities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and CDC guidelines. Many communities have temporarily suspended recycling programs because of worker safety and other limitations. As always — look up what you can recycle locally.
Keep America Beautiful® is not advising the general public to use PPE to pick up litter or manage their recyclables or waste in their homes given they are in short supply and desperately needed by the medical community.
Improving the water supply, sanitation, and drainage infrastructure to support poverty reduction and economic growth
Tetra Tech believes in the loyalty, effort, and excellence of its employees and initiated its annual Excellence and Achievement Awards program to recognize individuals and teams for achievements that demonstrate best-in-class performance and service to the community.
Together, we can be a part of the solution to end plastic waste. In 2019, our employees collected more than 175,000 pounds of waste from 175 locations worldwide with the help of more than 18,000 volunteers.