MEETING THE CHALLENGE
With the world facing an urgent climate crisis, SmithGroup has deepened our commitment to climate action. 2030 remains a pivotal year in global carbon reductions for a measurable reason: designing and building as usual will take us past critical emission thresholds and worsen climate change impacts. SmithGroup is committed to meeting these challenges through bold, transformational changes in how we design, construct and advocate for the built and natural environments. We are leveraging our passion for innovation and integrated design to make more decarbonization and adaptation progress faster - and to make sure our climate action efforts holistically serve our communities, businesses and institutions.
OUR THREE PRIORITIES
EXPANDING OUR IMPACT WITH PACT
SmithGroup’s new Performance Analytics & Climate-Impact Team (PACT) is a national group of experts advancing parametric modeling and analysis, quantified performance evaluation and an integrated design workflow. Our firm’s signature on AIA 2030, MEP 2040, SE 2050 and other industry climate commitments represents a shared promise to our peers and our clients. PACT is advancing the speed and rigor with which we can meet those commitments by defining the leading edge of net-zero strategy and design. PACT’s core focus is applying data solutions to the design space, including automating workflows to provide rapid-paced impact analysis. The team also uses this analysis to provide decarbonization and resilience solutions at a comprehensive range of scales. Their work leverages large-scale datasets that encompass single buildings and sites as well as districts, campuses, cities, utilities and clients with national portfolio holdings. Team leaders are also actively engaged in research and policy collaborations with industry partners and peers to increase transparency around open-source climate solutions.
REALIZING NEW SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
While many design firms are focused on fixing the old, SmithGroup’s teams apply research-driven insight to develop and deploy smarter ways of attacking climate problems – including better use of onsite resources, and decentralizing infrastructure designs through building infrastructure integration. We know that new thinking and practice hold the key to our decarbonized future. We also know that many co-benefits can be realized when we design for both reduced carbon and increased resilience. That’s why our work is leading to innovative approaches that are fostering larger scales of collaboration, impact and benefit.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP & NEWS
Greg Mella, Vice President
Corporate Director of Sustainability
greg.mella [at] smithgroup.com (Email)
Katrina Kelly-Pitou, Principal
katrina.kellypitou [at] smithgroup.com (Email)
Stet Sanborn, Vice President
stet.sanborn [at] smithgroup.com (Email)