Build a culture of sustainability

Ricardo Becerril is a senior project manager with P&C Construction.

Ricardo Becerril is a senior project manager with P&C Construction.

You see, P&C has been around for 50 years and like other contactors, “sustainability” was not part of the founders’ mission. To create a culture of sustainability it really helps to have passionate champions. Changing culture is hard. We put together a Green Team Super Committee, the members of which don’t need any convincing. They represented personnel at all levels, ownership, office and the field. They have helped drive change down throughout the organization. The fact that more managers and superintendents have formal LEED training and accreditation has also helped evolve our culture.

Secondly, our ownership gets it. They have made investments such as a Prius, Chevy Volt and EV charging station for project staff to use to cut down on emissions. And that investment was made during an economic downturn when construction is particularly hard hit. When they remodeled our space in NW Portland, they re-purposed the wood into office furniture.

Lastly and most importantly, the small things really do add up: low flush toilets, recycled stations at job sites, energy efficient lighting and education of staff. Some things we had been doing. Other things we changed. We still have a way to go, but it’s gratifying to know we are moving in the right direction.

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