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Raasch to Present at Public Works Expo

by Jessica Pairrett 12. August 2016 03:46

American Public Works Association’s PWX (Public Works Expo) 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN
August 28-31, 2016

Gary Raasch, P.E., CFM, senior water resources project manager of R.A. Smith National, will present on two topics at APWA’s PWX 2016. Raasch will present “Habitat Restoration and Public Works,” which will provide conference attendees a look at a project completed within Wisconsin’s Native American Stockbridge-Munsee Community. A railway, constructed more than 100 years ago, greatly impacted the area’s ecological integrity. Special design considerations were required to restore the creek and ecosystem. Angela Waupochick, wetland specialist with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, is a co-presenter.

Raasch’s second presentation is titled “Kenosha County Park and Ride Project: Innovative Partnerships, Design and Construction Techniques Resolve Multiple Challenges.” This topic will explore how, despite critical timelines and tight budgets, the project found success through innovative construction techniques, environmentally responsible design and collaboration. John Steinbrink, Jr., director of public works for the Village of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., will co-present.

Read more on these presentations and find an entire list of this year’s presenters.


Above: Kenosha County Park and Ride Lot project.

R.A. Smith National Welcomed Into WDNRs Green Tier Program

by Karen Wiesneski 15. October 2013 02:49

R.A. Smith National – a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm – will be welcomed into the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (WDNR) Green Tier Program with a celebratory event on October 29 at the company’s Brookfield, Wis. corporate headquarters. Representatives from the City of Brookfield, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce and Waukesha County will participate in the celebration with R.A. Smith National and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Green Tier encourages a collaborative approach to environmental performance between the WDNR and Wisconsin businesses. As part of Green Tier, Wisconsin organizations voluntarily commit to reduce their environmental footprint by developing and implementing accredited environmental management systems.

Rick Smith, president and owner, said, “Our commitment to the environment and sustainability affects every part of our business in a positive way. In addition to what we have accomplished, we believe it is important to evaluate all areas of our operations on an ongoing basis to determine how we may further reduce energy and water consumption, and improve waste reduction. We are further committed to the environment and to providing sustainable design through the services we offer our clients.”

Over the last several years R.A. Smith National has completed numerous sustainable initiatives including setting up a recycling program; converting all light fixtures to energy efficient T8s and CFLs; installing a 19.3 KW solar system, a 1.5 KW wind turbine, a 96 percent efficient boiler, and lighting controls. R.A. Smith National is planning to continue its mission of improving energy efficiency by working toward the following goals in 2014: decreasing total electricity and natural gas used; decreasing the total gallons of water used; organizing a corporate sustainability team; and obtaining the Energy Star rating for the firm’s Brookfield office.

R.A. Smith National is also a member of Wisconsin Green Master’s Program. This program is an objective, points-based recognition program that enables Wisconsin institutions of all sizes and from any sector to join a group of like-minded companies that are “on the road to sustainability.” Developed by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, the Green Master’s Program helps to recognize Wisconsin’s sustainability leaders and encourage continuous improvement.

About Green Tier
The Green Tier program encourages innovation, collaboration and new environmental goal setting. To be accepted into the Wisconsin Green Tier program, applicants must have a good environmental record, commit to superior environmental performance, and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS). Specific environmental performance strategies are established by the participant, allowing each company to commit to environmental activities geared to their unique strengths and opportunities.

R.A. Smith National is a Tier 1 member of Green Tier. In exchange for a commitment to superior environmental performance, the DNR grants benefits to Tier 1 participants, including a single point of contact with the department for easier communications, the use of the Green Tier logo in written marketing materials, and annual public recognition of participation.

For more information about Green Tier and R.A. Smith National’s participation, visit Green Tier at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/GreenTier/Participants/rasmith.html

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