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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

R.A. Smith National Recognized Nationally as a "2013 Best Civil Engineering Firm to Work For" by CE News

by Karen Wiesneski 18. June 2013 08:22

R.A. Smith National – a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm – Brookfield, Wis., is excited to announce that it has been selected as one of CE News’ Best Firms To Work For 2013. R.A. Smith National was the only Wisconsin company among the 25 firms recognized in the civil engineering category. This list recognizes the top civil engineering firms nationwide based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates and more.

R.A. Smith National, Inc. is one of Wisconsin’s leading consulting engineering firms, providing multi-disciplinary services to government and the land development industry. Based in Brookfield, Wis., the company employs a staff of 160 with additional offices in Appleton, Wis., Orange County (Los Angeles), Calif., and Tarentum (Pittsburgh), Pa. Comprehensive services include civil engineering, surveying, construction services, ecological services, landscape architecture, irrigation design, wastewater, water resource engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), visualization and 3D laser scanning.

Richard Smith, president, said, “We are pleased to be recognized by CE News as a best firm to work for in the civil engineering industry. We strive to provide our employees with opportunities that include challenging work, personal and professional development and a meaningful career path. While it is rewarding to receive feedback that our employees enjoy working for R.A. Smith National, we consider it equally important to learn what else we can do to attract and retain the best talent in the industry."

Zweig White, publishers of CE News held the annual Best Firms To Work For Conference June 20-21 at The Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago.

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