Jennifer Porter new GBB sustainability officer
Jennifer Porter, GBB Vice President, has been appointed as Gershman, Brickner & Bratton’s Sustainability Officer. She will oversee GBB’s internal sustainability efforts and lead sustainability planning assignments for clients. Porter will also continue to spearhead activities that increase diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, within GBB and for its clients.
GBB is a solid waste management consulting firm, founded in 1980. The GBB mission is to ‘provide innovative, responsible, sustainable, and economical strategies for the benefit of communities and the environment’.
Over two decades of experience in sustainability
Porter joined GBB in 2017. Prior to this, she was Conservation Program Coordinator at the City of Portland’s (Oregon) Office of Sustainable Development, where she:
- Managed citywide recycling changes
- Established strong working relationships with multiple stakeholders
- Developed a statistical model for a commercial food composting programme
Creating a sustainable future at GBB
Porter’s 20 years of experience in sustainability initiatives, from the government to the private sector, has provided Porter with expertise in solid waste management, recycling and composting programmes.
“Jennifer is passionate about advancing a sustainable future, and it is clearly reflected in her work with clients, interactions with colleagues, and her professional and educational background,” said Steve Simmons, GBB President. “She is the perfect choice to be GBB’s officer focused on spearheading GBB’s corporate sustainability efforts.”
“As an industry thought leader, GBB has always practiced what it preached when it comes to sustainability issues,” stated Porter. “I am enthusiastic about this opportunity to formalise our sustainability efforts and best practices and bring them to the next level.”
Jacobs amplifies sustainability practices with PlanBeyond 2
Civil engineering group, Jacobs, is reinforcing environmental, social and governance (ESG) alignment across the business, through the implementation of a new global approach, PlanBeyondSM 2.0. This will propel the integration of sustainability throughout operations and client solutions.
Jacobs provides consulting and project delivery, for both the government and the private sector. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has a revenue of US$13bn.
With the launch of PlanBeyond 2.0, sustainability will be even more deeply integrated into Jacobs' global workforce. PlanBeyond 2.0 continues Jacobs' commitment to embed sustainability across all solutions — with accelerated investment in ESG growth sectors including energy transition, sectoral decarbonisation, environmental stewardship, health and social value.
Jacobs aims to hit its sustainability targets
In 2015, the United Nations set up the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, targets agreed to by all United Nations Member States to end poverty, support the environment and create social wellbeing.
Jacobs believes that all 17 of the goals are interconnected. Through stakeholder engagement and assessment, Jacobs has identified six core SDGs, which have been turned into business objectives:
- To advance the health and wellbeing of society
- Deliver solutions for the global water and sanitation crisis
- Foster a culture of technology and innovation
- Create a fair and inclusive future for all
- Develop efficient solutions that deliver net environmental and societal gain
- Address the climate emergency
Jacobs’ employees will expand their understanding of sustainability
Additionally, Jacobs will educate and empower its employees across the company by increasing their knowledge of sustainability, so that all client solutions across its global markets can be designed to contribute toward a resilient future. Employees will:
- Have access to training courses
- Be offered project tools to reinforce sustainability plans and targets
- Be introduced to climate risk and resilience practices
"As a purpose-led company, we recognise that our biggest opportunity to positively address climate change and societal inequalities comes from the solutions we provide our clients — from the world's largest infrastructure projects to mission-critical outcomes and sustainable design", said Steve Demetriou, Jacobs Chair and CEO. "We consider it not only good business, but our obligation to channel our expansive capabilities in resilient infrastructure, regenerative design, clean water, green energy and social value toward benefitting people and the planet, while continuing to outperform and drive superior stakeholder value."
Sustainability at Jacobs means ‘Pursuing long-term business resilience and success while positively contributing toward the economy, society and the environment’ - this can’t be done without the Jacobs team understanding why sustainability is so important and achievable.