Lenexa, Kan. — Henderson Companies, the parent company of Henderson Engineers and Henderson Building Solutions, is the latest signatory of the MEP 2040 Challenge, a commitment among firms that provide MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) and other related design services to achieve net zero carbon on their projects by 2040. Henderson, which is behind renowned projects like SoFi Stadium, Walmart Supercenters nationwide, and the upcoming New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport, has taken this step as part of its long-term commitment to sustainability.
As per the MEP 2040 stipulations, Henderson will reduce operational and embodied carbon across MEP systems on all projects, targeting zero by 2040. Operational carbon includes greenhouse gas emissions resulting from using, operating, and maintaining buildings or projects throughout their functional lives. Embodied carbon includes greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing, transporting, installing, maintaining, and disposing of building materials.
“Joining the MEP 2040 commitment aligns with our own climate goals and the climate pledges of many of our clients and partners,” said Brian Alessi, sustainability director for Henderson Engineers. “As professionals who leave a long-lasting impact on the environment through the buildings we design, it’s our duty to make sure our work not only does the least amount of harm possible but also regenerates the planetary systems we rely on to thrive. We fully understand that it isn’t enough to simply pledge that we’ll do the right thing. Actions speak louder than words and we’re actively taking steps to achieve our ambitious sustainability goals.”
Preceding its MEP 2040 commitment, Henderson officially announced its own 2040 Climate Pledge in April 2022 – stating that “Henderson will be net zero carbon across our business by 2040.” Since then, the company has taken a variety of initial steps toward achieving that objective, including:
“Our official company vision is to build a better world, and the steps we’re taking toward sustainability and regeneration are central to accomplishing that,” said Alessi. “It’s been quite an eventful year at Henderson on the sustainability front, and we will continue to revisit and refine our policies and procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure we’re putting our best foot forward in bringing solutions to the climate crisis.”
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