Birmingham, Ala. (March 27, 2014) – Brasfield & Gorrie announced that the company and its chief executive officer have been honored by Waste Management for environmental sustainability. Waste Management awarded Brasfield & Gorrie and CEO Jim Gorrie its 2013 Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding diversion and recycling achievement in the construction industry.
The award is given exclusively to the companies who diverted the highest total tonnage for recycling in 2013, as measured by Waste Management’s online Diversion and Recycling Tracking (DARTSM) tool. Brasfield & Gorrie achieved an 89 percent diversion rate in 2013, landing the company in this elite group of environmentally conscious contractors and representing more than a 10 percent increase over the company’s 2012 diversion rate.
“This award underscores Brasfield & Gorrie’s commitment to environmental stewardship, which is one of our core values,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Chief Operating Officer Jeff Stone. “As the No. 1 Top Green Contractor according to ENR Southeast, we believe that living and building sustainably are necessary for evolving and leading the growth of our industry.”
“Right now, construction waste makes up about 143 million tons – or about 40 percent – of the U.S. waste streams each year,” said David Steiner, president and CEO for Waste Management. “There’s a tremendous opportunity to recycle those materials, and Brasfield & Gorrie is a company that’s leading the way for those green building practices.”
This award represents Brasfield & Gorrie’s second national recognition for sustainability efforts, as the company also received Waste Management’s 2012 Sustainability Circle of Excellence Award.
Celebrating 50 years in business, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation's largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build, and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including healthcare, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure, and water/wastewater treatment. We serve clients from offices in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Brasfield & Gorrie has approximately 2,600 employees, and its 2013 revenues were $2.3 billion. Engineering News-Record ranks Brasfield & Gorrie 31st among the nation's "Top 400 Contractors" for 2013.