SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of understanding that created them.” Albert Einstein

Sustainability Planning

Integrated sustainable solutions are not just what we offer our clients; they are an integral part of our firm’s everyday life.

CORPORATE:
Over the past four years, 4Site has worked on integrating sustainability into the way we do business, from incorporating recycling to selecting materials for our work environment. Currently, we are establishing the initial “environmental footprint” of our facility and various work activities, and we are evaluating opportunities to reduce or offset this footprint. Over time, we will continue to integrate sustainability considerations into our internal practices, policies and programs. 4Site is also currently serving as the ambassador for Seven-Star Inc. to coordinate with them for a “Green Cities” Alabama conference.

DEFINITIONS:
Sustainability
Meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainable design
Design that seeks to avoid depletion of energy, water, and raw material resources; prevent environmental degradation caused by facility and infrastructure development over their life-cycle; and create environments that are livable, comfortable, and safe and that promote productivity.

Green
A subset of sustainability that focuses on the life-cycle environmental impacts of materials and encourages consumers to first reduce and second recycle or reuse.

Life-cycle Analysis
Examines total environmental impact and business cost/benefit assessment of a product through each stage of its existence, from raw materials acquisition through manufacturing, packaging, shipping, installation, indoor air quality, performance, and end-of-use resource recovery.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN DEVELOPMENT EXPERTISE
4Site is uniquely positioned to provide sustainable solutions for a wide variety of land development projects. With a diverse, experienced staff, we provide solutions that balance the triple bottom line: economic growth, social equity and environmental protection. We provide value to our clients by offering services in the following areas:

Municipal Planning & Design

  • Community Visioning
  • SMART Growth Planning/Regulations
  • Sustainability Initiative Planning
  • Sustainable City Plan Facilitators

Site Development

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Parks
  • Residential
  • Sustainable Development Planning
  • Sustainable Land Planning

Water

  • Bio-Retention
  • Decentralized Waste-water Treatment
  • Integrated Stormwater Management
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Design