Abt Associates Recognized for Environmental Practices

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Abt Associates won the Bethesda Magazine Green Award for the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Abt Associates has been named a winner of the 2013 Bethesda Magazine Green Award, which honors businesses that promote and practice a green lifestyle. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to incorporate environmental sustainability into its operations.

“We place a high priority on environmental stewardship,” said Abt President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan. “Abt is proud to be recognized for the strides we have made in measuring and reducing our own environmental impact as a company.”

The company issued a formal environmental policy in 2012 and created an Environmental Sustainability Program to establish a comprehensive framework for measuring and mitigating Abt’s emissions from facilities’ use, business air travel, and employees’ commutes, as well as reducing the company’s waste through composting and recycling.

Transparency is one of the most important pillars of corporate environmental sustainability at Abt. In 2013, the company joined The Climate Registry to publicly report its greenhouse gas emissions and regularly disseminates metrics and trend lines tracking its progress.

Abt also implemented many projects aimed to encourage green commuting. These include doubling the employee public transportation subsidy, creating an annual subsidy towards bicycle maintenance to incentivize employees to bike to work, and providing preferred parking spaces for low emitting, fuel efficient vehicles.

“It just made sense that we would apply the same rigor to solving environmental challenges for our clients as we would to our own environmental program,” said Olga Faktorovich Allen, director of Abt’s Environmental Sustainability Program. “We are honored to receive the Bethesda Magazine Green Award and will continue to strive toward being a role model for environmental sustainability in the workplace.”

The company will be profiled in the November/December 2013 issue of Bethesda Magazine and was recognized at the Bethesda Green Gala on October 3, 2013.

About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries. http://www.abtassociates.com

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