“The beauty in working on infrastructure projects is that you’re giving back to the community, which is why many civil engineers are inherently generous” Brigham said. “Similar to infrastructure, planting trees creates a lasting impact for years to come. It’s something you can be proud of that provides the community a benefit for generations.”
Brigham and several other RS&H Colorado associates recently shared this passion by partnering with The Park People to plant 26 trees in one day in Denver’s Lowry Great Lawn Park.
The Park People initiative was funded by a grant from RS&H’s Elevate Fund, which was created in 2018 to provide grants to non-profit organizations that RS&H associates are actively involved in. The grant allowed RS&H to participate in the “Mile High Tree Champions” program. The program partners with a corporate sponsor that provides capital and volunteers, while The Park People provide the trees, tools and locations for planting.
The Park People has served Denver for 50 years with a mission to “preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver’s parks, recreation resources, open space, and urban forest.”
RS&H’s participation with The Park People provided 26 crabapple and oak trees that will add to Denver’s urban tree canopy and support livability in the communities surrounding the park. Additionally, it is one step in the RS&H Denver Sustainability Committee’s goal of attaining the Certifiably Green Denver Accreditation, a program that recognizes businesses for exemplary environmental achievement.
RS&H’s Denver Sustainability Committee was formed in 2018 and is comprised of associates from the Greenwood Village and Denver offices to help promote a culture of sustainable practices in the workplace. The committee takes on initiatives such as developing sustainability standards, reducing one-time use products, and of course contributing to green community initiatives.
“I have been volunteering with The Park People for the last two years,” Brigham said. “Planting trees is a perfect marriage of my desire to build and create and to give back in a meaningful way.”
Brigham and the Denver Sustainability Committee plan to continue to grow their involvement and launch new initiatives as they lead the architecture and engineering consulting industry in becoming Denver Certifiably Green.