Environmental Sustainability

SGIA has taken steps to become a green advocate firm by partnering with the building managements in our Houston and New York offices.  This initiative is voluntary and helps measure and reward sustainability.

Carbon Reduction:

Both the Houston and New York building managements have implemented Go Green initiatives to help clients and their colleagues set standards for a sustainable future.  Through contracts with suppliers of electricity, building management in New York is able to completely offset the building’s carbon emission production with renewable energy generation, mainly consisting of wind energy.  This represents 42,400,000 kWh of clean energy added to the grid, avoiding 30,000 tons of carbon pollution, equivalent to the planting of 495,000 trees.  SGIA will continue to partner with building management in both locations to lower electricity consumption, thereby reducing the buildings’ carbon footprint.

Environmental & Climate:

The firm is keenly aware of climate change and is committed to addressing climate change in our everyday procedures as a business.  We consider climate and related sustainability issues as an integral part of our review of the firm’s overall business strategy.  We seek to understand climate-related risks over a range of scenarios.  Our goal is to put effective protocols in place to ensure responsible actions that mitigate these risks and strengthen the long-term resilience of our business.

SGIA has established relationships with vendors that provide sustainable products and when we order products or supplies from new vendors, we make inquiries regarding possible alternatives with less impact to the environment.

Eco-Friendly Workplace:

SGIA encourages employees to recycle within our offices through education and engagement with employees.  We provide easily accessible areas for collection and disposal of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal.  We also work with building housekeeping to ensure that products certified to safeguard the environment and/or indoor air quality are used to clean our offices.

Examples of initiatives SGIA has implemented to protect the environment and lower carbon emissions:

  • Reduce the use of printed paper / convert existing paper reports to electronic format
  • Work from home to reduce energy consumption
  • Donate unused computer printers, screens, iPhones, etc. to be reused when possible
  • When possible, substitute teleconferencing or video conferencing for travel to meetings
  • Reimburse employees that commute via public transportation
  • Set sleep modes for copiers and other peripherals to deactivate when not in use
  • Install lower mercury content light bulbs throughout the offices