Thornton Tomasetti Co-President Robert DeScenza Honored with City & State Reports' Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Thornton Tomasetti, a General Building Contractors Association, Inc. member, has announced that Co-President Robert DeScenza, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, has received a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award from City & State Reports. DeScenza was among the 28 business leaders recognized for outstanding corporate citizenship at a July 28 event at New York University.

The affiliated organization of City & State Magazine celebrates companies and individuals who have embraced and successfully promoted the principles of corporate social responsibility. Throughout the year, City & State Reports hosts a series of events recognizing CSR leaders in major segments of the New York economy, including the construction, energy, transportation and food industries. 

Key Points
DeScenza joined Thornton Tomasetti in 1978, served as chief operating officer from 2008 to 2011 and is currently co-president, overseeing the firm’s global operations.

DeScenza was instrumental in developing a corporate sustainability program at Thornton Tomasetti and the adoption of a triple bottom line framework, creating long-term value for a firm, its employees and its clients by taking into account how it operates on social, environmental and economic levels.

DeScenza’s emphasis on creating goals for sustainability and measuring progress has inspired the firm to become a carbon neutral business and the first structural engineering firm to join the American Institute of Architect’s 2030 Commitment and to set a goal to become a carbon neutral business. He provided support and approval for a green grant program that provides funds to offices to reduce operational carbon footprints and create healthful work environments.

Thornton Tomasetti is one of the few firms calculating the embodied carbon of its structural engineering projects for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector. It is working with MIT and the Carbon Leadership Forum to advance the understanding of embodied carbon in engineering, which is critical to the construction of sustainable buildings. 

DeScenza advocated the value of a corporate sustainability report, which is published and shared with the firm’s contacts and public at large, a unique step for an AEC firm headquartered in the United States.

Thornton Tomasetti has a strong history of volunteerism and community engagement. In 2014, the firm’s leadership, led by DeScenza, approved a new benefit allowing all employees paid time for volunteering in their communities.

Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. Through its 10 complementary practices, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. We have supported clients working in more than 50 countries, with projects that include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Thornton Tomasetti comprises more than 1,200 engineering, architecture, sustainability and support professionals who collaborate from offices across North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

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