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Green Business Spotlight: LSW Architects

For over 60 years, LSW Architects has been serving the Clark County area by bringing a community-centered approach to architectural and interior design, with a large focus on K-12 education, healthcare facilities and multifamily projects. LSW became a Certified Green Business in 2016. What started as a grassroots effort by a few employees passionate about green practices in the workplace has evolved into a commitment at the leadership level to making sustainability a part of every aspect of the business.  

2022 Sustainable Action Plan 

LSW has demonstrated their commitment to sustainability through the release of the 2022 Sustainable Action Plan, which outlines the goals and overall process to integrate sustainability into their operations and client projects. The efforts are divided into four categories: Energy Efficiency, Embodied Carbon, Human Health, and Resource Conservation. The firm utilizes a sustainable and resilient design practice that emphasizes efficiency, well-being of impacted communities, and protecting local water resources and ecosystems.

LSW architectural designer Courtney Jones said something she admires most about LSW is the "triple bottom line" approach to sustainability: focusing on the organization's social, financial, and environmental impacts. As examples of the social aspect, Jones highlighted the internal diversity, equity and inclusion group and corporate wellness programming. As for financial, Jones noted that LSW offers an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) fund option for employees to opt into as part of their 401(k) investment portfolio. ESG investing, sometimes referred to as impact investing or socially responsible investing, is a strategy that relies on independent ratings to assess a company's behavior and policies on environmental performance, social impact, and governance issues.

View LSW Architects' Sustainable Action Plan for more details on their commitment to environmental stewardship.

One LSW's multi-family housing projects, RiverWest – Block 8, on the Vancouver Waterfront. The project was LEED Platinum which is a one of the most esteemed sustainability certifications a building can receive.

Carbon-Neutrality  

Already this year LSW Architects kicked off a large environmental initiative to move toward carbon-neutrality. LSW began calculating and offsetting a portion of the firm's operational carbon footprint, using data from utility and water bills, employee commuting data, business-related travel, and office supply inventory. They hope to share this process and the carbon calculation resources with other Clark County businesses to build momentum around taking responsibility for carbon emissions.


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Clark County Green Award Winners, Green Business