Jacobs Receives 11 Awards for Environmental, Climate Change Work

Jacobs was recognized for its leadership in technology, environmental restoration and remediation, climate change adaptation and resilience, and social contribution.

Environmental Business International has recognized Dallas-based Jacobs Global Environmental Solutions with 11 business achievement awards for leadership and outstanding performance for its environmental and climate change innovations.


The yearly awards are administered by Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) and Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ), two top sources of business intelligence in the environmental industry.

“Demand for smart, sustainable solutions to address complex environmental challenges continues to grow globally,” Jan Walstrom said in a statement.

“These awards stand as a testament to our employees and clients who advance innovative technologies and sustainable approaches to improve the spaces we inhabit and transform communities for the better,” said Walstrom, the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Jacobs.

Environmental Business International is a California-based publishing and research company that generates market intelligence highlighting opportunities in the environmental and climate change industries and the green economy.

EBJ and CCBJ said they recognized Jacobs for its leadership in technology, environmental restoration and remediation, climate change adaptation and resilience, and social contribution. Environmental Business International will recognize the awardees Wednesday at the 17th annual Environmental Industry Summit, a three-day executive retreat in San Diego. 

Here are the awards Jacobs received for its work:

Technology-enabled approaches

Jacobs said it’s turning intangible ideas into intelligent solutions that are then used to meet the demands for water supply, smarter infrastructure, and flood management.

EBJ—Technology Merit: Water Supply: Jacobs developed a first-of-its-kind sustainable water supply solution for Lee County Utilities in Florida that increased the water supply flexibility and reliability of its treatment plant while reducing operational costs by as much as 60 percent.

EBJ—Technology Merit: Smart Cities: Jacobs extended the Aurangabad Industrial Smart City project in India, integrating smart technologies and next-level infrastructure to transform AURIC (Aurangabad Industrial City) into a smart, green industrial city of the future.

CCBJ—Technology Merit: Climate Change Risk Modeling and Assessment: Jacobs’ Flood Cloud service delivers quicker flood risk analysis results while enabling more climate change scenarios, at any scale, in the cloud.

Environmental restoration and remediation

Global demand for environmental clean-up and remediation services is growing, and Jacobs said that planning and sustainability steps taken today will lead to healthier, more resilient environments in the future.

Jacobs delivers innovative solutions that range from excavating and safely disposing of chemical compounds originating from a Superfund site, to delivering triple bottom line benefits at a restored industrial land at a coalfield, to helping rebuild reef beds for Australia’s largest-ever reef reconstruction project.

EBJ—Project Merit: Remediation: Jacobs removed nearly 60,000 pounds of contaminants that posed an ongoing threat to residents and natural resources at Velsicol Superfund Site in St. Louis, Michigan.

EBJ—Project Merit: Environmental Restoration: Numerical modeling and engineering design was developed to rebuild lost reefs for Windara Reef shellfish restoration project, restoring natural capital, creating a healthier environment and more human use value in South Australia.

EBJ—Project Merit: Brownfield Redevelopment: Heavily polluted industrial land at The Avenue Remediation and Landscaping Project was restored for Jacobs’ client, Homes England and partners, bringing long-lasting environmental, social, along with economic benefits and resiliency, habitats for wildlife, and a development platform for community and residential opportunities.

Climate change adaptation and resilience

Urbanization, resource scarcity, climate change, digital proliferation, and security call for innovative approaches to deliver a more connected, sustainable world, Jacobs said. 

CCBJ—Project Merit: Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure: Jacobs was called upon to collaborate with the Government of Belize and Inter-American Development Bank for its Shoreline Management Plan that is improving disaster and climate resilience along coastlines.  

CCBJ—Project Merit: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience: The New Zealand Government and the Government of Kiribati commissioned Jacobs to perform a feasibility study and conceptual plan of reclaiming inhabitable land, and transforming it into an urban development, resilient to predicted ocean levels.

CCBJ—Project Merit: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience: Jacobs supported Hampton Roads Sanitation District in Virginia for its groundbreaking potable reuse project SWIFT (Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow) aimed at protecting the region’s environment, enhancing long-term groundwater supply and helping address environmental pressures.

CCBJ—Policy Innovation Merit: Jacobs partnered with Catchment Management Authorities, Water Corporations, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning on Catchment Carbon Offsets Trial In Victoria, Australia, achieving emissions reductions and providing triple bottom line benefits to complement climate change, water, catchment management and biodiversity strategies.

Social contribution

Jacobs said it is committed to creating a culture of caring. Jacobs said its success in embedding health and safety into company practices and policies, using a variety of best practice approaches, demonstrating a long-term, in-depth commitment to employee health has been recognized for its industry-leading progress in mental health programs.

EBJ—Social Contribution Merit: Mental Health: Jacobs company initiative, Mental Health Matters, aims to develop a more-inclusive environment where employees feel safe, healthy, and supported. Employees can become Positive Mental Health Champions, where they are trained in how to guide staff who have mental health concerns or crises, to the appropriate level of help; support fellow employees; and encourage positive mental health throughout the workplace.

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