Bridgeport Hospital rooftop

Sustainability

Plenary adheres to a range of principles and methodologies to secure sustainable results for its projects.

We believe sustainable infrastructure needs to offer long-term economic, social and environmental dividends.

This is reinforced by our moral obligation to serve the communities in which that infrastructure exists.

In order to achieve this, our business practices comprise the following responsibilities

Economic

  • Creating local jobs
  • Complementary commercial development
  • Engaging with government and helping to shape industry policy 

Social

  • Consulting with local communities and user groups
  • Fundraising and sponsorships
  • Employee volunteering

Environmental

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of our business and our projects
  • Minimising the level of energy used in our projects
  • Recycling, reusing and reducing waste

Engaging with government and industry

We contribute to the infrastructure industry in Australia and North America by participating in policy debates and making submissions to state, provincial and federal government inquiries.

As part of our commitment to share best practices, we regularly attend, arrange, contribute to and sponsor industry conferences, task forces, project site tours, presentations, and feedback sessions with our current and prospective clients.

In North America, we are members of and contribute to the work undertaken by infrastructure bodies such as the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, the Performance Based Building Coalition, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and we are an active member of the International Project Finance Association.

In Australia we are a contributing member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Committee for Melbourne, Committee for Sydney, Infrastructure Australia and the Committee for Economic Development of Australia

Plenary’s Damien Augustinus (L) and Carl Retschko (R) with Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson at the 2016 Tour de Transplant

Image: Plenary’s Damien Augustinus (L) and Carl Retschko (R) with Australian cycling legend Phil Anderson at the 2016 Tour de Transplant

Fundraising and matching charitable donations

We regularly pursue sponsorship and fundraising opportunities to support the communities in which our infrastructure exists.

In Australia we proudly match every dollar our Australian employees make in sanctioned donations to charity.

This has seen the Australian business and its employees donate more than A$1 million to non-profit causes over the past five years alone, including:

  • James Cox PhD Scholarship in Architecture – In honour of the late James Cox, a founding director of Plenary, the scholarship is awarded to students of the Monash University Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, providing tuition fees, a living allowance, and provision for international research or placement.
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation – Supports research dedicated to preventing, treating and curing all types of cancer by funding specialised technologies and new research opportunities. In 2016 we raised more than A$90,000 for the foundation.
  • Heart and Lung Transplant Trust Victoria’s Second Chance Accommodation Program – Helps subsidise accommodation costs for transplant patients and their families. Our employees in Australia participate in the biannual Tour de Transplant, a 600-kilometre cycling challenge and in 2016 raised more than A$30,000.

Over the last five years, we have donated more than $1 million to the North American communities in which we operate. We are proud to be supporting some exceptional organizations, including:

  • Covenant House - For more than four decades, Covenant House has helped transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway and trafficked young people across North America. Plenary is an annual donor to Covenant House in our local communities.
  • Taste of Soul Family Festival - Dubbed Los Angeles’ largest street festival, Taste of Soul is a free family event that takes place annually in October and attracts more than 350,000 attendees with its “soulful” food, live entertainment, local artisans and business displays. Plenary is proud to be celebrating African-American culture at this outstanding event.
  • Local Food Banks - The Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank provide access to healthy food, education and training to those in need. Plenary participates in annual giving and also in a volunteer program that sees up to 25 employees at a time taking shifts to sort food at the distribution warehouse.

Environmental responsibilities

We believe investment in environmentally-sustainable infrastructure solutions is not only responsible investment, it is smart investment.

As well as being socially responsible by reducing carbon emissions, energy-efficient infrastructure saves governments and operators money by reducing total energy and lifecycle costs.

In North America we implement the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and seek certification for all of our projects, resulting in sustainable infrastructure that our communities can be proud of for decades to come.

Similarly, in Australia we aim to achieve Green Building Council Australia’s Green Star rating for our projects.

View our project environmental goals in Australia and North America.