Wherever you are in your ESG journey, we meet you there —from strategy to implementation

Navigating the complex environmental, social, and governance (ESG) landscape can be daunting for companies seeking long-term growth through sustainable practices. Our team works closely with organizations in the public and private sectors to develop and implement ESG strategies.

Salas O’Brien’s team of experienced consultants can help you along your journey to ensure that you are able to make impactful decisions that surpass corporate commitments, better inform stakeholders, and create sustained value.

How Salas O’Brien can support your ESG process

Our team of experts provides ESG consulting that supports you at any phase. We can provide holistic solutions from strategy to implementation or targeted consultations for one or two steps of the process.

1.     Develop your ESG strategy

We engage with you and your stakeholders to identify and prioritize your goals, recognizing that an ESG strategy is unique to each company. Through insightful questions and discussions, we help you define where you want to be and set a practical plan to get there.

2.     Build your framework and benchmark

Whether looking to a reporting framework such as CDP, GRESB, or GRI; leaning to such third-party certifications as LEED, WELL, and JUST; or building your own path; we help you identify and execute on the issues that make a meaningful impact. We create a streamlined process for data collection so you can benchmark your progress and make informed decisions along the way.

3.    Communicate your story

We help you communicate where you are and where you are going to internal and external stakeholders, to ensure high levels of engagement and buy-in.

4.   Take action to meet your goals

Our wide range of services such as environmental consulting, geothermal and renewables, district energy systems, decarbonization and sustainability, and resource efficiency management ensures that we have the in-house expertise to enable you to take action to meet your goals.

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Rating systems

Our experts can help you pursue and achieve certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
WELL Building Certification
Focus on health-related criteria
Living Building Challenge
GBCI Parking Certification
The Sustainable SITES Initiative

The most widely recognized sustainability credential in North America

Our in-house LEED experts work with building owners and design teams to define the most efficient path to certification. As third-party verifiers for the GBCI, we excel at projects that overlap multiple rating systems alongside LEED, utilizing our extensive knowledge of every iteration of the rating system.

WELL considers air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind

The WELL Building Standard is a flexible building standard focused on improving the health and wellness of building occupants through better designs, operations, and organizational policies. Our team has a deep understanding of WELL’s performance-based verification system, providing expertise on how to attract, retain, and increase productivity of the users who inhabit the spaces you create.

Designed to support healthier workplace environments and improve health outcomes for those who occupy them

Created by the Centers for Disease Control, Fitwel includes design and operational principals aiming to improve health for building occupants in either new or existing facilities. We are proud to be leading the movement as Fitwel Champions.

Become regenerative, restorative, and part of the local culture and ecology

LBC is essential to achieve a truly sustainable project, though it’s one of the most rigorous and challenging certification programs due to its complex requirements. Creating a space that adheres to LBC takes a substantial investment of time and effort. We are eager to share the knowledge we’ve gained on the first Living Building projects in the US.

Advancing sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation

Parksmart is the only certification program in the world that defines, measures, and recognizes sustainable parking garages. We help clients achieve Parksmart certification for new and existing parking structures by activating sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design, and technology.

The most comprehensive program for designing, developing and maintaining sustainable landscapes

SITES recognizes the critical importance of landscapes in the built environment and how they benefit project owners, building occupants, communities, and the environment. SITES is available to locations with or without buildings. We work in collaboration with registered landscape architects.


New to ESG consulting? Get our conversation guide

If you are new to the ESG conversation and are tasked with responding to questions about it with your team, we’ve created a quick conversation guide that explains what it is and why it matters.

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What we can offer

From developing your ESG strategy to facilitating net zero goals and everything in between, we offer a complete array of services, including the development of advanced and often groundbreaking solutions in ESG consulting when conventional approaches can’t deliver quality results.

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Materiality assessment

A materiality assessment identifies the ESG issues that have the most significant impact on your organization and its stakeholders. This assessment helps you focus on the key areas where you can make the most meaningful impact.

ESG reporting

Salas O’Brien offers comprehensive solutions to help you report on data points like climate impact; carbon footprint; diversity, equity, & inclusion; board ethics; company culture; and more. This practice creates and maintains a practice of transparency that has been proven to improve public trust in companies regardless of industry or size.

Environmental consulting

Salas O’Brien identifies and mitigates the environmental impacts of projects. We also provide guidance on complying with environmental regulations and standards and help clients develop sustainability plans and initiatives, including certification for LEED, Fitwel, SITES, Well Building, Living Building Challenge (LBC), and Parksmart.

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Net zero sustainable architecture

Net zero architecture refers to a design that achieves an overall balance between the emissions produced and the emissions removed from a project site. At Salas O’Brien, our in-house architects have expertise producing multi-targeted net zero designs, helping our clients offset 100% of their operational energy through dynamic service offerings.

Environmental product declarations (EPD)

Environmental product declarations (EPD) communicate a product’s environmental impact throughout its life cycle to end-users, architects, designers, procurement professionals, and consultants across the globe. Our team will walk you through the EPD process certification.

Energy modeling

Salas O’Brien joins you at the design phase to analyze your project’s energy production or use before it’s designed and built to optimize energy efficiency. Utilizing building energy modeling, our team calculates the predicted energy performance over time to develop integrated design solutions and cost savings.

Geothermal and renewables

Salas O’Brien is working in higher education, healthcare, corporate campuses, and with the federal government to transition to renewable energy sources.

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Decarbonization and sustainability

Salas O’Brien helps clients develop strategies and policies to transition from carbon-intensive to low-carbon energy sources.

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Resource efficiency management

Salas O’Brien provides energy audits and energy management plans. We can help you implement energy-efficient technologies and align policies to your goals.

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District energy systems

Salas O’Brien creates reliable, resilient, and sustainable district systems combining economical electrified thermal networks, thermal storage, energy recovery, cogeneration, and clean energy management.

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