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Exploring new ways to put our thought leadership into action


For the past year, Pepper has held "Tomorrow Transformed" as the cornerstone of our brand pledge. A major component of our commitment is tied to creating high-performing places and promoting sustainability for our clients, our peers and our employees.

We've understood for many years that the construction industry has a significant impact on the environment. However, today we have access to the science and the data that reveals what that impact has been on our built and natural environments as well as the climate.

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The COVID pandemic brought people’s attention to human health and the indoor environment. It also provided the opportunity to go outside more. The two together permitted people to see the connection between outdoor and indoor air quality and how one affects the other. As a result, we saw an increased focus on the climate and the environment as a whole. More and more companies are adopting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitments in response. As a leader in high-performing building construction, Pepper has also taken a lead on this front.

As contractors we are being asked what we do to not only create healthier buildings, but healthier jobsites for our tradespeople and improved indoor environments for the future occupants of the structures we build. Our High-Performance team has been focused on these efforts throughout the past year. As a result, we have established environmental commitments in three key areas: the projects we build, our own Pepper facilities and our jobsites.

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Healthier environments for our people and projects


Working with Perkins&Will architects, Pepper built a new, two-story, 105,000-square-foot elementary school for Lisle Community Unit School District 202 in Illinois. The project has won multiple awards and prioritizes sustainability while fitting within the surrounding wooded wetlands. Click here to learn more.

This year alone we have reduced 167,953 tons of CO2 through the projects that we had under construction and we saved more than 21 million gallons of water. This has a real impact for the 74,602 people who will occupy these buildings.

For our own Pepper facilities, we track our utilities and use this information to maintain healthy and comfortable working environments. This year our Indiana office was awarded Energy Star certification for its outstanding building performance.

And finally, we are making our jobsites healthier by reducing embodied and operational carbon through incorporating CO2-infused concrete, reducing idling time on our equipment and average an 80% recycling rate on every project we build. 

We are excited to lead in the high-performance construction field and invite everyone to take the opportunity in making all built environments healthier both inside and out.

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