AECOM Thought Leadership: Taking Risks on our “Pioneering Journey of Sustainability”

AECOM Thought Leadership: Taking Risks on our “Pioneering Journey of Sustainability”

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Gary Lawrence, AECOM chief sustainability officer, discusses taking risks on our pioneering journey of sustainability in his most recent Environmental Leader article.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 9:05am

CAMPAIGN: Thought Leadership

CONTENT: Article

Environmental Leader

By: Gary Lawrence
Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM

In my last article, I posed the question as to whether the pursuit of truth is even relevant anymore. We have to make difficult decisions today that will shape the future for generations to come. Is the pursuit of truth in the belief that we can actually know the future getting in the way of the decision-making process and preventing us from making progress in solving critical problems?

I left this question unanswered for a very good reason: I don’t have an answer. I was hoping that one of you may have some thoughts on the matter – and I was not disappointed. Reader Cynthia Silverthorn commented, making the excellent observation that individual and corporate motivation may be the key to unlocking change. She observed that we have become accustomed to fully assessing and understanding risk before committing to any action. In this regard, it may be that our huge progress in science has done us a disservice. We have become so good at modeling, assessing, evaluating and documenting risk that when the data is not conclusive, or runs too broad a gamut of scenarios, we become paralyzed, unable to act. We have become too comfortable, too secure in our own knowledge – but the game has changed.

Learn more about taking risks on our “pioneering journey of sustainability” in Gary Lawrence's full Environmental Leader article.

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