WSP I Equity and Environmental Justice in Infrastructure

At WSP we define equity as the leveling of the playing field with narratives, processes, and actions that create benefits specifically for historically marginalized and underserved people to improve their current and generational quality of life.  Equity must be intentionally built into every step of the engineering process, from planning to development to delivery. That means starting with a diverse team of people who bring a variety of perspectives to a project, engaging all the impacted communities to understand what they need to thrive, including marginalized expertise, like a Black-owned construction company, for example, in the execution, and clearly communicating the full benefits of the work throughout the build.

WSP-USA also has a long history of integrating equity into infrastructure projects. Our work is equity-driven. It’s a core value of WSP-USA to help communities flourish as a result of infrastructure engineering, whether by creating more access to underserved populations, ensuring nature-based solutions mitigate environmental justice issues, or recognizing critical cultural history that needs to be integrated into the planning.

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From Landfill to Landscape: The Rebirth of New York City Parks
Where some see a toxic dumping ground of the past, WSP USA sees possibility for the future. The company’s planners, engineers, environmental specialists and resilience experts have been hands-on with dozens of challenging restoration projects.

Innovation & Technology

Getting Ready for Advanced Air Mobility
Essential steps for integrating aerial innovation into communities—to connect more places, advance equitable transportation solutions, and achieve timely delivery of vital services

Awards, Ratings & Rankings

ACEC Honors Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line, International Gateway Bridge
Two WSP USA projects, the Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension in San Diego and the International Gateway Bridge in Long Beach, were winners of national Grand Awards at the ACEC 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

Research, Reports & Publications

WSP Infrastructure Index: 80 Percent of Americans Support Equity in Infrastructure Spending Over Improvements in Their Own Communities
WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, today released its new WSP Infrastructure Index that gauges Americans’ views on how the Biden Administration’s $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, should be spent.


Evolving Water Management to Strengthen Communities
Simon Gilliland—Business Growth Leader, Water Risk Management & Engineering, WSP in the United Kingdom—discusses innovative approaches and tools designed to protect communities, reduce strain on water resources and support water availability.


Improving Water Conservation Through an Equity Lens
When it comes to developing water conservation programs to address resource challenges, there isn’t one simple solution. But there is one thing we need to address more effectively in every solution: Equity.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

WSP USA Bridges to Prosperity 2022 Team Completes Kagarama Suspended Bridge in Rwanda
Congratulations to the WSP USA Bridges to Prosperity 2022 Team on the recent completion of the Kagarama suspended bridge in western Rwanda.

Diversity & Inclusion

WSP USA Establishes Equity Center of Excellence to Unlock Access for Underserved Communities
WSP USA has formed the Equity Center of Excellence (ECE) to drive the transformation of American transit and mobility to full and equitable access for underserved, marginalized and disinvested communities.

Green Infrastructure

The Business Imperatives of Sustainable Buildings
WSP was appointed by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as Consultant for a new flagship report, Beyond the Business Case: Why you can’t afford not to invest in a sustainable built environment.

Diversity & Inclusion

How Electrified, Equitable Mobility Can Transform US Cities
In nearly every American city and county, buses are the most-used form of public transit. The transportation sector drives nearly a quarter of carbon emissions globally, so there is a clear need to decarbonize transportation.

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