WSP I Equity and Environmental Justice in Infrastructure

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.

Content from this campaign

Webinar: Implementing Vision Zero Using an Equity Lens - Part 2
Watch Implementing Vision Zero Using an Equity Lens  - Part 1 here
Sep 8, 2021 2:00 PM ET
Can Design Make Cities More Equitable?
“The goal is equality, but to achieve equality we might have to focus on the group that is excluded, and be comfortable with that” Viktoria Walldin, White Arkitekter
Sep 1, 2021 9:05 AM ET
Webinar: An Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Professionals in our industry, as well as the agencies we work with, are increasingly seeking ways to incorporate equity into transportation and infrastructure projects. Join us in this discussion between the WSP project team and our client, the City of Raleigh, about their work together to develop the Equitable Development Around Transit Study. Their collaborative effort led to a citywide...
Aug 26, 2021 12:45 PM ET
Webinar: Implementing Vision Zero Using an Equity Lens - Part 1
Learn the history of systemic racial inequality in land use and transportation planning the U.S. and its impacts on today’s transportation system. Using data, we explore the correlation of socioeconomic factors to the current state of roadway safety. We use WSP work in Vision Zero to highlight the data-driven approach to understand the impacts of inequality within certain geographic...
Aug 13, 2021 1:30 PM ET
Why Equity Is Critical to Our Future Infrastructure Spending
For the last century at least, infrastructure in U.S. cities has been planned, designed, and built too often without consistent and meaningful regard for the impacts on vulnerable communities, historically people of color, particularly those living in poverty. As our highways, bridges, and walkways crumble, they expose a history of racial inequity unrecognized by most Americans. Until now....
Aug 6, 2021 11:35 AM ET