In light of the recent decision that saw our country exit the Paris climate accord, McKinstry’s CEO, Dean Allen, chose to share his views on what America’s withdrawal means for businesses in the Pacific Northwest:
“It is disturbing and troubling to have the U.S. drop out of the Paris climate accord. Climate change is the type of problem that takes the alignment and cooperation of all to tackle. The future of the planet will revolve around a new energy economy and those that innovate on it will be the leaders of the future in jobs and much more. This is a very bad move for America.
The Pacific Northwest and its businesses have been built on science, engineering and innovation. We believe in climate science and have pivoted to innovating and designing solutions. Here at McKinstry, that is manifested in 2,000 people who together feel that they can impact the environment by designing, building and operating buildings so they can operate on half of the energy they use today.
There are 80 billion square feet of non-residential buildings in America that use 70 percent of all the electricity produced in the country and contribute more than 30 percent of the carbon. We intend to redouble our efforts to grow our impact across the country.”
Dean was also interviewed by Seattle-area NBC affiliate KING 5 on this subject. Click here to read that story and view the segment.