Radoff was working for another consulting firm when he and his original partner started YR&G in 2006.
“We saw huge interest in green building, and its growth potential,” he said. “We wanted to start a company where we could work on great projects and have an impact … and work the way we like to work. Most importantly, we wanted to be a voice in the sustainability world. YR&G became an amazing vehicle to have that voice and exercise it.”
He said that shared vision at YR&G resulted in an outstanding team of professionals. In addition to his partners, Jenny Carney and Narada Golden, Radoff said the company’s leadership includes Keith Amann, Hannah Bronfman, John Mlade, Alan Scott, Ashley Muse, Gaspar Cabrera and Ben Stanley.
“We created a culture that provided our team with a lot of autonomy, and allowed them to function the way they needed to function in order to be creative and successful,” Radoff said. “I sense that WSP shares our culture, and we can keep being who we are. We look forward to doing just that.”
He said the breadth of multidisciplinary services – buildings, transportation, enterprise sustainability, carbon management, utilities – was also appealing and made WSP a good fit for YR&G.
“We wanted to join a firm that wasn’t limited in its scope,” Radoff said. “I was amazed by the scale and variety of many of WSP’s projects, and by the opportunity to pull together peer resources to contribute to a project. As part of the WSP team, we think we can be even more effective for our current clients, and provide enhanced services to WSP’s.”
YR&G will integrate into built ecology, WSP’s built environment sustainability group.
“Our built ecology group currently provides specialist services in high-performance design, including passive strategies, ultra-low and net zero energy and water systems, façade optimization, building integrated renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and post occupancy measurement and verification,” said Tom Marseille, WSP’s director of sustainability for the U.S. buildings practice. “We will be creating a new strategic vision which incorporates YR&G’s service areas and capabilities, and draws from other capabilities from around the company, such as district energy, carbon management, and enterprise (corporate) sustainability.
“WSP’s existing built ecology practice is one of the best high-performance analytics groups around and provides a lot of great internal sustainability support to the other sectors within the firm,” Radoff said. “YR&G is bringing a complementary focus, range of services, and overarching mission, along with an outstanding set of clients and projects in a number of geographic locations. We hope the full range of services we offer will become a catalyst for creating market recognition as one of the best sustainability consulting practices nationwide.”