Jensen PLUS is a planning, landscape architecture, urban design and social planning consultancy based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Our small, independent team enjoy working with leading clients on diverse projects. These include town centre and growth area master planning, main street planning and streetscape design, open space planning and design, writing planning policies, and securing approvals for major developments.
Increasingly we work all around Australia. Over two decades we are proud to have received more than 50 state and national awards.
“As professionals we want to show our industry colleagues that they can affect change too. Businesses like ours need to take a leadership role on this issue.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since April 2021.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
Our team is already committed to sustainable development. It’s part of what we do professionally as urban planners, urban designers and landscape architects.
We are also committed to taking individual action to address climate change, an issue which we are concerned about.
Climate Active certification has encouraged us to take practical steps – like purchasing 100% renewable electricity for our office - to address climate change as a team, and also to communicate our approach with our colleagues and clients.
We were also spurred to action by the hot and smoky summer of 2019/20, which was affecting our ability to work, due to heat waves, and affecting the lives of our friends and families. Big fires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island were close to home, and we had to do something.
As professionals we also want to show our industry colleagues that they can affect change too. Businesses like ours need to take a leadership role on this issue, and we can do this in our operations and also in the projects we work on with our clients. Climate Active certification is one way we can do this.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
We didn’t seek certification to save money. In fact we are prepared to spend money to make a difference for the climate and the environment.
We do believe that demonstrating our carbon credentials will help attract and retain staff who share our values.
What offset projects do you support?
A wind power based electricity generation project in India.
How can the community support you?
We often work directly with community members and community groups on planning and design projects. Being carbon neutral certified will help our reputation as responsible professionals, especially when we are working on environmental issues.
We also hope to work with more and more clients – in the planning and development sectors – who prioritise sustainability in their projects and will see the value of working with teams like us who share these values and have invested in them.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
As a next step we will encourage our team to take steps to make their own households carbon neutral too.
And our Director Michael has formed a sustainability group of parents at his children’s primary school, and is working with students to form an action plan for carbon neutrality at school.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
For a small consultancy business like ours, making the change to carbon neutral operations was relatively easy and inexpensive. It’s something I’d encourage every small business to look at. And if you’d like to know more about how we became carbon neutral, call us for a chat!