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Pashek+MTR Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Pashek+MTR adopted the following Diversity & Inclusion policies in 2018.

Pashek + MTR Workforce Diversity Policy

Pashek+MTR, Ltd. is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.  As creative professionals, we draw inspiration and insights from exposure to a wide variety of ideas and lived experiences. 

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

Pashek + MTR Diversity and Inclusion Vision

Pashek+MTR, Ltd. is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion.  We recognize that diversity is a driver of creativity and innovation in our practice that helps us serve our clients and communities better.  By creating a diverse and inclusive workplace we can better attract and retain talented professionals, contributing to our company’s success.

Our diversity and inclusion vision:

  • Pashek+MTR is an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • We are mindful of issues of inclusion, equity and representation in our design and planning work.
  • We contribute to building a diverse and inclusive design profession.

Pashek+MTR to employ alternative work strategies to serve our clients

In accordance with guidance from Pennsylvania Governor Wolf we are implementing alternative work strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Our employees will be working remotely and are available as usual via e-mail and phone. We will conduct project meetings, presentations, team coordination, etc. remotely via webconference or other digital platforms. Site visits and in-person meetings are temporarily suspended.

Pashek+MTR is committed to providing the same level of service that you expect to receive from us while providing for the safety of our employees and our community during these changing times. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt our operations as needed. If you have any questions, please contact John Buerkle at 412-321-6362 x102.

Pashek + MTR becomes WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise

Pashek + MTR is proud to announce that we are now officially certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC’s national standard of certification requires a meticulous process, including an in depth review of business records and an on-site interview, to confirm that a business is at least 51% owned, operated, controlled, and managed by women (Pashek + MTR is currently 70% women-owned).  WBE certification allows us to assist our clients in achieving their diversity goals.  We’re proud to have women at the highest levels of management of our firm with Principals Missy Marshall, Nancy Lonnett Roman, Sara Thompson, and Kara Roggenkamp.

Pashek + MTR is an award-winning landscape architecture and community planning studio committed to improving our environment and the communities we serve.  A 2017 merger of Pashek Associates and MTR Landscape Architects joined two highly regarded, established firms based in Pittsburgh, PA. We present our clients with an expansive skill set that includes play spaces, parks and recreation, institutional site design, community planning, sustainable site design, and public and private gardens.

Going from Green to Greener… and Winning Gold!

2014-GWCbadge-Small_BusinessesThe Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) awarded Pashek Associates first place in a competition to put sustainable practices into action in the workplace. The Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge is a yearlong competition for organizations to track and measure performance in energy, water, waste and transportation initiatives. The competition encourages businesses, municipalities, universities and non-profits of all sizes to strive to become increasingly green.

Competing in the small business category, Pashek Associates racked up 659 points, spurred in friendly competition with another design firm, evolve:EA, which collected 642 points and finished in second place. evolve:EA took first place last year, and our two firms pushed each other even more this year, trading the lead repeatedly in the last few weeks. FedEx Ground won in the large business category, and DMI Companies took first in the medium business category.

Together, all the GWC competitors saved enough energy to power 3,308 average U.S. homes for a year (or $3.02 million in cost savings). The competitors saved as much water as is typically used by 57 U.S. households in a year.

“Pashek Associates was excited to compete in the GWC for the second year in a row,” the firm’s VP of Sustainability, Sara Thompson, said. “We are even more excited to be invited to join the team of Pittsburgh companies now entering the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition to battle it out against other cities from around the country.”

photo-smallTo compete in the GWC, businesses and other organizations had to demonstrate and document their efforts to use fewer resources, conserve that which was used, and educate colleagues on ways to become ever greener. This is done by reviewing a guidebook listing dozens of specific ways to operate with sustainable practices. Pashek Associates’ strategy was to reduce water consumption and continue efforts to seal up our building envelope, Thompson said. Now the company is looking ahead to the next round. “Though the competition is over, we are about to start the process of upgrading to more efficient lighting,” Thompson said.

We hope our friends and followers out there will consider joining the next round of competition. Keep an eye on for an announcement about the 2014-15 contest.

Breathing Our Air: What We Can do to Improve the Worst Air Quality in the Nation

image-of-cars-on-28-for-breathe-article-e1374496089672-225x300Pittsburgh has some of the worst air pollution in the country. Even more troubling, while other cities with bad air pollution are improving their air quality, Pittsburgh is not advancing nearly as quickly. These were just some of the alarming statistics that announce loud and clear that we need to change the way we live.Marily Nixon, Breathe Project Coordinator for the Heinz Endowments presented some sobering news at the launch of the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Wednesday, June 26. She touched on ways each of us can make a difference as we work together to turn the tide and begin reducing toxic particles in our air.

Her presentation got us thinking about our efforts at Pashek Associates and in our homes to reduce our reliance on energy that pollutes our air. Many of us can break our well entrenched habits and try to walk or bike to an errand nearby, to commute by bike or to carpool to work, and for some of us, consider a hybrid or all electric car the next time we buy an auto. But all of us can unplug our computers when we do not us them, turn off the lights when we are not in the room, plant a tree and buy locally grown products. Less demand on energy means less pollution. It is as simple as that and we need to begin now in doing our part. If we all do, we will breathe easier.

To learn more about the Breathe Project and what steps you can take to improve our air quality go to their website at

In Pittsburgh, Green is in the Air

It’s summer and that means the City is green with trees.  Not only are plants in the midst of their growing season, but people are in the midst of launching green initiatives.  Last week we attended a poster  session during the Who’s Who in Green Infrastructure Implementation event hosted by the Green Building Alliance and organized by 3 Rivers Wet Weather.  The event was packed with people interested in sharing their projects and learning more about green infrastructure.

We brought along information on several of our green roof, green school, and green park projects.  At an elementary school in New Castle we were able to reduce the amount of stormwater piping and decrease the size of underground storage tanks through a combination of planted meadow areas, rain gardens, pervious overflow parking and fire lane, and a series of vegetated swales.
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For Whitehall Road Regional Park in Centre County, we are pulling out all the green stops by including rain gardens, steep slopes with meadows, vegetated buffer strips, infiltration trenches, and cisterns.  In addition, 44% of the total parking spaces are stabilized turf, which further reduces the amount of stormwater runoff.
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Our last poster featured our designs for the David Lawrence Convention Center green roof, the Allegheny County Office Building green roof, and the rain gardens at Seven Springs.

This morning over 80 people packed a Pittsburgh Zoo conference room to kick-off this year’s Green Workplace Challenge (GWC), a program of Sustainable Pittsburgh.  We took part last year in the challenge and are excited to enter again this year with the revamped program.

This year’s GWC promises to be bigger, better, and have an even larger environmental impact than last year.  There are more points to acquire, more actions to take, and more resources available to help guide your business, non-profit, university, or municipality towards becoming more sustainable as well as saving money.
Last year we saved 19.9% on our energy usage without spending a lot of money.  This year we want to reduce our energy usage even further by tightening up our building envelope.  We will also start to phase out our older lighting with new highly efficient lighting.  We highly recommend any organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania sign up for this friendly competition before the deadline on July 31st, 2013.  Good luck to all participants.  Together, we can make a huge impact!

Pashek Associates Sustainability Policy

As Landscape Architects, Community Planners, and Parks and Recreation Practitioners, we have long been in the business of working with natural processes, improving efficiencies, and developing innovative ideas for the pashek associates think greengood of the community. We have continually searched for the most sustainable solutions in design and planning. We believe it is the right thing to do.

As a firm, we strive to become sustainable through the following actions:

  • Promote sustainability through design and planning

– Spec sustainable products that are durable, reusable, recyclable, made with recycled content, use less packaging, and/or made from renewable resources.

– Use stormwater Best Management Practices.

– Use smart growth, transit oriented development, and other sustainable strategies in community planning and urban design.

– Protect and/or restore the environment by designing with ecological and natural processes in mind

– Use other sustainable sites principles found in LEED and the Sustainable Sites Initiative

  • Use a democratic design and planning process to support the needs of whole communities

– Ensure that all meeting participants are equally heard regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or age

  • Educate our clients and friends about the importance of sustainability

– Promote sustainable design solutions to clients by educating about their benefits

  • Implement sustainable actions in the workplace and at home in our communities

– Follow the Pashek Associates’ sustainable office policies in order to reduce energy, water, air pollution, and waste.

– Set an example in our individual neighborhoods / communities by following the same policies at home.

Pashek Asscoiates is building a culture of responsibility that encourages every employee to ask the questions that lead to more sustainable processes and practices, and help our firm support a sustainable future.

Pashek Associates Receives ZIP GOLD Certification

Zero Waste Pittsburgh’s ZIP Certification Program is a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC).  ZIP is intended to encourage, reward and acknowledge organizations that have taken important steps towards reducing the waste they produce through recycling, composting and source reduction measures.


Pashek Associates attained GOLD Certification by:

  • Recycling everything from paper and cardboard to batteries, florescent bulbs, and printer cartridges
  • Buying products that include recycled content and/or from renewable resources
  • Educating employees about the benefits of recycling
  • Composting all food waste
  • Reducing or eliminating single use beverage containers and serviceware
Any business, organization, or even event can become ZIP certified.  Zero Waste Pittsburgh also offers assistance in developing a waste reduction program.  We encourage any business, organization, or event to look into becoming ZIP certified. For more information about the ZIP program or waste reduction resources check out their website.