Creating Positive Change
At OJB, our goal is to be leaders in our industry for creating positive change— environmentally, aesthetically, and socially. We constantly review and refine our policies to create an environment that values diversity, ensures equity, and promotes inclusion. As a testament to our dedication, we are proud to have attained the Just 2.0 label, awarded by The International Future Living Institute. This label is supported by 22 social equity indicators, spanning six comprehensive categories that establish measurable benchmarks. These categories encompass creating positive change and inclusion, promoting equity, prioritizing employee well-being and benefits, demonstrating stewardship, and adopting responsible purchasing practices. Notably, we are among the select group of approximately 150 organizations worldwide and one of only three dedicated landscape architecture firms to have received this certification. OJB was initially certified in April 2022, and our commitment will be reaffirmed during the renewal process in May 2024.
The Just label represents just one aspect of our dedication to fostering a more sustainable and equitable built environment. We are proud foundational supporters of Project Ignite, a long-term developmental mentoring and scholarship program focused on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students, in partnership with the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). This multi-year program encompasses three core components: an annual scholarship, summer internships, and ongoing mentorship opportunities. OJB has been instrumental in establishing and continuing these efforts, recognizing the importance of education, mentorship, and systematic change within our profession.
Additionally, OJB actively supports NAMLA, the national association of minority landscape architects. In addition to providing micro-grants to students and young professionals, we actively engage in portfolio reviews and collaborate on developing long-term pathways for advancement. Furthermore, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion extends to our participation with BlackLAN, the Black Landscape Architects Network. We embrace their mission to enhance visibility, support interests, and amplify the impact of Black practitioners in the field of landscape architecture. One of our emerging leaders was recently elected to the Emerging Professionals Council, further reinforcing our dedication to fostering professional growth and representation.
Through this holistic approach, we actively strive to create a workplace where every individual’s voice is heard, valued, and empowered, ultimately driving positive change within our organization and beyond. Learn more about the label and our social justice and equity practices here.