Environmental and Social Action

“All of us share the responsibility and the opportunity to co-create a better world.”

Christiana Figueres
Costa Rican Diplomat and Climate Change Activist

What Social Action Means to Us

As we see it, “social action” is a designation characterized by movement. It encompasses all sorts of beliefs and aspirations that are important at Cushing Terrell.

This includes our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI+B) initiative, a commitment to sustainable design, pro bono work, and service to the communities in which we live and work — plus an ever-evolving exploration of where else resources can and should be committed.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Cushing Terrell is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Our people are our most valuable asset. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talents that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture but also our reputation and achievements.

We are working to promote diversity through our practices and policies on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, advancement, and the ongoing development of a workplace built on the premise of gender and racial equity.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other characteristics that make our team members unique.


Our vision for sustainable design is a balance between the built and natural environments that will provide a healthy future for our clients, colleagues, and communities. Our mission is to contribute to this balance by making sustainability a foundation of our design and business operations.

Pro bono Design Services

Over the next three years, Cushing Terrell has committed to donating 1% of all billed hours to non-profit and for-profit entities with no expectation of a fee or at a reduced fee; we’ll leverage our collective skills and expertise to provide design services that might otherwise be out of reach. Through these efforts, we hope to positively contribute to communities and cause-based organizations that share our dedication to creating positive change.

If you would like to nominate an organization to receive Cushing Terrell’s donated services, please click below to complete the form.

Community Service and Philanthropy

Our communities are our homes. They sustain our families, our friends, and our business. We, in turn, use our collective efforts to give back. Every Cushing Terrell team member is encouraged to get involved in philanthropic endeavors. Be it some of our favorite annual events or recurring opportunities to get involved, we bring an enthusiastic team and loads of positive energy.


Imagine. Create. Improve.

Social action at Cushing Terrell stems directly from our mission to invent a better way of living and our vision to forever improve. As designers, we understand and proudly accept our role as change-makers.

Would you like to learn more about
Cushing Terrell’s commitment to social action?

Human Resources Director