From Grey to Green: Developing the Guidelines for Natural Infrastructure

ESA’s coastal engineering team, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Point Blue, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Site Sentinel Cooperative, has developed the Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Technical Guidance for the California Coast; a guideline and toolset for the implementation of natural infrastructure elements as accountable, effective, and sustainable solutions for protecting our shores against sea-level rise.

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Putting Aspirations into Action at the Port of Los Angeles An interview with Christopher Cannon, Director of Environmental Management at the Port of Los Angeles, on the importance of clean air and how industry technology will get us to net-zero. Read More »

The 30,000-Foot View: What You Need to Know about Airport Master Planning Commercial airports all over the country share the same mission: to provide high-quality, safe air travel services. Their success often drives regional economic development as business travelers, tourists, and the transport of goods rely heavily on these “mini cities.” Read More »

A Public Health Framework for Mitigating Climate Change According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Although global warming may bring some localized benefits, such as fewer winter deaths in temperate climates and increased food production in certain areas, the overall health effects of a changing climate are likely to be overwhelmingly negative.” Read More »

Biosolids Digester Project Gains Support with Environmental Justice Report Originally constructed in 1952, the Southeast Treatment Plant in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood receives 80 percent of the city’s wastewater and stormwater flows, treating 60 million gallons per day (mgd) on average. Read More »

Working Toward Climate Justice in the Gateway Cities Across the spectrum of climate hazards the impacts of climate change will fall hardest on those who are historically over-burdened and most susceptible, including the elderly, infants and children; people and communities of color; and people living in poverty. Read More »

What You Need to Know About Executive Order 13807 While not making the headlines or evening news reports, recent changes stemming from White House Executive Orders are making a significant impact to the environmental review process nationwide. Here is a summary of the changes and what they mean to you. Read More »

Taking Funding for Granted: Resources for Restoration Projects Grants have long been an important―and sometimes the only ―funding resource for restoration projects. Non-profit organizations, local and special district agencies, tribes, academic institutions, and other eligible applicants rely on grant monies to envision and accomplish a wide array of restoration goals and objectives. Read More »

Three Ways We’re Using Technology to Work Smarter ESA has been exploring new ways to use technology to increase our efficiency collecting and managing data both in the office and in the field. Here are three ways we are streamlining workflows for the public comment process, monitoring, and developing complex climate models. Read More »

Are American Shopping Malls Really Dying? Since 2013, e-commerce retail sales have been creeping up from 7 percent to 10 percent in the United States, and that number is expected to reach almost 14 percent by 2021. While not a staggering statistic (considering the amount of business and personal shopping most of us do online on a daily basis), it has had a direct effect on the brick-and-mortar counterparts—especially those large retailers that anchor shopping malls. Read More »

A Roadmap Towards a Lower Carbon Footprint Despite increasing awareness and the “eco-friendly” steps corporations have been taking in recent years, climate modeling projects indicate that maintaining current levels of GHG emissions will increase global mean temperatures from between 3.7°C to 4.8°C by the end of the century. Read More »

An Arena Fit for the Kings

Development of new sports arenas and stadiums for major league professional sports teams has been fueled by public-private partnerships, public subsidies, and wealthy team owners looking to have dedicated facilities for their team. Cities across the country are recognizing the benefits that can be reaped by developing an arena in an urban environment. Read More »


Celebrating 50 Years of Groundbreaking Science, Planning & Design ESA marked its 50th anniversary on July 3. It will celebrate this summer and fall with open houses for clients, project partners and colleagues across its regional offices. Coinciding with the half-century milestone, the firm will also inaugurate a scholarship fund and is unveiling a new website featuring in-depth industry insights and project information. Read More »

There’s No Place Like Home: Seattle’s Experiment with Mandatory Housing Affordability

In a fast-growing city, strong economic growth and demand for leasable floor area compete directly with affordable space for seniors, students, artists, and service workers. While a city is created by buildings, people are what anchor a community. Read More »