Suzanne Goldstein
Suzanne Goldstein

Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant, program manager, data and policy analyst addressing problems at the intersection of environmental science, community development, public policy and education. She leads ESA’s Geospatial Services Team in Northern California to provide clients with remote sensing and spatial data analysis and visualization, data management, and web-based applications development.

Suzanne is adept at translating client technical needs into user-friendly data dashboards, guidelines and trainings to convey complex information to general public audiences. Her recent focus has been on climate change and flood hazard, using numerical modeling, GIS and remote sensing technologies to identify hazard exposure and assess socio-economic vulnerability. Suzanne also has extensive experience facilitating large multi-stakeholder planning processes and managing project teams to implement software development, strategic business planning, communications, policy and regulatory reform initiatives.

She has received a Masters degree in Geosciences from San Francisco State University.





September 28, 2021

Dutch Slough: Charting a Path for the Future of Delta Restoration

Located on the Delta’s western edge in Contra Costa County, just east of Oakley, the Dutch Slough Marsh Restoration is more than a typical wetlands restoration project—it’s a first-of-its-kind experiment that is on track to shape and inform the future of estuarine restoration projects throughout the Delta.

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September 27, 2021

From Intern to Full Time Employee: Meet Michael Gatheru

Meet Michael Gatheru—who just received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Environmental Science. Michael joined ESA as an intern during the Spring 2021 session, and was recently hired on as a full-time employee in our Water group.

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September 14, 2021

Patricia Fonseca Flores Joins ESA as New Sustainable Design Director

Patricia Fonseca Flores, ASLA, LEED AP, has joined ESA as our new Sustainable Design Director. With her 15 years of landscape architecture experience managing landscape, urban design, and planning projects, Patricia will lead the firm’s sustainable design and develop community resilience strategies across all of our practice areas.

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September 8, 2021

ESA at the 2021 American Planning Association (APA) California Conference

We are excited to be at the APA California Virtual Conference, September 13-15. This year’s conference is centered around the theme of “Changing Plans, Changing Planning.”

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September 3, 2021

Historic Legislative Session Has Big Implications in Washington State

The Washington State Legislature passed a two-year $59 billion budget and several major pieces of legislation that included many environmental permitting and regulatory provisions this last spring, and there are two that may impact your project: salmon recovery permitting and the Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP).

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September 2, 2021

Join ESA at the 2021 Floodplain Management Association (FMA) Conference

We are thrilled to be at the 2021 Floodplain Management Association (FMA) Conference September 7-10. This year’s theme is “Stronger Together! Achieving Continuity in the Face of Recovery in an Equitable and Inclusive Manner.”

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August 30, 2021

Approach to Resilience Planning

A resilience management plan (RMP) helps an organization focus on adopting a highly collaborative, whole-system management approach to put strategies, plans, and processes in place that ensure an airport is able to safely and efficiently maintain the continuity of operations. ESA’s Neal Wolfe offers his approach for how to go about creating one for your airport.

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August 26, 2021

Designed and Delivered: Calistoga Elementary Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization

Our design team has restored many projects, but the dramatic transformation of the Calistoga Elementary Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization is impressive. See how this restoration is performing four years after construction, complete with a beaver dam and native plant revegetation.

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August 16, 2021

A Template for Airport Resilience

A resilience management plan (RMP) provides a systematic, proactive management approach to enhancing an organization’s ability to respond to shock events and address chronic stressors that ensures the integrity of critical physical and human systems, which connect infrastructure and operations. Learn more about RMPs and download our complete Resilience at Airports article for your reference.

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August 6, 2021

Defining Airport Resilience

Resilience is the ability to resist, absorb, and recover from or successfully adapt to adversity or a change in conditions, while still retaining the same controls on function and structure. Read how this applies to today’s airports.

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August 6, 2021

ESA Bolsters National Airports Practice with Addition of Senior Principal Aviation Specialist, Justin Cook

Justin Cook join ESA as Senior Principal Aviation Specialist in its Airports practice. Working from the firm’s Los Angeles office, Justin will support the firm’s nationally-focused noise program and grow ESA’s aviation project portfolio in California, along with recent ESA hire, Jean-Christophe Dick.

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August 6, 2021

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Specialist Dr. Daniel Swenson Joins ESA

Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Daniel will work with clients and colleagues across the country to navigate and facilitate the permitting process for projects in a wide variety of industries. He has spent his nearly 20-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), most recently serving as Regulatory Branch Chief for the Baltimore District.

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August 3, 2021

Volunteering for the Health of Tampa Bay

In early April, emergency crews began draining millions of gallons of high-nutrient wastewater from the Piney Point diked storage reservoir in Manatee County, Florida. ESA joined others in the area to volunteer time to monitor the conditions in Tampa Bay.

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July 26, 2021

Designed and Delivered: West Weaver Creek

Each month, fluvial geomorphologist Jason White will check in on one of the many restoration projects that ESA has designed and delivered. We are kicking this series off with a visit to a successful project in Trinity County, California: West Weaver Creek. See how this restoration is performing four years after construction.

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July 22, 2021

Jill Sunahara Named Director of Biological Resources and Land Management Group in Northern California

Jill Sunahara’s more than 20-year career has focused on environmental compliance, regulatory permitting, and project management for a wide variety of natural resource projects across the West Coast. We are happy to announce that she is now ESA’s new Biological Resources and Land Management Business Group Director in our Northern California region.

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July 9, 2021

ESA Welcomes
Tamseel Mir as Southern California Community Development Director

Join us in welcoming Tamseel Mir as Community Development Business Group Director for ESA’s Southern California region. With more than 20 years of experience leading the environmental review process for large-scale planning and development projects across an array of industries, Tamseel takes the helm of the region’s largest group.

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June 16, 2021

California Airports Team Celebrates Recent Win at Lake Tahoe Airport

ESA’s Airports group was recently awarded a five-year environmental on-call contract at Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe, California.

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June 2, 2021

Katie Carroz, AICP, Joins Community Development Team in Seattle

ESA’s Community Development team in the Pacific Northwest continues to grow with the addition of Katie Carroz, AICP, who has joined the team as Senior Environmental Planner in Seattle, Wash.

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May 28, 2021

Maximize Engagement with a Hybrid Approach to Facilitating Public Meetings

Engaging with and educating stakeholders through public meetings is a critical step in a project’s approval process. Many have wondered if the same outcomes could be achieved in a virtual format. Learn how ESA’s public engagement experts pivoted quickly and immersed themselves in making sure virtual public meetings would be a smooth and effective process.

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May 24, 2021

How the Latest Executive Orders and NEPA Regulations Affect Your Projects

We have been keeping an eye on the new Administration’s executive orders to understand the changes to all of our clients’ ongoing and future projects. See what the recent changes may mean to your projects.

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April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day to Our Favorite Planet

ESA celebrates Earth Day every day at all levels—through the work we do, how we operate, and how each of us appreciates the beauty of our world.

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April 20, 2021

San Gabriel River Watershed Project Featured by Urban Water Institute

Read a recent article co-authored by ESA’s Tom Barnes in a recent issue of UWI’s newsletter.

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April 20, 2021

Celebrating 20 Years After Crissy Field’s Habitat Restoration

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the transformative and multifaceted Crissy Field restoration, an incredible public and habitat resource.

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April 14, 2021

ESA’s Barbra Calantas Founds Environmental Professional Diversity Collective

Since Barbra launched EPDC in the fall of 2020, the group has provided programs and events to educate local youth from underserved communities on career opportunities within the environmental industry, with the goal of developing a more diverse pipeline of job candidates. Learn more about EPDC and its most recent Job Shadow event that ESA co-hosted.

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March 26, 2021

Fish Passage Projects Offer Instant Relief for Fish in the PNW

While the results of a fish passage project can be immediate, getting to the final stages of that solution can often be the biggest barrier. ESA is uniquely positioned to help overcome the technical, social, economic, and regulatory barriers that can complicate fish passage projects. We do this by bringing in the right experts who understand the stakeholders’ interests and have a problem-solving approach that leads to relatively swift action.

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March 24, 2021

The Results Are In: What You Need to Know About FAA’s Neighborhood Environmental Survey

ESA’s Airports group has reviewed the FAA’s recently released Neighborhood Environmental Survey and here is a brief synopsis of the findings, the history of noise policies, and next steps.

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March 24, 2021

Melissa Gross Promoted to Director of Firmwide Business Services

Melissa Gross has taken the helm of the firm’s coast-to-coast business services team. This critical position creates consistent, efficient, and effective upgrades to ESA’s business operations, workflows, and systems.

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March 17, 2021

Federal Grants that Lower Emissions at Airports About to Take Off in 2021

Given the national momentum toward reducing emissions, combined with shrinking capital budgets due to COVID-19, now is a perfect time for airport sponsors to start planning for how they can incorporate low-emission improvement projects into their day-to-day operations at minimal cost. Learn more about available grant funding here.

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March 16, 2021

ESA Welcomes
Jean-Christophe Dick as Senior Airports Planner

Based in Southern Calif., Jean-Christophe brings more than 15 years of experience as a multi-disciplinary airport consultant and will work with ESA’s aviation professionals throughout the West Coast and across the country to deliver integrated planning and environmental solutions for clients.

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March 4, 2021

Multidisciplinary Professionals Earn New Licenses and Registrations at ESA

At the start of the year, three of our employee-owners announced new licenses and registrations, each of them involving professional practice, focused study, and rigorous testing. Please join us in congratulating them on their achievements!

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February 24, 2021

Melissa Logue Joins
ESA as Northern California Transportation Director

With nearly two decades of experience in delivering public transportation and related infrastructure projects throughout California, Melissa will be based in ESA’s Sacramento office and will be responsible for overseeing transportation projects throughout Northern California as well as working collaboratively with transportation professionals throughout the company.

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February 22, 2021

A Citizen’s Guide to NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard

The Center on Environmental Quality recently updated the “Citizen’s Guide to NEPA.” Find the link to the document itself, an overview of its contents, and what ESA does to help in public engagement in this story.

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February 9, 2021

Connect with ESA at the 2021 Virtual CalDesal Conference

ESA is excited to attend, and are proud sponsors of the 2021 Virtual CalDesal Conference happening February 10-11. Meet our team of specialists and learn more about our desalination and water resources work.

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February 5, 2021

Easton Earns Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Certification

As a strategic planner and meeting facilitator, Spencer regularly leads projects with complex stakeholder engagement needs. He chose to pursue the Certificate in ECCR to build his skills and understanding of facilitation and collaboration.

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January 25, 2021

Working Clean: A Guide to Curbing the Introduction of Invasive Species

Whether you are a field biologist or a casual weekend explorer, it’s important to learn our role in the spread of invasive species. Learn about how a small effort can go a long way in protecting the biodiversity of our natural habitats.

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January 19, 2021

Interning at ESA: An Interview with Deja Newton

University of San Francisco Environmental Management undergraduate and recent Northern California intern, Deja Newton, tells us about her experience at ESA and what she learned and benefited from while she was here.

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January 6, 2021

Webinar Replay: Reimagine San Geronimo

Learn more about the restoration efforts underway at San Geronimo and ESA’s involvement by watching the full webinar replay from The Trust for Public Land.

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January 6, 2021

Tim Sturtz, PhD, Joins ESA as Principal Air Quality Specialist

Tim Sturtz, PhD, one of the Northwest region’s top air quality experts, has joined ESA. Tim will be providing expertise in air quality assessment and management, including greenhouse gas analyses and odor assessments.

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December 22, 2020

President’s Letter

This year in particular, I am comforted by the natural cycles and rhythms that remain steady and grounding—the daily sunrise, the lengthening of days after the Winter Solstice, our instinct to help one another. I have also found reasons to be grateful that this year was anything but “business as usual”—patterns have been disrupted, mobility restricted, and busyness throttled. While destabilizing, this has been a time of paring down and waking up.

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December 21, 2020

Reducing Risks in Airports During a Pandemic

As the world continues to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, ESA is committed to helping the aviation industry establish health and safety protocols for its employees and passengers. Read a brief synopsis of the briefing and find the full PDF in this story.

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December 20, 2020

More Than Meets the Eye (or Nose): A Q&A with Air Quality Specialist Heidi Rous

We caught up with our very own air quality, climate change adaptation, and health risk assessment expert, Heidi Rous, CPP, to find out the answers to some commonly asked questions about the sight and smell of smoke and how this situation relates to our health.

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December 14, 2020

A Holistic Approach to Healthier Rivers

See how our restoration team is starting to think of waterways as patients, and how a holistic approach to their long-term health will be infinitely more beneficial than the “band-aid” approach.

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November 20, 2020

SCAG Climate Adaptation Guidebook Released

The full SCAG guidebook has been released, providing steps cities and counties can take to better prepare their communities for climate change impacts.

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November 20, 2020

The State of Recycled Water in California

As demands increase and water sources are constricted by climate change and increasing environmental awareness, water supply planners in the state continue to manage the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and environmental protection. Find out how recycled water plays into this equation.

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November 17, 2020

ESA’s 2020 Scholarship Program Recipients

We are honored to present three students – Jessica Brown, Sierra Red Bow and Victor Lopez – with the inaugural ESA Scholarship Program grants, established at the end of last year to commemorate our 50th anniversary.

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November 13, 2020

Restored and Resilient: Bay Point Regional Shoreline Opens

In a year where outdoor recreation has been the key to good health, the East Bay Regional Park District has announced that the long-awaited Bay Point Regional Shoreline will open to the public in November.

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November 11, 2020

ESA’s Sacramento Office Ranked 2020 Best Places to Work

ESA’s Sacramento office was ranked as one of the “2020 Best Places to Work” in the medium-sized company category by the Sacramento Business Journal.

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October 14, 2020

New Jersey Passes an Environmental Justice Law with Teeth

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed S232 into law, mandating environmental justice impact statements for certain facilities requiring permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about this means for their residents and beyond.

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September 29, 2020

Senate Bill 288: What It Means for the Transportation Market

Are you aware of the newest legislation impacting California transportation projects? Read our summary and download our fact sheet by clicking here.

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September 25, 2020

ESA Welcomes Ruta K. Thomas as Southern California Regional Director

ESA announces the arrival of our new Southern California Regional Director: Ruta K. Thomas.

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September 11, 2020

Chase Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification and Receives Award

Just a year after its opening, San Francisco’s Chase Center, home to the NBA Golden State Warriors, has some good news to share: it has achieved the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Building Design and Construction: New Construction.

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September 4, 2020

Join ESA at the 2020 APA California Virtual Conference

We are excited to be at the APA California Virtual Conference September 14-16. This year’s conference is centered around the theme of “State of Change.” Read more to see how to connect with us!

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August 28, 2020

President’s Letter

In the face of uncertainty and change, we look for ways to remain resilient—for each of our employee-owners at the firm, and especially, for our clients.

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August 27, 2020

Michael Newland Receives SCA’s 2020 Presidential Award

In recognition of his participation and co-leadership of the extensive volunteer efforts to reunite families with the cremains of their loved ones after the devastating California fire seasons starting in 2017, Michael Newland has been awarded the 2020 President’s Award by the Society for California Archaeology (SCA).

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August 26, 2020

Gauges and Boilers: Georgetown Steam Plant Artifact Inventory

“When I got the call from Seattle City Light (City Light) about the Georgetown Steam Plant project, I knew it would be the project of a lifetime. It would put my 16 years of experience cataloging museum objects, inventorying cramped basements, and handling irreplaceable objects to the ultimate test at one of Seattle’s oldest and most iconic buildings.”

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August 26, 2020

ESA Welcomes Jon Ambrose as Principal Associate in Seattle

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading community planning and environmental consulting firm, welcomes Jon Ambrose to its Northwest team as Principal Associate in the firm’s Environmental Hydrology and Design team.

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August 26, 2020

Join ESA at the Restore America’s Estuaries 2020 Summit

Join a few of ESA’s habitat restoration experts―Doug Robison, PWS, Tom Ries, and John Bourgeois―as they present or serve as panelists at the annual RAE Summit.

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August 26, 2020

ESA Airports Specialists Host Online Course at UC Davis

Join ESA’s Steve Alverson, Senior Vice President, and Chris Jones, Principal Associate, at their online course through the University of California at Davis that focuses on airport land use compatibility and how it affects local land use planning.

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August 20, 2020

ESA Promotes Chris Lockwood to Cultural Resources Business Group Director

A key member of the ESA Cultural Resources team since joining in 2012, Chris Lockwood, PhD, RPA, has been promoted to the role of Business Group Director for the Northwest Region.

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August 14, 2020

We Made the List!
ENR Ranks ESA in Top 30 All-Environmental Firms

According to the July 2020 release from Engineering News Record, ESA ranks as number 21 of the Top 30 All-Environmental Firms.

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August 7, 2020

How California Plans to Address Its Housing Crisis

As the State of California works to address a multitude of challenges facing the economy and its residents’ quality of life, there is broad agreement that the state’s astonishing cost of living and accelerating homeless problem is exacerbated by a shortage of housing, specifically housing attainable to residents at lower income levels. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has been developing policies in response to California’s current housing challenges. ESA is on the forefront of these efforts.

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July 23, 2020

CEQ’s Final Rule Modernizing Its NEPA Implementing Regulations

For the first time in 40 years, the federal government—via the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)—has revised the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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July 6, 2020

More People, Limited Resources: How Florida Is Proactively Managing Public Drinking Water Supply

In addition to traffic congestion and the need for improved roadways, population growth in Florida has driven increased demand for drinking water. Learn how ESA is balancing the availability of freshwater supplies with the needs of people and the natural environment.

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June 29, 2020

Seawall Height in Broward County: The Long and Short of It

Most of the developed waterfronts in this part of the country have seawalls to protect the adjacent man-made infrastructure and transition from land to water. However, seawalls are vulnerable to water intrusion and have limited life spans. Many were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s and are in need of replacement. Read about Broward County’s approach to sea-level rise.

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April 30, 2020

World Landscape Architecture Month

ESA’s landscape architecture team has been combining design, planning, and natural resources—rooted in science—to create, enrich, and build the places we love to be. We want to take this moment to celebrate some of our talented team members and their award-winning projects.

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April 27, 2020

President’s Letter

On April 22, we all celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day while staying in place. Though we missed the camaraderie of getting together to volunteer time and effort within our communities, ESA took the time to reflect on what being a good citizen on this planet looks like.

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April 23, 2020

Serving Our Clients During COVID-19

A message from our President and CEO, Leslie Moulton-Post, about our field safety measures, approach to using technology to help our clients, and how we are taking care of our employee-owners.

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April 17, 2020

New Air Quality Regulations for Vessels At-Berth in California Ports

New air quality regulations are now being implemented that will have major impacts on how ports and shipping companies do business in California, including an existing air toxics control measure currently in play and a new regulation with a proposed expansion of emissions reductions at ports. Read the full summary here.

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April 9, 2020

Using the Friant Ranch Decision to Improve Your EIR

While the California Supreme Court’s decision in Sierra Club v. County of Fresno was published on Christmas Eve 2018, agencies will be grappling with how to apply its conclusions to their Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) for development projects for quite some time.

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April 5, 2020

What You Otter Know About Spatial Epidemiology

A pertinent topic for another group of mammals.

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April 1, 2020

Two ESA California Restoration Projects Featured in Estuary News

Two prominent ESA projects are featured in articles in the latest issue of Estuary News, a 25-year-old regional magazine of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and its partners. We hope you have a chance to read the stories in full―some good news in the realm of restoration projects.

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March 26, 2020

ESA’s Response
to COVID-19

As our communities enter a unique and challenging period due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we at ESA want to reach out to extend our best thoughts to you, your family, and your colleagues, and to let you know how ESA is responding.

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March 11, 2020

What Is Blue Carbon, Anyway?

The term “blue carbon” refers to the carbon sequestered and stored by coastal habitats, such as seagrass meadows, salt marsh, and mangrove forests. Read more to find out about how restoring and preserving these environments can increase our blue carbon sequestration.

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February 27, 2020

Leslie Moulton-Post Joins Water Education Foundation’s Board

Moulton-Post joins the Foundation’s board alongside four other new members: former Natural Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman, Association of CA Water Agencies’ Executive Director Dave Eggerton, Kronick’s Eric Robinson, the Water and Power Group’s John Bezdek, and GEI Consultants’ Erica Bishop.

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Engineers Week
February 21, 2020

Engineers Week

During National Engineers Week—which was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 to ensure a diverse and well-educated future for the engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers—we want to recognize each of the nearly 50 engineers at ESA who have made a positive impact on the world around us.

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February 13, 2020

ESA Biologist Erika Walther Receives Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Permits

One of the smallest, and arguably cutest, San Francisco Bay endemic species is the salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris). These mice are listed as a federal- and state-endangered species due to habitat loss, but ESA’s biologists are hard at work to restore and preserve these areas. Enter Erika Walther.

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February 4, 2020

Take a Deep Dive into the Sustainable Water Management Profile

The Sustainable Water Management (SWM) Profile, has emerged following several years of work by the Water Foundation. ESA Vice President Betty Andrews, PE, is a member of the SWM Team, a collaborative effort to develop and pilot test the framework, and she provides further insight into this forward-thinking tool.

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January 30, 2020

Hydro-Carving Approach a Success at Balm-Boyette Stallion Creek Restoration

This restoration project seemed fairly straightforward at first blush: grade the pits, plant native species, and restore the freshwater wetland and upland communities back to the way they were before the area was mined. Then Tom reviewed a historic aerial of the site. “There was a creek there that was breached by the mining activities, which resulted in the creek being cut off from the natural flow patterns in the region,” Tom Ries explains. “As soon as I saw that, I thought, ‘well, we have to restore that creek.’”

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January 29, 2020

Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR)

On January 23, 2020 the EPA and Department of the Army finalized the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (NWPR) to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new rule finalizes a two-step process to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which also re-defined WOTUS. ESA’s team of environmental permitting specialists are reviewing the NWPR to understand how it may affect our clients and their projects, including the potential jurisdictional status of various aquatic features.

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December 17, 2019

Press Release: Environmental Science Associates Opens San Jose Office

“For all of us, opening a new office during our 50th anniversary year is especially exciting—it’s a celebration of the firm’s important relationships with our South Bay clients, a continuation of our long-standing tradition of supporting the development of healthy, livable communities, and, of course, it supports our mission of providing value for our employee-owners,” said ESA President and CEO Leslie Moulton-Post.

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December 10, 2019

Co-Equal Benefits of Habitat Protection and Water Supply Security

During the recent multi-year drought, each of the the City of Ventura’s supplies—groundwater, the Ventura River, and Lake Casitas—experienced cutbacks that threatened the need for substantial rationing in the city. It became evident that a new reliable, locally controlled water source was required to meet existing and future demands.

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December 10, 2019

Charting the Course for Water: Washington’s Hirst Decision

Washington state may not be the first place one thinks of when considering water scarcity, but recent court decisions and legislation have put the issue front and center in the Evergreen State, particularly in Puget Sound watersheds.

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December 10, 2019

SWM Upstream: How Sustainable Water Management Is Changing the Way We Think About Water

No one can ignore the effects of climate change in California. From severe drought and widespread flooding, to historic and devastating wildfires, this new reality makes coordinated, inclusive water management more of a necessity than ever.

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December 4, 2019

ESA Connects:
Integrated Water Resource Management

The latest issue of ESA Connects is out, and it is overflowing with water news: an overview of the California Water Plan Update 2018 and Sustainable Water Management, a look at the City of Ventura’s new VenturaWaterPure project, the latest outcomes of Washington State’s Hirst Decision, and much more.

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November 25, 2019

CEQA Water Supply Assessment Changes: Show Me the Water

With the most recent CEQA updates that went into effect in 2019―the most comprehensive overhaul of the CEQA Guidelines in decades―water supply resiliency formally entered the Utilities section of CEQA Appendix G thresholds of significance for land use change/development projects. See what this means for your project.

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November 4, 2019

Inside Look: ESA’s Fisheries Team

Matthew Silva is a part of our Northern California Fisheries team consisting of 20 fisheries biologists. He oversees the implementation of large-scale fisheries research efforts as a field lead and project manager. We interviewed Matt to get an inside look on our fisheries team; here’s what we found out.

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October 8, 2019

ESA Welcomes Mary Laux as Principal Planner in Northern California

We are glad to welcome Mary Laux back to our Northern California team. Laux began her consulting career at ESA in 2001 with the airports group, and has spent the last 16 years with AECOM as an Associate Principal/Planner managing large, multidisciplinary projects.

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October 8, 2019

Acoustic and Air Quality Specialist Dr. Tony Chung Joins Southern California Team

Having completed thousands of noise and air quality studies, and as a certified member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering since 1991, Dr. Chung is recognized as one of the premier noise experts in the nation. He has also been involved in more than 100 greenhouse gas and climate change impact analyses.

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September 25, 2019

California Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to EIR for Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

The California Supreme Court, in a late-August decision, denied challenges to the sufficiency of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for California American Water Company’s (CalAm) long-awaited desalination plant, the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP).

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September 24, 2019

Research Shows Nutrient Diet Improves Water Quality, Fishery Habitat

Across the globe, coastal zone management efforts have concluded that restoring fish populations often requires acting on land-based human activities. With a few notable exceptions, most commercially and recreationally important species of fish, crabs, and shrimp spend at least a portion of their lives in estuarine locations, where waters from the open ocean mix with runoff from land.

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September 5, 2019

ESA Adds Beverly Choi as Northern California Community Planning Program Manager

Recognized as one of the California Top 20 Under 40 Professionals by Engineering News Record in 2016, Choi most recently worked for AECOM where she held a variety of leadership roles—from Studio Leader to Senior Project Manager—and worked on a number of high-profile local and international, multi-disciplinary projects.

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September 4, 2019

Informing Sea Level Rise Response in Tampa Bay

Formed in Spring 2014, the Climate Science Advisory Panel (CSAP) is an ad hoc network of recognized scientists and resource managers working in the Tampa Bay region (Figure 1). The group’s goal is to collaboratively develop science-based recommendations for local governments and regional agencies as they respond to climate change and associated sea-level rise (SLR). ESA principal scientists Dave Tomasko and Doug Robison were appointed to the CSAP and have been actively engaged in the work of the panel since its inception.

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September 4, 2019

Balancing Interests and Collaborating for Progress: Integrated Floodplain Management

To protect and restore that habitat, it’s necessary to balance a complex web of interests, including flood risk reduction, ecosystem recovery, and agricultural viability.

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September 4, 2019

Environmental DNA in a Regulatory and Operational Landscape

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is DNA collected from the environment—water, soil, and air—rather than directly from an organism. All organisms add DNA to their environment by excreting waste, shedding, decomposing, etc. Since short stretches of DNA contain information that identifies species and populations, genetic testing of environmental samples can reveal the presence of animals and plants nearby.

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September 4, 2019

Finding Common Ground to Advance Restoration in California’s Delta and Beyond

An interview with Bill Harrell, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Erika Lovejoy, Sustainable Conservation, on accelerating restoration projects in California.

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September 4, 2019

ESA Connects:
Accelerating Restoration

The latest issue of ESA Connects is out, and it is packed with restoration stories from coast-to-coast, including an exclusive interview with Bill Harrell, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Erika Lovejoy, Sustainable Conservation, on accelerating restoration projects in California.

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August 16, 2019

ESA’s Autumn Ward Joins Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society Board of Directors

Senior Airport Planner, Autumn Ward, based out of ESA’s Tampa office was inducted to the Board of Directors for the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society (TJDAS).

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July 15, 2019

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.

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June 14, 2019

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.

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June 14, 2019

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.

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May 24, 2019

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.

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Tech Speak: Flying a Drone
May 21, 2019

Technically Speaking: New Tools for Natural Resource and Habitat Assessments

The ESA Drone Program has recently added three 5-band precision sensors to our fleet, which will support a range of natural resource assessments. With this gimbal technology mounted on our DJI Inspire 2 drones, we can collect visual band (RGB) imagery as well as vegetation indices with near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy (or RedEdge), including normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), a method of determining whether an area contains live green vegetation.

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April 4, 2019

ESA Welcomes Linda Peters as Principal Associate in Northern California Region

Recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in 2018 by the San Francisco Business Times, Peters most recently worked for AECOM where she directed its San Francisco Bay Area Cities Program and held a key role on its Pacific Region Growth Team.

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March 28, 2019

Environmental Science Associates To Open San Jose Office

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm headquartered in San Francisco and with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, is opening a San Jose office to continue to serve the South Bay region. The multidisciplinary office is situated in walking distance of San Jose’s public transportation hub, Diridon Station, and will be led by John Bourgeois, who recently joined ESA as Restoration and Ecology Program Manager in the Bay Area. 

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February 7, 2019

Environmental Science Associates Welcomes Spencer Mains as Director of Information Technology

Based in San Francisco, Mains brings more than two decades of experience directing information technology and knowledge management for major consulting, branding, and merchandise firms, including 16 years with Landor, a global branding firm.

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Stack of Brochures
January 31, 2019

Transportation Energy Technical Studies Can Provide Useful Information in EIR Process

Located in the northwestern portion in Riverside County, California, the city of Moreno Valley is one of the top 20 fastest growing cities in the state, in one of its fastest growing counties. Evidence of this growth can be seen by number of industrial and logistics companies who operate within its limits.

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January 31, 2019

Port of Oakland Seaport Air Quality Planning: Aligning with State and Community Goals

An interview with Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland, on the value of working with stakeholders to achieve a healthier environment.

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December 31, 2018

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.

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October 24, 2018

ESA Adds Paul Schlenger to Biological Resources and Land Management Group in Seattle

“He is truly a thought leader on key issues affecting our region including climate reliance, restoration, salmon recovery, and strategic planning; and bolsters our ability to tackle challenging environmental problems in a strategic, scientific, and collaborative way.”

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October 5, 2018

Florida State Expenditure Plan Approved to Restore and Protect Gulf Coast

Plan Allocates $291 Million in Project Funding for Environmental Restoration and Promotion of Tourism Following Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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October 1, 2018

ESA Welcomes Eric Haase as Chief Operating Officer

Based in San Francisco, Haase brings more than two decades of operational experience across a diverse range of business lines for the building, engineering, and environmental industries.

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September 27, 2018

ESA Strengthens Southeast Region with the Addition of New Biological Resources Director Douglas Skurski

“Joining ESA gives me an incredible opportunity to expand my professional development as a multifaceted biologist, collaborating with some of the best scientific consultants in our industry, while contributing to strategic planning and growth of the Southeast region.”

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September 18, 2018

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.

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Natural-Infrastructure
September 18, 2018

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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September 12, 2018

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.

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September 10, 2018

ESA Is Taking Action: Global Climate Action Summit

For decades, we have been watching the devastating effects that climate change has had on our environment. This global epidemic has moved from the outer reaches of our attention to endangering our homes and daily lives. Whether the threat is drought, fire, rising sea levels, agriculture loss, or storm intensity, the time for action is now.

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August 31, 2018

On Former Landfill, a Portland Park Takes Shape with Inclusive Vision and Unique Public–Nonprofit Partnership

It has taken a decade, but thanks to a remarkable partnership between neighborhood activists, a nonprofit developer, and the City of Portland, a landfill in northeast Portland has been transformed into a park.

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August 21, 2018

ESA Bolsters Compliance Team with Patrick Tennant and Jon Waggoner

Tennant is based in the firm’s Irvine office and Waggoner is located in Sacramento, each bringing extensive experience in managing large-scale compliance programs for high-profile infrastructure projects.

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July 2, 2018

Hillary Gitelman Joins ESA as Bay Area Community Development Director of Environmental Planning

“Hillary has a proven track record of managing planning and environmental review processes for highly visible and complex projects in communities across the Bay Area. She is a well-known advocate for sustainable development, and we are thrilled to have her expertise and leadership at ESA.”

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June 21, 2018

ESA Welcomes Adrienne Centano as Director of Communications

Centano joins ESA’s corporate management team and builds on the firm’s recent and forthcoming prominent and strategic hires.

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June 18, 2018

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.

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June 18, 2018

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.

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June 18, 2018

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.

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May 10, 2018

UAS/Drone Services: FAA Nationwide Program Expansion to 500 Airports Begins

With the FAA’s implementation of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system, the FAA will be able to grant faster authorizations while maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System.

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April 25, 2018

Dry Creek Gets Drenched: Lessons Learned after Intense Storm Events in Northern California

One of the more enlightening moments in stream restoration is when a recently constructed site experiences a large storm event. Whether these events test a restoration design approach or trigger system adjustment, they are always an opportunity to learn.

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April 22, 2018

Chris Easter Joins ESA as Director of Air Quality and Noise in Northern California

This role better positions ESA to respond to the growing need for consulting services in Chris’ areas of specialty, including air quality permitting, climate-sustainability strategy, and environmental management systems and regulatory compliance.

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April 18, 2018

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.”

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April 10, 2018

In the World of Airports, Upgauging and NextGen Are Trending

As airport planners and environmental specialists, ESA’s airport specialists are always keeping an eye on new trends that affect airport operations. Two trends that we have been tracking are upgauging and NextGen. Upgauging is a trend in the airline industry that has had a profound effect on the growth in passenger traffic at airports throughout the world.

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April 5, 2018

Pam Xander Joins ESA as Principal Planner in Pacific Northwest Region

Pam brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, conducting, and preparing environmental studies and has worked with public agencies and private developers on more than 200 small- and large-scale projects requiring State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes.

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February 28, 2018

ESA Builds Team of FAA-Certified Drone Operators

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that the firm has five pilots certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones. The pilots—Russ Burdge, Jonathan Kemp, Julie McNamara, Brian Pittman, and Brendon Quinton—are being dispatched to project sites to conduct real-time site monitoring and reconnaissance, and to collect orthomosaic imagery and high-definition video for clients in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, and Southeast regions.

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February 23, 2018

Growth, Zoning, and Their Effect on Neighborhoods

Wherever population growth takes place—city or suburb—it requires space. A need for more space spurs some level of redevelopment, which affects established neighborhoods—places where people already live. Zoning changes tend to bring about misgivings within affected communities, fueled by fears of gentrification, overtaxed infrastructure, and a threat to dramatically change the historic fabric of a neighborhood.

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February 13, 2018

Central Cities on the Rise: Attracting Housing and Jobs

After a period of general decline, central cities are on the rise again. This surge of people and businesses choosing to take root in city centers reflects a shift back to the preference for a lively urban lifestyle, ease of access to transit, and celebration of local arts and culture. Cities are looking for opportunities to capitalize on this changing dynamic.

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January 31, 2018

The 40-Year Evolution of Wetland Restoration Approaches in San Francisco Bay

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than half of America’s historic wetlands have been lost or disturbed as a result of human intervention. In San Francisco Bay, this number is even higher, at more than 90 percent.

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January 31, 2018

A New Life for the Cooper-Molera Complex in Downtown Monterey

The Cooper-Molera Adobe is one of the most important remaining representations of the Mexican Republic and early American eras in California. Visitors from around the world tour the Adobe, part of the Monterey Old Town National Historic Landmark District.

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September 18, 2017

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.”

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September 18, 2017

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.

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Integrating Flood Management
June 28, 2017

Integrating Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement in California’s Central Valley

The Central Valley, an enormous landscape feature dominating the state of California, experiences devastating floods on a fairly regular basis. It produces 25 percent of the nation’s food (including 40 percent of the nation’s fruit, nuts, and other table foods) from less than 1 percent of U.S. farmland, making it an agricultural powerhouse.

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June 28, 2017

Floodplains, Farming, and Multi-Benefit Projects in Puget Sound

Across Puget Sound, there are competing demands on floodplain areas: local jurisdictions need to manage flood risk, salmon recovery entities need to restore and reconnect habitat areas, and farmers need to ensure that their farms remain viable.

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June 26, 2017

ESA Expands Oakland Presence in New Office Location

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is relocating their Oakland office to 180 Grand Avenue, Suite 1050, on the edge of Lake Merritt. The move was prompted by the firm’s commitment to meet the needs of its Bay Area clients and to accommodate its growing team of scientists, engineers, planners, and designers in the East Bay.

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June 20, 2017

ESA Expands Northwest Regional Reach into Bend, Oregon
Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is expanding the firm’s reach in the Pacific Northwest with a new office at 2863 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 100, Bend, Oregon. Susan Cunningham, ESA’s Biological Resources Director for Oregon, will be serving as the office director.
 
“We have been partnering with clients in Central Oregon for nearly 13 years,” says Margaret Clancy, ESA’s Pacific Northwest Regional Director. Read More »
June 18, 2017

Prop 1 Funding for Storage: Choosing Collaboration

An interview with Marguerite Patil, Contra Costa Water District and Jim Watson, Sites Project Authority on Increasing California Water Storage Capacity.

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April 27, 2017

Scheda Ecological Associates Joins ESA

The merger supports ESA’s strategy to deepen technical expertise and meet growing client demands for responsive and high quality environmental services throughout Florida and elsewhere in the Southeast.

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April 27, 2017

Michael Newland Joins ESA as Northern California Cultural Resources Director

Mike will be based in ESA’s Petaluma office, leading the region’s Cultural Resources team of expert prehistoric and historical archaeologists, architectural historians, and historians to increase the breadth and depth of ESA’s Cultural Resources practice.

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March 25, 2017

More Agencies Get On Board with Alternative Project Delivery Methods

The 2016 California Transportation Commission (CTC) Annual Report recommends eight California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reforms for promoting efficiency through innovations. One of the reforms is to permanently authorize Caltrans and its regional partners to “use alternative project delivery tools such as public-private partnership (P3), design-build (DB), and construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) methods.”

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March 25, 2017

Completing the Missing Link:
A Multi-Use Trail Sparks Controversy

The Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling paths in Seattle, serving as a major transportation corridor for commuter and recreational bicyclists. Noted as a top priority project in the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, the completion of the BGT network will improve Seattle’s health and quality of life by providing safe bicycle and pedestrian travel routes for residents of all ages.

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February 21, 2017

Christopher Warn Joins ESA’s Southeast Region as Principal Managing Associate

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Christopher Warn has joined ESA as a principal managing associate, with a focus on client service, project management, and business development.

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December 30, 2016

ESA Names Three New Vice Presidents: Terri Avila, Dana McGowan, RPA and Elizabeth Andrews, PE

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to name three new vice presidents: Terri Avila, Community Development Practice Leader; Dana McGowan, RPA, Cultural Resources Practice Leader; and Elizabeth (Betty) Andrews, PE, Senior Program Manager.

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November 11, 2016

Swen Swenson Joins ESA as Corporate Controller

Swen brings over 20 years of experience in financial management with professional services. He has experience in all aspects of the financial operations, including resource allocation, monthly reporting, forecasting, collections, accounts receivable, accounts payable and management of the finance department.

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September 16, 2016

Jill Sunahara Joins ESA’s Northern California Team as a Senior Permitting Specialist

“With a practical understanding of biological and water resources, she partners with clients to get projects in the ground—from planning and environmental compliance to permitting and monitoring.”

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August 23, 2016

ESA PCR Moves Santa Monica Office

ESA PCR, a premier environmental consulting firm, has moved its Santa Monica office from 201 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 500 to 233 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, a few blocks away. Nearly 20 environmental planners, CEQA/NEPA specialists, air quality analysts, climate change adaptation planners, historical archaeologists, and cultural resources specialists will occupy the new space.

“This move enables us to continue our 42-year legacy of serving local clients with a team of on-the-ground experts,” said Bobbette Biddulph, Southern California Regional Director.

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June 8, 2016

New “Blue Carbon” Study Supports Tampa Bay Habitat Restoration and Resiliency Planning

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, recently completed a landmark study reinforcing the importance of restoring coastal habitats in Tampa Bay and around the nation to buffer the effects of rising seas and a changing climate.

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June 6, 2016

Dr. Colin Thorne Honored by Royal Geographical Society

ESA’s Senior River Scientist, Dr. Colin Thorne is being honored by the Royal Geographical Society with the prestigious Back Award.

An expert in rivers, Colin has been recognized for his outstanding contribution in helping to shape national and international policy on rivers and flood management.

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June 1, 2016

Chris Sequeira Joins ESA’s Growing Team of Aviation Experts

Chris will support our aviation clients nationally in the areas of noise, air quality, land use compatibility, and public outreach from his base in New York City.

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May 11, 2016

ESA Welcomes Albert Cuisinot as Chief Financial Officer

“Albert’s impressive track record of maximizing the financial performance of A/E/C companies makes him a great fit for his new role within ESA,”

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April 19, 2016

ESA Combines Irvine Offices

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, has consolidated its Irvine office with recently acquired ESA PCR from 17744 Skypark Circle to 2121 Alton Parkway in Irvine, California.

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April 5, 2016

ESA Announces New President and CEO Leslie Moulton-Post

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Leslie Moulton-Post has been named ESA’s Chief Executive Officer and President effective April 1, 2016.

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March 17, 2016

SF Estuary Partnership Features the Sonoma Creek Marsh Enhancement

The Sonoma Creek Marsh Enhancement Project will reduce mosquito production and improve habitat conditions for special status species for roughly 260 acres of centennial marsh located near the mouth of Sonoma Creek and San Pablo Bay in Sonoma County California.

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March 11, 2016

PCR Services Corporation Joins ESA

The merger supports ESA’s strategy to deepen our technical expertise and broadens our reach as we continue to meet growing client demands throughout Southern California.

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March 8, 2016

Barbra Calantas Joins ESA’s Southern California Team

A leader in the fields of wildlife biology, permit strategy, endangered species act consultation and CEQA/NEPA compliance, Barbra joins our growing Southern California team of more than 20 scientists specializing in biological resources, resources management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring.

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February 2, 2016

ESA’s Tampa Office Moves To Accommodate Growing Team

ESA's Tampa office has moved to Meridian Three at 4200 West Cypress Street, Suite 450 in Tampa, Florida.

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November 30, 2015

ESA Appoints Leslie Moulton-Post President-Elect

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Leslie Moulton-Post has been appointed ESA’s next Chief Executive Officer and President. Leslie will take over the position from President Gary Oates in the spring of 2016 following a planned transition period.

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November 20, 2015

Terri (Vitar) Avila Named ESA Community Development Practice Leader

Terri brings over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and natural resource planning. With a diverse background that includes urban and greenfield development, natural resources management, transportation, and water, she approaches her work from a multi-faceted perspective, demonstrating a unique ability to reconcile the competing demands of development and natural resources management.

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November 20, 2015

Alisa Moore Promoted to Bay Area Water Director

“Alisa is integral to the measured growth and success of our water and energy practice, and her career has been focused on the integration of water, energy, and the environment. In this new role, she will continue to collaborate with clients as a trusted strategic advisor to meet the increasing environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.”

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November 18, 2015

Dan Dameron Named ESA’s Northern California Community Development Director

Dan brings more 30 years of experience working on large-scale, complex, multidisciplinary planning and development projects. His leadership and expertise has been integral to growing ESA’s community development practice and advancing our community and environmental planning work.

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November 17, 2015

Pier E3 of Old Bay Bridge Detonated Saturday

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, participated in Saturday’s carefully executed implosion of Pier E3, the largest of the piers on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s Old East Span. Pier E3 contains the largest caisson used to support the cantilevered section of the Old East Span, and is one of about 20 piers that will need to be removed as part of the demolition process.

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October 28, 2015

RPI’s Team Selected to Conduct Best Available Science Reviews for RESTORE Projects
The Research Planning, Inc.(RPI) Team has been selected by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration to manage and conduct Best Available Science reviews for RESTORE Act Direct Component project applications. Read More »
September 23, 2015

Dana McGowan Joins ESA as Cultural Resources Practice Leader

From our Sacramento office, Dana will lead the firm’s Cultural Resources Practice, which is comprised of a team of 60 professionals including prehistoric and historical archaeologists, architectural historians, preservation planners, maritime archaeologists, and curation specialists.

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September 21, 2015

State of the Estuary Honors San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project
On Friday, September 18, six outstanding projects around the San Francisco Bay and Delta received recognition for their achievements at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference. Read More »
August 8, 2015

ESA Opens New Office in Irvine, California

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Irvine, California on August 3, 2015. The office is located at 17744 Skypark Circle, Suite 200 in Irvine, California, 92614 and will help service our growing Southern California clients in Orange County and beyond.

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August 6, 2015

Michael Houlihan, AICP Joins ESA as Principal Managing Associate

“With more than three decades of experience in Orange County, Michael’s established relationships with agencies, districts, and regulators will strategically build upon ESA’s successful legacy of providing premier environmental planning and design solutions to our Southern California clients.”

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July 17, 2015

ESA’s Brian Boxer, AICP Named Northern California Regional Director

Brian has dedicated his career to strategically addressing technically and politically complex issues of resource allocation, balancing the demands of the built and natural environment by delivering integrating solutions for environmental compliance and documentation, community planning, and project development.

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July 6, 2015

New Definition of “Waters of the U.S.” Effective August 28, 2015

On Friday, October 9, 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit granted a nationwide stay against the so-called Waters of the United States rule, which is intended to clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act. 

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June 18, 2015

Geospatial Services Advance Projects

ESA is charting new territories and solving environmental problems in ways that are more powerful and efficient than ever before.

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June 15, 2015

Derry Dell Stream Restoration Project

On June 9th, the Oregon Department of State Lands awarded the Derry Dell Stream Restoration Project the Project of the Year Award.

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June 12, 2015

Jim Keany Named Northwest Director of Biological Resources

Jim manages our growing northwest team of more than 20 professionals specializing in biological resources, fisheries science, resource management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring.

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June 9, 2015

Mark Johnson, PLA Named Northwest Director of Community Development

Mark manages our northwest team of planners and technical specialists with a thorough understanding of environmental conditions, design processes, and agency requirements to help clients plan, design, permit, and implement their planning and development projects.

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May 28, 2015

ESA Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

In ESA’s 2014 Sustainability Report, we’ve outlined how our company has performed against the sustainability goals and objectives outlined in our 2012 Sustainability Plan. The 30-page document measures the firm’s progress and further promotes our commitment to sustainable operations, pursuing work that matters within a vibrant employee-ownership culture.

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May 15, 2015

Mike Leech Named ESA’s Director of Geospatial Services

Mike’s experience includes deploying field teams with GPS devices for data collection, mapping plant communities using object-based and pixel-based remote sensing tools and managing software development life cycles for international humanitarian organizations.

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March 4, 2015

Can We Even Begin To Imagine What Our Cities Will Look Like In The Year 2050?

Cities are indeed where the action is: for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities; by 2050 66% of us will be urban dwellers as the global population swells to more than 9 billion.

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Restore Americas Estuaries
February 13, 2015

Restore America’s Estuaries brings science and business together for Tampa Bay

Partnership with Tampa Bay Watch, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Environmental Science Associates, NOAA, U.S. EPA, U.S. FWS, and ScottsMiracle-Gro will demonstrate how Bay restoration efforts can best help mitigate climate change impacts.

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February 5, 2015

ESA’s Margaret Clancy, PWS, Named Vice President and Northwest Regional Director

“She is an effective leader with deep technical expertise and strong people skills that our clients and employees truly value. In her new role as Regional Director, Margaret will continue to advance our firm’s integrated services and solutions for clients throughout the Northwest.”

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March 4, 2014

Blue Carbon Study Illustrates Climate Benefits in the Snohomish Estuary

Read how this 2014 study discovered that functioning tidal wetlands actually store carbon, removing it from the atmosphere and from causing further environmental harm.

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February 4, 2014

Landmark Study Demonstrates Climate Benefits of Estuary Restoration

Contact: Steve Emmett-Mattox
Phone: 720.300.3139

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November 21, 2013

ESA’s Work Receives 2013 ASLA Oregon Chapter Merit Award for Analysis and Planning

ESA is pleased to announce that the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently awarded the Minto-Brown Island Park Floodplain Restoration project with a 2013 Merit Award for Analysis and Planning.

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July 17, 2013

Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area: Protecting Our Communities, Infrastructure and the Bay

The rapid changes in climate and sea level projected over the next 100 years threaten not only the natural wetlands, but also the communities and infrastructure around San Francisco Bay. How can we proactively create a new, more sustainable shoreline that integrates natural processes and undervalued resources such as sediment and wastewater?

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May 13, 2013

Airport Cooperative Research Program Releases Report 84, A Guidebook for Preparing Airport Emission Inventories for State Implementation Plans

The Federal Clean Air Act of 1970, as amended, requires that states identify those areas where the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are not met for six air contaminants, known as criteria air pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated such areas as nonattainment areas. A state with a nonattainment area must prepare a State Implementation Plan (SIP) that details the programs and requirements that the State will use in order to meet the NAAQS by the deadlines specified in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

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May 13, 2013

A Tale of Two Optimized Profile Descents

While Los Angeles and Sacramento have vastly different population levels, climates, and cultures, they shared a common theme at the University of California at Davis’ Aviation Symposium in Costa Mesa; lessons learned from implementing Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) procedures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Mather Airport (MHR). ESA Airports National Director, Steve Alverson, moderated a panel to share lessons learned from recent OPD efforts.

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November 14, 2012

Expert Eyes and Ears…and Noses

A floor-by-floor snapshot provides building managers with a useful assessment of the effectiveness of their building's waste diversion programs and suggestions for increasing compliance.

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November 14, 2012

FAA Issues Guidance on Recycling at Major Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a Program Guidance Letter (PGL) 12-08 to instruct Airport District Offices (ADOs) on how to implement portions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA).

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November 14, 2012

What is the New Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Protocol Anyway?

With more and more cities and counties planning for a greener future, a key baseline of both an effective sustainability plan and climate action plan is to clearly assess current conditions.

Community-scale Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories are critical to the development of GHG reduction strategies in both sustainability plans and climate action plans. The new Community GHG Inventory Protocol provides a framework for accounting consistency between inventories and among communities within a larger county, region, or state.

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November 14, 2012

Climate and Energy Action Plans: Getting to Implementation

Climate Action Plans (CAPs) and Energy Action Plans (EAPs) have become important planning tools for communities to articulate how they will meet energy, mobility, and material resource challenges in a carbon-constrained economy.

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October 20, 2012

Global Carbon Markets Now Open to Wetland Restoration and Conservation

An initiative led by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities for wetlands received final approval under the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) on October 4, 2012. This ground-breaking approval paves the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects through the issuance of internationally recognized carbon credits.

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October 16, 2012

FAA Issues Guidance on Recycling

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a Program Guidance Letter (PGL) 12-08 to instruct Airport District Offices (ADOs) on how to implement portions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA).

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July 24, 2012

Getting to Zero Waste

One half planning and implementation, the other half requires a shift in culture.

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July 24, 2012

California Anaerobic Digestion Forum Explores Project Successes and Challenges

Stakeholders examine the successes and challenges of anaerobic digestion technology, permitting, and economics.

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July 24, 2012

Climate and Energy Action: More Plans in the Works

Climate Action Plans (CAPs) have become important planning tools for communities to articulate how they will meet energy, mobility, and material resource challenges in a carbon-constrained economy.

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April 24, 2012

ESA Releases its Inaugural Sustainability Report

ESA celebrated Earth Day 2012 by releasing its first bi-annual sustainability report. The 50-page document highlights the firm’s progress toward being a sustainable business, providing forward-looking sustainable solutions to the firm’s clients, and promoting stewardship of the environment, our communities and employee-owners.

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March 8, 2012

Section 404 Nationwide Permits are Changing

The new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits (NWPs) will become effective March 19, 2012. The existing (2007) NWPs will expire on March 18, 2012. We’re here to help you keep your projects on track during this transition by providing resources, information, and assistance.

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November 16, 2011

Celebrate Innovation on GIS Day

November 16th is GIS Day and we’re celebrating more than a decade of delivering creative, innovative, and integrated client solutions using GIS. We’ve been using this powerful tool to benefit our clients and the environment on projects spanning a variety of markets and geographic locations from coast to coast. In recognition of GIS Day, we’re taking a moment to highlight the value this technology and our GIS team has contributed to our clients, the environment, and our teaming partners on several recent efforts.

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November 8, 2011

A Major Shift in Floodplain Management

Although September 2011 marked a major milestone in floodplain management across the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound region, the road forward remains uncertain.

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July 19, 2011

ESA Completes Most Comprehensive Fast-Track Environmental Review of its Kind

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a San Francisco-based environmental science and planning firm, led the City and County of San Francisco’s environmental consultant team in releasing the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the 34th America’s Cup (AC34) venue for the City and Port of San Francisco.

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