Each year Environmental Business Journal recognizes outstanding business performance in the environmental industry with our EBJ Business Achievement Awards. 2011 marks EBJ’s 14th annual business achievement awards. Winners are divided into business achievement by size and segment, M&A awards, new practice areas and international expansion. Outstanding projects and new technology development or applications are awarded Project Merit Awards or Technology Merit Awards. Finally companies are recognized for contributions to the industry and society at large.
In October-December 2011, EBJ solicited the environmental industry via e-mail, web-site and word-of-mouth for nominations for the EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Categories or size designations may have been adjusted depending on the volume of nominations or of the number of worthy recipients. Final awards were determined by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members. Congratulations to the winners, thanks to all parties submitting nominations and all are welcome to San Diego for the official awards ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit X on March 14, 2012 at the Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California.
Disclaimer: company audits were not conducted to verify information or claims submitted with nominations.
Business Achievement: Small Firms (less than $20 million)
Gold Medal ? Environmental Operating Solutions, Inc. (EOSi, Bourne, MA), for revenue growth of approximately 130% to about $10 million during 2011. EOSi is a developer of nutrient removal products for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. The products are derived from non-hazardous agricultural chemicals that supply energy for denitrifying bacteria in wastewater, thereby saving costs compared with traditional nutrient removal technologies. EOSi attributes its stunning growth in 2011 in part to regulatory requirements-rules requiring controls on nutrient discharges in National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are beginning to take effect-as well as to the value proposition of the technology and the high productivity of EOSi’s staff of 13 professionals, which has remained constant throughout this high-growth period. A recent investment by Cultivian Ventures LP (Carmel, IN), a food and agriculture-focused venture capital fund, is expected to enable a broadening and deepening of strategic raw material supplier and logistic relationships with the agricultural sector, thereby stabilizing the supply chain for its products. EOSi will also explore the addition of other nutrient removal technologies to leverage its base of expertise and will be looking to buy, license, or form partnerships in the nutrient removal business.
Silver Medal ? Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (Bedford, MA), for achieving 62% growth in gross revenue during 2011 to nearly $8.5 million, 315% revenue growth over the past five years, and, through that five-year period, growth in the number of veterans employed by the firm from less than 7.5% to almost 40% of its professional technical staff. Mabbett & Associates is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, that has provided integrated multi-disciplinary environmental, health, and safety, and sustainable energy consulting and engineering services for over 30 years. According to Mabbett, the growth over the past five years is sustainable based in part on several factors: the continued implementation of a multi-faceted marketing and business development program; the award of multi-year major contracts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal clients; extension of its service reach through continued geographic expansion; enhanced proven relationships; and the initial development and continued strengthening of an excellent performance record with federal agencies, private clients, and project partners. Some existing clients have worked with Mabbett since the firm’s inception in 1980.
Bronze Medal ? EcoAnalysts, Inc. (Moscow, ID), for increasing revenue from $3.8 million in 2010 to $5.5 million in 2011, an increase of 45% for the second year in a row. EcoAnalysts is an aquatic monitoring and ecological consulting company that claims to operate North America’s largest taxonomy laboratory. The company was ranked at number 36 on Inc. magazine’s 2011 list of the fastest growing environmental firms, and at number 2,402 overall. Since 2009, EcoAnalysts has seen its revenue increase by 121%. 2011 net profit margin increased to 18% from 16% in 2010. The revenue increase in 2011 was driven largely by an increase in taxonomy laboratory output and the addition of project management services for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With the addition of a director of Canadian business development in Vancouver, British Columbia, revenue from Canadian operations has expanded by 15% over the past year.
Bronze Medal ? TerraTherm, Inc. (Fitchburg, MA) for continued growth in revenue and geographical deployment of its suite of In Situ Thermal Remediation (ISTR) technologies, including Thermal Conduction Heating (TCH), Advanced Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH), and Steam Enhanced Extraction (SEE). TerraTherm’s revenue increased 113% between 2008 and 2010, while contract backlog increased 101% in 2011 to $29.5 million. The firm is forecasting a revenue increase of 100% in 2012 to more than $31 million. In addition, verbal awards and follow-on work is expected to add another $88.5 million in project revenue over the next several years. To execute the work the company recently secured bank financing totaling $8 million, to be used to purchase capital equipment and provide working capital. International work continues to surge with sublicensees and partners working in 11 countries.
Business Achievement: Mid-size Firms ($20 million to $100 million)
Gold Medal ? Chambers Group (Santa Ana, CA), an environmental consulting firm with strengths in the core service areas of environmental documentation, biology, and cultural resources, for rebounding from the recession and growing revenue from $8 million in 2009 to $17 million in 2010 and more than $30 million in 2011. Over this period, profitability increased by 550% and staff from less than 50 employees to more than 220 employees. Prior to 2009, much of Chambers’ revenue came from the real estate development market and school expansions. The company says that it basically “turned on a dime” and repackaged its core services to concentrate on offering them to the energy (traditional and renewable), mining, and transportation sectors, which were growing. A conscientious decision was to strategically hire specialists to service these market sectors and to concentrate on building depth of offering. Chambers has been successful in its make-over, demonstrated by its client list, which now includes over 50 mining companies, every major utility in California, plus many renewable energy developers. All offices have expanded and they open a new office in El Centro, California. to better serve the Renewable Market Sector.
Silver Medal ? Dade Moeller & Associates, Inc. (Richland WA) for increasing revenue by 34% to $55 million, up from $40.9 million in 2010. Dade Moeller is an employee-owned company providing professional and technical services to 156 federal, state, and commercial clients in support of environmental, nuclear, radiological, and worker safety operations. Fifty percent of the company’s 70 new employees in 2011 were hired to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) efforts to assess environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. Also in 2011, the company expanded in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and moved its radio-analytical and calibration laboratory there to support current and future operations, including its 104 commercial contracts, which contributed $2.3 million to the company’s 2011 revenue. The firm’s Dade Moeller Training Academy offers 30 courses at five locations, as well as on line, and is positioned for growth in 2012 with the advent of seven new worker safety training courses and 2 new training sites. In 2011, the ZweigWhite Hot Firm List ranked Dade Moeller as the third fastest growing environmental consulting firm in North America.
Bronze Medal ? Trihydro Corp. (Laramie, WY), for revenue growth of more than 15% in 2011 and average annual revenue growth of 10.5% over the last three years. Trihydro, which provides environmental consulting, engineering and surveying, air quality and process management, information technology, sustainable business solutions, and water and natural resource services to public and private clients, attributes the significant growth in 2011, to strategic hires and the acquisition of Denver-based Aquifer Solutions, which strengthened Trihydro’s position as a leader in in-situ remediation and significantly expanded its footprint in the federal cleanup market. Net growth in employees in 2011 was 37%. Trihydro also continues to focus on increasing its international portfolio, completing 12 projects in South America. The firm implemented an exchange program with a key alliance in Brazil, whereby professional staff from each company spent time working at each other’s offices in order to share technical and business knowledge and develop working relationships. In addition, recognizing the firm’s expertise in mining closure and post-closure services, the Chilean government invited the company to attend a mining-focused conference in Chile.
Bronze Medal ? Sovereign Consulting Inc. (Robbinsville, NJ), for approximately doubling revenue over the past five years, to $48 million in 2011 from $26.6 million in 2007. Also during 2011, Sovereign announced the opening of its first Pacific Northwest office (Seattle) and the expansion of its staff to include mine remediation and reclamation expertise. Sovereign’s key partnerships with RE Invest Solutions, LLC, a brownfield redevelopment company, and Integrity Energy, LLC, a solar energy company, facilitated the initiation of major new brownfield and solar projects in the Northeast this past year. RE Invest/Sovereign acquired the former Carlisle Tire and Wheel property in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and will work with the municipality and the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority to redevelop the property. In addition, Sovereign/Integrity is constructing a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system atop a warehouse building in Branchburg, New Jersey. The $3 million system will produce enough energy to power 100 homes. In the federal market, Sovereign and its joint venture partner Tidewater Inc. won a $65 million multiple-award contract from the Navy for remedial construction, remedial operation, and long-term management services at sites in Virginia, West Virginia, and the Northeast. Sovereign’s remedial technology group also expanded its capabilities in partnership with TRS Group, Inc. in winning a major project with the Maryland Department of Transportation to perform remediation via electrical resistance heating at a site in Easton, Maryland.
Honorable Mention ? McKim & Creed (Raleigh, NC), for a return to revenue growth in 2010 and 2011 despite having had a significant presence in segments of the environmental market-land development and municipal water-that suffered badly during the economic downturn, and for enjoying its best year ever in terms profit on gross revenue. Revenue grew from $41.4 million in 2010 to a projected $45 million in 2011, after having fallen from $64 million in 2007 to about $40 million in 2009. McKim & Creed had acquired a land development specialist firm in early 2008, about six months before the global financial crisis hit the land development market hard. Over the period from early 2008 to late 2009, the firm cut about $10 million, or 40%, from a $28 million payroll. McKim & Creed’s recovery is due in part to making tough business decisions, to success within its Geomatics Division-a unit that provides sophisticated subsurface and hydrographic data collection-to diversification into growing energy markets such as renewables and smart grid development, and to staying very close to energy sector clients that turned to the firm when major needs arose.
Honorable Mention ? ERRG (Martinez, CA), for growing revenue from $58.3 million to $61.1 million during 2011 while increasing contracted backlog to more than $50 million. As a testament to the outstanding year the firm enjoyed ERRG was recognized with two prestigious industry awards. The Department of Defense (DOD) selected ERRG as a Nunn-Perry winner for exceptional performance in DOD’s Mentor-Prot¨¦g¨¦ Program, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) selected the company as the Region 9 Prime Contractor of the Year for the successful completion of a high-profile project at the Former Hunter’s Point Shipyard in San Francisco. The company was also successful in winning two new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts, one from the Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District, and the other from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest. These new awards are expected to provide ERRG with $75 million of additional contract capacity. ERRG also undertook successful projects for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service, the National Guard Bureau, and the California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC). In order to support the increased workload, ERRG opened new offices in Sacramento and Phoenix. The company now has eight offices and over 280 employees.
Business Achievement: Large Firms (more than $100 million)
Gold Medal ? Ecology and Environment, Inc. (E&E, Lancaster, NY), for generating a record $169.2 million in revenue during its 2011 fiscal year-an increase of $25.1 million over FY 2010-and a 64.5% increase in net income. E&E attributes its increased earnings to expanded services in renewable energy, mining, linear projects, and sustainability and its leadership in providing multidisciplinary solutions for large, complex projects in emerging global markets such as the Middle East, Africa, and South America. Recent acquisitions in the mining and alternative energy sectors and the increasingly active domestic markets for E&E’s international subsidiaries, especially in Brazil, Peru, and Africa, are also fueling growth. E&E’s energy sector is driving growth in the United States, with net revenues from environmental services for the full life cycle of renewable energy projects increasing 37% over the previous year. Revenue from E&E’s solar sector doubled in 2011, and strong growth in the firm’s wind sector continued with a current total of more than 380 projects in 35 states. Also, business from the geothermal sector increased 155% in 2011.
Silver Medal ? Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA), for increasing gross revenue to more than $2.57 billion during the company’s 2011 fiscal year, and increasing net revenue to $1.79 billion-an improvement of 22.7% over FY 2010. Growth was driven by strong demand for Tetra Tech’s water-related services from mining, energy, and industrial clients. Over the past year, Tetra Tech successfully expanded its geographic reach and diversified its client mix, increasing its headcount to 13,000 employees in 330 offices worldwide. The company worked in more than 135 countries, up from 100 last year, and generated approximately 30% of net revenue from international clients-a significant milestone, considering that international business accounted for only 5% of revenue two years ago. Important new contract wins in water and environmental markets included: a $62 million clean water protection program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a $16 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Indonesia clean energy development program; and a $20 million contract to provide technical support for the Mexico Low Emissions Development (MLED) program, a cornerstone of USAID’s global climate change initiative. Tetra Tech’s backlog at the end of FY 2011 grew to $1.95 billion, an increase of 5.2% compared with FY 2010.
Bronze Medal ? POWER Engineers (Boise, ID), for growing gross revenue by nearly 13% to approximately $229 million in 2011 while increasing profitability by 17%. POWER Engineers provides engineering services for power delivery and generation to a broad range of industries. The company is a global leader in serving the geothermal energy industry, and it has a strong niche in providing engineering services to the food processing and packaging industry, focusing on “inside the box” processes and controls. POWER Engineers’ revenue growth has averaged 15 to 18% annually over the last 10 years, despite a flat 2009, as much of the industry experienced. The company attributes its solid 2011 growth to strength in key market segments, such as renewable energy and high-voltage transmission line development. In the renewables market, POWER Engineers serves the large utilities, such as Iberdrola and Southern California Edison, and it expects the renewables market to stay strong in 2012, along with the transmission market, which CEO Jack Hand sees as “huge” and as active as he has seen in his more than 30 years in the energy engineering business.
Business Achievement: Information Technology
Locus Technologies (Mountain View, CA) for achieving 56% revenue growth in 2011 and a 20% increase in staff. Locus won a significant multi-year contract to manage more than 40 years of environmental data at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory, a win that enabled the company to further expand key capabilities in enterprise sample planning, laboratory invoice tracking, and full business process support. Locus also signed up DOE¡¯s Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1 in southern California, expanding Locus’ DOE customer base. Locus opened a new office in Asheville, North Carolina, and established a GIS center of excellence. New customers in 2011 included Kodak, Arizona Public Service, Southern California Edison, Energenic, Roca Honda, and multiple mining customers, such as Stillwater, Denison, Geovic, and Strathmore. Locus also entered a new market, the food industry, signing up such companies as Del Monte Foods, Safeway, and Sugar Cane Growers. Locus entered into a strategic business alliance with ChemADVISOR, Inc. that will provide Locus customers with direct access to a world-class chemical database for environmental compliance, regulatory frameworks, and waste disposal needs. Locus also introduced what it’s referring to as the industry-first iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch application for field data collection, called eWell.
Environmental Data Resources Inc. (EDR; Milford, CT), for growth in the deployment of its PARCEL Platform, a product that helps environmental consultants and other property due diligence professionals write, review, assemble, and deliver Phase I environmental site assessments, property condition assessments, and other types of due diligence reports. Currently, more than 7,000 professionals at over 3,000 companies use PARCEL for end users in such diverse industries as telecommunications, financial services, and healthcare. In 2011, PARCEL users reached a milestone-175,000 prepared reports (and counting), a tribute to the web-based platform’s versatility, effectiveness, and widespread adoption.
3E Company (Carlsbad, CA), for the introduction of several new products and services that address environmental, health, and safety (EHS) product life cycles and supply-chain obligations. New products and services launched in 2011 included the following: 3E Mobile – MSDS, which 3E claims to be the first mobile site to offer instant access to hazardous materials inventories and associated material safety data sheets (MSDSs) via smartphone; the 3E Integrated MSDS Data for MSDgen, which features the integration of 3E’s MSDS management service with its MSDgen MSDS authoring system; and Ariel WebInsight version 7.0, the latest version of 3E’s web-based chemical regulatory compliance reference tool. This version of Ariel includes a new Green Score Analysis module, which provides access to critical information needed to quickly assess the EHS regulatory and sustainability footprint of chemical products and aid in the development and selection of safer and more environmentally friendly ingredients.
Business Achievement: Mergers & Acquisitions
Gold Medal ? Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA) for completing five significant acquisitions during its 2011 fiscal year. The acquisition of Quebec-based BPR, a multidisciplinary consulting and engineering leader, brought on board more than 1,600 employees and $170 million U.S. in annual revenue. Tetra Tech next acquired Fransen Engineering (Richmond, British Columbia). As part of Tetra Tech, Fransen has more than doubled its headcount, rapidly expanding its service offerings in water treatment and tailings management for Canadian oil sands producers. The acquisition of Proteus EPCM Engineers (Perth, Australia) established Tetra Tech’s presence in Australia, where the high-growth economy is driven by strong demand for natural resources. Proteus, which has about 150 employees and $30 million U.S. in annual revenue, is also serving as a gateway to new markets across Asia and Africa. Tetra Tech also brought on board its first Latin American acquisition, 60-person Metalica Consultores (Santiago, Chile). Finally, Tetra Tech acquired PRO-telligent (Arlington, VA), a firm with $100 million in annual revenue and 600-plus staff, including highly specialized, security-cleared foreign affairs and international development experts.
Silver Medal ? TRC Companies, Inc. (Lowell, MA), for its execution in 2011 of a highly successful acquisition program to support the company’s growth strategy. In addition to investing in organic growth initiatives, TRC is focused on pursuing strategic acquisitions to enhance its service lines and expand in the Midwest and Texas. Its acquisition of Alexander Utility Engineering (AUE) established a foothold in the growing communications engineering market, expands our power engineering presence in Texas, and advances our overall growth strategy in that region. AUE’s strong customer relationships and access to various vertical markets presents a number of cross selling opportunities. TRC also acquired the Environmental Business Unit of RMT, Inc., adding depth and capability to its service portfolio and significantly expanding its presence in the Midwest and Texas. The acquisition also provided access to a deep roster of industrial clients and opens substantial cross-selling opportunities. Finally, TRC acquired The Payne Firm, Inc., thereby enhancing its position in the private equity transactions market and legal sector, and complements our Exit Strategy services through cross-selling opportunities. The addition of Payne expands our North American footprint, strengthens our presence in the Midwest and opens access to international project work through the Inogen Environmental Alliance.
Bronze Medal ? CDM Smith Inc. (Cambridge, MA) for its 2011 acquisitions of Wilbur Smith Associates (Columbia, SC), a consulting firm that specializes in transportation, infrastructure, and community development planning, engineering, and economics, and E3 Consulting Australia Pty Ltd., an environmental science and engineering consultancy with offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia. Wilbur Smith Associates employs about 1,000 at 56 offices in eight countries and has completed projects in more than 100 nations. E3 specializes in environmental assessments, remediation, sustainability, and coastal and water resources management for public- and private-sector clients. According to an industry analyst, CDM Smith’s acquisition of Wilbur Smith was noteworthy because it demonstrates that employee-owned buyers can play in the M&A game along with the large publicly traded companies, and that employee-owned buyers and sellers can combine smoothly.
Honorable Mention ? EnerNOC, Inc. (Boston, MA), for acquisitions that propelled the company into new client segments and new geographies. In January 2011, EnerNOC acquired M2M Communications, a provider of wireless machine-to-machine technologies that allow even the most remote businesses and operations to participate in demand management programs. This technology gives EnerNOC, which currently manages approximately 7,000 megawatts (MW) of demand response, access to a largely un-penetrated market-agricultural demand response. According to EnerNOC, this market potential is estimated to be more than 10,000 MW in the United States and even more worldwide. EnerNOC also acquired Energy Response Pty Ltd, the largest demand response provider in Australia and New Zealand. This acquisition significantly strengthened EnerNOC’s presence in western Australia’s and marked its entry into eastern Australia’s electricity market and the New Zealand electricity market. Energy Response was active in capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets and had established the largest network of commercial, institutional, and industrial demand response providers across Australia and New Zealand.
Business Achievement: New Practice Areas
The Phylmar Group, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA), for its recent launch of the Phylmar Affiliate Network Inner Circle, an exclusive international group comprising small to medium-size environmental, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability consulting firms. Inner Circle members have access to a network of more than 500 affiliates in 50 countries, thereby expanding their firms’ technical and geographic reach. The Inner Circle builds on Phylmar’s innovative business model allowing members to effectively compete with much larger EHS consulting firms on a global scale. The Inner Circle also provides members with the opportunity to partner with non-EHS consultancies that provide services and products to Inner Circle members to increase their competitive position. Partners, to date, have been drawn from a variety of industry sectors, including marketing and financial services. During the Inner Circle’s first year, 17 members were signed up, along with five partners.
EcoAnalysts, Inc. (Moscow, ID), for significantly increasing its revenue through expansion of its services into the global marine bioassessment and biodiversity market. EcoAnalysts has grown its marine project-related revenue from $200,000 to $3.5 million over the past two years. This growth was achieved through client diversification, government contracting, and strategic hiring, including a new director of marine services. Projects included a National Coastal Condition Assessment for EPA, bioassessment work related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), fast-track processing of deep-sea samples from the largest offshore sampling program within the South China Sea, and benthic marine community analysis projects in near-shore Canadian waters.
CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) for growth in its practice related to reducing biological threats from extensive biological warfare programs. In 2008, the firm won a multi-year, multiple-contractor program for biological threat reduction and a key task in the country of Georgia, a former Soviet Union state with significant Cold War biological production and laboratory capabilities. Using skills developed from managing large-scale infrastructure, decontamination, and environmental programs, CH2M HILL is providing engineering and construction services for containment laboratories at Biosafety Level -3; integrating threat agent detection and response efforts; and developing cooperative research programs to harness the capabilities of Georgian scientists. Total fees could exceed $100 million in revenue. With this contract, CH2M HILL became known as a major support contractor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). In less than four years, CH2M HILL now has a self-sustaining practice to provide a full suite of services to DTRA’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. After targeting this new practice area, CH2M HILL has developed and executed a strategy to penetrate the market. Formerly focused on former Soviet Union states, the new practice area offers threat reduction, chemical-biological defense, and program management on a worldwide basis.
AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA), for growth of its Nanotechnology Initiative, a program to respond to growing opportunities for safely using nanotechnology-based materials for better environmental results. AECOM’s nanotechnology-related service offering includes: EHS services to ensure compliance with best practices and guidelines; risk assessment to determine the potential effects of products on employees, consumers, and the environment; environmental toxicology to evaluate the ecological impacts of products; and remediation services employing nanomaterials engineered to address specific contaminants for faster, cheaper, and more-focused cleanups. AECOM has nanotechnology-related projects in Russia, Australia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the United States. For example, collaborating with a major aerospace company and university partner, AECOM investigated the environmental fate and transport of nanomaterials used in enhanced groundwater remediation and developed methods to control and stop their movement in the subsurface. In Russia, AECOM is working for RUSNANO to review designs of key Sochi 2014 winter Olympic venues and advise on the cost-effective introduction of nanotechnology-based products.
Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc. (EMPSi; San Francisco, CA) for the successful launch of a new “environmental constraints and permit expediting” practice in 2011. The practice focuses on siting time-sensitive projects, primarily energy-related, on federal lands. Using the Constraint Assessment for Siting (CAS) model, the practice is able to delineate the optimal areas for development. The CAS model is built on an extensive data library built over the last four years and provides interactive maps associated with energy development potential and known environmental constraints. Proposed development areas are assessed along with alternatives. Permitting timeframes are then assigned to each alternative, allowing developers to easily understand the trade-offs between time, cost, and technical feasibility, according to EMPSi. Maps are exported to Google Earth data layers to allow presentations “on the fly” so that developers, regulators, and the public can easily view specific constraints in a graphic mode. The analysis is designed to support any subsequent compliance actions, including NEPA compliance and local permitting.
Project Merit Awards
PMC (Rancho Cordova, CA) for the completion of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) for the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The BPMP recommends adding 50 miles of new trails, 82 miles of new bicycle lanes, 18 miles of new bicycle routes, and many pedestrian and bicycle connection and amenity improvements throughout Rio Rancho. These improvements and others outlined in the plan will equal an annual reduction of almost one million miles of vehicle travel per year and a result in an annual reduction of 745 million metric tons of carbon dioxide when fully implemented. The BPMP’s main goal is to increase resident’s access to healthy modes of transportation such as pedestrian and bike trails, but it also calls for access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities, taking advantage of the city’s beautiful weather, which allows for year-round outdoor activities. The project was supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) and Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, CA), for the design of the Brightwater Treatment Plant in King County, Washington, the largest membrane bioreactor installation in North America at 39 million gallons per day (mgd). The Brightwater design incorporates numerous innovations to ensure that the county receives maximum long-term benefits. These features include chemically enhanced primary clarification for treatment of peak wet-weather flows and cost and energy-saving design of the aeration basin blower system. The facility produces Class A reclaimed water for irrigation and non-potable use. Biosolids are dewatered and distributed off-site for beneficial use. The Brightwater facilities are fully enclosed and ventilated using a three-stage odor-control system, producing no detectable odor at the property line. A former automobile wrecking yard has been transformed into the facility’s 120-acre park-like setting, incorporating streams, wetlands, trails, and overlook structures. In addition, an environmental education/community center, designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards, provides public meeting space, interpretive displays, and teaching and laboratory facilities.
RegScan, Inc. (Williamsport, PA), in collaboration with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), for developing a one-of-a-kind regulatory tracking product for Pennsylvania oil and gas operators. Based on RegScan’s patent-pending Socrates Project and Task Management technology, the IPAA Environmental Compliance System – PA was officially launched on October 5. The product chronologically outlines all the regulatory requirements for oil and gas development in Pennsylvania. The on-line system is fully integrated with the RegScan GCS 2.0 research databases, which contain volumes of state and federal environmental regulations. The databases are continuously updated, so the most current information is always available. In developing the product, IPAA, a respected advocate for responsible development of domestic oil and natural gas, offered subject-matter expertise, while RegScan handled production and the majority of the marketing efforts. Because of increased consumer demand, a product for West Virginia is currently in development.
Marstel-Day LLC (Fredericksburg, VA), for the development of a “renewable energy engagement plan” for the U.S. Air Force to proactively engage with key stakeholders and find solutions to the complex issues of compatible renewable energy development. The development of renewable energy sources and associated transmission infrastructure can pose a variety of encroachment challenges to Air Force operations, mostly in the form of tall structure and radar interference. Sparsely populated open space considered ideal for Air Force operations and training are often areas with high renewable energy generation potential, particularly in the southwestern United States. The engagement plan focuses on Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and provides a roadmap for internal and external engagement. Key elements of the plan include stakeholder identification and analysis, themes and messages, industry and trade association outreach, case studies, permitting process timetables, and forecasting analysis. By using this plan, the Air Force has developed a way forward in the form of a phased action plan to collaborate with developers and other stakeholders to maximize renewable energy potential while ensuring that the Air Force can train and operate effectively.
TRC Companies, Inc. (Lowell, MA), for providing environmental and engineering consulting support to the city of Haverhill, Massachusetts, in the city’s $100 million transit-oriented redevelopment project. In November 2011, an abandoned, contaminated former automobile repair and refueling site opened as a 127,000 square foot parking garage with a pedestrian walkway. Now the city anchor to spur downtown living, parking, and transportation, the garage connects to major transportation hubs. TRC’s supplementary projects, the Hamel Mill Lofts and the Hayes at Railroad Square housing projects, cumulatively containing over 350 units, are nestled together steps away from the new garage. TRC worked closely with the city to manage all environmental and engineering aspects for the garage, from site investigation to remedial design and implementation through to construction. Services included: engineering design associated with soil excavation, dewatering, and restoration of the site to pre-existing conditions; preparation of design drawings and specifications to remove contaminated soil and groundwater; removal and recycling/disposal of five underground storage tanks (USTs) and an estimated 3,700 tons and 150,000 gallons of petroleum-impacted soils and groundwater, respectively; groundwater monitoring during garage construction; and installation of a contaminant vapor barrier under the garage.
WRScompass (Tampa, FL) for its work on a sanitary sewer rehabilitation project for the city of Live Oak, Florida. Under this $14.5 million design/build contact, WRScompass evaluated the use of trenchless technologies for the city’s 80-year-old sanitary sewer system and developed and implemented a strategy for improving the quality of the system while minimizing impacts on the local residents. WRScompass says it was selected for this contract in part based on its ability to assist the city in obtaining funds for the project from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as its experience in using trenchless methods. WRScompass was responsible for all aspects of the work, including CCTV inspections, sewer cleaning, evaluation, engineering, and implementation of the design. WRScompass used a combination of point repairs, pipe bursting, and cured in-place piping (CIPP) to rehabilitate over 200,000 feet of sewer lines. According to the company, the work saved the city billions of gallons of water that were previously lost to leaks. Design/build delivery allowed WRScompass to complete all aspects of the work within 15 months; engineering costs equated to less than 7% of the contract value.
AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA), for the development and implementation of a solid waste management master planning project in Anbar, Iraq. Realizing that the people of Anbar were in dire need to improve their quality of life in this war-torn country, UNICEF retained AECOM to develop a solid waste management master plan for the Anbar Governorate, which has a population of 1.5 million. The landfills in Anbar do not meet international standards, and waste is generally burned openly in uncontrolled dumps without regard for residents and results in extensive air and water pollution. AECOM pulled together an international technical team of solid waste management engineers and social scientists to evaluate conditions and to develop a logical, systematic, long-term plan to address solid waste collection, disposal, recycling, composting, and financial management. The technical information exchange facilitated by AECOM’s experts directly benefited the Anbar region as well as expanded the capabilities within AECOM to perform similar studies throughout the Middle East.
WSP Environment & Energy (Reston, VA), for its environmental work in connection with the Flats at Atlas District development in Washington, DC. The Flats is being developed by Clark Realty Capital as a 257-unit apartment community with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space on a site previously housing a multi-story retail store and an automobile repair shop. Site investigations conducted by multiple parties discovered petroleum-contaminated soil from an old fuel oil tank. When previous buildings were demolished, the tank was left in place. WSP was retained to develop and implement the remedial action plan, which was to be implemented during construction. Over a 10-month period, WSP oversaw the removal of over 43,500 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil and the removal and disposal of four previously undiscovered underground storage tanks. A major challenge of the project was that the site’s previous owner retained liability for remediation. Through continuous communication and cooperation, WSP served as an intermediary to bring all parties to agreement and close out the remediation portion of the project.
Korea Environment Corporation (Keco), for establishing a national waste monitoring system serving South Korea. The Allbaro system monitors all industrial waste handling processes, from discharge to transport to final treatment, using the internet or radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in real time. Waste dischargers, collectors, transporters and final treatment businesses feed information on the waste management process into the Allbaro system, which was initially used only by general hospitals and designated waste dischargers. In 2011, the system’s scope was expanded to encompass all kinds of industrial waste. According to Keco, this achievement represents a milestone in South Korean waste management and, as a real-time, on-line waste management system operating on a national scale, is unique in the world. The company says that the Allbaro system decreases waste management costs by KRW 264.4 billion (about $230 million U.S.) and reduces CO2 emissions by 5592.6 tons annually through the use of the internet instead of paper-based tracking, and it prevents the illegal treatment of waste and indiscriminate waste disposal.
SCS Engineers (Long Beach, CA), for its role in the redevelopment of the former Mission Brewery site in San Diego, California, into an affordable housing residential complex. Under contract with AMCAL Mission Funding, LP, SCS provided environmental consulting and construction services, including mass grading and pad certifications. Services also included the completion of various environmental studies and a soil management and health and safety plan. To prepare the site for vertical development, SCS conducted mass grading as well as soil removal and re-compaction to accommodate foundations and structural slabs. SCS also oversaw the environmental monitoring of the excavation, supervised the implementation of the community health and safety plan, and assisted with soil removal. According to SCS, the new complex will provide numerous benefits to the city of San Diego and achieve multiple objectives, including the provision of greatly needed additional affordable housing units, the delivery of quality on-site social services, community investment, redevelopment, and a “smart growth” opportunity to provide transit-oriented development.
Sullivan International Group, Inc. (San Diego, CA), HELIOS, which has been developed by Sullivan in conjunction with Pratt & Whitney/UTC over the past 12 years, simplifies the business processes and information management requirements needed to ensure compliance with federal, state, local, and corporate EHS requirements, while integrating with other key internal business systems. The application consists of 25 separate software modules utilizing a centralized enterprise database to provide EHS professionals with easy access to regularly used applications, web sites, and EHS tools. The product was developed in conjunction with P&W¡¯s environmental, health, and safety (EHS) organization, and originally implemented as an enterprise software package called EHSdesk. In December 2011, Pratt & Whitney licensed the EHSdesk intellectual property to Sullivan as a perpetual, exclusive license. The Sullivan-branded instance of the Web EHSdesk platform will be marketed as HELIOS starting in 2012.
Covanta Onondaga L.P. (Jamesville, NY) for the environmentally sound operation of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility. The facility, which consists of three energy-from-waste boilers, has operated at utilization rate of 92% over the past five years. The facility processes 990 tons of municipal solid waste daily and generates approximately 39.5 MW of electricity, enough energy to power 30,000 households. Odors and dust are drawn from the tipping floor into the boilers with the combustion air. Pollution control systems reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), mercury, acid gas, and particulate matter. The ash is used as daily cover at a landfill, and 10,000 tons of scrap steel and 450 tons of non-ferrous scrap are recycled annually. Onondaga is a zero-water-discharge facility for industrial, process, and storm water. The facility has eliminated the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals and mercury-containing switches.
Technology Merit: Remediation
EA Engineering, Science, And Technology, Inc. (Hunt Valley, Md), for the development of the Green Site Remediation (GSR) Toolbox to help the company’s professionals foster the use of green and sustainable elements in soil and groundwater remediation projects. The GSR Toolbox applies a tiered-tools approach to virtually any phase of a project’s life cycle. The complexity of available tools varies sequentially from qualitative to quantitative in step with the project’s progress. Application of the GSR Toolbox begins during site investigation when, following EPA’s TRIAD approach, EA maximizes the use of real-time field measurements and minimizes laboratory-derived wastes and the carbon footprint associated with invasive drilling activities or multiple field mobilizations. During the feasibility study/design phase, the GSR Toolbox focuses on analyzing life-cycle scenarios and comparing remedial technologies based on sustainability metrics such as short- and long-term energy and water consumption, air emissions, ecosystem impacts, material consumption, and waste minimization or recycling. When implementing sustainable technologies, the GSR Toolbox promotes the use of environmentally preferred products and clean construction techniques, including the use of solar-powered systems, green-fleet equipment, cleaner fuels, and waste-to-energy solutions.
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. (GES; Neptune, NJ), for development of the green remediation indicator (GRI) tool as part of the company’s green and sustainable remediation practice. While “carbon footprint” commonly refers to the CO2 generated by a remedial solution, another important factor is CO2 generation per mass of contaminant reduction or recovery. The GRI calculates the comparative site-specific carbon footprints of remedial strategies using this perspective. When factoring in life-cycle duration, a long-term monitored natural attenuation remedy may in actuality have a significantly greater mass of CO2 produced per mass of remediated contaminant than a short-term aggressive technology (such as in-situ chemical oxidation injection). Accordingly, large carbon footprints should be accompanied by significant risk reduction. The GRI tool offers a forward-thinking process to implement the most effective solution within a practical “whole site” approach that also includes resource conservation through efficient use and re-use of energy-efficient, aggressive remediation or long-term low-impact technologies.
Technology Merit: Water/Wastewater
American Water (Voorhees, NJ) for its receipt of patent 8,012,352, for “Optimized Nutrient Removal from Wastewater,” also known as NPXpress, in September 2011. The NPXpress technology helps municipalities, which are facing both increasing operating costs and more stringent environmental regulations, to reduce those costs while improving the removal of nitrogen and phosphorus. Because the technology operates at lower oxygen levels, electricity consumption for aeration is reduced by 50%. In addition, the process can eliminate the need for costly chemical addition (methanol) by up to 80 to 100%. The low aeration conditions select for an ancient type of microbe, the ammonia-oxidizing Archea bacteria, that was only discovered in 2005. These microbes process ammonia using a different metabolic pathway, requiring only one molecule of oxygen for each molecule of ammonia. Because of these unique operating conditions, the microbes also accumulate phosphorus, which is removed in the sludge. Finally, because nitrogen is processed in a different manner, the treatment does not produce nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas that can be emitted by conventional wastewater plants.
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (Hunt Valley, MD), for developing Toxicity Identification Evaluation (TIE) strategies to help municipalities and industrial companies more effectively-and at less cost-identify chronic toxicity in effluent wastewaters and sediments. Applying EPA’s Whole Effluent Toxicity Assessment approach, TIE strategies use a series of physical and chemical fractionation procedures to isolate and determine the acute and chronic toxicants of concern in effluent, stormwater, and sediments. Once the toxicant is identified, EA engineers and scientists design appropriate management practices or control options to reduce or eliminate the potential for environmental issues. EA professionals have developed national TIE protocols, presented numerous TIE papers at scientific meetings, presented short courses, and authored a complete compendium on TIEs. Over the past 10 years, EA has performed these analyses in freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems at more than 125 U.S. facilities.
Technology Merit: Waste Management & Pollution Control
EQ – The Environmental Quality Company (Wayne, MI), for its development of a recycling program to manage spent N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP), a non-hazardous solvent used in lithium-ion battery manufacturing. In the production of batteries for electric and hybrid automobile equipment manufacturers, battery manufacturers will generate approximately one million gallons of spent electronic-grade NMP annually. EQ markets and redistributes recycled NMP once the solvent is reclaimed. NMP is used to dissolve and transport nickel, magnesium, and cobalt (NMC) powder. Once the NMC powder has been released onto the electrode plates, the material is cooled, condensed, and collected as a waste by-product. Utilizing EQ’s more than 20 years of experience in the distillation and recycling of solvents, EQ receives the by-product NMP in bulk from the manufacturers and distills it into an industrial-grade NMP. Key benefits of EQ’s process include the lower temperature it is able to achieve using vacuum distillation.
Soil-Therm Equipment, Inc. (Agoura Hills, CA), for its development of the Mobile DEGASSER, a technology for capturing and destroying volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during the transfer of fuels and liquids from production operations at refinery locations to delivery vehicles. Soil-Therm describes the Mobile DEGASSER as safer than the conventional method, which involves the use of internal combustion engines, for destroying the toxic hydrogen sulfide gases present in many of these liquid products. The technology uses Soil-Therm’s patented Jet-THERM combustion process, which affords VOC destruction of greater than 99.9% at a processing rate of 100 pounds per hour. A control touch screen operator panel allows remote monitoring of the VOC destruction process. Soil-Therm designed, manufactured, and demonstrated the Mobile DEGASSER system at the Alon Refinery in Big Spring, Texas.
Industry Leadership Awards
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. (GES; Neptune, NJ), for its work in engaging shale-gas industry peer groups in EHS issues. GES has coordinated forums and on-line venues to serve as knowledge and support centers with the aim of helping shale-gas exploration and production (E&P) companies improve their safety performance, regulatory compliance, and community relations in the Marcellus Shale region. Participants represent oil and gas companies, service and equipment providers, regulators, and representatives of state executive and legislative branches. In April 2011, GES led a roundtable discussion on the potential development of a sustainable transportation program based on natural gas vehicles (NGV). The group has continued discussions through such outlets as the Linkedin group “PA Energy Evolution – NGV Advocates,” which has now grown to 50 members. GES also hosted a forum focused on diverse aspects of working safely in the Marcellus Shale region. Introduced by industry representatives, the forum highlighted various health, safety security, and environmental issues, from subcontractor management to transportation, site security, spill response, and well-pad compliance.
Golder Associates (Atlanta, GA), for training over 300 industrial hygiene (IH) professionals worldwide in just two years to accommodate the global demand for industrial health expertise. More than 75 major companies have enrolled employees in Golder courses to achieve international IH certification. Golder claims to be one of the first organizations approved to provide such training, based on its qualifications, track record in IH education, and instructors. The company has conducted more than a dozen five-day courses in Singapore, India, China, and Malaysia and has scheduled courses in 10 countries throughout 2012. Dr. Jas Singh, a certified industrial hygienist and former board member of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, directs the IH curriculum and leads Golder’s 12 certified consultants. While the IH profession is mature in North America, the demand has been ramping up in countries where an expanding industrial base requires thousands of qualified professionals. Because certification is a long road, IH organizations have developed a modular certification solution to fulfill this critical need.
Commonground (Milford, CT), for expansion of its business-to-business social network and information resource for environmental consultants and real estate stakeholders. On the commonground network, users and providers of environmental, engineering, property assessment, and due diligence services congregate to discuss relevant topics, gain critical insights, and generate business opportunities. Commonground made great strides in 2011 to ensure that industry-created and vetted training is more accessible to professionals around the country through commonground University (cgU). Most recently, commonground added a course covering ASTM’s E2600 Vapor Encroachment Screen to the curriculum. Also, a free quarterly webinar series with continuous replays brings expert knowledge on the latest trends and regulation to members. As a resource for professionals entering the industry, commonground has also created a mentor program that features some of the industry’s most influential and experienced professionals as trusted resources. The site’s job board has also connected dozens of out-of-work environmental professionals with new opportunities during these challenging economic times.
Rebecca Rubin, president of Marstel-Day LLC (Fredericksburg, VA), for working with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce-a five county organization-to host three short videos on climate and sustainability. Depending on how one defines “small business,” small firms employ between 60 and 90% of the country’s workforce. Most small businesses will turn naturally to their local Chamber of Commerce for business leadership, including for sustainability initiatives. Recognizing that this “green arena” is a weak point for many local and regional chamber branches, Rubin teamed with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber to develop the videos, which have the following titles: “Be a Climate Leader, Not A Climate Loser”; “Green Tips for Federal Vendors and Suppliers”; and “Going Green Can Boost Workplace Morale.” Marstel-Day and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber also launched a Green Business Council, chaired by Rubin, and the chamber is taking steps to reduce its ecological footprint. Next steps include green innovation awards, forthcoming in spring of 2012 at the “State of the Chamber.” As a result of these initiatives, the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber has taken a strong leadership role in attracting green business to the region.
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. (Darien, CT), the largest environmental laboratory firm in North America, for launching in March 2011 a series of 15 free educational webinars related to current challenges faced by the environmental community. TestAmerica’s Ask the Experts webinar series was designed to provide a forum for sharing the company’s technical expertise with the environmental community and to enhance the knowledge and awareness of the participants in understanding these complex issues. Among the webinar topics covered were shale gas exploration, incremental sampling methodologies, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, vapor intrusion, sediments, petroleum biomarkers and dioxins. The webinar series has been extremely successful, with over 3,500 registrants for the events. With the high level of interest and success in the initial series of webinars, the series will be continued in 2012 with a new slate of presentations.
Ishwar Murarka, chief scientist and president of Ish Inc. (Raleigh, NC), for his long career in the research and development of techniques for improving waste management practices in the electric utility industry. An Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) veteran of almost 20 years, Murarka led EPRI’s Land and Groundwater Protection and Remediation business area until 1998. He initiated and oversaw millions of dollars of applied research directed at characterizing, managing, minimizing, and remediating utility-industry wastes. Under his leadership, EPRI developed numerous innovative risk management and fate and transport models as well as investigative, remedial, and treatment technologies. Also during those years, he led the well-attended biennial manufactured gas plant (MGP) conferences. He has served on national committees and as a peer reviewer for numerous efforts, including those chaired by EPA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), in the areas of coal ash management, heavy metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) chemistry and treatment, and dense non-aqueous-phase liquid (DNAPL) remediation. Murarka retired from EPRI in 1998 and founded his own consultancy serving the electric utility industry.
CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) for its launch of WaterMatch, a grassroots, goodwill initiative that harnesses the power of social networking to promote the beneficial reuse of municipal effluent for industrial and agricultural use. The WaterMatch website uses social networking and geospatial mapping to connect water generators with water users. Once on line, water users will use the WaterMatch Map to find wastewater treatment plants close to their current and future operations and then use the social networking function to connect with the utilities operating those plants. WaterMatch enables access to information and creation of local relationships to enable the expansion of municipal effluent reuse in their operations; promotes public-private partnerships and the reduction of freshwater use around the world; and increases water supply diversity and reliability, because municipal effluent offers a secure source of good-quality water. WaterMatch MeetUps are being organized and held around the world to allow municipalities and businesses to find reuse matches and discuss other common local interests.
WSP Environment & Energy (Reston, VA), for its role in helping the information and communication technology (ICT) industry quantify and demonstrate how its products and services help organizations reduce their carbon emissions, engage users on sustainability issues, and deliver financial value. For example, in collaboration with Accenture, WSP completed a “Green Cloud Assessment” for Microsoft revealing that the environmental benefits of running enterprise applications in the cloud included a per-user footprint that was at least 30% lower than that of traditional on-premise infrastructure. Prompted by this study, salesforce.com commissioned WSP to assess the efficiency of its platform. This effort required a different approach but again confirmed the carbon efficiency of the cloud as a tool that can mitigate the impact of business growth on the environment. WSP contributes to a working group of the GHG Protocol Initiative focused on the ICT sector, which in 2012 will publish guidance for a common approach to calculating carbon emissions of ICT products and services.
Sullivan International Group, Inc. (San Diego, CA), for its community involvement and, in particular, its assistance to military veterans, whether by helping wounded veterans with basic necessities, trying to improve the quality of life for disabled American veterans, or helping fellow Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Businesses overcome business hurdles. Sullivan is an active sponsor and sends employee volunteers to the annual National Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado, providing severely disabled veterans with an opportunity to challenge themselves and to enjoy the same camaraderie they experienced when they were on active duty. Sullivan’s contribution includes on-site, hands-on volunteer support and financial resources to help to make these important events happen. Most recently, Sullivan was the title sponsor of the DAV Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego in September 2011. Sullivan’s sponsorship helped over 450 disabled veterans enjoy a week of fun and games on San Diego’s waterfront with a block party celebration. In 2011 alone, the company provided more than $40,000 to support the DAV Sports Clinic.
AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA), for combining waste management with counter-insurgency (COIN) economic development and social contribution in Afghanistan. AECOM is providing support to U.S. military forces in waste management and the sustainable development of solid waste recycling and reuse initiatives with Afghan partners. Working through the Army Corps of Engineers’ Huntsville Center, the program will reduce the solid waste stream and the incineration of large quantities of unsorted solid wastes at military facilities in the country. At the same time, the program will support a COIN economic development strategy for partnering with Afghanis to build sustainable business capacity in waste recycling beyond base boundaries. The integrated solid waste management programs center on source segregation, collection and reuse, and waste composting. First-year program results of a potential multi-year contract include: development of a food waste composting program and facility that will be owned and operated by Afghan women’s partnership; additional supply-chain local business opportunities; establishment of segregation and reuse contracts and vendors for recyclables in multiple locations; and successful land-farming projects for treating petroleum-contaminated soil.