2023 CCBJ Business Achievement Awards

About the 2023 CCBJ Business Achievement Awards: In October-December 2023, Climate Change Business Journal solicited nominations for the CCBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in specific categories. Final awards were determined by a committee of CCBJ staff, CCBJ editorial advisory board members and regular contributors. (Disclaimer: Company audits were not conducted to verify information or claims submitted with nominations).

Released in January 2024 in recognition of climate change industry achievements in 2023. (Note: Additions of modifications may be made to this list. Award certificates will be sent to recipients. In-person awards will be presented to those in attendance at the EBJ Awards banquet at Environmental Industry Summit XXII on April 3, 2024 in San Diego.)

 

ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC for being at the forefront of developing and implementing nature-based solutions (NbS)—features that mimic the characteristics of natural features but are created by human design, engineering, and construction to increase resilience while also providing economic, environmental, and social benefits. EA maintains cooperative R&D agreements with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Ocean Service and U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory/Engineering With Nature (EWN) program. These agreements allow EA’s team to engage with government researchers focused on coastal and climate resilience. Project work spans all coastal geographies of the United States and supports a wide variety of organizations and communities. EA has worked with non-profit, local, state, and federal partners to assess the impacts of climate change on coastal systems and develop NbS to improve resiliency, including assessing available data, modeling vulnerabilities, and providing solutions for areas of concern. The firm is pioneering innovative applications of natural and nature-based resilience strategies in cold regions, incorporating traditional ecological knowledge through extensive outreach and partnering with indigenous communities.

 

ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

TRC for evaluating operational risks related to climate change and developing climate adaptation strategies for The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). The project aimed to ensure continuation of LWD’s services throughout the increased likelihood of severe weather due to climate change. This work was two-pronged, evaluating and reducing priority risks to: (1) LWD facilities and (2) LWD’s day-to-day operations. TRC developed groundbreaking methodologies to assess potential risks across all departments and streamlined the engagement process to critical milestones and interviews. TRC then assessed and prioritized adaptation strategies that reduce the immediate and consequential risks from both climate change risk assessments. After that, TRC developed a Climate Adaptation Strategy Roadmap and Implementation Tracker that provides detailed strategy worksheets to serve as blueprints for implementation as living documents that can be adjusted in real time to reflect any limitations, barriers or opportunities that arise during the implementation process. Moving forward, LWD is establishing a process that integrates the roadmap into agency activities and monitors progress.

 

ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

City of Salem, Massachusetts for the Collins Cove to Willows Resilience Study. Due to coastal and precipitation-based storms, portions of this coastal city are currently facing the threat of flooding, which is projected to increase in frequency and severity due to climate change. To prepare for the growing threat, Salem assessed its vulnerabilities to coastal and inland flood hazards in the Collins Cove to Willows area and identified opportunities to improve resilience through a Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant. The study focused on the area’s vulnerability to precipitation and coastal storms for current day, 2030, 2050 and 2070 planning horizons. A key aspect of this study was the two-dimensional capabilities of the hydrologic and hydraulic model developed for the project through a Personal Computer Storm Water Management Model, which allowed the project team to examine overland flooding under current and future conditions. A robust stakeholder engagement process was also conducted as part of the project to receive and collect feedback on vulnerabilities and risks and to recommend measures to increase the resilience of the study area to climate change.

 

ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

AECOM for its collaboration with South Western Railway (SWR) to develop a robust, transparent and cost-effective roadmap to achieve net zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the UK’s 2050 net zero commitment. The roadmap details short-term actions and planned interventions for the medium and longer term, helping SWR to meet its validated science-based targets. AECOM focused on opportunities for SWR to make the largest carbon savings, such as:

  • Targeting ‘quick-win’ value for money opportunities in stations and depots.
  • Identifying innovations, technologies, and efficient ways of working.
  • Working with suppliers to set their own carbon emission reduction targets and strategies and to harness opportunities to procure lower-carbon products and services.

AECOM supported SWR in planning for the practical implications of their commitment, striking the right balance between achieving the pace of change required and value for public money, embedding decarbonization into day-to-day operations and business decisions. The roadmap also sets out three key activities to help SWR achieve its decarbonization plan and communicate its ambitions clearly to all SWR personnel. The roadmap was published in October 2022, with science-based targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in July 2023 – a major project milestone.

 

ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES: GHG Mitigation

Terracon for helping its upstream oil and gas clients voluntarily avoid 16,206 metric tons (mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO¬2e) from natural gas driven pneumatic controllers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Equivalencies Calculator, this is equal to GHG emissions from 3,606 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year. Terracon used a technology-driven approach to collect accurate field data to calculate lower site-specific emissions rates. The firm recommended cost effective best practices through highlighting opportunities to reduce emissions, and in some cases developed a GHG Benchmarking and Sustainability Report to support clients’ sustainability goals. Recommended best practices and the GHG Benchmarking and Sustainability Report were designed to provide narrowly tailored solutions for operators to reduce emissions cost effectively and increase operational efficiency. Terracon’s analysis showed that clients were uniquely positioned to voluntarily reduce emissions from natural gas driven pneumatic controllers by installing air compression to actuate controllers with compressed air rather than natural gas. In 2023, clients transitioned 389 natural gas driven pneumatic controllers to compressed air, resulting in a reduction of 16,206 mtCO2e.

 

ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES: GHG Mitigation

BSI for commercializing its Connect Climate software, designed to support the burgeoning demands of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and greenhouse gas (GHG) management. This innovative software enables companies to collect business activity information efficiently from diverse sites and suppliers. Connect Climate leverages a robust library of global GHG emissions factors, powered by EcoMetrica, to calculate immediate Scope 1 and 2 emissions and also all 15 categories of companies’ more complex Scope 3 emissions. 

BSI’s software allows organizations to consolidate emissions data in a centralized platform, enabling streamlined reporting and informed decisionmaking. By providing a holistic view of their entire value chains’ emissions, Connect Climate empowers companies to identify strategic opportunities to make impactful GHG reductions. 

 

ADVANCING BEST PRACTICES: Clean Distributed Generation & Energy Storage

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles offer a zero-emission alternative to traditional combustion-engine and battery electric vehicles, but challenges related to hydrogen production and refueling infrastructure are delaying wider adoption. Certain automakers are tackling carbon footprint and logistical challenges head on by co-locating hydrogen production and fueling facilities at their vehicle manufacturing plants. FuelCell Energy (FCE) is recognized for developing the technology for a tri-generation system (Tri-gen) at Toyota’s Port of Long Beach, Calif. site that uses directed renewable biogas from organic waste to deliver hydrogen, electricity and water. AECOM helped to deliver the system. In addition to supplying hydrogen to fuel zero-emission vehicles, the electricity generated is powering the site and providing renewable energy to the grid. Water emitted from the process is reused by the fuel cell and excess sent to Toyota’s car washing station. This project demonstrates how renewable biogas produces green hydrogen, water and renewable electricity on a commercial scale. By delivering the biogas to site via a pipeline and locating hydrogen plants adjacent, transport is simplified. 

 

BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

Weston Solutions, Inc. for services to The Navajo Nation, which faces longstanding constraints associated with the impact of widespread uranium mining on clean water access. Thirty percent of the Navajo Nation lacks piped water and must rely on self-hauling potable water for daily needs. Since 2020, Weston has assisted through its Water Access Mission (WAM), which is focused on planning and executing access to clean water and community resilience. To date, Weston has distributed 32,000 water containers, 564,000 disinfection tablets, and over 6,200,000 gallons of clean water. The project has three phases: increasing self-haul water points, expanding home water delivery, and increasing residential waterline connections for long-term solutions. Due to the program’s success, Weston was awarded a follow-on contract in April 2023 to support WAM through 2025. October 2023 marked another milestone with the award of a Water Hauling Coordination Services contract by the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority. To create local jobs and small business opportunities, Weston is teamed with Dinetahdoo Cultural Resource Management, a Navajo-woman-owned small business, and the Navajo-led nonprofits DigDeep and Collective Medicine to develop water system and delivery equipment certification and testing processes to expand and improve water delivery.

 

CONSULTING & ENGINEERING: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. for being commissioned by the City of New Haven to design a living shoreline that addresses issues faced by the Long Wharf New Haven shoreline. The shoreline is exposed and vulnerable to coastal erosion and coastal flooding, creating the potential for land loss, habitat loss and critical infrastructure damage. With sea level rise these effects will become more pronounced. The design includes offshore rock sills for wave attenuation; creation of additional salt marsh landward of the sills; beach improvements; sediment fill and plantings to accommodate future marsh migration; and invasive species removal. This project is one component of New Haven’s overall shoreline protection and flood control strategy; another is the Long Wharf Flood Protection project under development by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which builds upon GZA’s Flood Study conducted for the City. The project has received permits from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and is under review by USACE. When constructed, this will be the largest living shoreline project in New England, encompassing 46 acres along 3,400 feet of shoreline.

 

CONSULTING & ENGINEERING: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

Tetra Tech, Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for implementing the Forest-PLUS 2.0 project in India to strengthen forest management using technology solutions. Tetra Tech worked with India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change to develop the Van system (Van means forest in Hindi)—a combined mobile application for data collection with web-based analysis to enable more comprehensive, efficient, and participatory forest management planning. Better-managed forests pull more carbon out of the air, enhance water yields, and improve livelihoods for forest-dependent and tribal communities. Forest-PLUS 2.0 designed the Van system in close partnership with State Forest Departments (SFDs) to develop legally required management plans through an iterative process of training, data collection support, and inclusive feedback sessions. The Van system reduces field data collection time from 1 year to 2-3 months, representing time and cost savings to allow SFDs to focus on implementing effective management approaches. Currently, the Van system is being used in 118 forest divisions across six Indian states and covering over 4 million hectares of forests. Data from 31,000 sample plots also provide a robust baseline for long-term monitoring of climate and other impacts on forests.

 

CONSULTING & ENGINEERING: Low-Carbon Energy Practice

Stantec for releasing its 16th annual Sustainability Report in 2023 and delivering on its promise to achieve operational carbon neutrality in 2022, a key step in the phased process to achieve science-based operational net zero. Stantec’s Sustainability Report—which is compliant with the Global Reporting Initiative, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures requirements—captures annual company environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance for the year ending December 31, 2022. The Report celebrates several key sustainability milestones and corporate achievements: 60% or C$3.4 billion of Stantec’s 2022 gross revenue was aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a substantial increase compared to Stantec’s 2019 gross revenue aligned to SDGs of 43% or C$2.1 billion. Stantec first began tracking SDG revenues in 2019. The SDGs provide a concise definition of what a sustainable community looks like—from clean water and clean energy to gender equality and zero hunger.

 

IT: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

GEI Consultants, Inc. for HAND flood mapping innovation. In California, the weather swings between severe droughts and intense floods, a volatility exacerbated by global climate change. To brace for extreme flood scenarios, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) teamed up with researchers to update the ARkStorm—a simulation depicting a month-long barrage of atmospheric river storms across the state. ARkStorm 2.0 predicts extreme precipitation under both historical and 50-year future climates. Converting precipitation data into inundation areas statewide traditionally demands an immense investment of time and resources spanning multiple years. Recognizing the urgency of understanding flood risks from ARkStorm 2.0, DWR acknowledged the need for an innovative approach. GEI embarked on developing a groundbreaking statewide hydraulic model utilizing the Height Above Nearest Drainage (HAND) method. GEI’s pioneering work resulted in a model encompassing over 3,000 rivers, effectively translating storm precipitation into flows. Leveraging this innovative HAND method, GEI efficiently identified areas susceptible to inundation, pinpointing vulnerable communities and estimating populations at risk. These forward-thinking methodologies, particularly the implementation of the HAND method, have empowered DWR with critical insights that are now being used to steer the strategic planning of long-term flood infrastructure and fortify emergency management programs throughout California.

 

FINANCING: Low-Carbon Energy 

Gravity Climate, a carbon management platform, for a remarkable year of growth in 2023. Gravity partnered with leading manufacturing platforms Autodesk and Xometry, moving beyond carbon accounting to providing design- and procurement-time carbon insights. Gravity also expanded into the private equity space, partnering with firms like MiddleGround Capital to help scope and reduce carbon emissions and costs across their portfolio. In addition to expanded traction across physical industries, Gravity brokered its first vendor-back decarbonization project yielding a 100x customer ROI return. Gravity helps industrial businesses and their supply chain partners measure and reduce their carbon footprints while also lowering operational costs. Unlike other platforms that only offer measurement, Gravity also identifies decarbonization projects that reduce both carbon and costs, such as facility upgrades and efficiency measures. Gravity’s broad vendor ecosystem serves as a one-stop-shop for organizations to then connect with cost-effective providers so they can take action immediately.

 

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Michael Baker International for acquiring Tidal Basin, a provider of services in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and program management. Founded in 1985, Tidal Basin has seven offices and in 2022 reported “remarkable growth” and the addition of 460 professionals. The two firms had a history of working together, including planning projects targeting wildfires in California and infrastructure projects in Colorado and New York. According to Michael Baker, growth opportunities exist through the strong relationship both organizations have with FEMA, while pursuing additional business across all federal agencies. Tidal Basin operates as a standalone sister company.

 

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Battery recycling startup Redwood Materials for raising more than $1 billion in Series D shares in a round co-led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund, and T. Rowe Price funds. Redwood earmarked the funding to build capacity, expand the domestic battery supply chain, and allow customers to purchase battery materials made in the United States for the first time. Redwood had raised nearly $2 billion of equity capital along with an additional $2 billion loan commitment from the Department of Energy. The company was founded by Tesla co-founder JB Straubel. Most battery materials are currently sourced or produced in China.

 

GROWTH: Low-Carbon Energy Practice

AECOM for undertaking a series of remediation trials to evaluate different technologies followed by a sustainability and net environmental benefit appraisal to select an optimum remediation strategy for a petrol leak cleanup. AECOM concluded that a combination of soil vapor extraction (SVE) and LNAPL skimming offered the most efficient and sustainable approach, while SVE also enhanced in-situ biodegradation processes to expedite cleanup.  

The site presented numerous challenges to SVE due to contamination beneath private and public properties, buried pipelines, and limited access to mains power. AECOM designed a portable self-powered SVE system, which uses solar panels and batteries to operate, with a generator to top up power. Vapor treatment was integrated comprising a catalytic oxidizer to thermally destroy vapors which utilizes the energy from the waste vapor extracted from the ground to self-sustain the CatOx heat. The solar SVE system has been operating consistently and entirely under its own power and is considered a “world first” in cleanup using energy from recovered waste vapor while achieving this level of functionality and contamination treatability.

 

GROWTH: Low-Carbon Energy Practice

Stantec for participating in the Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Program (SE2050), which prioritizes reduction of embodied carbon in project work and using fewer and less impactful structural materials. The mission of SE2050 is to transform the practice of structural engineering in a way that is holistic, firm-wide, project-based, and data-driven. By 2050, all participating structural engineers will strive to eliminate embodied carbon in their projects. Joining SE2050 aligns with Stantec’s commitment to design solutions that make meaningful progress towards carbon neutral buildings and landscapes and prioritize materials that have a positive impact on the environment, climate, human health, and society. Achieving measurable outcomes requires professional expertise, attention to detail, and respect for the importance of performance data in the design process. SE2050 offers education and tools to support this goal. In addition to SE2050, Stantec is signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment and AIA Materials Pledge addressing operational carbon, embodied carbon, climate change mitigation, and more.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

Jacobs for teaming with Michigan DOT, Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, City of Detroit, Next Energy and Electreon to deploy one of the first public wireless and in-road wireless systems for charging electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States. Electreon is a provider of wireless charging solutions for EVs. Jacobs was responsible for design plans, power coordination, and construction inspection of the pilot. The project installed dynamic in-road charging on 14th Street and two in-road static charging locations on Michigan Central’s campus. The charging system will provide power for a Ford eTransit that supplies shuttle services to employees and visitors on the Michigan Central Campus, and to last-mile delivery service vehicles (i.e., UPS, FedEx). The project opened to service on November 29, 2023. Jacobs is also leading design of the next phase, opening in 2025.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

Rincon Consultants, Inc. for completing the Sonoma County Carbon Inventory and Sequestration Potential Study. The purpose of the Study was to establish the first detailed quantitative estimate of Sonoma County’s historical and existing carbon stocks. This is a critical first step in meeting local, state, and national climate goals, as it identifies baseline conditions and methods for identifying changes in carbon stocks over time. The Study also assessed the potential impact of climate smart practices and ultimately identified measures and actions for the County and key parties to consider for Sonoma County’s rich and varied landscapes. This was driven by in-person, idea-generating, and coalition-building workshops with attendees such as Permit Sonoma, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), Gold Ridge RCD, Marin RCD, Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority, Carbon Cycle Institute, and Occidental Ares and Ecology Center. These workshops were integral to developing the Study’s recommendations for protecting significant carbon stocks in the face of climate change and the quantification of available practices that can increase carbon sequestration countywide.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

Resilient Analytics, A Stanley Consultants Company, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for analyzing the impact of heat on campus. From student comfort to energy consumption, heat is having a significant impact. As the campus’s adaptive capacity is pushed to its brink, MIT is taking steps to plan and design a climate-resilient institution. Resilient Analytics evaluated the potential impacts from prolonged and extreme heat and created a strategic adaptation roadmap. Impacts were categorized into four layers: People (students, faculty, staff); Buildings; Power generation infrastructure; and the City of Cambridge. The full spectrum of vulnerabilities was cataloged via a set of stakeholder interviews. Analysis utilized climate projection data from 32 peer-reviewed climate models that were overlaid with a set of engineering-based analysis modules. The result was a quantified vulnerability of heat on the campus community, a two-factor prioritization index and recommendations for prioritized next steps. With this information, MIT is working to implement action plans to form a nexus of climate resiliency at MIT.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

SWCA Environmental Consultants for responding to the devastating 2018 hurricane season and collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to stabilize a vulnerable stretch of highway NC 24 in Swansboro. NCDOT forecast potential instability in an 830-foot shoreline section during future hurricanes, jeopardizing the adjacent road’s safety for residential evacuation. As lead designer on the project, SWCA devised plans for a living shoreline and coastal restoration. Studying erosion causes and stable shorelines, SWCA engineered design parameters, opting for nature-based approaches using native vegetation, oyster reefs, and rock sills. The process involved replacing stone and asphalt with tidal marsh vegetation and installing biodegradable artificial reef structures. Over time, these structures leave only the oyster colony, which works with marsh vegetation to mitigate wave energy, acting as a shield against storm surges and rising sea levels. Construction began in winter 2022 and concluded in spring 2023. As NCDOT’s first living shoreline, this pilot project is the start of a more extensive coastal resiliency initiative using nature-based solutions. SWCA continues to assist NCDOT with feasibility assessments of several new potential sites to implement living shorelines.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure

Tetra Tech, Inc. for delivering sustainability and specialist engineering services for the state-of-the-art Boola Katitjin Building at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Boola Katitjin, which translates to “lots of learning,” is the largest mass-engineered timber building in Western Australia. The building optimizes operational energy efficiency using passive cooling systems and a rooftop 450-kilowatt solar panel array, estimated to produce more than 60% of the building’s operational energy requirements at peak conditions. Additional sustainability features include stormwater harvesting for grey water use in the building and the installation of thousands of native plants in the surrounding areas. The use of mass-engineered timber for construction not only reduces embodied carbon but also sequesters carbon over its life cycle. The overall carbon reduction for this project is estimated to be 90%, with the building designed to achieve 6 star Green Star Design & As Built rating, the highest under Australia’s Green Building Council certification program.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure

Allume Energy for developing SolShare, an affordable technology that breaks down technical and ownership barriers that have historically prevented apartment residents from accessing solar energy. SolShare can be installed on any low- to medium-rise apartment building, with major markets being social housing providers, property developers, and asset owners and managers. SolShare physically directs power from a single solar system on the common roof to participating units behind their meter. SolShare logs the quantity of solar delivered to each apartment and over the course of each month ensures that connected units receive the same amount of solar. Designed to make rooftop solar accessible and affordable for apartment residents, SolShare offers the benefits of rooftop solar that individual homes have enjoyed for years: reduced electricity bills and lower carbon footprints. According to Allume, more than 2 million Australians, 15 million Americans, and 300 million Europeans live in low- and medium-rise apartment buildings with the roof space for solar but no way of accessing it.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Climate change Resilience

Leidos for leading climate sustainability and resilience strategies for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Leidos was recently awarded a Strategic Climate Sustainability and Resilience Services contract by DOD worth as much as $100 million, with a 12-month base period followed by four 12-month option periods. Under the contract, Leidos will bring together experts in climate science, mitigation, and adaptation to integrate climate resilience into the DOD’s core functions. The company will also provide a pathway to understanding and reducing DOD’s greenhouse gas emissions, including insights into Scope 3 supply chain emissions across DOD’s operations. The Leidos team includes McKinsey & Co., ICF, and Rocky Mountain Institute.

 

PROJECT MERIT: GHG Mitigation

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC for working with The Port of Seattle to develop a Maritime Climate and Air Action Plan (MCAAP) titled “Charting the Course to Zero.”  The Port’s maritime portfolio includes the largest cruise homeport on the U.S. West Coast, home of the U.S. North Pacific Fishing Fleet, recreational boating marinas, an extensive vehicle fleet, and numerous commercial and industrial buildings. The comprehensive plan addresses how maritime sources can achieve a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 50% by 2030, net zero emissions for Scope 1 and 2 sources by 2040, and completely phase out seaport-related emissions by 2050. The plan provides detailed implementation for the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. It also identifies over 40 potential strategies and proposed monitoring and reporting actions for building and campus energy, fleet vehicles and equipment, employee commuting, solid waste, habitat restoration and carbon sequestration, and maritime activities. Strategies include transitioning from fossil?based to zero?emission energy; continued reduction of energy use and emissions; involving port-adjacent communities in decision?making; advancing policy, funding, and technology development; and leveraging habitat restoration projects to sequester carbon. 

 

PROJECT MERIT: GHG Mitigation

APTIM’s team of e-mobility experts for supporting multiple e-bike rebate programs in 2023 and successfully administering over 10,000 vouchers in a single state. Over 60% of vouchers went to income-eligible residents, making low-carbon transportation options more accessible. Research from one of APTIM’s programs indicated new bikers rode an average of a marathon (26.2 miles) per week, 21.6 miles of which replaces trips in passenger vehicles. Through this experience, APTIM developed em4all, a proprietary platform to enhance e-mobility rebate programs. APTIM’s em4all ensures residents with language, technology, and scheduling challenges have an equal opportunity to participate in rebate programs. The em4all model allows randomly selected pre-registrants several days to complete their application, giving them time to collect required documents, access adequate technology, and seek assistance. Once approved, they receive a point-of-sale rebate voucher that reduces the cost of purchasing an e-bike and safety equipment at participating retailers. APTIM’s e-mobility rebate program services include program design and launch, website management, payment processing, customer support, and data tracking.

 

PROJECT MERIT: GHG Mitigation

Jacobs for supporting South East Asia Carbon Sequestration Nature Based Solutions (NBS). The project scope was to identify five locations for a global energy company to implement carbon sequestration projects in South East Asia. Using a geospatial approach and developing a multi-criteria decision tool, Jacobs supported the client’s journey to invest in carbon drawdown and evaluate locations. Site analysis was based on site characteristics, project types, potential stakeholders and partners, social value creation, and desired quality of the carbon credit. Based on climatic and geographic conditions in the South East Asia, and the availability of verifiable offsetting methodologies, several types of nature-based carbon projects were considered: 1) blue carbon/aquatic projects, including peatland protection and restoration; seagrass restoration; and mangrove restoration, 2) terrestrial ecosystem restoration or protection, afforestation, reforestation, and revegetation (ARR), reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+), and improved forest management. The project successfully identified locations that will implement combinations of blue carbon/aquatic and forest solutions. The largest site is estimated to sequester 5-6 million tons CO2 equivalent over 30 years. The project significantly enhanced the overall understanding of how to implement NBS throughout South East Asia, and identified stakeholders and community groups with capability, capacity and interest in partnering to support NBS.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Low-Carbon Energy

Sol design + consulting for providing technical assistance to the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency’s (NYSERDA’s) Clean Energy Initiative (CEI), a program designed to build carbon-neutral and carbon-neutral-ready affordable housing across New York State. The program, a partnership between NYSERDA and New York State Homes and Community Renewal, is a key component of New York’s overall GHG reduction plan, which aims for an 85% reduction by 2050. The goal of the program is to provide highly efficient all-electric housing across new construction, adaptive reuse, and retrofit projects. Sol was selected as a technical assistance provider (TAP) based on its deep expertise in affordable housing— having certified over 10,000 residential units across the Midwest and Northeast under a variety of green building rating systems—and specifically for its expertise in cold climates, which pose a unique challenge for electrification. As a TAP, Sol provides project-level guidance to architects, developers, and general contractors, helping them implement the program’s Sustainability Standards, including advanced building envelope, HVAC, and DHW systems. The scope includes energy modeling, technical reviews, and on-site testing, verification, and commissioning. To date, Sol has worked on over 300 units, including two projects pursuing Zero Energy Ready Homes and one pursuing Passive House certification.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Low-Carbon Energy

Weston Solutions, Inc., an expert in the solar development space, specifically on environmentally impaired properties, for assisting a global renewable energy affiliate in developing, permitting, and ultimately constructing the largest solar facility in the country on a former Superfund Site in NJ. This high-profile project, that also enhances habitats for threatened and endangered species, includes a 28-MW grid-tied merchant system, a 2-MW net-metered system that powers an onsite groundwater treatment system, and a 5-MW community solar project. Weston performed site due diligence, environmental and state and local permitting, civil engineering, and construction management and permit compliance for installation of the solar facility. The team navigated through the complexities associated with regulatory requirements, ensuring stakeholder alignment from planning through construction. The project’s most recent milestone is the completion of the remarkable 5-MW community solar project, which was energized this year. This final component is currently providing power sold to underserved communities in the area at a reduced rate.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Low-Carbon Energy

TRC for advancing the transition to a clean-hydrogen, low-carbon economy by supporting the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2) in the successful pursuit of 

$925 million in Department of Energy funding for a clean hydrogen hub with operations in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ARCH2 was one of seven hubs selected for funding from an initial field of 79 applicants and includes 15 project development partners (PDPs) using a variety of technologies to tap the region’s abundant natural gas supply to produce hydrogen, ammonia, diesel exhaust fluid and urea while sequestering carbon in geological formations, biochar and carbon black. TRC has been involved with ARCH2 since its inception, providing critical input to DOE’s initial request for information, the ARCH2 proposal, and subsequent interviews with DOE during the selection process. TRC remains at the center of ARCH2 implementation by leading the safety, security and regulatory (SSR) function within the ARCH2 Program Management Office. As the SSR lead, TRC is responsible for guiding PDPs in site safety, hydrogen safety, security, cybersecurity and permitting while also helping ARCH2 navigate the complex NEPA requirements of the hub.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Low-Carbon Energy 

Burns & McDonnell for the Wood County Solar Project (Saratoga, Wis.) on behalf of Alliant Energy, which was awarded Envision Platinum by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) honoring contributions to sustainable development and clean energy. Built by Burns & McDonnell, the Wood County Solar Project produces approximately 300 GWh of electricity annually and is part of Alliant Energy’s solar program that includes adding nearly 1,100 MW of solar power into Wisconsin’s power grid by the summer of 2024. Burns & McDonnell has 113 Envision Sustainability Professionals who guide clients and project teams through sustainable processes and considerations throughout the life of the project. The Envision Platinum Award recognizes the project’s results in cleaner air quality, protection of wetlands and habitats, well-planned resource management, beneficial use of timber, reduced impacts during the construction phase, integration and greater efficiency in the infrastructure system. The project scope includes nearly 390,000 solar panels on approximately 1,200 acres, a collector substation, and an approximately 3.8-mile, 138-kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line interconnect (Gen-Tie). The now-complete, 150-megawatt (MW) solar installation produces enough energy to power approximately 40,000 homes annually. 

 

PROJECT MERIT: Low-Carbon Energy

Enel North America for more than tripling its operational utility-scale storage capacity in the summer of 2023 by bringing five new battery energy storage systems online in Texas. The new batteries add over 369 MW of dispatchable energy storage to the Texas power grid. Enel has over 3.3 GW of installed wind and solar capacity in the state, with an additional 1.8 GW of solar and 823 MW of utility-scale storage capacity under construction. Enel also manages around 200 MW of demand-response capacity on behalf of commercial and industrial entities in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market and launched a retail energy offering in Texas last year.

 

PROJECT MERIT: Low-Carbon Energy

New Jersey American Water for building the largest floating solar array in North America. Consisting of 16,510 solar panels, the 8.9-megawatt (MW) solar array covers 17 acres of the Canoe Brook reservoir in Short Hills, N.J. Clean energy generated is enough to power 1,400 homes annually and will provide approximately 95% of the power needs for New Jersey American Water’s Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant. Owned and operated by NJR Clean Energy Ventures, the renewable energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, the array uses an innovative racking system that enables the panels to float on water. “Floating solar technology creates new opportunities for underutilized bodies of water, allowing space that would otherwise sit vacant to enable large-scale renewable energy generation,” said Robert Pohlman, vice president of NJR Clean Energy Ventures.

 

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP: Clean Water Partnership

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions (CIS) for Clean Water Partnership (CWP), and its decade of achievements and recognition as one of the nation’s largest urban green stormwater infrastructure programs. Underserved communities have been disproportionately impacted by weather and climate disasters, and there is an opportunity to leverage infrastructure investments to increase community resilience while addressing historic injustices, building the local workforce, and bolstering local economic development. CWP is a partnership between Maryland’s Prince George’s County and CIS. CWP is a first-of-its-kind, community-based public private partnership (CBP3), a socio-economic solution to delivering climate resiliency at a large scale. Through this 30-year partnership, the county is investing over $350 million in total development costs, and as of December 2023, CIS has completed 215 projects totaling over $250 million. In 2014, Prince George’s County was faced with an enormous regulatory challenge in the management of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. Traditional project delivery methodologies and procurement could have been utilized; however, given the magnitude of the challenge of retrofitting 2,000 impervious acres with Green Infrastructure, with the flexibility to potentially grow to 15,000 acres of untreated impervious area by 2025, and an estimated cost of $100 million, an alternative solution was sought, and the County’s leaders collaborated on the CBP3. Over the last seven years, 54% of the hours worked have been by county residents, and nearly 80% of work done has been by local, women, and minority-owned business entities (WMBE), with CIS has mentoring over sixty WMBEs. These key performance indicators are unprecedented to architecture-engineering business models that typically require that only 15-25% of the work is done by WMBEs.