Welcome to EBJ’s 12th annual business achievement awards. The 2009 crop of winners contended with what likely was the most challenging business conditions in history. So congratulations to the winners, thanks to all the companies for submitting nominations and see you in San Diego for the official awards ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit on March 3-5, 2010.
ABOUT THE EBJ BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
In October-December of 2009, EBJ solicited the environmental industry via email, website 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 be altered 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. The 2009 EBJ awards will be presented in a special ceremony at Environmental Industry Summit VIII in Coronado, Calif. On the evening of March 3, 2010. The Environmental Industry Summit is an annual three-day event hosted by EBJ. Congratulations to the 2009 winners and EBJ encourages all interested companies to participate next year. (Disclaimer: Company audits were not conducted to verify information or claims submitted with nominations).
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: SMALL C&E FIRMS
(less than $20 million)
GOLD MEDAL: Bioengineering Group (Salem, MA; www.bioengineering.com), a woman-owned science and engineering, consulting, and design firm, for doubling revenue and employee count for the second straight year during 2009. Revenue almost doubled to well over $8 million in 2009, while the number of employees grew from 39 in 2008 to 74 as of December 2009. For this growth and comparable growth in 2008, Bioengineering Group was honored as the fastest growing company of 2009 at the sixth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business this past November. Current projects include the provision of engineering, program management, and construction management services, in partnership with ARCADIS, for the largest design-build civil works project in U.S. history—the $1.3 billion Inner Harbor Navigation Channel that will provide hurricane and flood protection for the city of New Orleans.
SILVER MEDAL: Marstel-Day, LLC (Fredericksburg, VA; www.marstel-day.com) for continuing its sustained record of strong growth through 2009. Marstel-Day is woman-owned, HUBZone small business enterprise providing scientific and consulting services to federal agencies in the areas of environmental resource, habitat, and open space conservation; global environmental monitoring and intelligence; water resources conservation and planning; stakeholder communication, engagement, and facilitation; encroachment control planning; and strategic planning. Marstel-Day received numerous task order awards from U.S. government clients at the end of the federal fiscal year, more than doubling its open task order value over the previous year to $13.8 million on the books on October 1, 2009. Marstel-Day’s 2009 revenue, estimated at $6.4 million, represents a 21% increase over 2008 revenue of $5.3 million, and a 130% increase. Marstel-Day’s staff increased from 35 to 50 employees in 2009, an increase of 43%.
BRONZE MEDAL: Sustainable Business Consulting (Seattle, WA; www.sustainablebizconsulting.com) for growing revenue and employ count by 200% since 2007, when the company made a major shift in the direction of climate change-related services. The company has focused on helping companies, from Fortune 500 firms to renewable energy startups, find ways to increase profitability through enhanced environmental and climate practices. Sustainable Business Consulting co-created a carbon inventory tool that over 100 businesses have used to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The firm’s Return on Sustainability (ROS) framework helps companies calculate the financial, brand, and sustainability benefits of potential actions. The firm has used ROS tools to help remove thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, including helping an eco-tourism company turn a loss into an $80,000 profit in one year.
BRONZE MEDAL: Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (M&A; Bedford, MA; www.mabbett.com) for growing by 245% over the past four years. M&A, a multi-disciplinary environmental, health and safety, and sustainable energy consulting and engineering and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business, enjoyed sales in excess of $4.3 million during its 2009 fiscal year, compared with $1.8 million during the 2006 fiscal year. Mabbett’s growing federal sector now accounts for 43% of firm’s total revenue, up from less than 2% in 2006. M&A believes its growth to be sustainable based on the following factors: a multi-faceted marketing and business development program; multi-year major contracts from U.S. EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the General Services Administration, the Veterans Administration, and other federal agencies; expanding service reach through continued geographic expansion; enhanced proven relationships; and an excellent track record with federal agencies, private clients and project partners.
HONORABLE MENTION: Hart & Hickman (Charlotte, NC; www.harthickman.com), a 40-person environmental consulting firm focused predominantly on assessment and remediation, for substantial revenue growth and sustained after-bonus profitability from 2007 through 2009. Gross revenue increased from $6.6 million in 2007 to $10.3 million in 2009, while after-bonus profit, as a percent of net service revenue, held steady at 30.6%. The company is now focusing on developing the next generation of leaders to facilitate further growth and to allow ownership transition within the next eight to ten years. Hart & Hickman has built systems to promote rapid growth in its staff’s technical and business decision-making judgment, and it is providing a more structured policy and written guidance to allow staff to make more independent decisions. The company says that this decentralized decision-making has greatly improved the quality of its recruits and improved its employee mentoring and review process.
HONORABLE MENTION: ES&H, Inc. (Knoxville, TN; www.eshinc.com) for growth from a single employee with revenue of less than $100,000 in 1997 to a team of 50-plus employees with an average revenue run rate of $9 million over the past three years. The company performs work in all 50 states, U.S. Territories, and several foreign countries. ES&H is a small minority-owned, SBA-certified 8(a), small disadvantaged business specializing in environmental, health, and safety (EHS) consulting and training, construction, engineering, facility management and disaster response. In 2009, ES&H identified key management personnel and implemented a top-grading strategy to identify individuals that exemplified the companies core values. It has received several awards, such as Business TN magazine’s “Hot 100 Companies” award in 2008 and 2009 and placement on Hispanic Business magazine’s “500 Top Hispanic-owned Companies” list for 2009.
HONORABLE MENTION: Walker Consultants, Inc., dba Benchmark Environmental Consultants (Dallas, TX; www.benchmarkenviro.com), a full-service environmental consulting firm, for increasing revenue by 45% from $1.6 million in 2003 to $2.9 million in 2009. Despite the downturn in the U.S. economy, Benchmark recorded its best revenue year in company history in 2009, increasing revenue by more than 17% over 2008. This significant growth was fueled by expansion of transportation services through a large contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and expansion of telecommunications services throughout the Gulf Coast region into Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Kelly Walker, president and CEO, attributes Benchmark’s success to top-quality, hard-working employees. Benchmark was ranked No. 7 by CE News on the list of the Best Environmental Service Firms to Work For, as well as having the Best Employee Recognition Program. Ms. Walker was also honored with a 2009 Woman in Business: Woman to Watch award from the Dallas Business Journal.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: MEDIUM C&E FIRMS
($20 million to $100 million)
GOLD MEDAL: HSA Engineers & Scientists, Inc. (Tampa, FL; www.hsa-env.com) for increasing revenue by approximately 220% over a six-year period from $14.3 million in 2003 to $31.3 million in 2009. HSA is a 270-employee multi-sector engineering firm specializing in environmental, geotechnical, civil, and structural disciplines. As an example of its recent work, HSA was selected over several nationally recognized engineering firms to design and construct a wastewater and stormwater treatment system to treat effluent discharges at a rubber processing plant in Liberia. With limited access to consistent power, and with antiquated tools and an inexperienced local population of workers, HSA designed and constructed a wastewater facility to treat rubber and latex process effluent from the facility. The company provided training for the local population, which now operates the facility full-time.
SILVER MEDAL: Sovereign Consulting Inc. (Robbinsville, NJ; www.sovcon.com) for continuing on its course as one of the fastest growing environmental consulting and remediation small businesses in the country by preserving its growth in revenue, employees, geographic location, and service diversification without acquisition or merger. Sovereign’s revenues nearly doubled from $19.1 million in 2006 to $34.5 million in 2008. Although growth during 2009 was slower, the company still increased its revenue to an estimated $37.8 million. Over the past decade, Sovereign has grown from one office of 19 people to 13 offices of 195 employees. In 2009, Sovereign opened its first Gulf Coast regional office in Mobile, AL, and increased its construction capabilities, winning $8 million in ARRA-funded construction projects at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Sovereign also announced new partnerships with Integrity Energy, a solar energy company, and RE Invest Solutions, a brownfield redevelopment company for which Sovereign will provide management and technical support services. Over the past two years, Sovereign has risen in The Zweig Letter’s Hot Firm List from #35 to #18, and from #170 to #153 in ENR’s list of Top 200 Environmental Firms.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: LARGE C&E FIRMS
(more than $100 million)
GOLD MEDAL: Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA; www.tetratech.com) for a record fiscal 2009, during which gross revenue increased by 6.6% to $2.3 billion and operating income increased by 11.3% to $121.9 million. Tetra Tech, a publicly traded company, recorded a 40% increase in diluted earnings per share to $1.43, a significant indicator of the firm’s strong financial performance. Tetra Tech grew to more than 10,000 employees for the first time, worked in more than 86 countries around the world, and won important new water infrastructure programs in global hot spots such as Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa. In fiscal 2009, Tetra Tech increased its governance and consulting services work with the U.S. Agency for International Development by 30%. Also during 2009, Tetra Tech began work on the $600 million Fox River remediation program in Green Bay, Wisconsin; the project was Midwest Construction’s Environmental Project of the Year and is considered the largest polychlorinated biphenyl river remediation project in the world.
SILVER MEDAL: WSP Group USA (Reston, VA; www.wspgroup.com) for continued growth in the U.S. market. An affiliate of one of the world’s fastest growing design, engineering, sustainability, and management consultancies, WSP Group USA has rapidly developed its operations over the last five years with a strong mix of organic and acquisitive growth, and now employs more than 1,100 people. U.S. acquisitions since 2000 include Flack + Kurtz, Environmental Strategies, Chas. H. Sells, SEi Design and CEL. As a result of its growth trajectory, WSP Group USA was listed third on The Zweig Letter’s 2009 “Hot Firm” list, following up the company’s first-place position in 2008 when WSP Group USA’s revenues more than quadrupled from 2004 to 2007 from $46 million to $197 million. Although revenue growth was more modest in 2009, increasing from $209 million in 2008 to a projected $218 million, the company is proud of its resilience in harsh economic times.
BRONZE MEDAL: Environmental Resources Management (ERM; London, U.K.; www.erm.com) for maintaining a high volume of M&A-related work despite the tightening of the credit markets and the subsequent downturn in the M&A market over the past couple of years. A 25-year veteran at guiding transacting companies through the maze of environmental, health, safety, social, and sustainability risks and liabilities associated with deals, ERM is seeing a significant demand for due diligence services related to bankrupt and distressed assets, project finance, and the privatization of state-owned assets. The company is on target to complete over 2,500 due diligence projects in 2009. Due to changes seen in the market in 2007 and 2008, ERM’s transaction services teams have worked on a large number of this year’s industry-altering mergers, divestitures, and acquisitions of distressed companies or divisions, and provided critical support in the largest environmental claims in bankruptcy history.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: REMEDIATION COMPANIES
GOLD MEDAL: TerraTherm, Inc. (Fitchburg, MA; www.terratherm.com) for continued significant growth in revenue and in the 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 has increased 100% since 2007, while profitability has grown 955%. New project awards in 2009 totaled $16.5 million with a significant amount of growth overseas. Since 2007, international revenue has grown from 1% of revenue to 19% in 2009. In the last year, the company added seven new countries and territories under agreement, and now has a total of 11 such agreements. Each partner/sublicensee has the exclusive rights to utilize TerraTherm’s 10 years of ISTR knowhow and its proprietary heating devices. TerraTherm attributes its growth to the accelerating demand for lower-cost, sustainable approaches like ISTR where cleanup is achieved in months with guaranteed results.
SILVER MEDAL: OP-TECH (Syracuse, NY; www.op-tech.us) for achieving a compound annual growth rate of 12.4% over the last seven years. Since 2002, when OP-TECH implemented a long-range strategic plan, the company has continually grown revenue from $12 million to $36 million dollars in revenues and more than tripled employment from 83 to 250-plus employees in 12 branches in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic States. OP-TECH has completed over 18,000 separate projects for many of the Fortune 1000 industrial companies and top 500 engineering firms. In 2009, OP-TECH continued expansion of its sediment remediation construction services, mechanical construction, and LEED construction activities, and it was awarded the largest sediment remediation project in history of company. The firm added new geographies with the opening of locations in Baltimore, Raleigh, and Suffolk, Virginia..
SILVER MEDAL: TRS Group, Inc. (Longview, WA; www.thermalrs.com), a provider of Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) remediation services for once again surpassing yearly sales and revenue goals. With sustained growth since the company’s inception in 2000, TRS has created a project backlog of $25 million for 2010, a 30% increase over 2009. TRS projects revenue will more than double to over $20 million in 2010. The company attributes growth to wider market acceptance of ERH, significant growth in repeat business, and continued success in quickly cleaning soil and groundwater on difficult sites. Highlights in 2009 included the design, installation, and operation of the world’s largest active in situ thermal remediation system. Also during 2009, TRS finalized a joint venture in Brazil, and it is expecting to finalize a strategic alliance to expand into the European remediation marketplace in early 2010.
BRONZE MEDAL: Engineering/Remediation Resources Group (ERRG; Martinez, CA; www.errg.com) for continued growth despite the difficult economy. ERRG enjoyed its best year ever in 2009, with revenue projected to reach $41 million, up from $35.2 million in 2008 with staffing increased by nearly 30%. ERRG has been successful in winning major contracts in each of its three major service areas, Environmental Construction/Remediation, Military Munitions Response (MMR), and Civil Construction. Remediation awards included a $50 million capacity Environmental Multiple Award Contract (EMAC) from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, two U.S. Coast Guard environmental service contracts with $200 million in capacity, and two hazardous materials contracts with the U.S. Forest Service with $5 million in capacity. In the MMR arena, ERRG was awarded a $100 million capacity contract from NAVFAC Southwest for range sustainability and remediation. Civil Construction awards include a $400 million capacity Small Business EMAC for commercial and institutional building construction and a $20 million capacity contract from the Honolulu District Corps of Engineers for construction services. ERRG also received two safety awards from the National Safety Council.
HONORABLE MENTION: Abscope Environmental, Inc. (Canastota, NY; abscope.com), a 62-person remediation construction firm, for increasing revenue to more than $16 million, surpassing 2008’s record revenue of $14.5 million, while maintaining profitability. The company says that the key to its 2009 success was diversity. Abscope maintained its core environmental construction business in the areas of manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites, asbestos cleanups, and soil remediation while venturing into new practice areas. For example, Lake Ontario property owners had been losing two to three feet of real estate yearly because of soil erosion and wave crash. Abscope regraded a steep, nearly vertical, 75-foot bluff to a 45% slope installing underdrains, geofabrics, and a compost-like ecoblanket to foster vegetation growth, thereby stabilizing the slope and preventing further erosion. Abscope also remediated radioactive soils for the first time. removing 2,500 cubic yards of radioactive soils at a DOE site situated between two occupied, high-security buildings.
GOLD MEDAL: ARCADIS NV (Arnhem, The Netherlands; www.arcadis-us.com) for its acquisition of Malcolm Pirnie (White Plains, NY), a 100-year-old environmental consulting and engineering firm specializing in water-related services. Malcolm Pirnie employs approximately 1,700 people at more than 60 offices, including most of the top 20 major metropolitan areas of the United States. It reported $392 million in gross revenue ($294 million in net revenue) for 2009, and its profitability was close to ARCADIS’s overall target margins when the deal was closed in July. ARCADIS expects the addition of Malcolm Pirnie to significantly strengthen its services in the area of water and wastewater infrastructure, particularly in the municipal client sector. According to ARCADIS, the deal also brought it into the top 10 in the U.S. design, consultancy, and engineering market, with a more balanced services portfolio.
SILVER MEDAL: Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA; www.tetratech.com) for acquiring seven companies during its 2009 fiscal year, including its first major international acquisition, Wardrop Engineering, a Canadian multi-disciplinary engineering and consulting firm specializing in services for the natural resource management, energy, and infrastructure markets. With more than $120 million U.S. in annual revenue, Wardrop brought more than 1,000 employees and 13 new offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, and India. Tetra Tech also acquired Bryan A. Stirrat & Associates, a recognized leader in solid waste management services, with annual revenue of about $40 million; Tesoro Corp., a construction management firm working primarily on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and military construction programs, with annual revenue of about $80 million; and several smaller, specialty firms that have enhanced Tetra Tech’s depth of resources and technical advantage in the water, environment, and energy markets (ACI Engineering, DPK Consulting, Haselwood Enterprises, and Mussetter Engineering).
SILVER MEDAL: IHS Inc. (Denver, CO; www.ihs.com) for significant expansion in the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) software sector during 2009 through its $59 million acquisition of ESS. The acquisition has helped IHS claim a leading position in the carbon management market, with dozens of global corporations using IHS software for carbon management at tens of thousands of sites. IHS now claims the largest customer base and broadest product offerings by far among EHS and sustainability software providers. More than 3,000 organizations use IHS software for EHS, including 550-plus clients that use its enterprise-level solutions. IHS solutions are widely recognized—for example, in 2009, its GHG management solutions were among the few systems that earned accreditation by the Carbon Disclosure Project. Customers are demonstrating their satisfaction with the firm’s EHS product offerings by renewing their support plans at a rate of more than 90% per year.
SILVER MEDAL: POWER Engineers (Hailey , ID ; www.powereng.com) for successfully acquiring and integrating three firms during 2009. In September, the company acquired Fort Worth-based Cornelius Pierce Consulting Engineers, a provider of transmission, distribution, and substation engineering services to the electric power industry. POWER Engineers followed with the acquisition of VELOCITIE Integration, a firm specializing in geographic information system services with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Denver, Colorado. Finally, POWER Engineers closed in December on the acquisition of a South African company that will henceforward operate as PCE Engineers, a consulting and engineering firm that provides design services to the power generation markets in Africa, Turkey, and the Middle East. POWER Engineers has developed a solid reputation for finding, buying, and integrating firms that help it expand into new markets and new geographies. Since it was established in 1976, POWER Engineers has completed a total of 16 acquisitions, including nine since 2000.
SILVER MEDAL: Golder Associates Inc. (Redmond, WA; www.golder.com) for completing a series of deals during 2009, including the acquisition of the coastal engineering group and associated assets of Pacific International Engineering (Edmunds, WA). Pacific International provides services pertaining to coasts, inlets, estuaries, and river deltas, including navigation and dredging, wake analysis, ocean energy, beach protection and restoration, geomorphology, oceanographic data collection, and wave, tidal, and sediment transport modeling. Operating out of Golder’s Redmond, office, the team augments Golder’s core capabilities in geotechnical engineering, geophysics, and environmental engineering. Also during 2009, Golder acquired the assets of Denver-based Engineering and Hydrosystems (E&H), a water engineering firm, while Golder Associates Pty Ltd., the company’s Australian affiliate, merged with A.W.N. Consultants (Ferntree Gully, Australia), a consultancy specializing in air quality and other environmental services.
BRONZE MEDAL: Kleinfelder (San Diego, CA; www.kleinfelder.com) for its acquisition of Massachusetts-based SEA Consultants Inc. SEA is a multidisciplinary, full-service engineering, architecture, and planning firm consisting of 200 employees and generating more than $30 million in net annual revenue. Founded in 1953, SEA has an excellent long-standing reputation as a high-quality business serving commercial, industrial, municipal, and institutional clients throughout New England. Consistent with Kleinfelder’s 2015 Strategic Direction to become increasingly multi-faceted, the addition of SEA’s extensive architecture and sustainability expertise, as well as its water/wastewater, structural, electrical, and related engineering services, will expand Kleinfelder’s capabilities. In addition, SEA brings Kleinfelder a new and diverse client base, including a growing national program with the Army National Guard and higher education institutional clients such as the universities of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Stanford, and Harvard. SEA is Kleinfelder’s seventh acquisition since 1999.
BRONZE MEDAL: Whitman (East Brunswick, NJ; www.whitmanco.com), an environmental and engineering management firm, for continued expansion through acquisition and investment, thereby increasing the remediation and construction services it offers and its commitment to renewable energy. Whitman acquired LJS Construction, a full-service environmental remediation and construction company, thereby adding services that complement Whitman’s environmental and engineering work, including brownfield redevelopment, civil and geotechnical engineering, site assessment, remediation cost recovery, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering. The LJS staff brought more than 50 years of collective experience in every phase of the development process, including rehabilitation, decontamination, and the demolition of existing structures for commercial, industrial and government clients. Whitman also renewed its commitment to renewable energy in 2009 by investing in a new company, Pro-Tech Energy Solutions, to provide true turnkey services in this emerging field. The partial ownership of Pro-Tech allows Whitman to develop financial modeling and design solar systems as well as to build, maintain, and monitor those systems for public and private commercial facilities.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: INFORMATION
EarthSoft (Concord, MA; www.earthsoft.com), for growing sales of its hosted EQuIS software by 54% during 2009. EarthSoft continued to gain new clients in 2009, including the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the French energy services company Areva, New York City, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, HDR Engineering, Booze Allen Hamilton, Geoklock, several cities and counties, and many others. EarthSoft delivered its 600th EQuIS 5 Professional license, as part of a large configuration sold to the CH2M Hill/Critigen company. EarthSoft also achieved Microsoft Gold Certified Status in 2009.
ProcessMAP Corp. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL; www.processmap.com) for completing several enterprise-wide installations of its environmental, health, and safety (EHS) and carbon emissions software for large organizations, on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis. John Deere deployed ProcessMAP as its enterprise platform throughout its world-wide operations in more than 30 countries to support EHS compliance and performance management, and to measure and manage energy consumption and GHG emissions by consolidating numerous internal systems. Other prominent client deploying ProcessMAP in 2009 included Bunge Ltd, a $50 billion agri-business company, Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 healthcare company and Shaw Inc., a major carpet and flooring products manufacturer.
Locus Technologies (Mountain View, CA; www.locustec.com) for significantly expanding its client base and its product line. The firm unveiled its expanded environmental compliance, GHG, and sustainability applications and added clients in the grocery and engineered materials industries. Locus also expanded its presence in its key market, oil and gas, by starting worldwide implementation of its EIM product at ExxonMobil, and it expanded its presence in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) market. Locus also gained recognition by key IT analysts with initiation of coverage by Gartner and Utillipoint for its position in enterprise level environmental software offered through its Cloud Computing platform.
3E Company (Carlsbad, CA; www.3ecompany.com) for introductions of several new products during 2009. 3E introduced ArielLogic for Food & Flavors, a compliance solution for flavor, food, and beverage manufacturers offering centralized, instant access to regulatory information. The company also introduced the 3E Online Supplier Portal, a new tool for retailers aiming to heighten their level of environmental compliance, better understand regulatory implications, and increase customer satisfaction, and Ariel Data Manager (ADM) - VMSDS, a data management solution that helps SAP users manage their vendors’ global inbound material safety data sheets (MSDSs) within the SAP EH&S platform. During 2009, 3E also extended the internationalization of the MSDgen MSDS Authoring System with multi-lingual capabilities and enhancements to help customers comply with global regulatory obligations, such as Europe's Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals.
RegScan, Inc. (Williamsport, PA; www.regscan.com) for the successful introduction of two new products in the EHS marketplace. The first major release was the RegScan GCS compliance system, a complete makeover of the firm’s regulatory research tools. RegScan GCS now sports a new user interface and more 15 new features, including: Parallel Topical Search, a regulatory subject based tool that shows a comparison of federal and state regulations for a specific area; Strikethrough, a tool that compares two versions of a regulation; and a Hierarchical Drill-down-based navigational tool. The second major release was RegScan Socrates, a regulatory-based task management and compliance management system. Socrates allows users to keep track of multiple projects, tasks, and documents or projects, as well as track and manage corrective actions.
ENFOS, Inc. (San Mateo, CA, www.enfos.com) for being selected by SAP AG as an EcoHub Partner for the SAP Sustainability Solution. ENFOS fills a white space for SAP in the Environment, Health and Safety area of environmental liability management and associated financial and regulatory compliance. ENFOS is an enterprise software environmental management solution for companies faced with liabilities associated with remediation and decommissioning projects. Founded in 2000, ENFOS serves customers in Oil and Gas, Chemicals, and Energy/Utilities.Clients include BP, ConocoPhillips, Sunoco, Hess Corp., El Paso Corp., TravelCenters of America, Celanese Corp., and Pacific Gas and Electric.
AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA; www.aecom.com) for the development and introduction of the Environmental Mobile Application for Pipelines (EMAP) program. EMAP is a new proprietary environmental information technology that, according to AECOM, greatly improves the efficiency and quality of critical field data collection, analysis, storage, and reporting required for environmental permitting and major project development activities. Developed by an AECOM team of field biologists, permitting and project managers, and programming analysts, EMAP is a custom ArcPad mobile geographic information systems (GIS) application that allows field technicians to digitally capture, edit, process, and file global positioning system (GPS) data, detailed sketches, photographs, and more than a dozen technical criteria data sheets in accordance with a standardized Geodatabase structure. EMAP has already been used successfully at large-scale pipeline projects ranging from 100 miles to 850 miles, two new wind farm development projects, and several other major site assessments. AECOM is currently developing EMAP for other applications.
Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR, Milford, CT; www.edrnet.com) for the expansion of commonground, a global social network for professionals involved in all aspects of environmental and commercial real estate property due diligence. In just over one year, commonground has grown to 5,400 members from over 2,600 companies worldwide. With transactions in the commercial real estate market off more than 70% in 2009 versus 2008, members are turning to commonground for help with difficult technical questions, job postings, training, peer insights, and business opportunities.. During a recent three-month period, visits increased by nearly 600% as members accessed the site’s content as a regular part of doing business. In addition to its market research, educational curriculum, web events, real-time job board, news feeds, and focused discussion groups, there are over 875 blog posts and 4,000 discussion posts on hot topics. In October 2009, Forrester Research awarded commonground with one of its coveted Groundswell Awards recognizing the best business-to-business on-line support communities.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
The Adventus Group (Freeport, IL; www.adventusgroup.com), a specialist in the evaluation of technologies for remediation projects, for expansion into South America. Consistent with ongoing efforts to expand deployment of 21st century environmental biotechnologies across the globe, on Adventus established an independent office in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The main business driver was increasing demand for access to scientifically defensible, field-proven, and cost-efficient remedial products in this dynamic economy. Laying the groundwork for over two years, Adventus staff successfully partnered with local environmental remediation professionals to facilitate introduction of In-Situ Chemical Reduction (ISCR) and other innovative, sustainable biotechnologies. The company has already successfully completed several projects involving the remediation of sites with soil and groundwater contaminated by heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, and pesticides.
Environmental Dynamics Inc. (EDI; Columbia, MO; www.wastewater.com), a developer of advanced aeration and biological water and wastewater treatment technologies, for a 16% increase in shipments of its systems during 2009, particularly to overseas markets. EDI attributes this increase to 40% growth in bookings in 2008. EDI serves the global market through direct sales and independent affiliates. EDI is currently expanding its international offices in Japan, China, India, Europe, and South America. EDI’s continued success has also allowed it to achieve another listing in the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing private companies for 2009.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION
EcoAnalysts, Inc. (Moscow, ID; www.ecoanalysts.com), a taxonomy service laboratory, for implementing a mentoring program that improved operating efficiency and turned around a recession-induced decline in project win rates. In 2009, EcoAnalysts’ RFP win rate dropped from 65% to 10% as competitors slashed prices. In response, EcoAnalysts identified areas of opportunity to improve its efficiency and reduce costs. In its taxonomy lab, 20 laboratory technicians spend 35,000 hours annually sorting macroinvertebrates from benthic samples. Analysis of the sorting operation revealed a four-fold difference in sorting times between the company’s fastest and slowest sorters. EcoAnalysts implemented a mentoring program and teamed its top five laboratory technicians with its seven slowest technicians for one month. During the introductory meeting, it was made clear why each person was selected for the program and what their individual performance expectations would be after mentoring. As a result, the difference from the fastest to the slowest technician declined from a factor of four to two, reducing overall sorting expenses by 30% and total sample analysis costs by 15%.
EcoAnalysts was also nominated by the EPA for its contribution to the U.S. EPA National Lakes Assessment survey processing 4,792 samples from over 900 water bodies across the country.
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (Hunt Valley, MD; www.eaest.com) for achieving several objectives during the first full year of implementing its Corporate Sustainability Program. During 2009, EA invested significant time and resources incorporating sustainability concepts into its business operations and project-delivery systems. To implement this corporate-wide commitment, a core team of more than 60 employees has been actively involved in establish a sustainability framework encompassing all aspect of EA’s operations and project activities. Significant results included the following: all offices use Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper with 90% post-consumable recycled content, which, along with other initiatives, has resulted in a 35% reduction in paper use at the corporate headquarters; EA has, as of December, recycled more than 2,000 pounds of electronic equipment, including cell phones and computers; the company has designed and constructed a remedial system that employs in situ and passive remediation technologies to treat contaminated media; EA has “greened” much of its fleet with the addition of hybrid vehicles; the firm purchased carbon credits with savings derived from sending an electronic holiday card; and through their volunteer efforts, EA employees have passed along this sustainability commitment to their communities.
EBJ PROJECT MERIT AWARDS
PROJECT MERIT: CLEAN ENERGY
TRC Companies, Inc. (Lowell, MA; www.trcsolutions.com) for its work in connection with the Switchyard Reliability Upgrade Project at Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in New Hampshire. Seabrook provides about 7% of the electricity used across New England. To ensure the continued reliability of the plant and the resources it produces, TRC is providing field and project management services, including engineering design and planning, construction management, commissioning and quality assurance related to the integration of a gas insulated substation (GIS). Phase I was completed in the fall of 2009. According to TRC, the project is unique in that it is located inside the protected area of Seabrook Station, presenting challenges to work planning, construction sequencing, management of materials and labor, integration with station design, and work control processes. The GIS is enclosed inside a new elevated steel structure constructed directly over the existing equipment. Construction of the enclosure and new switchgear was completed without interruption to the plant, which successfully completed a record 511 days of continuous operation on October 1, 2009. When all phases are complete, the upgrade project will have improved the reliability of five key transmission elements interconnected at Seabrook Station, to include three transmission lines, one GSU transformer, and a reserve auxiliary transformer.
Environmental Management and Planning Solutions (EMPSi; San Francisco, CA; www.empsi.com), an environmental management consulting firm, for preparing the environmental analysis for the first project to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Guarantee Program (LGP). The document was completed for the Solyndra, Inc. application to construct a photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing plant in Fremont, CA. Solyndra was the first recipient of a loan guarantee under the Recovery Act and Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In addition, the loan guarantee issued to Solyndra is the first issued by DOE since the 1980s. EMPSi conducted environmental analysis, compliance, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) support as part of this coordinated effort. Over its lifetime, the first phase of the Solyndra facility could manufacture up to 7 gigawatts of solar panels, which can generate electricity equivalent to three or four coal-fired power plants, representing a savings of 245 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
PROJECT MERIT: AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
ADVATECH, a joint venture between URS Corp. ( San Francisco , CA ) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. ( New York , NY ), for installing a flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) system at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Bull Run coal-fired generating unit in Clinton , Tennessee , under especially challenging conditions. ADVATECH completed the project one month ahead of schedule and within budget, despite disruption by Hurricane Katrina, a shortage of steel and shop fabrication space, and a change in the limestone supply system. Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, home of the project engineering office, thereby scattering 200 project staff across the southeast. Within two weeks of Katrina, the staff regrouped at a temporary office in Austin. Temporary computers and software were acquired although no documents, information, or data servers were available from the New Orleans office for six to eight weeks. Design information was re-obtained where possible, and reconstructed when not. Staff returned to New Orleans in November. Shortages of structural steel shape material and shop space plagued the project in 2006, which was also when a strategic decision was made to switch from a limestone grinding system on site to using pre-ground limestone provided by a local quarry. Verification testing and acceptance was completed in May. The FGD system is now removing over 98% of SO2 emissions, which for the 920 MW Bull Run unit equates to removing over 95,000 tons of SO2 per year.
PROJECT MERIT: REMEDIATION/WASTE MANAGEMENT
Safety and Ecology Corp. (SEC; Knoxville, TN; www.sec-tn.com) for completing a $2.4 million beryllium decontamination project at DOE’s National Environmental Technology Laboratory in Albany, Oregon. SEC performed diverse operations and services to complete the cleanup and the unrestricted release for reuse of 27 laboratories and three high bay areas in 12 buildings. Tasks included operations and services related to environmental safety; occupational health management; air quality; hazardous material and hazardous waste management; sampling, analysis, and monitoring; integrated solid waste management; lead waste management; and demolition. SEC decontaminated 48,500 square feet of surface area, including office materials and laboratory equipment, historical artifacts and various items considered irreplaceable or of extreme value. Decontamination activities were performed utilizing HEPA vacuum, tacky gloves and mats, SIMWyPES towels, wet methods and DeconGel. SEC says that it removed approximately 250 tons of beryllium-contaminated equipment; managed more than 285 cubic yards of beryllium-contaminated waste, and secured the most cost-effective, compliant disposal options. SEC also developed and implemented a successful environmental, health, and safety plan to manage the significant potential exposure hazards. The client expressed high satisfaction with the work, saying “in all my years with the federal government, I can honestly say that this has been the best project I have worked on.”
TerraTherm, Inc. for the successful completion of a cleanup project at the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency’s former Memphis Depot, an important step in the overall environmental remediation of that Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) site, which has become an engine for economic development in the Memphis area. Under a guaranteed-performance, fixed-price contract to e2M (Denver, CO), TerraTherm designed and implemented its In Situ Thermal Desorption (ISTD) technology to remove a total of approximately 12,500 lbs of contaminants, resulting in greater than 99.99% reduction of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that had been present in high concentrations. The project was awarded the 2009 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award—the only award given this year in the environmental restoration category, according to TerraTherm. Notable features of the project included the simultaneous treatment of eight separate source areas totaling 49,800 cubic yards (yd3); the use of a single, centralized off-gas treatment system; the achievement of near non-detect concentrations in silty clay after 170 days of soil heating; and a turnkey unit cost of only $79/ yd3.
Weston Solutions, Inc. (West Chester, PA; www.westonsolutions.com) for the safe implementation of a sustainable cleanup solution at G-Street Salvage Yard Superfund Site at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The complex project involved the remediation of industrial chemical contamination while addressing the complications of potential munitions and explosives of concern and chemical warfare materiel. The project was conducted under the exacting safety standards of Army Safety protocol, which included the use of a vapor-containment structure and Level A personal protective equipment. Extensive precautions were taken to safeguard project personnel and the public. Recognizing these measures may alarm those able to view the property, the team regularly communicated with stakeholders, holding open-houses and coordinating with local emergency response organizations. In total, the team worked more than 21,000 hours with no incidents of exposure and no lost-time incidents. The project team also minimized the waste generated by using a comprehensive sampling approach, segregating debris for recycling and reuse—including 15,000 pounds of recovered scrap aluminum—and using surgical excavation techniques to reduce tree removal. In total, the team’s approach reduced waste generated by approximately 1,700 yd3, reduced hazardous waste disposed of off site by 700 yd3, and saved 75 trees compared with traditional excavation approaches.
WRScompass (Tampa, FL; www.wrscompass.com) for receipt of and ongoing success in implementing the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The project is intended to restore over 40 square miles of river and floodplain ecosystem including 43 miles of meandering river channel and 27,000 acres of wetlands. Restoration efforts will re-establish an environment conducive to the fauna and flora that existed there prior to the channeling efforts in the 1960s. The following are goals and objectives to restore the ecological integrity of the damaged ecosystem: re-establish historic hydrologic conditions; recreate the historical river/floodplain connectivity; recreate the historic mosaic of wetland plant communities; restore the historic biological diversity and functionality. The contract consists of backfilling 19,300 feet of the C-38 canal from the southern end of Avon Park Bombing Range to station 2173+00. Approximately 21,000 feet of new and existing river oxbows are being dredged. An earthen plug is being placed at station 2156+00 where an existing oxbow connects with the C-38 canal. Access to the site required the construction of a temporary road with a minimum crest width of 30 feet and a minimum embankment height of 3.5 feet with 1 to 4 side slopes.
PROJECT MERIT: WATER/WASTEWATER
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, KS; www2.bv.com) for three large water and wastewater projects demonstrating innovation in treatment facility design. First, Black & Veatch performed various studies and provided engineering design and construction-phase services for the Butler Drive Water Reclamation Facility, the single largest capital project ever undertaken by the city of Peoria, Arizona. The 10 million gallon per day (mgd) Butler facility uses membrane bioreactor technology to produce high-quality effluent in combination with a much smaller footprint, process stability, operability, and improved noise and odor control compared with other conventional technologies, according to the company. Second, Black & Veatch assisted Thames Water in the modernization of the 800 million liter per day (mld) Hampton Water Treatment Works in west London. Following numerous assessments and studies, Black & Veatch, recommended the refurbishing of 32 rapid gravity filters (RGFs) rather than the replacement of the 70-year-old filters. According to Black & Veatch, the upgraded facility exemplifies the “three Rs” of sustainability—reduce, recycle, reuse—through reduced power and water consumption, the reuse of existing assets, and the recycling of reclaimed materials. Finally, Black & Veatch completed Stage 1 of the Sembcorp Changi NEWater Plant (SCNP) in Singapore, the country’s fifth and largest NEWater facility, which started commercial operations in July 2009. The plant supplies Singapore with 69 mld of high-quality recycled water. The design of the SCNP minimized land use and construction costs by placing the main NEWater facilities on the roof of the Changi Water Reclamation Plant (CWRP). The treated water from the CWRP is pumped directly to the SCNP as feedwater, minimizing the extent of pipework for conveyance. SCNP relies on advanced water treatment process steps, which include microfiltration membranes, reverse osmosis membranes, and ultraviolet disinfection.
Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, CA; www.brownandcaldwell.com) for innovative pump station design in connection with a fast-tracked dam replacement project in Greensboro, North Carolina. When Greensboro officials discovered that alkali-silica reactivity had compromised the dam for Lake Townsend—the city’s primary water supply—they fast-tracked the dam for replacement. First, though, a new 30 mgd pump station had to be built to provide water during construction. Rather than replicate the existing pump station, Brown & Caldwell engineers suggested a design that improves the intake, reduces construction requirements, and requires less than half the horsepower to achieve the required flows. The design, using innovative pump cans and optimal pumps for the job, saved nearly $1.5 million in construction costs, reduced horsepower by 60% and cut energy use by 25%. Instead of four 300 to 500 horsepower pumps in the original station, the design called for five 100 horsepower variable speed pumps. Some city officials doubted that the smaller pumps could meet target flows, even after a pump curve analysis validated the design. The operators supported the approach, however, and it was confirmed by a quarter-scale 3-D model by an independent lab. When the station was activated in 2009 it exceeded the 30 mgd target.
CH2M HILL (Denver, CO; www.ch2m.com) for leading a 10 year program to plan, design, and oversee construction of the major features of the Albuquerque Water Resources Management Strategy program. The program is aimed at diverting, treating, and using the city’s 48,200 acre-feet per year allocation of San Juan-Chama water from the Rio Grande. The project began with CH2M HILL planners and treatment process specialists assisting Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in evaluating more than 20 treatment process alternatives to select the most appropriate and cost-effective technologies for the plant. The new San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Treatment Plant is the centerpiece of a 15-year transition to a renewable surface water supply. The 92-million-gallon-per-day, state-of-the-art water treatment plant is Albuquerque’s first facility for treating surface water and the largest surface water treatment facility in New Mexico. The plant uses innovative treatment systems for the removal of highly variable sediment loading and has two disinfection barriers (ozonation and chlorination). Water is treated using enhanced coagulation and ozone/biofiltration technology for disinfection and taste and odor control. The facility is fully self-contained, recycling all generated waste streams. By diverting and treating surface water rather than groundwater, the plant provides a sustainable water supply. This facility replaces current groundwater pumping, minimizing groundwater mining and allowing the city to meet EPA’s arsenic regulation.
American Water (Voorhees, NJ; www.amwater.com) for developing a sustainable water treatment solution for a New York City luxury condominium. In New York City, improving water efficiency while responding to ever-increasing demand is a critical issue identified by Mayor Bloomberg in the PlaNYC Progress Report. Developed by the Albanese Organization and designed by architect Rafael Pelli, the Visionaire luxury high-rise condominium epitomizes this sustainable focus in an urban setting through an advanced water treatment system that was designed, built, and operated by Applied Water Management, Inc., a subsidiary of American Water. The wastewater recycling facility offsets the building’s 40,000 gallons of water per day (GPD) demand through a combination of the 25,000 GPD capacity generated by the treatment system with potable water and collected storm water. Wastewater entering the system is subject to a rigorous cleansing process involving physical and biological processes to remove pollutants from the waste stream. Treated water goes to the system’s cooling tower and is also used for maintenance and flush water. Rooftop gardens collect and filter up to 5,000 GPD of rainwater while reducing stormwater runoff.
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A; Albuquerque, NM; www.dbstephens.com) for assisting the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in achieving a sustainable water supply through the implementation of an aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) project. DBS&A designed and implemented the Bear Canyon Recharge Demonstration Project to recharge Albuquerque’s San Juan-Chama water. Because ASR had never been permitted in New Mexico, strong technical evidence was required to demonstrate to regulators that the recharged water would reach the aquifer. DBS&A’s state-of-the-art monitoring program successfully tracked recharged water along its entire flow path from land surface, through approximately 500 feet of vadose zone, to the regional aquifer. According to DBS&A, the project was successful in demonstrating recharge via an in-stream infiltration system, showing that the aquifer could be used to store surface water, and in establishing the right to recover the recharged water. DBS&A is now implementing the water authority’s Large-Scale Recharge Project to establish a long-term drought reserve. The project includes 17 acres of infiltration basins and one deep injection well (total depth of 1,200 feet) that’s designed to recharge approximately 25,000 acre-feet of treated surface water every year.
PROJECT MERIT: SUSTAINABILITY & RESOURCE PROTECTION
Through its member companies, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE; Dalton, GA; www.carpetrecovery.org), a non-profit organization committed to diverting post-consumer carpet from America’s landfills and finding market-based solutions for the recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet, for diverting over 1.3 billion pounds of carpet from the landfills since 2002, thereby reducing GHG emissions by 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. According to CARE, carpet recyclers reported that they employed over 1,100 people in 2008 alone to collect, separate, and further process post-consumer carpet. Post-consumer carpet (PCC) is recycled back into hundreds of styles of carpet, and carpet cushion containing over 90% PCC are now available. PCC is also used in a wide range of consumer products, from automobile parts to other plastic household items. CARE is now a model for other voluntary recycling organizations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
MWH Global (Broomfield, CO; www.mwhglobal.com) for providing design and construction management services for the new 180 mgd raw sewage Durham Influent Pump Station (IPS) in Tigard, Oregon, in a manner that optimized construction cost and pumping efficiency. As the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified pump station in the U.S., the IPS uses alternative energy and efficient design. The most innovative aspect of the LEED Silver IPS is a process that uses excess gas from a nearby digester complex to power heating and cooling systems. The IPS uses hot water heated with the digester gas, a processed digested sludge by-product, in its heating coils. In addition, energy-efficient variable frequency drives (VFDs) only use the energy needed control the large, raw sewage pumps instead of constant speed motors. Air-handling units use plant-effluent water in cooling coils to keep the VFDs below the maximum temperature. The coils use non-potable, recycled water produced during wastewater treatment. In an independent energy study, Thornton Energy Consulting revealed that energy usage was reduced by 48% compared with conventional designs, while water usage was reduced by 34%.
PERC Water Corp. (Cost Mesa, CA; www.percwater.com) for deploying energy-saving technology at the Santa Paula California Water Recycling Facility. The technologies they are employing helps control and minimize power consumption costs while maintaining quality and efficiency. As a result of an innovative lighting design, including natural lighting, LED lamps, mercury vapor exterior lights, and other measures, the facility will exceed California’s Title 24 energy-efficiency requirements. As membrane scouring and aeration account for nearly half of the facility’s power consumption, PERC Water is employing the most energy-efficient air production and usage systems on the market. A PERC-developed SCADA system will gather, display, track, and store live data generated by the facility, consistently updating the operators on the exact status and measurements of all of the facility’s processes. As a result of the energy saving measures, the city will save up to 15% in its wastewater treatment power consumption costs.
PROJECT MERIT: NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Integrated Environmental Services, Inc. (IES; Lake Forest, CA; www.iesinet.com), for accomplishing a natural resources management milestone for the U.S. Air Force by providing biological and natural resources services for a targeted grazing project. The objectives were to establish a fire break to protect Air Force base infrastructure and base housing from wildland fire, manage invasive weeds, and facilitate restoration of native vegetation. Conventional methods (e.g., chemicals, prescribed burning, invasive mowing, and disking) were discouraged due to the high number of vernal pools and sensitive drainage channels that could be negatively impacted by use of these methods. As an innovative approach, IES provided natural resources and technical services for the implementation of a targeted grazing project using livestock (800 goats). IES developed the field sampling technique protocols, including mapping of the vegetation sampling and photo-monitoring transects. Project costs were offset by allowing the livestock owners to supplement their forage budgets with contracted grazing opportunities.
The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (Morristown, NJ; louisberger.com), for its implementation of the Stewart Airport Access/Vernal Pool Mitigation project. When Stewart Airport in Orange County, New York, added a four-mile road and interchange to improve airport access, the facility needed a mitigation plan to offset unavoidable construction impacts. Louis Berger successfully created 12 vernal pools to serve as amphibian habitat for 14 species, including the rare spotted turtle, a regulated Species of Concern in New York. Vernal pools that are inundated with water in the winter and spring and dry in the fall are necessary for breeding for many species. Yet it’s no good to save the amphibians if they just become road kill because you built a road in their migration path. Therefore, project designers incorporated a series of tunnels into the road design with walls leading animals into the entrances. The tunnels also encourage both large and small animals to cross underneath the roadway, keeping both the animals and the drivers safer. Since the road was opened last year, there have been no collisions reported with large animals.
WRA, Inc. (San Rafael, CA; www.wra-ca.com) for the successful analysis of vegetation communities in a sensitive, 200-acre tidal marsh in Suisun Bay, Contra Costa County, California. Due to relative inaccessibility, accurate vegetation community analysis in tidal marshes can be difficult to achieve quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively. To achieve the client’s accuracy and budget requirements, WRA combined remote sensing, field verification, helicopter surveys, and geographic information systems (GIS) to create an initial vegetation community map in late summer 2005. The methods were replicated in 2008 and the results were compared to one another, illustrating shifts in plant communities throughout the marsh system over a three-year period. Utilizing a combination of field surveys, helicopter surveys, and remote sensing provided a reliable, repeatable, and cost-effective way to analyze changes in the marsh system over time. This unique approach allowed WRA to provide significant cost savings to the client while developing a new vegetation monitoring methodology. WRA has modified the methodology for non-wetlands habitats and integrated the approach across several of its service areas, such as landscape architecture and conservation banking. Subsequently, WRA has been awarded several projects with existing and new clients due to the accurate results and cost savings the methodology provides.
EBJ TECHNOLOGY MERIT AWARDS
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: REMEDIATION
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. (GES; Neptune, NJ; www.gesonline.com) for the successful deployment of its patented HypeAir-EX in situ chemical oxidation technology in the aggressive remediation of coal tar at a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site in Iowa. GES operated the system for two months, at a cost under $300,000, to destroy volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds in coal tar, soil, and groundwater. This innovative approach, using ozone and hydrogen peroxide injection, was much cheaper, more effective, and less disruptive than more commonly used options such as excavation and thermal treatment, according to GES. The technical approach involved the injection of ozone, at a rate of 75 pounds per day, with periodic injection of hydrogen peroxide to maximize hydroxyl radical formation and contaminant destruction. The project is the latest aggressive remediation success by GES’s Max-Ox Group, GES’ remediation services division. The Max-Ox Group has performed more than 300 chemical oxidation projects across the US, and has teamed with other environmental consulting firms to provide cost-effective remediation solutions, many contracted on a pay-for-performance basis.
RMT, Inc. (Madison, WI; www.rmtinc.com) for the development of a new technology to address the ongoing human health and environmental risks from sediment contaminated by MGPs—a problem that has been misunderstood and difficult to remedy in scores of water bodies. RMT diagnosed the mechanisms that cause coal tar buried in sediments to migrate into overlying water. Understanding gas bubble migration from biodegrading organic material, which is typical in many sediments, was a key to developing a solution to stop coal tar exposure. RMT’s NAPL Trapping Cap (patent pending) is designed to permanently control tar migration from sediment by redirecting migrating tar to a controlled accumulation area, where the tar is trapped while the gas is vented to the atmosphere. This system eliminates exposure to human and ecological receptors of tar; vastly reduces human health risks; reduces costs by creating a targeted remediation area; and alleviates short- and long-term risk via permanent migration control. RMT designed and built a full-scale application of the NAPL Trapping Cap remedy—the first of its kind, according to the company—on the Penobscot River in Maine, a site that posed extreme engineering challenges.
EOS Remediation LLC (Raleigh, NC; www.eosremediation.com) for the successful commercialization in 2009 of EAS, a sulfate-enhanced technology for in situ remediation of contaminated groundwater. The conventional wisdom for remediation of aquifers contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) is to add oxygen. A recent British Petroleum/EPA study, however, has concluded that most hydrocarbon plumes are anaerobic and depleted of sulfate, and other studies have drawn comparable conclusions. EAS is an anaerobic degradation process that facilitates natural attenuation of PHCs in the subsurface. This process occurs when terminal electron acceptor compounds such as nitrate, sulfate, and iron react to reduce PHC concentrations. The EAS process stimulates biodegradation by providing a soluble, readily available electron acceptor. In the presence of elevated sulfate, anaerobic groundwater bacteria use the PHCs for carbon and energy while mineralizing the hydrocarbons to carbon dioxide and water. According to EOS, EAS is a “green technology” that accelerates site cleanup and reduces carbon footprint when compared to conventional remediation.
AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc. (Plymouth Meeting, PA; www.amec.com) for two innovative technology demonstration projects for the Air Force that promise to save time and money while improving the remediation of contaminated sites. One of the projects is evaluating the use of Bio-Trap microbial samplers at Air Force Plant 4 in Texas, where groundwater is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and other chlorinated solvents. The samplers, which capture naturally present bacteria in order to evaluate their biodegradation potential, are being evaluated on site for their ability to determine the best bioremediation techniques. The other project is focused primarily on source-zone remediation and involves the testing of stabilized nano-scale iron for treatment of chlorinated solvents in groundwater. The technology being tested is an environmentally friendly cellulose stabilizer coating on the iron nano-particles that is expected to prevent agglomeration, thereby improving the delivery of the nano-particles to the aquifer and maintaining their high reactivity with the contaminants. If successful, cellulose-stabilized nano-scale iron will significantly accelerate the cleanup of groundwater and may reduce life-cycle treatment costs by as much as 90%.
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: WATER/WASTEWATER
Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, PA; severntrentservices.com) for the introduction of several new products that advance the state of the art in water and wastewater treatment. The new Capital Controls Series 70CV3000 Chloromatic Intelligent Gas Flow Control Valve is a wall-mounted system designed to control chemical feed in water or wastewater applications. The Series 70CV3000 eliminates the need for continuous operator monitoring and manual adjustment of the gas feed rate resulting from changes in flow or residual levels. The automation of the chemical feed process yields a reduction in gas consumption for water and wastewater utilities, since manual system feed rates are based on peak process conditions. Severn Trent also introduced the MicroDynamics Closed Vessel Microwave Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system, which sports an innovative UV design that’s suitable for use across a range of municipal and industrial applications, including municipal water and wastewater treatment, swimming pool disinfection, cooling tower water disinfection, industrial water treatment and certified Cryptosporidium treatment. The system uses microwave energy to energize the bulbs and generate consistent-strength UV disinfection. Finally, Severn Trent De Nora introduced two new marine sanitation systems to meet stringent new MEPC.159 55 requirements, which go into effect in January 2010. The OMNIPURE Series 55 and MARINER OMNIPURE Series M55 are lightweight marine sanitation systems that comply with MEPC.159(55) effluent standards and performance tests for sewage treatment plants across a variety of offshore and marine installations. The systems have received Bureau Veritas certification for IMO Resolution MEPC.159(55) regulation.
EcoVu (Ottawa, Ontario; www.ecovu.com) for the introduction of a water purification technology designed to remove finely dispersed materials that stay suspended in water and carry contaminants such as metals, organic pollutants, hormone disruptors, and pathogenic micro-organisms. The technology captures these contaminants simultaneously, efficiently, and economically, according to the company. It provides a fully scalable and optimized single-step capture process that can yield cost savings of up to 50% by eliminating the need for most traditional high cost components and procedures used in water treatment systems. EcoVu is developing the technology for use in a broad range of industrial applications ranging from municipal water treatment to the nuclear power generation. The company has received multiple awards for its innovation, including in 2009 the IEEE Ottawa Section’s outstanding corporate award and the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation “Company of the Year” award.
ASA Analytics (Waukesha, WI; www.asaanalytics.com) for introduction of the ChemScan mini oP analyzer, a process analyzer for ortho-phosphorous analysis. Analysis of ortho-phosphorous offers substantial benefits for plant operators, providing the information needed to improve plant efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and minimize chemical costs. Major applications include feed control for chemical phosphorous removal in wastewater and regulation of corrosion control chemicals in drinking water. The ChemScan mini oP analyzer builds on proven ChemScan technology, including sample flow paths designed to avoid plugging by use of large orifice sizes, compared to the capillary tubes and needle valves typical in most other analyzers. The analyzer can operate for three months between reagent service and major analyzer wear items can be replaced in less than five minutes. Sample blank analysis on every cycle simplifies setup, reduces error and eliminates the need for calibration standards. This new, single-sample-line, single-parameter analyzer brings affordable ortho-phosphorus monitoring to every plant.
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: WASTE MANAGEMENT & POLLUTION CONTROL
EQ – The Environmental Quality Company (Wayne, MI; www.eqonline.com) for its response to the need for expanded waste disposal capacity prompted by new land disposal restrictions in Ontario, Canada. These restrictions limit the waste disposal options for oil refineries by following suit with U.S. laws and banning the usage of landfills for many types of organic wastes. EQ responded to these waste disposal demands by installing an indirect-fired thermal desorption unit (ITDU) at its facility in Belleville, Michigan. Thermal desorption is a safe, established technology used to manage refinery waste, including separator sludge, tank bottoms, and sewer cleaning sludge. Working with its strategic technology partner DuraTherm Inc., EQ started up operations of the new ITDU unit in December. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality classifies the technology as a form of recycling, which provides an added benefit that refineries have not been able to take advantage of in the past. In addition to reduced customer liability, the process allows customers to claim a recycling credit for approximately 15% of the amount of waste processed. Recycled oil can be returned to the customer at a desired specification or sold directly into the fuels market.
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: ANALYTICAL
Brooks Rand Labs (Seattle, WA; www.brooksrand.com) for the successful introduction of an automated total mercury analysis system, the MERX-T. According to Brooks Rand, the system has the lowest detection limits of any mercury system on the market at less than 0.03 nanograms per liter (ng/l) and has some distinct advantages over older competing systems. It uses completely sealed sample containers, thus eliminating potential atmospheric contamination and loss of volatile mercury during the analytical process. It also purges samples directly in the autosampler vials, meaning that there is no liquid transfer in the system, greatly reducing system contamination and cross-contamination between samples. The MERX-T is part of the MERX product line of automated mercury analytical systems. The modular MERX product line can easily be configured for total mercury and for mercury speciation, including methyl mercury analysis.
Curtis & Tompkins Ltd. (C&T; Berkeley, CA; www.curtisandtompkins.com) for completing an on-site evaluation of its Berkeley lab as a step toward accreditation for ISO 17025 environmental labwork, and recognition by the U.S. Department of Defense and by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. During the audit, the two auditors particularly commended C&T for the extensive amount of lab automation provided through the firm’s laboratory information management system (LIMS), commenting that C&T may be the most automated lab in the United States. The C&T LIMS is provides complete process automation for the two-building, 35,000 square foot, full-service environmental test and measurement lab. It is a custom-built system that processes an average of 6,000 samples a month for an average of six tests each at a typical turnaround time of 5.5 working days per sample.
C&E FIRMS: NEW PRACTICE AREAS
EORM (San Jose, CA; www.eorm.com) for growth in its sustainability practice. EORM was founded as a traditional environmental, health, and safety (EHS) consultancy and has evolved over its 20-year history to begin offering new services in sustainability. EORM is investing resources in growing this area of the business and expanding its reach as a leading sustainability firm nationwide and around the globe. This investment has included key hires of highly skilled sustainability professionals, including FT500 CSR veterans, LEED professionals, and climate change experts. These investments have resulted in an organic four-fold increase in sustainability-related revenue in two years. In some recent projects, EORM has worked with Foxconn Technology Group to develop its first SER report, provided EPEAT support to a large consumer electronics company, and helped clients better understand the new sustainability index released by Wal-Mart.
Marstel-Day, LLC (Fredericksburg, VA; www.marstel-day.com) and IHS Jane’s (www.janes.com), a unit of IHS Inc., for forming a strategic partnership and launching a new, joint-practice area that directly supports policymakers, planners, and operators who have to address the challenges posed by severe environmental, energy, and climate dynamics. Marstel-Day/IHS Jane’s undertook their initiative in global environmental monitoring and intelligence (GEMI) in response to the emerging consensus that national security leaders must incorporate information regarding these issues into their strategic and operational planning. While focused initially on the intersection between national security and environmental issues, GEMI is available to broadly support policy, planning, and operational efforts across economic, diplomatic, aid, and other dimensions. According to the partners, GEMI offers a global presence of over 2,000 experts with in-country, on-the-ground perspectives; existing information sharing channels; in-depth environmental/technical/national security expertise; deep understanding of information needs for planners and policymakers; and, strong scenario development/analysis capabilities.
MWH Global (Broomfield, CO; www.mwhglobal.com) for the successful launch of its carbon offset verification practice. As a result of a $200 million upgrade to its Rocky Reach hydroelectric plant, Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1 (Chelan) became the first hydroelectric energy producer certified to provide CO2 offsets for the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). As one of only 16 independent verifiers approved by the CCX to review carbon offset applications for renewable energy projects, MWH provided the CCX-approved verification for Chelan. After meeting with Chelan personnel to review generation and flow data, validate calculation methodology, and verify improvements, MWH prepared a verification report that the CCX approved without modification. MWH verified that from 2003 to 2006, improvements to the Rocky Reach facility qualified to offset 702,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This verification allows Chelan to provide offsets for approximately 1.75 million megawatt-hours of incremental electricity generated at the Rocky Reach Plant, which could result in as much as $1 million in additional revenue. According to MWH, Chelan’s participation in the CCX signifies growing opportunities for hydropower producers to be recognized as alternative energy providers.
O’Brien & Gere (Syracuse, NY; www.obg.com) for significant growth in revenue delivering climate action plans (CAPs) and related GHG emission reduction services to U.S. colleges and universities. In 2008, CAP-related sales were less than $100,000; in 2009 sales will exceed $1.5 million. In assisting U.S. colleges and universities meet their goals under the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), O’Brien & Gere is developing methods for measurement and mitigation of GHG emissions, with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality on campuses by mid-century. Over the past year, O’Brien & Gere has assisted six ACUPCC signatories with development of their CAPs. Collectively, these institutions emit over 500,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year, comparable to annual emissions from over 100,000 U.S. passenger vehicles. Even more importantly, their collective enrollment exceeds 100,000 full-time equivalent students, who can become future ambassadors of sustainable practices through exposure to the ACUPCC process.
WSP Environment & Energy (Reston, VA; wspenvironmental.com) for the successful introduction of its U.S. Product and Supply Chain Group to help organizations manage the increasing complexity of their supply chains. The new group provides supply-chain data collection and management, third-party validation, and reporting services as a supplier-paid business process outsource to Seagate Technology LLC (Westford, MA). Through these services, clients can evaluate the impact of proposed hazardous substance regulations at the earliest possible point, enabling them to initiate changes to materials and processes in a planned, non-reactive way. In forming the new group, WSP leveraged extensive life cycle assessment experience with clients such as Diageo, Microsoft, Lexmark, and IBM. WSP is also taking advantage of its expertise in product-take-back programs, supporting numerous clients in their life-cycle analyses and helping electronic industry clients develop programs and manage compliance with European Union regulations governing environmental product design, take-back, and end-of-life management.
AECOM Technology Corp. for the launch of a new practice area that the company calls “green and sustainable remediation” (GSR). The spectrum of GSR activities includes the development of a framework for integrating sustainable remediation principles across the full remediation process, from site investigation through operations monitoring and maintenance, addressing core environmental, social and economic aspects all along the way. GSR also includes a Sustainable Remediation Tool to evaluate remediation technologies using sustainability metrics for the U.S. Air Force Center for Engineering and Environment Excellence. GSR activities also include the development of a series of guidance documents and papers on sustainable remediation. Taking this expertise into the field, AECOM GSR projects include cleanups of an urban waterway and former wood treating plant in Washington, a former refinery in Wyoming, a rail yard in Oregon, a landfill in Colorado, MGP and coal tar sites in Massachusetts, the Bridal Veil Open Space state Superfund site in Minnesota (a 2009 ACEC Grand Award winner project), and others.
Coto Consulting, Inc. (CCI; Coto De Caza, CA; www.coto-consulting.com), an environmental consulting firm, for successful entry into the climate change and sustainability consulting market. CCI, a woman-owned small business (WOSB) founded in 2009, developed an aggressive marketing strategy to establish its suite of services to include climate change and sustainability for the private and government sectors. By effectively implementing this plan, CCI secured over $150,000 of new projects addressing climate change or sustainability issues in less than four months. During the same timeframe, CCI personnel obtained accreditation from the California Air Resources Board to provide GHG lead verification services. This accreditation is expected to produce substantial revenue for CCI in 2010, as California has 600 facilities that must complete their mandatory GHG third-party verification by December 1, 2010. In recognition of CCI’s expertise in these technical areas, CCI personnel have taught or been invited speakers at the following institutions and organizations: University of California Irvine (Sustainability Leadership Program and the Merage School of Business), Los Angeles/Orange County Environmental Training Center, the Auditing Roundtable, and the Federal Environmental Symposium. Lastly, CCI has established master service agreements or teaming agreements with 10 leading providers of environmental services.
Eversheds LLC (London, U.K.; www.eversheds.com) for establishing a renewable energy practice as one of its major practice areas in China. In China, Eversheds has assisted clients to execute projects reflecting a range of technologies, including biofuels, small hydro power, geothermal, energy efficiency in industry, cleaner coal, wind, and water purification. During the last year, the firm represented a major Chinese iron and steel manufacturer in a landmark Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. As a result, the manufacturer is reducing its GHG emissions by a total of 13 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent up to 2012, at a value of about €150 million. The project garnered an award from the publication Asian-Counsel as one of the top five socially responsible favorite transactions of 2008-2009. Eversheds is also providing pro-bono legal assistance to the Joint U.S.-China Cooperation on Clean Energy initiative. Early in 2009, the firm participated in the Eco-Office Audit Program organized by Roots & Shoots.
2009 EBJ Business Achievement Awards
Welcome to EBJ’s 12th annual business achievement awards. The 2009 crop of winners contended with what likely was the most challenging business conditions in history. So congratulations to the winners, thanks to all the companies for submitting nominations and see you in San Diego for the official awards ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit on March 3-5, 2010.