Each year Environmental Business Journal recognizes outstanding business performance in the environmental industry with our EBJ Business Achievement Awards. 2010 marks EBJ’s 13th annual business achievement awards. Winners are divided into business achievement by size and segment, M&A awards, new practice areas and international expansion. Outstanding projects and new technology devleopment or applications are awarded Project Merit Awards or Technology Merit Awards. Finally companies are recognized for contributions to the industry and society at large. Congratulations to the winners, thanks to all parties submitting nominations and all are welcome to San Diego for the official awards ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit on March 9, 2011 at the Hotel del Coronado.
About the EBJ Business Achievement Awards 2010
In October-December of 2010, EBJ solicited the environmental industry via email, website and word-of-mouth for nominations for its annual EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories or award candidates were suggested by members of the review committee. Categories or size designations may be altered depending on the volume of nominations or the number of worthy recipients. Final awards were determined by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members. The 2010 EBJ awards will be presented in a special ceremony at Environmental Industry Summit IX in Coronado, CA on the evening of March 9, 2011. Congratulations to the 2010 winners and EBJ encourages companies to participate next year. (Disclaimer: While EBJ made every reasonable effort to assure the accuracy of information provided in nominations, company audits were not conducted to verify information or claims submitted with nominations).
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: SMALL FIRMS (less than $20 million)
Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc. (EMPSi; San Francisco, CA) for doubling its revenue during 2010, due largely to a fourfold increase in its clean energy practice. EMPSi’s work in 2010 included fast-tracking environmental compliance and permitting for renewable energy projects, as well as work in the transmission and electric vehicle areas. Its expanded client base includes leading firms in the clean product manufacturing sector, such as Tesla Motors, and utilities located in aggressive renewable growth areas, such as NV Energy. EMPSi also expanded its reach in the wind, geothermal, and solar energy markets, providing assessment and permitting support for 14 projects that will generate over 2,000 MW of power. Specific highlights include serving as the prime consultant for the largest planned photovoltaic solar plant in the country and being selected by the federal government for the high-profile Restoration Design Energy Program. This large multi-year contract will develop a roadmap for renewable energy development on federal lands in Arizona, with a focus on areas that are already disturbed or that have few environmental constraints. EMPSi was selected over nine other environmental firms for the program.
EcoAnalysts, Inc. (Moscow, ID), an aquatic monitoring and ecological consulting company, for increasing revenue 45% and dramatically improving business performance in 2010. Following the economic crunch in late 2009, EcoAnalysts implemented innovative cost-cutting measures which resulted in a reduction in fixed overhead costs by 32%; an increased proposal win rate, from 16% in 2009 to 52% in 2010; 70% capture of total dollars chased (sole source and RFP combined); an increase in net profit margin from 7.9% to 16%; a total revenue increase of over 45% to $3.65 million; a 35% increase in staffing levels from 48 to 65 employees; and a 74% increase in total dollars contracted from $2.7 million in 2009 to $4.7 million in 2010. Also in 2010, EcoAnalysts won its largest contract to date—a five-year blanket purchase agreement valued at up to $5 million to provide taxonomy support for EPA’s Office of Water. In addition, the company grew its Canadian revenues by 154%. The northern Idaho-based firm operates the largest macroinvertebrate laboratory in North America, processing nearly 8,000 taxonomy samples each year for tribes, private corporations, and government agencies.
Marstel-Day, LLC (Fredericksburg, VA), a woman-owned, HUBZone, small business environmental and conservation consulting firm, for revenue growth to $8.1 million in 2010, representing a 27% increase over 2009. Marstel-Day increased its year-end contract value on book in 2010 and significantly increased its staff in 2010, from 50 at the end of 2009 to 68 employees at the end of 2010. Over the past two years, Marstel-Day has increased its staff by nearly 100% from the 35 employees it had at the end of 2008. Marstel-Day uses its expanding portfolio of studies and analyses to provide pioneering work in the conservation of environmental resources, habitat, and open space, including introducing the use of ecosystem services and climate adaptation studies into its award-winning encroachment management and sustainability practice; water resources conservation and planning; stakeholder communication, engagement, and facilitation; sustainable energy compatibility studies; and strategic planning.
Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (Bedford, MA), a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, for growing revenue by 256% since 2006 to more than $5.2 million and growing its business in the federal sector by 180% in 2010. Mabbett, which has provided integrated multi-disciplinary environmental, health, and safety, and sustainable energy consulting and engineering services for over 30 years, says this growth rate is sustainable based in part on the following factors: the continued implementation of a multi-faceted marketing and business development program; the award of multi-year major contracts from EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the General Services Administration’s National Capitol Region, the Veterans Administration, and other federal agencies; the extension of its service reach through continued geographic expansion; and an excellent performance track record with federal agencies, private clients, and project partners.
Cherokee Enterprises, Inc. (Miami Lakes, FL) for revenue growth of 185% over the past five years. Cherokee ranked at number 34 in Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 100 Hispanic-Owned Businesses in 2010, and it was included among the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company’s rankings for this honor include: number 1,591 nationally; number 44 by metropolitan region (Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach); and number 17 by industry (environmental services). CEI has also received local recognition from the South Florida Business Journal as the 12th “Largest Engineering Firm” in the South Florida area.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: MID-SIZE FIRMS ($20 million to $100 million)
Sullivan International Group, Inc. (San Diego, CA) for more than doubling revenue during 2010, to more than $38 million from about $18 million in 2009. Sullivan International is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing a broad range of services, including environmental site assessments and large-scale remedial project design and oversight and construction management services, with an emphasis on security and disaster preparedness. The firm also provides energy consulting, operations, and maintenance support services to include long-term environmental monitoring projects, technical staff augmentation, and advanced database development, routinely supporting projects requiring secret and top secret clearance. Sullivan International opened a new office in Indianapolis in order to support the needs of a rapidly growing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Remedial Action Contract (RAC), and it is expanding in New England as well as adding staff in San Francisco, Chicago, and its headquarters in San Diego. In 2010, Sullivan hired over 25 new employees to support its rapid growth.
ERRG (Martinez, CA) for revenue growth of more than 46%, from $39.6 million in 2009 to $58 million in 2010. During this period, staffing increased by over 37%, going from 191 to 262. The increased revenue and staffing is the result of some key wins during the year. ERRG was awarded two projects each in excess of $10 million, one for the General Services Administration (GSA) for a mine site in northern California, and the second one in support of a major engineering firm for work at Hunter’s Point in San Francisco. In addition to these awards, ERRG was successful on numerous indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts from various federal entities: two Omaha District Corps of Engineers contracts in support of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP); two Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific contracts in support of the Navy’s environmental programs; and one Sacramento District Corps of Engineers contract to support EPA’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program. These ID/IQ contracts have over $78 million in new contract capacity.
Abscope Environmental, Inc. (Syracuse, NY) for 40% growth with revenue increasing to nearly $23 million in 2010. A remediation construction firm with more than 20 years’ experience, Abscope’s employee count increased from 62 to 74 employees in 2010. A signature success for 2010 involved the company’s largest project to date—a $12 million remedial construction project at a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site in Utica, New York. The effort featured the construction of a dredging containment cell at an accelerated three-month pace. The project required the installation of 2,000 linear feet of watertight steel sheet piles and off-site shipment and regulated disposal of 120,000 tons of contaminated material. Abscope also completed its first project involving the excavation and handling of radioactive soils (2,500 cubic yards), at a government-owned former nuclear testing facility. Abscope extended its geographic reach beyond its central New York base performing remediation projects in Ohio, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. totaling approximately $3 million in a variety of industry sectors, ranging from railroads to pharmaceuticals.
OP-TECH (East Syracuse, NY), a remediation contractor, for increasing revenue 22% to $48 million in 2010. OP-TECH has achieved a compound annual growth rate of 15% over the last eight years. Since 2002, when the company implemented a long-range strategic plan, OP-TECH has continually grown revenue from $12 million to $48 million and more than tripled employment from 83 to 250-plus employees in 12 branches in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. OP-TECH has completed over 19,160 separate projects for many of the Fortune 1,000 industrial companies and top 500 engineering firms. The company ranked at number 145 among Engineering New-Record’s (ENR) list of the Top 200 environmental firms for 2010.
Sovereign Consulting Inc. (Robbinsville, NJ) for revenue growth to $46 million, more than double the firm’s $19 million in revenue for 2006. Sovereign also increased its staff from 97 employees in 2006 to more than 200 as of the end of 2010, with continued growth projected in 2011. In 2010, Sovereign diversified its client base, expanding operations and projects in the Midwest and Southeast, entering the utilities market, and increasing projects through key partnerships with RE Invest Solutions, LLC, a brownfields redevelopment company, and Integrity Energy, LLC, a solar energy company. Sovereign initiated work with major utilities in the Mid-Atlantic region and began to support shale resource development in Pennsylvania. In the federal market, Sovereign won its first contract with the Army Corps of Engineers, a $25 million RAC at Fort Devens and other locations within the Corps’ North Atlantic Division. Sovereign was chosen for a $30 million Environmental Multiple Award Contract (EMAC) with the U. S. Navy. Sovereign’s profile rose over the past two years in The Zweig Letter’s “Hot Firm” list from number 18 to number 5, holding the spot as the highest-ranking environmental firm on the 2010 list.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: LARGE FIRMS (more than $100 million)
The GENIVAR Income Fund (Montreal, Quebec) for 24% growth in revenue in 2010. GENIVAR is an engineering firm serving the building, industrial, energy, municipal infrastructure, transportation and environmental sectors, and it has been growing rapidly through acquisition of consulting and engineering firms, particularly in eastern Canada. Gross revenue over the period from January 1 through October 2, 2010, totaled $426 million Canadian, compared with $343 million over the same approximate period of 2009. Net earnings totaled $28 million Canadian for the first nine months of 2010, compared with $23 million for the first nine months of 2009. Acquisitions in 2010 have included V.B. Cook Co. Ltd., The Thompson Rosemount Group Inc., Beaubien Glover Maskell Engineering North Inc., Bearden Engineering Consultants Ltd., Terrain Group Inc., and Pryde Schropp McComb, Inc.
Pace Analytical Services, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) for sales growth of 18% during 2010 and a compound average growth rate of 12% over the past 15 years, from $20 million in 1996 to $110 million in 2010. Pace has moved from incurring substantial losses to solid profitability and is now the second largest environmental testing company in the United States with 16 laboratories. The company attributes its growth primarily to the development of innovative and uniformly applied infrastructure, especially in information technology (IT). Pace claims to be one of the only large networks of laboratories that has consistently installed and operated the same integrated laboratory integrated management systems (LIMS), on-line data delivery (PacePort), financial reporting and management, internet-based learning management (Pace Yourself), and quality management. If samples are split among numerous Pace labs, customers still receive a single report delivered electronically via PacePort. Consistency of systems and ease of use has allowed Pace to grow organically in a flat market and also to grow through acquisition and diversification into the life sciences sector and into providing laboratory operations for customers.
Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA) for increasing gross revenue to more than $2.2 billion during the company’s 2010 fiscal year, while net revenue increased to a record $1.46 billion—an increase of 5.3% over FY2009. Growth came from contributions from recent acquisitions, strength in international mining projects, and success in certain state and local government projects. The company worked in more than 100 countries, up from 86 in the previous year, and increased its headcount by 20% to 12,000 employees in 330 offices worldwide. Significant wins included the following: more than $1 billion in environmental remediation contracts with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy; $200 million for technical support services for the FAA’s NextGen Program; $69 million for sustainable water and sanitation programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Africa and Afghanistan; and $29 million for hurricane risk reduction work for the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. Tetra Tech’s backlog at the end of FY2010 grew to $1.9 billion, an increase of 17.1% compared with the end of FY2009.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: IT COMPANIES
EarthSoft (Concord, MA) for growth in revenue, client base, and product introductions. EarthSoft’s hosting revenues grew 87% in 2010, as more clients continued to sign up for EQuIS Online, EarthSoft’s cloud-computing product. Maintenance revenues, approximately one-third of EarthSoft’s overall revenue, grew by 13% in 2010. EarthSoft released several new products, including the Environmental Data Gathering Engine (EDGE), EQuIS for ArcGIS Server (for web GIS), Sample Planning Module (SPM), and an updated EQuIS supporting ArcGIS version 10. A new Vapor Air EDD was also released. New clients in 2010 included the state of Iowa, Pace Laboratories, SGS, Louis Berger, Matrix Solutions, and many others. New Australian clients included Golder, URS, 4T, and Syrinx. New European clients included ARCADIS, ERM, and Golder. Worley Parsons in United Arab Emirates, the city of Tacoma, Chesapeake Energy, Maul Foster & Alongi, Weiss Associates, PPM Consultants, Gannett-Fleming, TEI, First Environment, IBM, BASF, Weston, and others were also added to the client list.
Locus Technologies (Los Angeles, CA) for introducing several product enhancements and adding new clients in 2010. Over the past year, many of the firm’s Environmental Information Management (EIM) customers expanded their deployments of Locus into operations data management, utilizing strategic business intelligence tools to maintain environmental compliance, manage organizational change, track sustainability, and respond to upcoming environmental requirements, including GHG reporting. To meet this demand, Locus rolled out an upgraded computing platform in June and added and enhanced compliance and air modules in October. The firm signed multiple new customers in the nuclear (Exelon and Southern California Edison) and fossil-fuel power generation sectors, and grew its ePortal compliance solution by 400%. Locus also added 30 new customers for GHG services. In November, Locus’s water footprint and spatial analysis capability was recognized by software industry research analyst Gartner, and in December Locus obtained a second layer of SAS70 certification for its cloud computing operations.
3E Company (Carlsbad, CA) for introducing and enhancing several product lines in 2010. These product introductions and enhancements include the following: the Green Product Analyzer, which facilitates the development and selection of safer, more environmentally friendly products and offers instant access to the critical information needed to support emerging sustainability initiatives; multiple GHS enhancements to the MSDgen material safety data sheet (MSDS) Authoring System to streamline the development of hazard communication documents for multiple jurisdictions; C&L Inventory Notification Services to assist manufacturers and importers with classification and labelling requirements and subsequent European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) notification under the European Union’s Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation; the Ariel Multilingual Exposure Scenario (ES) Phrase Library, which can be used to create the exposure scenarios that will be part of European Safety Data Sheets; an enhanced version of the Chemical Approval Module, which helps chemical approval managers to effectively manage and control what chemicals enter a given facility; and the Ariel Rules Builder, a new application for SAP EHS Management users that facilitates the generation of accurate and reliable MSDS content.
Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR; Milford, CT) for growth and the introduction of new environmental information products and services. EDR recently launched the GreenProperty Report (GPR), which enables home owners and buyers in all 50 states to access information about the historical and current use of land in their neighborhoods that may pose environmental risks. Property owners can screen hundreds of high-profile databases within one-third of a mile of the property. EDR also developed and introduced the EDR VEC App, which helps environmental professionals screen for vapor intrusion integrating into a single view multiple data sources, including government records, historical Sanborn maps, aerial photographs, information on groundwater direction, and other pertinent data. EDR’s Commonground social network for environmental and real estate professionals continued its growth in 2010. Introduced in 2008, it has amassed 6,300 members representing 3,500 companies worldwide and 21,000 discussion posts. From May 2010 to November 2010 web traffic grew 530%, monthly unique new visitors increased by 120%, and daily visits grew 90%.
Enermodal Engineering (Kitchener, Ontario) for its development of an electronic kiosk service for its building clients to help communicate the green building features of buildings certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program to the public and their staff and occupants. The kiosk hardware is a 22-inch wall-mounted touchscreen TV or a 19-inch custom-designed podium. The building information is explained in a way that the average person without an in-depth knowledge of green buildings can understand. Enermodal’s kiosks have achieved the LEED Innovation credit and have received positive feedback from clients. The kiosks have also been a profitable addition to Enermodal’s green building service offering. The kiosks have been installed in dozens of buildings across Canada and the U.S., including the 50-story RBC Centre in Toronto; the city hall building in Cambridge, Ontario; the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus police station; Purdue University’s new engineering building; and all of Enermodal’s Kitchener, Calgary, and Toronto offices.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Cardno Ltd. (Brisbane, Australia) for establishing a major environmental footprint in the United States through three acquisitions: ENTRIX (Houston, TX) and Environmental Resolutions Inc. (ERI; Irvine, CA) in June for about $106.3 million U.S., and JFNew (Walkerton, IN) in December. ENTRIX is a provider of environmental and natural resource consulting services specializing in water resources management, environmental risk management, facility permitting and compliance, and natural resource economics. ERI specializes in soil and groundwater remediation, primarily focused on the petrochemical industry. JFNew provides natural resource management, environmental permitting, and habitat restoration services and operates a native plant nursery in northern Indiana. Cardno consolidated ENTRIX and ERI into a new environmental and ecological consulting unit, and subsequently added JFNew to that unit. With these acquisitions, Cardno established a major presence in the U.S. environmental market with a staff of 900-plus people.
Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA) for acquiring five companies during its 2010 fiscal year ending on October 3, 2010, and one other at the beginning of FY2011. These deals included two major Canadian acquisitions that expanded Tetra Tech’s geographic reach and technical service capabilities in Canada. With EBA Engineering Consultants, Ltd. and BPR now on board, and following the successful FY2009 acquisition of Wardrop Engineering, Tetra Tech has more than 3,500 employees throughout Canada. EBA operates primarily in northern and western Canada and provides natural science, engineering, and arctic engineering services to the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors. BPR operates throughout Quebec and provides multidisciplinary consulting and engineering services for water, energy, industrial plant, facilities, and infrastructure projects. The two newly acquired Canadian firms have combined annual revenues of approximately $270 million U.S. Tetra Tech also continued to expand its international development services by acquiring the U.S.-based international development consulting practice from London-based PA Consulting Group, a practice that generates about $35 million of annual revenue. Tetra Tech also acquired smaller specialty firms, including Hydromantis Inc. (Hamilton, Ontario); ADVENT Engineering Services Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI); and Clancy Environmental Consultants, Inc. (St. Albans, VT).
IHS Inc. (Englewood, CO) for strengthening its position in the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability software market space by acquiring Atrion International Inc. (Montreal, Quebec) and Syntex Management Systems Inc. (Houston, TX) for a combined purchase price of approximately $80 million. Founded in 1989, Atrion International provides products related to chemicals and hazardous materials management and communication. Its regulatory content covers more than 50 countries and 44 languages. Syntex, founded in 1995, provides operational risk management software and services aimed at ensuring worker health and safety, preventing accidents, protecting the environment, and cutting operating costs. IHS has invested over $200 million in corporate acquisitions to establish a presence in the EHS information market. Other acquisitions in 2010 included Emerging Energy Research (Cambridge, MA), an advisory firm serving the alternative energy market, and assets from the chemical and energy portfolio of business-to-business information company Access Intelligence LLC (Rockville, MD).
EQ – The Environmental Quality Company (Wayne, MI) for its acquisition of four new facilities in 2010. In May, EQ acquired Envirite, including all waste treatment, transportation, service and recycling operations at its three facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. These three locations are now known as EQ Ohio, EQ Illinois, and EQ Pennsylvania. The acquisition added approximately 100 employees to the EQ staff and $30 million dollars in revenue. In August, EQ acquired a hazardous waste management facility from A Clean Environment (ACE; Tulsa, OK). This facility is now known as EQ Oklahoma. The purchase of the ACE facility added approximately 15 employees and $5 million dollars in revenue to the company. This acquisition continues EQ’s expansion and presence in the western United States. The growth that the company experienced over the year brings EQ to a total of 25 treatment, disposal, and recycling facilities in the U.S., employing over 800 people.
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC; Washington, DC) for consolidating several recent acquisitions in the environmental and energy area into a single organization. Recognizing the critical nexus of energy, environment, and infrastructure, SAIC over the past three years has acquired The Benham Companies LLC and R. W. Beck, Inc. to strengthen its existing energy/environment capabilities. Benham has won prestigious industry awards for energy efficient design and construction excellence, and R. W. Beck brings extensive experience advancing the business of energy, water, and waste resources. With the addition of these two companies, SAIC has 3,500 professionals focused on serving the environment, energy, and infrastructure market. To more effectively leverage these resources, SAIC has aligned them into one cohesive organization—SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC. From analyzing and integrating energy, water, waste, and climate change technologies to designing, building, and operating infrastructure systems, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure offers deep domain expertise to strengthen customers’ enterprises and help them thrive in a complex world.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: NEW PRACTICE AREAS
PMC (Rancho Cordova, CA) for growth in its sustainability and climate change services practice over the past three years. The practice grew in 2010 by more than 300% over 2009 revenues. Growth has been a result of an innovative approach to the development of local climate action plans to meet state and regional agency regulations and guidelines and to achieve local economic, land use, and environmental conservation objectives. PMC collaborates with clients to provide climate action plans that integrate with other local planning and development processes, such as general plan updates. The firm has completed more than 16 community GHG emissions inventories and 13 climate action plans throughout California. PMC also introduced an Internet tool called Co2nscious, a virtual community providing state-of-the-industry information for reducing carbon footprint, conducting GHG emissions inventories, and providing up-to-date links on information pertaining to climate change related data.
Coto Consulting, Inc. (CCI; Coto De Caza, CA), an environmental consulting firm, for tripling revenue in the climate change and sustainability consulting market in 2010. CCI is a woman-owned small business that was founded in 2009. CCI successfully executed its ambitious marketing strategy to expand its climate change and sustainability practice by providing third-party GHG verification services to 17 facilities and five new clients in 2010 using its California Air Resources Board accreditation. This segment of CCI’s services grew from 0 to 20% of total revenues during the year. In recognition of its expertise in the climate change and sustainability areas, CCI was appointed to University of California at Irvine’s Advisory Committee for the Environmental Management Certificate Program and was an invited lecturer at the Drucker School of Business at Claremont Graduate University. Lastly, CCI has been a preferred and strategic team member on multi-million dollar proposals or contracts issued by the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles World Airports, EPA, and the city of San Diego for climate change and sustainability services.
O’Brien & Gere (Syracuse, NY) for significant growth in its Energy Solutions Program. Revenue has grown from $580,000 in 2009 to a projected $5 million in its engineering segment through 2010, with an estimated $15 million in follow-up design-build services. Starting with more traditional energy audit and climate action planning services in the higher education sector, the Energy Solutions Program has rapidly expanded into the industrial, municipal, and federal sectors. Services now include industrial processes, waste heat recovery, thermal energy storage, waste solvent reuse, sustainability, energy planning and procurement, renewable energy, GHG/carbon footprint reduction, CSR and energy project financing. The Energy Solutions Program has grown to a staff of 15 engineers, designers and construction personnel with an immediate plan to add an additional five employees.
AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA) for strengthening its remediation service offering with a new technical practice approach in light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL) assessment, characterization, and remediation. AECOM’s consolidated LNAPL Technical Practice Network is led by12 senior technical specialists, who are sharing and developing best practices and strategic approaches across nearly 100 projects with LNAPL components. AECOM senior staff have developed a technical briefing on LNAPL management outlining a more accurate and effective approach to site remediation that includes LNAPL Conceptual Site Modeling and LNAPL Transmissivity Assessment and delivers a detailed distribution of mobile and residual LNAPL on site and the most appropriate metrics and endpoints for cost-effective, accelerated, and more focused LNAPL recovery. AECOM is collaborating with industrial clients, regulators, industry associations, and educational and research institutions on further development of technical guidance, metrics, and tools used in LNAPL assessment and remediation for sites or portfolios. The company has provided significant contributions and understanding to LNAPL-related Interstate Technical Regulatory Council (ITRC) documents, chairs two efforts related to ASTM LNAPL standards, and has presented this approach to multiple EPA regions and state and local regulatory agencies.
Groundwater & Environmental Services (GES; Neptune, NJ) for the successful launch of a targeted effort to penetrate the natural gas industry. With 25 years of experience in the midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, GES was confident that it could offer the same high-quality service for upstream clients. In the past year, GES has used its technical expertise, regulatory knowledge, and safe performance to make the transition. In 2010, GES opened an office dedicated to exploration and production services in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Marcellus Shale. Here, a team of GES technicians, engineers, and environmental scientists assists all aspects of onshore unconventional gas production: assessment, permitting, drilling, wastewater treatment, and pipeline development. The new office already serves three of the largest operators in the region. Also in 2010, GES formed a new subsidiary, Whitetail Natural Gas Services, which offers engineering services to the natural gas pipeline, storage, and utility industries.
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (Hunt Valley, MD) for an increase in its Pacific Business Unit’s revenue contribution from $5.3 million in 2008 to $7.8 million in 2010. This unit, with operations in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, also doubled its staff and gained a fourfold increase in clients. EA initiated a corporate strategy in 2008 to expand its regional operations and deliver environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management services to a broader spectrum of clients. Committing to what it calls a “balanced scorecard approach,” EA integrated both organic growth and growth by acquisition into its plan, a strategy that has succeeded company-wide and is best exemplified by the Pacific Business Unit’s growth. Organic growth was energized by significant contracts with the Port of Seattle, the Air Force, the Navy, the Army Corps of Engineers, the government of Guam, and several commercial entities. In October 2010, EA acquired Blumen Consulting Group, Inc., a 12-person professional services firm based in Kirkland, Washington. In July 2010, EA expanded its Alaska operations by opening an Anchorage office. Building on its 16 years in Guam, EA expanded its client base from a single major client in 2008 to 10 today.
Columbia Technologies (Baltimore, MD) for rapid expansion of its business model throughout North America. In 2010, Columbia extrapolated its “on-call” business model into 29 states including Hawaii, increasing its total market penetration to 45 of 50 states. Columbia also expanded into the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. Upcoming projects are in the planning stage for Mexico and Puerto Rico. In 2010, Columbia worked with 57 different clients throughout North America and Hawaii at over 100 project locations. The company contracted with 10 out of 20, 15 out of 30, and 20 out of 40 from EBJ’s top-rated environmental consulting and engineering firms on a broad range of commercial and military sites.
BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT: INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
Ducon Technologies Inc. (New York, NY) for significant expansion in India through its subsidiary Ducon Technologies (I) Pvt Ltd. Ducon India has made a significant foray into the Indian market for air pollution control systems since its inception in March 2005. Over the past six years, Ducon India has secured five of the seven flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system contracts to have been let in India and now has a staff of more than 125 engineering personnel there. Revenue has grown from $1 million in FY2005-06 to $ 25 million in FY2009-10. Ducon India was winner of Frost & Sullivan’s “Niche Market Player 2009” award in the air pollution control segment and winner of Economic Times Now’s “Leaders of Tomorrow 2010” award in the engineering products segment.
Enhesa S.A. (Brussels, Belgium) and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Enhesa Inc. (Washington, D.C.), for expansion of its business on several continents. In 2010, Enhesa added its 150th country to its geographic coverage. Over the past two years, the company has engaged in special efforts to expand its presence in Africa—for example, adding Botswana, Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Zambia to the existing list—as well as the smaller Pacific nations, such as the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, and Caribbean countries such as Aruba and Barbados. This expansion has not only extended to new countries, but also to additional jurisdictions within countries. During 2010 Enhesa coverage expanded to include over 100 states, regions, and provinces, including all Canadian provinces, most Chinese provinces, and Australian and Brazilian states. Coverage of U.S. state requirements also continues to expand to include 38 states today. The firm expects that, by the end of 2011, all U.S. states will be covered as well. Over the past decade, Enhesa has seen continuous growth in revenue of greater than 20% per year.
Walker Consultants, Inc., dba Benchmark Environmental Consultants (Dallas , TX), for expansion in the international marketplace. Benchmark, a woman-owned, HUB-certified environmental consulting firm, crossed many new horizons in 2010, expanding its global footprint with environmental audit projects in Tianjin, China, and Krakow, Poland. Benchmark was able to gain valuable experience with European and Asian environmental regulations and compliance laws, thereby opening up new opportunities for the firm to gain experience and understanding of the differences between U.S. environmental structures and those of the rest of the world. During 2010, Benchmark also expanded its services to encompass wildlife hazard assessments, full environmental assessments, environmental permitting, and surveys in association with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
PROJECT MERIT AWARDS
ARCADIS U.S. (Denver, CO) for the closure of environmental liabilities associated with a major energy-industry transaction years ahead of schedule and with a commendable safety record. In 2006, Sempra Energy and Topaz Power Group sought a deal allowing Topaz to purchase and upgrade power plants in the south Texas energy market while assuring Sempra confidence in the closure of its existing environmental liabilities. In July 2006, the parties contracted ARCADIS to provide regulatory closure of 35 sites at seven power plants under its Guaranteed Remediation Program (GRiP); the multi-billion dollar property transfer deal was concluded shortly thereafter. Four years later, ARCADIS has closed 30 of the 35 sites with no lost time in over 54,000 hours of work. As of December 2010, the project was three years ahead of schedule in closing out Sempra’s environmental liabilities. ARCADIS attributes its success to informed engagement of the regulator, diligent use of Texas’s risk-based regulatory framework AND proactive coordination of remediation and redevelopment activities.
Marstel-Day, LLC (Fredericksburg, VA) for facilitating the development of the Eastern North Carolina Land Use Strategy (ENCLUS), a 25-county comprehensive conservation effort to preserve farms and forestland under Marine Corps’ low-level aviation training routes in eastern North Carolina. Protecting land under military airspace is critical to DOD. As rural areas give way to development pressures, military training ranges experience “encroachment”—i.e., training constraints caused by incompatible development such as residential subdivisions and tall structures—and loss of natural habitat and rural communities. ENCLUS highlighted ecosystem services such as migratory pathways and endangered species habitat, in addition to working-lands values. It also incorporated the concept of “layering and leveraging” agencies’ funds to monetize conservation values, enhancing conservation programs’ financial attractiveness to landowners. The State of North Carolina has established a “Market-Based Conservation Working Group” to implement ENCLUS, targeting 380,000 acres of land, and Marstel-Day is leading the Marine Corps’ participation in its implementation.
American Water (Voorhees, NJ) for its upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant serving the city of Fillmore, California. When the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board implemented stricter regulations to improve the quality of treated wastewater discharges to the Santa Clara River, the Fillmore wastewater treatment plant, built in 1955, needed significant upgrades. Rather than simply building a facility to discharge highly treated water, the city developed a new, state-of-the-art water recycling facility that eliminates river discharges and enables a full-scale water reuse system. The city engaged American Water in a public-private partnership to design, build and operate a 2.4 million gallon per day (mgd) facility to produce high-quality disinfected water. The facility meets federal and state regulations and currently produces 1 mgd for groundwater recharge and irrigation of school grounds, parks, and other areas.
MWH (Broomfield, CO) for its work in expanding and centralizing wastewater utility services for the city of Cape Coral, Florida. The city awarded MWH a design/construction-management-at-risk contract to undertake an $873 million Utilities and Facilities Expansion Program which began in 1999. Over the next decade, MWH installed more than 720 miles of water, irrigation, and gravity sewer pipelines and constructed over 240 miles of residential road. MWH designed and built a new reverse osmosis wastewater treatment plant, expanded two wastewater reclamation facilities, expanded an existing wastewater treatment plant, and designed a new biosolids facility. A major consideration was southwest Florida’s natural habitat, which is home to threatened and endangered species, including the bald eagle, the Florida burrowing owl, and the gopher tortoise. MWH’s work created more than $26 million in cost savings for the city. MWH implemented the “Customer First” program, which included a 24/7 hotline and resulted in an 83% customer satisfaction rating andcompleted over 3.3 million hours of work with only one lost time incident.
Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA) for its development of the Sustainability Scorecard for the healthcare industry. In early 2010, Kaiser Permanente introduced the scorecard, which requires healthcare suppliers to provide environmental data for $1 billion worth of medical products and equipment used in Kaiser Permanente’s facilities. The scorecard requires suppliers to provide information on their environmental commitment, their use of potentially harmful chemicals in their products, and their efforts to improve package recycling. Broadlane, Kaiser’s key supply chain partner, has adopted the tool, which could influence another $9 billion in medical purchasing. Kaiser claims that the Sustainability Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive sustainability indexes due to the breadth of materials involved, the number and geographical range of the facilities covered, the sheer size of the spend, and the potential influence on purchasing by the healthcare industry.
TRC Companies, Inc. (Lowell, MA) for its design and environmental permitting support of Axio Power’s “Brownfields to Brightfields” effort in Massachusetts. In 2010 TRC completed a permitting project and continues to provide design services for Axio as the company prepares to install a 2 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar facility at a closed municipal landfill in Greenfield, Massachusetts. In addition to conducting landfill engineering, PV design, and interconnection services, TRC also submitted a Landfill Post-Closure Use permit application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP). Axio received notification of permit approval in August 2010, marking it the first Landfill Post-Closure Use Permit issued by MDEP for a PV system.
CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) for helping Onondaga County in New York overhaul its combined sewer overflow (CSO) program to incorporate “green infrastructure” (GI). In 2008, Onondaga County halted construction of two CSO large vortex treatment facilities and transmission conveyances, a project with an estimated cost of $250 million, to re-evaluate the county’s CSO consent decree to incorporate a GI program. CH2M HILL reviewed historical modeling efforts, performing climate change projections, developing a credible and feasible GI program, and selling the GI program to regulatory and environmental groups. The new program increased CSO capture from 85% to 95% while eliminating the inefficient vortex facilities. Efforts included sewer-shed planning, mapping of impervious areas, research of GI programs nationwide, development of concept designs, and development of a “green calculator” workbook to estimate GI benefits for specific assumptions and local data. Completed projects include city parking lots using porous and pervious asphalt and concrete, and tree-scaping.
Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, CA) for its design of the wastewater treatment plant and water reclamation facilities at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC) in Fulton County, Georgia. The JCEC facilities employ membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology to treat wastewater to levels suitable for reuse. The showcase plant has architectural elements giving it the appearance of a historic mill complex located on the Chattahoochee River. The site includes a new shared-use park and interpretive natural trail system, including a cascading stream and pond system. The new facility uses low-impact design elements that incorporate sophisticated noise and odor abatement features and technologies. In addition, an educational facility with a lecture hall, classroom, and teaching lab was added to educate local school children about the impact of water quality on the local environment. The project was procured using a design-build approach with the design-builder (Archer Western), designer (Brown and Caldwell) and owner (Fulton County) collaborating to design and construct the facility.
Dudek (Encinitas, CA) for its coastal environmental planning work in connection with a high-profile Los Angeles regional public parks project located on 1,700 acres within California’s coastal zone. The Public Work Plan (PWP) for the parks project was only the second PWP approved by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in the past 10 years. It was approved for the Malibu Parks Public Enhancement Program, which is owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Malibu Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA). PWPs are an alternative on large-scale public projects with overlaping jurisdictional boundaries and provide a comprehensive permitting vehicle for obtaining CCC approval. In certifying the PWP for the Malibu Parks Public Enhancement Program, CEC stated that “this is exactly the type of project anticipated under the Coastal Act.”
The Shaw Group (Baton Rouge, LA) for comprehensive environmental services at the former Fort Ord site in California since 1995 where Shaw has assisted the Army in transferring large parts of the former training base for public reuse. Shaw’s accomplishments include: unexploded ordinance remediation involving 370 acres of investigations, 900 acres of geophysical mapping, 1,300 acres of surface removal, 110 acres of subsurface removal, destruction of more than 800 explosive items, and management of 300,000 pounds of munitions debris; sampling of more than 5,000 acres of former firing ranges and the cleanup of more than 270,000 cubic yards of soil; the closure of a 125-acre landfill; and the construction and operation of four groundwater treatment systems. By mapping habitat quality, and remediating lead or explosives concentration to a weighted average, Shaw reduced the excavation area at several former firing ranges. Shaw also designed a vertical expansion to place 125,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil on top of the existing landfill cover. Through November 2010, Shaw’s team had worked for 12 years on the project without a lost-time injury.
EQ – The Environmental Quality Company (Wayne, MI) for its role in the cleanup of the Enbridge Pipeline spill in Marshall, Michigan—described as the worst oil spill in Michigan’s history. On July 26, 2010, a million gallons of crude oil were released from the Enbridge Pipeline into a creek and flowed 2.5 miles to the Kalamazoo River. The spill was finally stopped and contained 38 miles downstream. EQ began working with a team of contractors (Young’s Environmental and ML Chartier) on the response and cleanup, an effort that involved 450 people and 225 pieces of equipment, including vacuum trucks, frac tanks, oil skimmers, roll-off equipment, and 25 boats, all working around the clock. The EQ team had primary responsibility for the pipeline site and cleanup zones along the creek, where the majority of the contamination occurred. EQ’s facilities received loads around the clock, amounting to 12,000 cubic yards of crude oil-impacted hazardous waste debris. EQ also managed deliveries amounting to 30 to 40 roll-off boxes per day to a local non-hazardous waste landfill.
Allied Waste, a unit of Republic Services Co. (Phoenix, AZ), for upgrading its Pacific Region Compost Facility (PRC) in Corvallis, Oregon, to serve as the state’s first food composting facility. The facility was granted Oregon’s first permit to compost type 3 feedstock (food waste including meat, dairy, and bread). Allied is diverting food waste such as fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, and pasta out of the waste stream and into the recycling stream. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) data found that almost 15% of the material landfilled in Oregon is food waste. Customers in Portland, Corvallis, and Salem are sending their food scraps to the PRC to be recycled into compost for use in gardens, farms, and erosion control projects. Food waste recycling has been conducted successfully in Washington and California but without an appropriate facility in Oregon, this type of recycling has been limited, since the material had to be transported to Washington.
WSP Environment & Energy (Reston VA) for its community-inclusive approach to characterizing and remediating a 10-acre site in Darlington, South Carolina. The site had been developed in the 1880s as a cotton mill and was repurposed for manufacturing electronic components from 1958 to 2005. The client, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. is the corporate successor to a company that briefly owned the facility from 1963 to 1968. Since 2005, the site has been vacant, its owner now defunct in the U.S. and Vishay is voluntarily addressing environmental issues in cooperation with state and local authorities. The site is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). WSP recommended demolition of site structures to address the potential conveyance of contaminants from storm sewers to a nearby creek and to access underlying contaminated soils. WSP engaged a community group consisting of members from families who worked at the plant for generations to gain acceptance of demolishing the structures. WSP facilitated a final tour and provided 300 “clean” bricks from the plant as keep-sakes.
Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (M&A; Bedford, MA) and WSP Environment & Energy (Reston, VA) for environmental work in connection with the construction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is leading the development of the new USCG headquarters at the St. Elizabeths Campus, a national historic landmark. M&A and WSP have worked closely to ensure that environmental requirements are met while still achieving critical construction milestones at the largest construction project in the country to be funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The team has had to abate latent environmental conditions associated with a former solid waste incinerator, laundry, fuel oil tank farm, and coal-fired power plant. Ash from the power plant and incinerator had been landfilled across more than 10 acres on site and used as fill material for buildings and roads. In less than 10 months, more than one million tons of soil has been excavated and over 600,000 tons of ash and contaminated soil have been removed. A comprehensive air monitoring program, including telemetry-based data management, has ensured safe conditions for workers and confirmed that construction has not affected air quality in surrounding residential areas.
The Louis Berger Group (Morristown, NJ) for recovering a destroyed tidal marsh in New Jersey through the innovative use of dredge material. In the early to mid 1900s, the tidal marsh along the Hackensack River bordering Lincoln Park in Jersey City became an illegal dumping ground for a wide variety of un-permitted wastes. Using ARRA funds entrusted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) hired Louis Berger to oversee the construction of a new tidal marsh using one of Berger’s innovative designs. Once all of the trash and un-permitted wastes were removed from the site, over 200,000 cubic yards of clean dredge material was brought in from the Hudson River to double as a landfill cap and a planting stratum. With construction completed in the fall of 2010, there are now 40 acres of new tidal marsh with over a mile of walking trails. Many fish and bird species have already been observed using the new marsh, and an explosion of new plant life is expected in the spring of 2011.
WRScompass (Tampa, FL) for an in-situ stabilization and sustainable remediation project at the Sanford Superfund Site in Florida. The site is the largest in-situ stabilization project in the United States. WRScompass concurrently operated two drill rigs at varying depths and stabilized more than 142,000 cubic yards of soil and diverted and rehabilitated more than 2,300 feet of creek bed. In conjunction with EPA, site engineer and construction manager Natural Resource Technology, Inc., and the site owner, WRScompass applied its cleanNgreen sustainable remediation program that reduced emissions at no additional cost to the customer. One application was the use of granulated blast furnace slag in lieu of cement, resulting in a reduction of more than 10,000 tons of CO2. The company also shifted to the use of tier-2 and tier-3 equipment, along with B20 diesel, which reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20%. In addition, it used a gravity drain system along the creek, which reduced reliance on the existing seven-pump diversion system. Approximately 10 acres of trees and undergrowth were recycled and given to local landscaping companies to be used as mulch, creating more than 800 tons of recycled material that was not sent to landfills.
Sullivan International Group, Inc. (San Diego, CA) for its work on the Jacobsville Neighborhood Soil Contamination Site Project in Evansville, Indiana under its EPA Region 5 RAC. The project was listed as number 34 in Vice President Joe Biden’s report 100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America. Historical sample results had previously shown elevated lead concentrations in a number of residential yards at the site. Based on this sampling, the Jacobsville site was selected for a major cleanup and was divided into two operational units (OUs). OU1 encompasses 141 acres and 496 residential properties. Sullivan was provided the remedial design and drawings for the residential properties to be initially cleaned up, and proposed a value-engineered plan to complete the project more efficiently. Sullivan embraced a green remediation and sustainability strategy as part of the project that included working with local Girl Scouts to plant 2,500 trees in the Evansville Indiana Area. Remediation at the site began in April 2010 and was completed in the fall of 2010. As part of the remediation activities, Sullivan surveyed homeowners and received an average score of 9.47 out of 10 from 92 residences.
PERC Water (Costa Mesa, CA) for the design, construction, and operation of the Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility in California. The project was 100% privately funded in a challenging financial environment. It is the first water recycling facility to use California Code Section 5956 to allow for private investment in essential municipal infrastructure. The facility began full operation seven months ahead of the state’s mandated compliance deadline. The city did not pay any up-front capital costs and began paying a monthly service fee (which includes 30-years of capital replacements, debt service, and operations and maintenance) once the facility was in operation. The facility’s power consumption costs have been 35% lower than expected and the process tanks are underground, which allows for a small footprint (less than 2 acres), virtually no odor or noise, community friendly appearance, and cost savings. The water produced by the facility is of a higher quality than the state’s stringent quality requirements and is available for reuse within the community.
TECHNOLOGY MERIT AWARDS
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: REMEDIATION
The Shaw Group (Baton Rouge, LA) for developing a new, cost-effective technology to manage explosive residues at military training and testing ranges. With funding from DOD’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, Shaw created and validated a biological remediation technology using peat moss and soybean oil (PMSO). The PMSO technology effectively immobilizes and promotes the biological degradation of a wide range of explosive compounds and their respective breakdown products before they reach the water table. The materials are environmentally benign, readily available in bulk, and can be mixed and handled with common material handling equipment. In tests performed under field conditions, PMSO reduced the flux of RDX contamination through soil by greater than 500-fold when compared with untreated soil.
ARCADIS U.S. (Denver, CO) for its development of the BalancE3 tool as part of the company’s green and sustainable remediation (GSR) practice. BalanceE3 is a sustainability assessment tool that helps create a standardized and verifiable platform for applying quantified GSR analyses across a vast array of scales and applications, ranging from the remedial technology level to the site-wide remedy level, to an all-inclusive portfolio-wide sustainability assessment. Beyond the green remediation elements commonly accepted by the various regulatory agencies (air, water, energy, land and ecosystems, and materials and wastes), the BalancE3 tool further considers additional balancing criteria, including health and safety, stewardship, and life-cycle costs.
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: WATER/WASTEWATER
Severn Trent Services (Colmar, PA) and its affiliates for the introduction of several new water/wastewater treatment technologies over the past year. STS introduced two new, standard and pre-engineered inorganic removal systems, the SORB 33 ARS Series and the Omni-SORB IRS Series, for small water systems to treat arsenic, iron, and manganese contamination in potable water. Another introduction, the BALPURE ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora, is an electrochlorination-based ballast water treatment system suited for ships with high ballast water flow rates such as tankers and bulk carriers. Severn Trent also introduced the Higgins Loop Continuous Ion Exchange (I-X) Technology for treating produced water from coal-bed methane production. Another new technology introduced in 2010 was the TETRApHix CO2 addition system for CO2 pH adjustment in drinking water treatment. Last but not least, the company introduced the Capital Controls Series WP70CV3, a wall-mounted gas feed system to control chemical feed in water or wastewater applications.
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: WASTE MANAGEMENT & POLLUTION CONTROL
NacahTech LLC (Pittsburgh, PA) for the design of a resource-friendly and technically innovative air pollution solution for a new start-up asphalt plant. A gas-fired thermal oxidizer (TO) treats the effluent from the refining process and then captures the exhaust heat within a heat recovery system using therminol. The heated therminol is used to generate steam or heat asphalt flux for the refining process. This design provides both long-term operating cost savings, as well as cleaner air and less fossil-fuel consumption. The stand-alone therminol heater or boiler may be idled while the heat is provided free from the TO recovery system. In addition, combustion air preheating recovers more heat to reduce fuel consumption. The company worked closely with engineers and the user to custom-design the system to compactly fit into the plant layout, meet system needs, and provide project management oversight for the system components prior to site delivery.
Parkson Corp. (Fort Lauderdale, FL) for development of the Thermo-System Active Solar Dryer for drying municipal sludge. The technology relies on the sun for 95% of its energy needs. The innovative drying chambers require dramatically less energy than traditional thermal dryers, according to the company. Tests comparing a gas-fired dryer with a Thermo-System at a treatment rate of 10 million gallons per day resulted in over $600,000 in annual energy savings. Parkson’s solar dryer was 13 times less expensive than traditional dryers. The technology results in approximately 97% volume reduction thanks to the water evaporation. In addition, the Class A biosolids produced by the Thermo-System dryer can be used as a fertilizer or as an alternative, carbon-neutral fuel source for use in cement kilns and other applications.
TECHNOLOGY MERIT: ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES
Brooks Rand Labs (Seattle, WA) for developing an innovative analytical technique to monitor heavy metals in power plant wastewater. Over 85% of coal-fired plants use wet scrubbers that spray a slurry over the flue gas and convert SO2 to calcium sulfate particulates. The slurry is then dewatered to extract the calcium sulfate, or gypsum, as a valuable commercial by-product and the resulting wastewater can require extensive treatment prior to discharge. Standard laboratory methods for monitoring the concentrations of heavy metals in the wastewater are often ineffective due to its unique composition, producing results that are biased high by as much as a factor of 1,000, leading to costly and unnecessary additional treatment. Brooks Rand Labs’ Analytical Services Division developed specialized laboratory methods for monitoring the concentrations of heavy metals in wastewater streams from these plants, overcoming the interferences that cause high-biased results. These methods were published by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and are now available to environmental managers, engineers, consultants, and other operators of wastewater treatment facilities serving the electric utility industry.
INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, KS) for engaging in a series of discussions to promote increased reuse of water on a global scale. In September 2010, Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global water business, made four key recommendations for overcoming global barriers to the reuse of water as part of an integrated water industry portfolio. McCarthy led high-level roundtable discussions with approximately 75 water industry thought leaders at or during six major global conferences, generating recommendations to help the water industry overcome identified barriers to water reuse. The recommendations are part of McCarthy’s white paper, titled “Overcoming Global Barriers to Water Reuse” (available at waterdialogue.com). The six conversations—three in the United States, two in Asia Pacific and one in Europe—featured panelists with a wide spectrum of experience in water reuse from leading agencies in 13 countries. Representatives discussed common themes and specific regional differences in reuse practices. Some came from regions with rapidly expanding populations, some from water-stressed locations, and others from areas where water is plentiful.
AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA) for building on its International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC), thereby expanding thought leadership in global EHS management by developing and maintaining a comprehensive knowledge database of global EHS auditing practices and management information. AECOM established IAPC in 1996 to promote excellence in international EHS management and auditing. Through its third biennial EHS survey, conducted in 2010, AECOM claims to have established itself as the leading resource for critical longitudinal data that tracks changes in corporate EHS auditing practices over time and identifies emerging EHS trends. AECOM’s 2010 survey collected detailed data and best practices information from 53 leading multinational companies, adding new areas of focus, including information technology and auditing, supply chain and waste vendor auditing, and improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of global EHS audits. Multinational corporations use the survey data to validate current auditing practices or justify program changes. AECOM publishes survey results and analysis for IAPC members and makes a report available to other companies.
Golder Associates (Atlanta, GA) for establishing The Golder Trust for Orphans (GTO), a charitable organization providing support for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDs pandemic in Africa. By the end of 2007, nearly 12 million children were orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa due to HIV/AIDS. Seeing the growing disaster, Golder Associates founded GTO in 2003 to provide support to orphaned and displaced children and families there. The GTO provides financial support to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) caring for orphans through both one-time grants and equity funding directed towards development projects. Since 2003, GTO has raised over $1.5 million U.S., with just over $800,000 distributed to date, supporting over 1,000 children through nine projects in five African countries. All funding for the GTO comes from donations from Golder employees, clients, and friends. Golder Associates funds the day-to-day costs of running the charity, so every donor dollar goes directly to projects. In addition, each year, groups of Golder employees spend their own time and money to travel to Africa and volunteer directly in one of the communities being supported by the GTO.