Great Ecology is an ecological consulting firm focused on the restoration, planning, and design of both natural and urban environments through sustainable solutions. We integrate science with design to solve complex ecological challenges to achieve environmental, social, and business goals.
Great Ecology is the ecological consultant for Major League Soccer who is currently in the conceptual design phase of developing a soccer stadium in New York City. The proposed stadium would be located on top of the 6.5-acre Fountain of the Planets in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Created for the 1964 World Fair, this underutilized water feature is currently owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Great Ecology has performed vegetative, hydrological, and ecological assessments to inform the conceptual design of the stadium site and potential parkland replacement sites. The work includes wetland delineation, tree evaluation and survey, hydrological data collection, identification of potential federal regulatory oversight issues, and development of land use permit application materials. The team for this high-profile project includes ICON Venue Group, HR&A Advisors, SHoP Architects, and Langan Engineering. Great Ecology adds its extensive experience in permitting, remediation, mitigation and restoration to this outstanding team.
Great Ecology provided technical assistance for the Sea-Level Rise Planning project in collaboration with the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (NY-NJ HEP) and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). We created a model that uses GIS analysis and field data collection to assess the vulnerability of public access infrastructure and natural resources to sea-level rise at three public access sites along New Jersey’s lower Raritan River. Great Ecology developed a report with site-specific and regional recommendations for minimizing potential ecological and public access infrastructure damages from sea-level rise. The report serves as a useful and reusable framework for municipal governments, agencies, practitioners, and coastal decision-makers seeking to assess and plan for sea-level rise vulnerability and resilience at the local (site-specific) geographical scale.
Ecological Feasibility Study: Phase I
Great Ecology is conducting a feasibility study that will inform the Central Park Conservancy’s restoration and management of the iconic Park's woodlands. The first part of the study will include a baseline ecological health assessment focused on the Ramble and North Woods watercourses. These analyses will inform the design of the Conservancy's restoration projects and management planning. Specifically, Great Ecology will recommend strategies that enhance both the ecological functionality and scenic character of the woodlands, balancing the impacts of heavy visitor usage and habitat degradation in an urban mosaic landscape
Great Ecology is the lead ecological consultant for a 185-acre Brownfield to Greenfield project in Woodbridge, New Jersey most notably including the design and construction oversight of a 100-acre wetland mitigation to offset wetland impacts incurred during site remediation.
Great Ecology was the ecological designer on the Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. team for the Brooklyn Bridge Park—the largest urban park created in New York City since 1875. Great Ecology contributed strategic, design and technical expertise to the conversion of East River industrial piers into recreational areas which provide public access to restored native coastal and intertidal habitats.