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Join Us at the Kentucky ASLA Annual Meeting

Great Ecology is excited to present during this weekend’s Kentucky Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting. Presenters Charlie Howe and Erin Hathaway will be discussing how ecological baseline evaluations of a site can inform design decisions and create dynamic ecological systems. Don’t miss their presentation, Designing for Function and Resiliency: Using Science To Enhance Habitats And Influence Aesthetics, on Saturday March 8.


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Dr. Mark Laska Joins The Brian Britt Show

Great Ecology is excited to announce President and Founder, Dr. Mark Laska, will be featured on The Brian Britt Show today, January 16 at 11:30 PST. Dr. Laska joins the show’s esteemed list of guests which include some of the nation’s top-selling authors and business leaders.

Don’t miss this exciting interview as Dr. Laska shares Great Ecology’s success story over the past 13 years overcoming challenges and a turbulent economy. Stay tuned for the podcast coming soon!

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Erin Hathaway: New Urban Design Visiting Professor

Great Ecology is proud to announce Associate Designer, Erin Hathaway, will be a visiting professor at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Erin is honored to accept the position starting this spring and will be teaching the fourth year studio focused on urban design drawing on her ecological design experience in New York City.

Erin shares her expertise integrating design and ecology in urban restoration projects in our weekly blogs.
Restoring the Ohio River With Lessons from the Hudson
The Coolest City…

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Great Ecology Presents at the 5th SER World Conference

Timothy Hoelzle joins an esteemed list of presenters at the 5th SER World Conference, October 6-11, 2013.

Timothy will be presenting Great Ecology’s innovative Sea-Level Rise model which created a site-specific approach to predicting and planning for coastal vulnerability. Timothy leads Great Ecology’s Ecology Team and is on his local SER chapter board. Great Ecology is also proud to be a conference sponsor, helping support student scholarships to attend the conference.

This year, the international conference will address Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future of Ecological Restoration and unite more than 1,200 attendees from around the world. Topics include natural resource management, climate change responses, biodiversity conservation, local and indigenous communities, environmental policy and sustainable livelihoods.

Learn more about Great Ecology’s coastal resiliency planning and how this site specific model can help strength coastal communities to Sea-Level Rise.

Attending the conference? Timothy is presenting on Tuesday, October 8.
Visit the SER World Conference website for more information.

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Dr. Laska is Presenting at Leading NRD Conference

Great Ecology President, Dr. Mark S. Laska, is presenting at the 9th Natural Resources Symposium on October 1 in Washington D.C.

The theme of the two day Symposium, “Natural Resource Liability and Optimization Game Changers – Economic Efficiency, Risk Tradeoffs, Energy Exploration and Biodiversity”, will encompass three focus areas:

  1. US natural resource liability policy and practice;
  2. Emerging global natural resource practice synergies; and
  3. Natural resources in the broader context (e.g., risk, energy, resource scarcity, biodiversity, etc.).

Dr. Laska is an industry leader in Natural Resource Damage (NRD) strategy and implementation. His presentation, Using HEA in Non-NRD Regulatory Frameworks, highlights a novel application of HEA (Habitat Equivalency Assessment), which was originally designed to quantify ecological services in the regulatory frameworks involving NRD.

Learn more about Great Ecology’s expertise with HEA and Natural Resource Damage (NRD) assessment and strategy.

Visit the 9th Natural Resources Symposium website for more information.


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Great Ecology Recognized for Record Growth

12 years ago, Great Ecology was founded with 2 employees.
3 years ago, we opened the San Diego office.
Last year, we opened the Denver office.
Today, we are one of the fastest-growing private environmental consulting firms in the nation.

This is the second year Great Ecology has made the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. In 2012, the firm ranked as number 2150; this year Great Ecology is ranked as number 1788. As one of two firms based in La Jolla, California, on the list, we are proud to be the 38th fastest-growing private firm in the San Diego Metro Area.

Also recognizing our significant growth during the past 3 years is The Zweig Letter Hot Firms List, which ranks the nation’s 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental firms. Great Ecology is ranked as the 49th fastest-growing firm—a tremendous accomplishment in the architecture, engineering, and environmental industry comprised of more than 100,000 firms.

President and Founder, Dr. Mark Laska, is thrilled to receive national recognition by these renowned publications. “Our success is a direct result of the unwavering commitment, hard work, and perseverance of our staff who have made Great Ecology a top environmental consulting firm. We dedicate our careers to developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. We have come a long way since our founding in 2001, and it is the sustained dedication and passion of our staff that will drive our future success.”

Great Ecology is a leading environmental consulting firm specializing in ecology and design. Our interdisciplinary team of ecologists, landscape architects, hydrologists, and GIS specialists deliver innovative solutions that reduce cost and risk.

To learn more about our services and how we can add value to your project, contact Sarah Stevens at (858) 750-3201.

Great Ecology Team


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Woodbridge Site Redevelopment: Phase II Complete

The significant part of the environmental remediation of the redevelopment area at a former chemical manufacturing site in Woodbridge, New Jersey is complete! Woodbridge Mayor, John McCormac was thrilled to share the project’s progress as it highlights the importance and dedication towards the clean-up and revitalization efforts of the area. The site is part of the Keasbey Redevelopment Zone which was classified as a Brownfield Development Area in 2009 by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

Great Ecology, project partners, and Woodbridge Mayor, John McCormac celebrating the completion of Phase II.

Great Ecology, project partners, and Woodbridge Mayor, John McCormac celebrating the completion of Phase II.

The site redevelopment will bring ecological and economic benefits including the Woodbridge Waterfront Park, a 100-acre environmental and recreational park along the Raritan River. Great Ecology joined project partners including EPEC Polymers, the Brownfields Development Area Steering Committee, the Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency, Brown and Caldwell, USA Environment, and others to celebrate the completion of this stage. Great Ecology is leading the design and permitting of the waterfront park which will reintroduce the native habitat and wildlife to area as well as public access to the Raritan River for the first time in over 100 years. Today, construction of the site’s largest wetland area, the southern wetland area is well underway – an exciting stage for the complex and multi-year project.

The southern wetlands of the Woodbridge Redevelopment Site.

The southern wetlands of the Woodbridge Redevelopment Site.

Learn more about the progress of the redevelopment plan and what’s next: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20130724/NJNEWS/307240047/Officials-announce-Phase-II-remediation-Keasbey-Redevelopment-Zone-completed?nclick_check=1


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Grants Awarded To Build Resilient Coastal Communities

Great Ecology, the Turner Miller Group, and the Town of Stony Point, NY, were awarded a $50,000 grant by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). The grant will help the coastal community prepare for sea-level rise, storm surge, and waterfront flooding. Stony Point is one of three Hudson River Estuary communities awarded a grant.

The waterfronts and shorelines of the three communities were significantly damaged during recent super storms. Extreme weather events highlight the region’s vulnerability to flooding. Furthermore, the Hudson River Estuary sea level has risen six (6) inches in the past 50 years. Coastal resiliency planning to protect shorelines and coastal communities is essential.

The purpose of these grants is to assist Hudson River shoreline communities in preparing for climate change and to facilitate technical assistance from appropriate state agencies. These grants directly support New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo’s, climate change priorities to make New York more resilient by dedicated to improving infrastructure, using natural infrastructure, rebuilding smarter, and using an interdisciplinary approach.

Great Ecology will develop a Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) using geospatial modeling to evaluate the vulnerability to flooding caused by rising sea levels and increased storm severity. This will allow the team to identify the risks to infrastructure and property from sea level rise and flooding, evaluate the feasibility and priorities of possible solutions, and recommend steps the community can take to be better prepared.


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Major League Soccer: A Team For New York City!

Just announced, New York City will soon be home to a Major League Soccer team. This is exciting news for Great Ecology and the project team who have been analyzing potential stadium sites.

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Trey Munday – A 2013 CFO of the Year

Great Ecology is excited to announce our CFO, Trey Munday, was recognized as one of the 2013 CFO of the Year finalists by the San Diego Business Journal. Trey provides excellent financial guidance and operational leadership. Trey has been instrumental in the firm’s sustained growth.

Great Ecology has flourished as a thriving ecological consulting firm as a result of the interdisciplinary team. Trey is a dedicated team member, a motivated entrepreneur, an outstanding leader, and a financial guru. Providing expert financial advice for local small businesses, he has personally contributed to the growth of many local companies, but most importantly, he plays a crucial role in the continued growth of Great Ecology. Trey exhibits the qualities of top CFOs as identified by Randy Frisch, President of the Journal, “These individuals are tasked with being the gatekeepers of their companies’ financial business while leading its growth and contributing to economic development for the region.”

His monthly board meetings at La Jolla Shores with staff have been essential nurturing the creative employee environment and relationships. Whether he is in the office, out catching some waves, or coaching the next generation of soccer stars, Trey Munday is an exceptional leader and asset to any team.

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