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Great Ecology Recognized for Stellar Growth

inc5000websiteGreat Ecology is thrilled to announce the company is recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing private firms for the third consecutive year —a true accomplishment for a small business solving big ecological challenges.

According to the 2014 Inc. 500 | 5000 statistics, the Environmental Services industry is the fastest growing economic sector in America, and Great Ecology ranks 17th in the nation and number 2073 across all industries with a 3-year growth rate of 194% and the creation of 21 new jobs.

ZweigWhite Hot Firm 2014Additionally, Great Ecology is listed on the 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firms List as number 67 of the nation’s top 100 architecture, engineering, and environmental firms – an outstanding achievement within the nation’s fastest growing economic sector.

In the words of Company President and CEO, Dr. Mark Laska, “We are honored to receive these prestigious awards and celebrate our continued growth. The success and growth of the past 3 years are a testament to this firm’s expert staff and collective resiliency. Great Ecology has and continues to demonstrate its value to public and private organizations nationwide with a practice rooted in science and driven by excellence in design.”

In addition to the prestigious national and industry awards, 2014 has been an incredibly successful year. Expanding the firm’s nationwide presence, Great Ecology opened three new offices in Sacramento, California; Lexington, Kentucky; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Furthering the firm’s growth and progress is the incredible staff of industry experts – 75% have advanced degrees and expertise in specialized fields, ranging from riparian ecology and forensic chemistry to landscape architecture and design.

To learn more about Great Ecology and how to enhance your project, contact Sarah Stevens at (858) 750-3201

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Best Practices: NRD Assessment & Restoration

Beyond the Headlines: Best Practices to Restore Natural Resources Injured by Long-Term Hazardous Waste Releases, Oil Spills and Transport and Other Accidents, published in the Bloomberg BNA, August 2014, presents a series of best practices related to Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA) and associated habitat restoration.

Industry experts, including practitioners, environmental attorneys, and state/federal government representatives, comprised the NRDA Working Group that outline 7 Guiding Principles to effectively restore contaminated environments along with case studies that demonstrate effective and successful applications for various NRD cases nationwide. The Guiding Principles provide a reusable standard for evaluating and restoring impacts to natural resources.

Great Ecology President, Dr. Mark Laska, a member of the NRDA Working Group, served as a contributing author to this report alongside an esteemed list of peers and environmental attorneys. Dr. Laska shared his expertise and Great Ecology’s successful NRD strategy for the Woodbridge Waterfront Redevelopment project. The case study highlights the value of the Best Practice’s Guiding Principal #2, Focus the assessment process on the earliest possible evaluation of restoration options.

Read the full article.

Contact Dr. Mark Laska to learn more about his NRD expertise or to discuss potential restoration strategies for your degraded sites.




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Great Ecology’s Utah Office Opens

Great Ecology is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Salt Lake City, Utah—a strategic location to serve the needs of regional clients. Senior Ecologist and local expert, Rick Black, will direct our Salt Lake City business activities. Rick brings 25 years of consulting experience working with industry leaders in the energy, mining, and transportation sectors. In addition, he has experience supporting federal clients, including the Departments of Defense and Transportation. Rick’s expertise in threatened and endangered species biology, habitat ecology, and rangeland, wetlands, and riparian ecology complements the Great Ecology mission to apply science and design to deliver sustainable and innovative solutions.

Photo Courtesy of: Roseman University

Photo Courtesy of: Roseman University

Contact Rick to learn how Great Ecology and Rick can support your projects, and to find out more about our local initiatives in the Salt Lake City region.

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San Diego’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies Award

San Diego's Fastest-Growing Private CompaniesGreat Ecology is honored to be recognized as one of San Diego’s 2014 Fastest-Growing Private Companies by the San Diego Business Journal. This is the second time Great Ecology has been granted this prestigious award since opening our San Diego office in 2010. This year’s list was extremely competitive – the 100th ranking company had a three year growth rate of 44% and the top ranking firm with a growth rate of over 1000%. Great Ecology’s CEO, Dr. Mark Laska, is exceptionally honored to have made the esteemed list and to be recognized among an inspiring group of entrepreneurs and private companies in San Diego. He shares that winning this award for the second time is truly a testament to the company’s strong values and the paramount importance of the work that Great Ecology accomplishes.


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Great Ecology’s Kentucky Office Opens

Great Ecology is thrilled to announce the opening of our newest office in Lexington, Kentucky. Led by Kentucky native and Great Ecology’s Associate Designer, Erin Hathaway, it is an exciting opportunity as the region moves towards a more sustainable and natural resource sensitive approach to design. Erin specializes in ecological guided design and has worked on complex restoration and design projects nationwide. As a member of the KYASLA executive committee, Erin is looking forward to becoming more involved in the local design community.

Contact Erin to learn more about Great Ecology’s ecological guided design services in Kentucky.

Great Ecology Kentucky Office Great Ecology’s Kentucky Office
163 East Main St, 3rd Floor,
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 559-4058


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Great Ecology Joins SER/SETAC Workshop

Ecology Team Manager, Timothy Hoelzle, joins the joint SETAC/SER-sponsored Technical Workshop, titled Restoration of Impaired Ecosystems: An Ounce of Prevention or a Pound of Cure. The week long workshop unites the nation’s leading scientists and practitioners to discuss best practices and research regarding the remediation and restoration of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems on contaminated sites. Outcomes from the workshop include a series of publications and presentations at the 2014 North American SETAC Conference in Vancouver this November, as well as a primer describing issues related to the restoration of contaminated lands.


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Urban Habitat Restoration Gaining Ground

President Dr. Mark Laska is featured in the recent Sustainable City Network’s article, Habitat Restoration Projects Abound in Urban SettingsDr. Laska joins a panel discussing the growing focus and momentum of urban habitat restoration projects within the last 10-15 years and how this trend will continue to define our future cities.

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Join Us at the Mitigation Banking Conference

Great Ecology is excited to exhibit at the 2014 Mitigation Banking Conference in Denver – May 7-9.

Come meet our team of expert mitigation consultants including, President, Dr. Mark Laska, Senior Ecologists Dr. Puja Batra and William Coleman, and Ecologists George Patten and Joshua Eldridge. See you all in Denver at booth #17!

Learn more about our mitigation banking services, ranging from project strategy to long-term stewardship.

2014 Mitigation Banking Conference Booth

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Understanding and Navigating the Proposed Clean Water Act Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed update to the Clean Water Act (CWA) on March 25, 2014. It seeks to clarify the definition and scope of Waters of the United States following the 2006 Rapanos v. United States ruling which narrowed the definition of Waters of the United States. The update addresses certain aquatic resources currently not under CWA jurisdiction, including isolated wetlands, riparian areas, and tributary streams that flow perennially or ephemerally, and provides increased consistency across regional and local agencies in the application of jurisdictional water determinations. If finalized after the 90 day comment period, the update will affect both Section 404 permitting and mitigation requirements significantly impacting future development projects

If passed, there are a lot of changes coming. Great Ecology is focused on staying up to date with the changes. Contact us with any questions regarding how the proposed changes may affect your projects and what you should do in the interim.

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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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