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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.

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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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Meet the Great Ecology Executive Team

Meet Dr. Laska and the Great Ecology team at these upcoming events.

Dr. Laska, President and Founder, will be speaking at the upcoming 2nd Annual Natural Resource Damages Law Seminar on February 14 and 15 in Washington D.C.

Nick Buhbe, Director of Ecology, is presenting Great Ecology’s innovative wetland restoration approach which saved a client over $50 million at the Energy, Utility, & Environment Conference on January 30 in Phoenix, AZ.

Contact Sarah Stevens at sstevens@greatecology.com to set up a meeting.

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A Soccer Stadium for New York

One of our clients is seeking to build a New York City soccer stadium as referenced in a New York Times Editorial, New Soccer Stadium, but Where?

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Senior Ecologist Nick Buhbe Joins Great Ecology’s San Diego Office

Great Ecology and Nautilus Environmental are pleased to announce Nick Buhbe’s transition to Great Ecology team as a Senior Ecologist. Nick is an accomplished ecologist with 18 years of experience. His diverse portfolio of clients and projects has focused on managing multidisciplinary studies supporting infrastructure development projects related to water supply, navigation, and waterfront facilities. Nick’s expertise in formulating monitoring programs, restoration projects, and site-specific assessment strategies will complement and expand the core capabilities of Great Ecology.

In the past few years, Great Ecology and Nautilus Environmental have developed a strong collaborative relationship enhancing our complementary services. Nick’s transition to Great Ecology will strengthen the relationship between Nautilus and Great Ecology, promoting ongoing collaboration while improving and expanding both firm’s capabilities.

Great Ecology’s President, Dr. Mark Laska, welcomes Nick to our San Diego team. “Nick Buhbe’s skills and expertise will enhance Great Ecology’s interdisciplinary team, allowing us to expand our services and projects, specifically in Southern California. In addition, we look forward to the continued collaboration with Nautilus Environmental. ”

Nautilus Founder and CEO, Marilyn O’Neill, also sees Nick’s transition as a positive step in our collaborative relationship. “It allows both of our firms to commit resources and align our primary capabilities to complement each other’s core strengths. It’s an exciting way to build partnerships that serve both our staff and clients.”

Nick joins the Great Ecology team on Thursday, October 4. To speak to him directly, contact him at (858) 750-3201 or NBuhbe@GreatEcology.com.

To learn more about Nautilus Environmental and talk to Marilyn, please contact her at (858) 587-7333 x 204 or Marilyn@NautilusEnvironmental.com.

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Great Ecology Recognized as One of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Great Ecology is honored to be recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies in 2012. To be ranked as Number 2,150 among the 5,000 best and fastest-growing companies and ranked Number 21 among the nation’s top environmental services companies is a significant achievement. Inc. Magazine selects the best of the best private companies in America. Great Ecology made the prestigious list by consistently delivering excellent, high quality consulting and design services to our growing number of Fortune 500 clients who value our creative ecological solutions that mitigate cost and risk. According to Dr. Mark Laska, President and Founder of Great Ecology, “recognition of our firm by Inc. Magazine is a testimony to our creativity wrought by the unique synthesis of science and design and our talented team of experts. Our industry leadership is a direct reflection of the creative, cost-saving ecological solutions we consistently deliver to our diverse client base of international public and private sector companies.”

Great Ecology is honored to be one of the fastest growing private companies both regionally, in Southern California, and nationally. We look forward to steady and sustained growth based on our proven ability and unique approach to deliver expert ecological design and planning.

We are your ecological design and planning experts. Learn how Great Ecology can improve your next project by contacting Rachel Saldivar, Director of Business Development at rsaldivar@greatecology.com or (858) 750-3201.


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Meet Great Ecology’s New Team Members

Meet Tim Jackson, Tyler Nicoll, and Charlie Howe, Great Ecology’s newest team members.

Associate Ecologist, Tim Jackson supports the San Diego Ecology team. He has over seven years of experience in environment consulting throughout the country for a wide range of clients. As an accomplished stream and wetland ecologist, Tim has a diverse portfolio including agency coordination, delineation of waters in the U.S., and biological monitoring. He is well versed in the Clean Water Act and Section 404 permitting.  Tim is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and is awaiting his Professional Wetland Scientist Certification. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology.

Ecologist, Tyler Nicoll joins the New York Ecology Team. Tyler has an extensive background managing invasive species and native plantings on large scale mining restoration projects in Florida. Her past work includes conducting biological surveys for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and NYC Parks Department. She is qualified in wetland delineation and Section 404 Permitting and holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources with a Minor in Animal Science from the University of Delaware.

Joining the New York Design Team, Designer Charlie Howe is a landscape and urban designer with experience in the United States, Argentina, and Mexico. Charlie has managed a diverse assortment of projects addressing ecological performance, site infrastructure, and public space. He received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Biology, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

We are proud to welcome Tim, Tyler, and Charlie to the team and we look forward to the continued growth of Great Ecology.

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