June 27, 2012
Great Ecology is happy to introduce their new Marketing Associate, Sarah Stevens.
Sarah is responsible for Sales and Marketing initiatives within the firm and communicating Great Ecology’s message to the world. Prior to joining Great Ecology, Sarah Stevens worked on integrated marketing campaigns for several large, global brands. For each brand Sarah created innovative marketing plans which were effective, efficient, and delivered ROI through increased brand recognition. In addition to a strong background in Marketing, Sarah is an experienced Sales Manager.
Before calling San Diego home, Sarah lived on three continents, including Africa and Europe. Sarah’s strong multi-cultural background has enhanced her communication skills and contributed to her unique perspective. Sarah received a B.A. in International Studies; with an emphasis Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
For all Marketing, Media, and Sales inquires please contact Sarah Stevens, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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June 15, 2012
On Thursday, June 14th 2012, Great Ecology’s president, Dr. Mark Laska, presented at this year’s Sustainable Raritan River Conference hosted by Rutgers University. Dr. Laska’s talk was featured a session entitled “Corporate Responsibility”. His talk focused on Great Ecology’s involvement in restoring brownfields to greenfields along the Raritan River, using the EPEC Polymers, Inc. remediation and mitigation in Woodbridge Township as a case study.
The focus of this annual conference was Restoration and Future Stewardship: Regeneration and the Next Generation. The event included a day of workshops and interactive discussions on citizen science, dam removal and stream restoration, municipal success stories, corporate responsibility, land management, flooding mitigation and adaptation, practicing regeneration, and how we engage our communities to utilize the Raritan River for recreation.
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June 12, 2012
Great Ecology was selected by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the 100 fastest growing private companies in San Diego for 2012. Great Ecology is excited to be part of this esteemed list of local enterprises and appreciates the recognition of its hard work by the SDBJ. Great Ecology established its administrative headquarters in San Diego nearly two years ago and has enjoyed becoming part of the local business community.
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 4-7 PM at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa. More information can be found on the SDBJ’s event page.Leave a comment
June 11, 2012
Great Ecology is pleased to announce the opening of their Rocky Mountain office! The office is located in Denver, Colorado and will be managed by Tim Hoelzle. Tim received his Master’s degree in Ecology from Colorado State University and has worked with Great Ecology for the past year. Tim will continue to support Great Ecology’s habitat restoration efforts for projects located in the northeastern U.S., Gulf coast, and Rocky Mountain regions.
Our Denver office is located along the South Platte River in the newly redeveloped TAXI complex, a mixed-use community housing over 60 creative businesses. We are excited to join this bustling urban community and to expand our services to the Rocky Mountain region!
If you would like more information about our Denver office, please contact THoelzle@greatecology.com.Leave a comment
May 2, 2012
The PWP Landscape Architects & Roger Marvel Architects team, including Great Ecology as ecological consultant, has won the competition to redesign Constitution Gardens in the National Mall in Washington D.C. The winning design is inspired by the 1976 bicentennial historical plan for the Gardens, while adding an ecological restoration layer to bring the design into the 21st century. The project is scheduled to open in 2016.Leave a comment
April 10, 2012
By: Jessie Quinn, Ph.D.
Established in 2009, Urban Coast provides a forum for researchers, agencies, advocacy groups, and other science and policy leaders to engage in constructive discussion and information exchange on issues that are pertinent to our coastal environments. In this way, we can find common ground and highlight the robust science, analysis, and assessment needed to catalyze good policy, good design, and good management measures. This multidisciplinary journal is a product of the Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies (CSMBS), a program of Loyola Marymount University’s Seaver College of Science and Engineering and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation.
Great Ecology Senior Managing Ecologist, Sean Bergquist, served as the co-director of CSMBS from 2007-2011, and editor of Urban Coast from 2009-2012. In his final issue as editor, Mr. Bergquist provides insights for an ecosystem-based approach to mitigation. Mr. Bergquist brings his expertise in restoration and urban ecology to Great Ecology, where we strive to solve complex ecological challenges to improve our clients’ businesses and redefine how humans interact with the environment. In New Jersey, Great Ecology is currently implementing the use of wetland functional analyses to determine mitigation requirements that address wetland ecological quality as well as quantity. We have also developed the use of wetland functional indices in habitat equivalency analysis to determine compensatory restoration requirements on the Gulf Coast.
We encourage you to read the latest issue of Urban Coast, which discusses the many impacts to our coastal areas as well as the health and access implications, community understanding, and restorative actions.Leave a comment
March 12, 2012
Great Ecology’s “brownfield to greenfield” project in Woodbridge, New Jersey, continues to play a significant role in the regional restoration of the Raritan River, this time as part of a solution between the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Somerset County property owners. The brownfield, owned by Great Ecology’s client, EPEC Polymers, Inc., will receive disputed fill placed illegally in Bound Brook, Somerset County. The fill is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit between NJDEP and the landowners. EPEC Polymers is providing the solution by using the dirt in its remediation and redevelopment activities. The removal of the dirt from Bound Brook–as well as EPEC Polymer’s creation of a waterfront park in Woodbridge to be opened upon completion of the remediation–are two big steps in the restoration of ecological function to the Raritan’s riverfront.Leave a comment
February 13, 2012
Great Ecology and its President, Dr. Mark Laska, have appeared in a number of publications in recent months.
-Dr. Laska was profiled in the February, 2012 edition of the Environmental Business Journal. Dr. Laska offered insights about the environmental consulting industry and Great Ecology’s niche at the intersection of environmental science and ecological design. The article may be downloaded from EBIonline.
-Dr. Laska was also mentioned in a piece about Coporporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) in Environmental Leader. The article can be viewed in its entirety on EnvironmentalLeader.com.
-The Brooklyn Bridge Park project that Great Ecology worked on was profiled in Fast Company Design as one of two “stunning examples of urban waterfront renewal.” Great Ecology served as the ecologists for the landmark urban renewal project lead by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The article may be viewed on Fast Co. Design.Leave a comment
December 22, 2011
Great Ecology is pleased to announce that it is on the Rogers Marvel Architects and Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architects team to develop design concepts for the National Mall Design competition in Washington D.C.
Finalists were selected on design portfolios, team qualifications and interviews. Our team will focus on the redesign of Constitution Gardens. Dr. Mark Laska, President of Great Ecology said, “This is an incredible opportunity to participate in the development of creative and sustainable ways to bring the ecological layer forward in the redesign of one of our Nation’s most important public spaces. We are extremely delighted to be on such an amazing team lead by Roger Marvel Architects and PWP Landscape Architects.”
A winning design will be announced on May 3, 2012.
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December 7, 2011
Great Ecology’s Founder and President, Dr. Mark Laska has been selected as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s fifth annual “Most Admired CEO” award.
The competition recognizes dynamic business leaders and role models, selected for their achievements and contributions to San Diego companies. Laska is the field’s only finalist from an ecological consulting firm or environmental services company.
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 4-7 PM at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa. More information can be found on the SDBJ’s event page.
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