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Great Ecology Environmental Business Journal Award

Great Ecology is proud to receive the 2014 Business Achievement Honorable Mention from the Environmental Business Journal. The award cites rapid growth, the expansion of client work and services, and the firm’s core value of providing excellence in ecology and design as outstanding characteristics of the company. Great Ecology’s president and CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska comments, “it’s exciting to receive this recognition and to witness Great Ecology’s continued growth; 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for the firm.” Dr. Laska will be attending the Environmental Industry Summit this week in San Diego along with other top executives and professionals in the environmental industry.

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Great Ecology’s President and Founder Dr. Mark S. Laska with fellow Environmental Business Journal Award Winners.


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Great Ecology’s Local Project Featured in La Jolla Light

Great Ecology is featured in the La Jolla Light Newspaper highlighting conceptual designs created for the La Jolla Whale View Point Shoreline Enhancement project.

Great Ecology’s interdisciplinary team of designers and ecologists were excited to develop conceptual restoration plans for the 20-year coastal restoration project in La Jolla, CA. The La Jolla Light Newspaper featured the Whale View Point Shoreline Enhancement initiative and Great Ecology’s ecological approach to managing the problem of coastal erosion. Great Ecology was engaged by the non-profit, La Jolla Parks and Beaches (LJPB) foundation to examine on-site urban stormwater capture and management, coastal erosion, public access, and interpretive signage.




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Great Ecology at EUEC

Great Ecology is excited to join the Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference (EUEC) this week, February 16-18 in our hometown, San Diego.

President, Dr. Mark Laska is leading a session, Remediation, Ecological Design, & Mitigation, and the panel promises to present interesting ideas and approaches. The panel presentations include:

  • Framework For Ecological Re-Use Of Disturbed Ecosystems
  • A Greener Shade Of Brownfields – A Corporate Perspective
  • A Case Study Of Wetland Mitigation In A Heavily Industrialized Waterfront
  • Private Capital Investment In Large Scale Restoration
  • Restoration Of Impaired Ecosystems: An Ounce Of Prevention Or A Pound Of Cure

EUEC attendees, come meet our local San Diego team  – we’ll be at booth 507!

EUEC 2015 Panel & Staff

Great Ecology staff members and panel comprised of representatives from Chevron, Kinder Morgan, and Ecosystem Investment Partners.













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Dr. Mark S. Laska: Most Admired CEO Award Finalist

We are thrilled to announce Great Ecology President & CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska, is recognized as a Most Admired CEO Award Finalist by the San Diego Business Journal. This annual awards program recognizes outstanding CEO’s in the San Diego region who contribute to the company’s financial success and growth through innovative leadership practices, demonstrate exceptional community involvement and philanthropic contributions, maintain a positive work environment, and empower and inspire others.

SDBJ Most Admired CEO

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Great Ecology Featured in Green Build & Design Magazine

Great Ecology is proud to be featured in the recent issue of the  Green Build & Design Magazine. The article, Ground Swell, highlights the new Corktown Common Waterfront Park, a post-industrial site along the Toronto waterfront. Collaborating with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. Great Ecology supported the restoration of the native habitat and ecology. The project creates wetland and upland wildlife habitats infused with a cultural and ecological public space along the Toronto waterfront.

Corktown Common Waterfront Park

A Glimpse at Corktown Common Waterfront Park in Toronto. The new public space supports wetland and upland wildlife habitat along Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront.


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Great Ecology: A SmartCEO Future 50 Company

Great Ecology is honored to be recognized as one of the 2015 Future 50 companies by SmartCEO. This program acknowledges the success of 50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies in the New York region. Based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth, Great Ecology has made the list with a growth rate of 194% and the creation of 21 new jobs. Founder & CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska shares, “it is an honor to accept this prestigious award alongside some of the top companies and CEOs in New York.”  Dr. Laska is featured in the January/February edition of the SmartCEO publication along with New York’s other award-winning entrepreneurs.

SmartCEO Future 50


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Great Ecology Makes Another Splash

Nick Buhbe, Great Ecology’s Director of Ecology and one of the ecologists involved in the restoration of Lake San Marcos, summarized the progress of the current data collection efforts at a recent public meeting. The project involves multiple stakeholders and numerous complexities due to a variety of suspected sources, and is heading toward development of a remediation strategy. Mr. Buhbe described the importance of monitoring and the subsequent computer modeling that will help to determine the most effective restoration strategy for the lake: “the modeling effort is the key to understanding what the [nutrient] excess is, and what can be done about it.” This approach toward a long-term strategy was echoed by Laurie Walsh of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, who expressed an appreciation for the investigation and the speed of progress toward a solution.

Read the full U-T San Diego article.

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Great Ecology Makes a Splash on the News

Shedding Light on Stormwater Sampling in Lake San Marcos

Torrential rains, abating California’s persistent drought, had Great Ecology’s field crews working around the clock to capture the first runoff flows of the season into Lake San Marcos, one of Great Ecology’s California projects. Great Ecology’s Ecologist, Ashley Tuggle, was interviewed by KPBS reporter Alison St. John about the stormwater sampling underway, explaining the importance of capturing the first nutrient flows to determine where potential pollutants could be coming from.

Contact us to find out more about Lake San Marcos and other related projects underway at Great Ecology.

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Congratulations to Great Ecology Designers as New ASLA Chapter Board Members

Great Ecology is proud to announce that two of our Landscape Architects/Designers, Carl Carlson RLA, and Chris Loftus RLA,  have been elected to Executive Boards for the Association of Landscape Architects (ASLA) chapters in New York and Colorado.

Carl CarlsonNew York based Associate Landscape Designer, Carl Carlson has over eight years of experience in the design and construction management of large scale landscape projects. He has served on multiple design committees including the ASLA-NY, AIANY/ASLA-NY’s Post Sandy Initiative Waterfront Working Group, and NYC’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency through the Municipal Art Society. In addition to his newly elected position as an executive board member, Carl serves on the planning committee for NYASLA.

Chris Loftus, RLABased in Great Ecology’s Denver office, Landscape Architect Chris Loftus has over 10 years of experience working in the Western United States. He has experience developing neighborhood and community master plans, designing innovative stormwater solutions, and solving an array of equally complex landscape projects. As the new ASLA Colorado Chapter Vice President of Programs, Chris will monitor, mange, and provide oversight for all Chapter programs and chair the Events and Service Committee.

Great Ecology congratulates Carl and Chris on their elected positions!

Contact our Design Team to learn more about Great Ecology’s landscape architecture practice and ecological design services.

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Great Ecology has Nature’s Back as Development Plows Ahead

Great Ecology is thrilled to be featured in this week’s edition of the San Diego Business Journal as an industry leading environmental consulting firm. Alongside the industry’s explosive growth and following a three-year growth rate of 194% from 2011- 2013, Great Ecology is on track to have the most successful year to date. Founder and CEO, Dr. Mark S. Laska, attributes the profound success of his company to a growing awareness and pressure on projects to include an ecological approach. “There’s only so much natural land left, and the development is going right out to the edge of nature,” he says. “We are doing something right, and the industry is ready.”

Read the full article and this week’s issue of the San Diego Business Journal.

Great Ecology strives to connect people with natural resources, and integrates ecology with design to achieve innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges.

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