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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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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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