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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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Sacramento We’re Moving!

We’re excited to announce Great Ecology’s Sacramento office has moved to a new location.

Contact Senior Ecologist and office lead, Dr. Jessie Quinn to learn more about Great Ecology’s environmental consulting services in the Sac-Bay Delta and greater Northern California area.

Our new contact information is:

1008 2nd Street
Suite 209
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 376-7691

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How to Stay on Top of a Dynamic Industry

“If I am not listening to the people I work with on a daily basis, then I am not paying attention to the world in which I live.” –Dr. Mark Laska, Where Leaders Find Advice, The Zweig Letter November 3rd Issue.

Great Ecology’s Founder & CEO Dr. Mark Laska is featured alongside other industry leaders in the recent Zweig Letter. Dr. Laska shares his “go-to resources” for facilitating his business achievements, including his mentor, wife, friends, and forum. Great Ecology is thrilled to be featured again by Zweig Group after being honored as one of the Hot 100 Firms of 2014.

For more articles visit The Zweig Letter.

 

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Great Ecology’s Upcoming Events

Come meet Great Ecology’s staff at one of the upcoming conferences:

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Fall 2014 Meeting.
Join Senior Ecologist and former AERS President, Dr. David J. Yozzo this week: Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Restore America’s Estuaries
Come by our booth and meet our team in Washington D.C. – we’ll be at booth #215  Nov. 2-5

  • Senior Ecologist, Dr. David J. Yozzo
  • Associate Designer, Charlie Howe
  • Associate Ecologist, Alejandro Julian
  • Marketing Manager, Sarah Stevens

Wildlife Habitat Council Annual Symposium
Nov, 10-11 in Baltimore
Meet President Dr. Mark Laska and Senior Ecologists Dr. David J. Yozzo and Rick Black
And, catch Dr. Laska on the Panel Session #2, on Monday, Nov. 10, presenting Innovative Habitat Restoration Approaches on Remediated Corporate Lands.

SETAC North America
Nov 9-14, Vancouver
VP Technical Services, Timothy Hoelzle heads up to Vancouver and joins Mike Hooper of the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday Nov. 13 to discuss the integration of remediation and final site restoration on contaminated sites. They’re sharing key takeaways form the joint SER/SETAC workshop earlier this year.

ASLA Annual Meeting
Nov. 21-24, Denver
Meet Associate Landscape Architect, Chris Loftus, RLA, and Associate Designer, Charlie Howe

See you there!

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