From Grey to Green: Developing the Guidelines for Natural Infrastructure

ESA’s coastal engineering team, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Point Blue, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Site Sentinel Cooperative, has developed the Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Technical Guidance for the California Coast; a guideline and toolset for the implementation of natural infrastructure elements as accountable, effective, and sustainable solutions for protecting our shores against sea-level rise.

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There’s No Place Like Home: Seattle’s Experiment with Mandatory Housing Affordability

In a fast-growing city, strong economic growth and demand for leasable floor area compete directly with affordable space for seniors, students, artists, and service workers. While a city is created by buildings, people are what anchor a community. Read More »

June 14, 2019 |

An Arena Fit for the Kings

Development of new sports arenas and stadiums for major league professional sports teams has been fueled by public-private partnerships, public subsidies, and wealthy team owners looking to have dedicated facilities for their team. Cities across the country are recognizing the benefits that can be reaped by developing an arena in an urban environment. Read More »

May 24, 2019 |

Are American Shopping Malls Really Dying? Since 2013, e-commerce retail sales have been creeping up from 7 percent to 10 percent in the United States, and that number is expected to reach almost 14 percent by 2021. While not a staggering statistic (considering the amount of business and personal shopping most of us do online on a daily basis), it has had a direct effect on the brick-and-mortar counterparts—especially those large retailers that anchor shopping malls. Read More »
May 21, 2019 |
Tech Speak: Flying a Drone

Technically Speaking: New Tools for Natural Resource and Habitat Assessments The ESA Drone Program has recently added three 5-band precision sensors to our fleet, which will support a range of natural resource assessments. With this gimbal technology mounted on our DJI Inspire 2 drones, we can collect visual band (RGB) imagery as well as vegetation indices with near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy (or RedEdge), including normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), a method of determining whether an area contains live green vegetation. Read More »
May 19, 2019 |
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We’ll See You Around: Upcoming Conferences

ESA's experts will be out and about in the coming months attending–and speaking–at a number of conferences across our four regions. Speaking engagements are noted below. We look forward to connecting with you. Read More »

April 4, 2019 |
Linda Peters

ESA Welcomes Linda Peters as Principal Associate in Northern California Region Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm with five offices in Northern California, adds Linda Peters as Principal Associate to the region’s growing team. Recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in 2018 by the San Francisco Business Times, Peters most recently worked for AECOM where she directed its San Francisco Bay Area Cities Program and held a key role on its Pacific Region Growth Team. Read More »
February 7, 2019 |
Spencer Mains

Environmental Science Associates Welcomes Spencer Mains as Director of Information Technology

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, adds Spencer Mains as director of information technology. Based in San Francisco, Mains brings more than two decades of experience directing information technology and knowledge management for major consulting, branding, and merchandise firms, including 16 years with Landor, a global branding firm.

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January 31, 2019 |
Stack of Brochures

Transportation Energy Technical Studies Can Provide Useful Information in EIR Process Located in the northwestern portion in Riverside County, California, the city of Moreno Valley is one of the top 20 fastest growing cities in the state, in one of its fastest growing counties. Evidence of this growth can be seen by number of industrial and logistics companies who operate within its limits. Read More »
January 31, 2019 |

Buses are Making a Rapid Comeback Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-quality bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective services at rail transit capacities. By providing high-capacity transit at a much lower cost and being more dependable than standard bus service, BRT is recharging our communities by helping solve transportation issues, encouraging sustainable growth and development, and transforming the way people are getting to major employment and education centers. Read More »
January 31, 2019 |

Port of Oakland Seaport Air Quality Planning: Aligning with State and Community Goals An interview with Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland, on the value of working with stakeholders to achieve a healthier environment. Read More »
December 31, 2018 |

A Roadmap Towards a Lower Carbon Footprint Despite increasing awareness and the “eco-friendly” steps corporations have been taking in recent years, climate modeling projects indicate that maintaining current levels of GHG emissions will increase global mean temperatures from between 3.7°C to 4.8°C by the end of the century. Read More »
October 24, 2018 |

Environmental Science Associates Adds Paul Schlenger to Biological Resources and Land Management Group in Seattle Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, welcomes Paul Schlenger.  With over two decades of experience in ecosystem recovery and habitat restoration planning and design, Schlenger  joins ESA after owning his own environmental consulting company. Read More »
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