Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc. is an environmental consultancy focused on addressing critical needs of its private sector clients. Unlike large consultancies offering all services to all clients, we specialize in environmental data, environmental management systems (such as that of ISO 14001), and effective communications, particularly with complex and highly contentious projects.
We provide technically sound and legally defensible services in four areas of expertise:
- Adding value by making your environmental management system work for you
(instead of you working for it)
Every company with environmental and operational permits has an environmental management system (EMS), regardless of the company (or some of the staff) being ISO-14001 certified. Too often, environmental managers feel they are responding to one crisis after another with no time to step back and review the overall environmental performance of their company. Environmental staff turnover rates might be higher than desired because these professionals feel overworked, spending too much time on the grind of collecting and processing data that are passed on to the regulators. Getting out of crisis management mode promotes staff morale, professional development, and job satisfaction. As a result, the return on investment (ROI) in environmental staff and data management increases dramatically.
A fully functional EMS follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and helps a site move from crisis mode (Plan-Do or worse yet, No Plan-Just Do) to one where the work is well organized and managed. Management now has the time to focus on planning issues and can take advantage of the solid foundation that facilitates continuous improvement. Every company, regardless of size can achieve improvements that can be measured and monetized, and you do not need formal ISO-14001 certification to achieve these benefits.
Environmental staff efficiency and accuracy increases when everyone understands the context in which they collect data. For example, they learn the importance of properly maintaining the chain-of-custody, of timely delivery to the analytical laboratory after collection, and of critical review of received laboratory reports for anomalies and possible errors before the data are stored or reported to regulators.
Add value by having staff trained to prepare permit applications based on how the company operates, and how to carefully review draft permits for conditions with which the company can comply before accepting the permits. Delegating responsibility to environmental staff for a permit from application through acceptance and compliance increases job satisfaction and professionalism. It also reduces the likelihood of future crises when compliance monitoring reveals concentrations that exceed permit conditions.
All environmental staff need to learn how to more efficiently and correctly record environmental data and how to correctly prepare them for required regulatory reports. Staff benefit by avoiding surprises of anomalies or errors that were not corrected sooner. They also learn how to analyze those data and interpret the results so they understand the dynamics of the natural ecosystems in which the company operates and how to separate natural variability from anthropogenic changes.
Applied Ecosystem Services, Inc. will assist you in strengthening your EMS based on your specific needs and desires. Using ISO-14001 and the Equator Priniples as guidelines, the strengthened EMS will result in decreased staff turnover, increased staff professionalism and satisfaction, and reduction in expenses. These improvements contribute to increase in the company's return on investment (ROI) in environmental programs and data. Reduced expenses are seen in the bottom line as increased profitability. Leaving behind crisis mode has only benefits for all environmental professionals and their company.
Environmental data analyses with advanced spatial and statistical models. These analyses provide clients with valuable knowledge and insights for better informed decision-making. The results of these analyses effectively resolve environmental concerns raised by regulators, stake-holders, and the public.
Review of environmental documents, regulations, and statutes for scientific soundness and robustness. These clear and plain-English reviews allow non-technical decision-makers to understand complex technical issues and proposals. With NEPA documents (environmental assessments and environmental impact statements) a third-party, disinterested technical review ensures the document complies with appropriate NEPA, CEQ, and lead agency requirements, is clearly and efficiently written, and the conclusions are supported by included data. This reduces likelihood of appeal or challenge which saves client time and money.
Expert witness for natural resource companies and their attorneys in the subjects of aquatic ecology, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, aquatic chemistry, and aquatic biota. Project opponents frequently challenge permit issuance with scientific claims that appear credible to the non-technical decision-makers. Decades of subject area expertise, sometimes augmented with appropriate spatial or statistical models, can refute these allegations. In other cases expert scientific review of objectors' supporting technical documentation demonstrates that their claims are not found in that documentation, are actually refuted there, or are not relevant.