Consulting & Engineering: Climate Change Practice


Coto Consulting, Inc. (CCI; Coto De Caza, Calif.), an environmental consulting firm, for successful entry into the climate change and sustainability consulting market. CCI, a woman-owned small business (WOSB) founded in 2009, developed a suite of services to include climate change and sustainability for the private and government sectors. CCI secured over $150,000 of new projects in these categories in less than four months, and CCI personnel obtained accreditation from the California Air Resources Board to provide greenhouse gas (GHG) lead verification services. This accreditation is expected to produce substantial revenue for CCI in 2010, as California has 600 facilities that must complete their mandatory GHG third-party verification by December 1, 2010.

In recognition of CCI's expertise in these technical areas, CCI personnel have taught or been invited speakers at the following institutions and organizations: University of California Irvine (Sustainability Leadership Program and the Merage School of Business), Los Angeles/Orange County Environmental Training Center, the Auditing Roundtable, and the Federal Environmental Symposium. Lastly, CCI has established master service agreements or teaming agreements with 10 leading providers of environmental services.

O'Brien & Gere (Syracuse, N.Y.) for significant growth in revenue delivering climate action plans (CAPs) and related GHG emission reduction services to U.S. colleges and universities. In 2008, CAP-related sales were less than $100,000; in 2009 sales will exceed $1.5 million. In assisting U.S. colleges and universities meet the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), O'Brien & Gere is developing methods for measurement and mitigation of GHG emissions, with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality on campuses by mid-century. Over the past year, the firm worked with six campuses to reduce collective emissions by more than 500,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year.