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PMC (Rancho Cordova, CA) for the completion of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) for the City of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The BPMP recommends adding 50 miles of new trails, 82 miles of new bicycle lanes, 18 miles of new bicycle routes, and many pedestrian and bicycle connection and amenity improvements throughout Rio Rancho. These improvements and others outlined in the plan will equal an annual reduction of almost one million miles of vehicle travel per year and a result in an annual reduction of 745 million metric tons of carbon dioxide when fully implemented. The BPMP's main goal is to increase resident's access to healthy modes of transportation such as pedestrian and bike trails, but it also calls for access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities, taking advantage of the city's beautiful weather, which allows for year-round outdoor activities. The project was supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) and Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, CA), for the design of the Brightwater Treatment Plant in King County, Washington, the largest membrane bioreactor installation in North America at 39 million gallons per day (mgd). The Brightwater design incorporates numerous innovations to ensure that the county receives maximum long-term benefits. These features include chemically enhanced primary clarification for treatment of peak wet-weather flows and cost and energy-saving design of the aeration basin blower system. The facility produces Class A reclaimed water for irrigation and non-potable use. Biosolids are dewatered and distributed off-site for beneficial use. The Brightwater facilities are fully enclosed and ventilated using a three-stage odor-control system, producing no detectable odor at the property line. A former automobile wrecking yard has been transformed into the facility's 120-acre park-like setting, incorporating streams, wetlands, trails, and overlook structures. In addition, an environmental education/community center, designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards, provides public meeting space, interpretive displays, and teaching and laboratory facilities.

RegScan, Inc. (Williamsport, PA), in collaboration with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), for developing a one-of-a-kind regulatory tracking product for Pennsylvania oil and gas operators. Based on RegScan's patent-pending Socrates Project and Task Management technology, the IPAA Environmental Compliance System - PA was officially launched on October 5. The product chronologically outlines all the regulatory requirements for oil and gas development in Pennsylvania. The on-line system is fully integrated with the RegScan GCS 2.0 research databases, which contain volumes of state and federal environmental regulations. The databases are continuously updated, so the most current information is always available. In developing the product, IPAA, a respected advocate for responsible development of domestic oil and natural gas, offered subject-matter expertise, while RegScan handled production and the majority of the marketing efforts. Because of increased consumer demand, a product for West Virginia is currently in development.

Marstel-Day LLC (Fredericksburg, VA), for the development of a "renewable energy engagement plan" for the U.S. Air Force to proactively engage with key stakeholders and find solutions to the complex issues of compatible renewable energy development. The development of renewable energy sources and associated transmission infrastructure can pose a variety of encroachment challenges to Air Force operations, mostly in the form of tall structure and radar interference. Sparsely populated open space considered ideal for Air Force operations and training are often areas with high renewable energy generation potential, particularly in the southwestern United States. The engagement plan focuses on Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and provides a roadmap for internal and external engagement. Key elements of the plan include stakeholder identification and analysis, themes and messages, industry and trade association outreach, case studies, permitting process timetables, and forecasting analysis. By using this plan, the Air Force has developed a way forward in the form of a phased action plan to collaborate with developers and other stakeholders to maximize renewable energy potential while ensuring that the Air Force can train and operate effectively.

TRC Companies, Inc. (Lowell, MA), for providing environmental and engineering consulting support to the city of Haverhill, Massachusetts, in the city's $100 million transit-oriented redevelopment project. In November 2011, an abandoned, contaminated former automobile repair and refueling site opened as a 127,000 square foot parking garage with a pedestrian walkway. Now the city anchor to spur downtown living, parking, and transportation, the garage connects to major transportation hubs. TRC's supplementary projects, the Hamel Mill Lofts and the Hayes at Railroad Square housing projects, cumulatively containing over 350 units, are nestled together steps away from the new garage. TRC worked closely with the city to manage all environmental and engineering aspects for the garage, from site investigation to remedial design and implementation through to construction. Services included: engineering design associated with soil excavation, dewatering, and restoration of the site to pre-existing conditions; preparation of design drawings and specifications to remove contaminated soil and groundwater; removal and recycling/disposal of five underground storage tanks (USTs) and an estimated 3,700 tons and 150,000 gallons of petroleum-impacted soils and groundwater, respectively; groundwater monitoring during garage construction; and installation of a contaminant vapor barrier under the garage.

WRScompass (Tampa, FL) for its work on a sanitary sewer rehabilitation project for the city of Live Oak, Florida. Under this $14.5 million design/build contact, WRScompass evaluated the use of trenchless technologies for the city's 80-year-old sanitary sewer system and developed and implemented a strategy for improving the quality of the system while minimizing impacts on the local residents. WRScompass says it was selected for this contract in part based on its ability to assist the city in obtaining funds for the project from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as its experience in using trenchless methods. WRScompass was responsible for all aspects of the work, including CCTV inspections, sewer cleaning, evaluation, engineering, and implementation of the design. WRScompass used a combination of point repairs, pipe bursting, and cured in-place piping (CIPP) to rehabilitate over 200,000 feet of sewer lines. According to the company, the work saved the city billions of gallons of water that were previously lost to leaks. Design/build delivery allowed WRScompass to complete all aspects of the work within 15 months; engineering costs equated to less than 7% of the contract value.

AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA), for the development and implementation of a solid waste management master planning project in Anbar, Iraq. Realizing that the people of Anbar were in dire need to improve their quality of life in this war-torn country, UNICEF retained AECOM to develop a solid waste management master plan for the Anbar Governorate, which has a population of 1.5 million. The landfills in Anbar do not meet international standards, and waste is generally burned openly in uncontrolled dumps without regard for residents and results in extensive air and water pollution. AECOM pulled together an international technical team of solid waste management engineers and social scientists to evaluate conditions and to develop a logical, systematic, long-term plan to address solid waste collection, disposal, recycling, composting, and financial management. The technical information exchange facilitated by AECOM's experts directly benefited the Anbar region as well as expanded the capabilities within AECOM to perform similar studies throughout the Middle East.

WSP Environment & Energy (Reston, VA), for its environmental work in connection with the Flats at Atlas District development in Washington, DC. The Flats is being developed by Clark Realty Capital as a 257-unit apartment community with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space on a site previously housing a multi-story retail store and an automobile repair shop. Site investigations conducted by multiple parties discovered petroleum-contaminated soil from an old fuel oil tank. When previous buildings were demolished, the tank was left in place. WSP was retained to develop and implement the remedial action plan, which was to be implemented during construction. Over a 10-month period, WSP oversaw the removal of over 43,500 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil and the removal and disposal of four previously undiscovered underground storage tanks. A major challenge of the project was that the site's previous owner retained liability for remediation. Through continuous communication and cooperation, WSP served as an intermediary to bring all parties to agreement and close out the remediation portion of the project.

Korea Environment Corporation (Keco), for establishing a national waste monitoring system serving South Korea. The Allbaro system monitors all industrial waste handling processes, from discharge to transport to final treatment, using the internet or radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in real time. Waste dischargers, collectors, transporters and final treatment businesses feed information on the waste management process into the Allbaro system, which was initially used only by general hospitals and designated waste dischargers. In 2011, the system's scope was expanded to encompass all kinds of industrial waste. According to Keco, this achievement represents a milestone in South Korean waste management and, as a real-time, on-line waste management system operating on a national scale, is unique in the world. The company says that the Allbaro system decreases waste management costs by KRW 264.4 billion (about $230 million U.S.) and reduces CO2 emissions by 5592.6 tons annually through the use of the internet instead of paper-based tracking, and it prevents the illegal treatment of waste and indiscriminate waste disposal.

SCS Engineers (Long Beach, CA), for its role in the redevelopment of the former Mission Brewery site in San Diego, California, into an affordable housing residential complex. Under contract with AMCAL Mission Funding, LP, SCS provided environmental consulting and construction services, including mass grading and pad certifications. Services also included the completion of various environmental studies and a soil management and health and safety plan. To prepare the site for vertical development, SCS conducted mass grading as well as soil removal and re-compaction to accommodate foundations and structural slabs. SCS also oversaw the environmental monitoring of the excavation, supervised the implementation of the community health and safety plan, and assisted with soil removal. According to SCS, the new complex will provide numerous benefits to the city of San Diego and achieve multiple objectives, including the provision of greatly needed additional affordable housing units, the delivery of quality on-site social services, community investment, redevelopment, and a "smart growth" opportunity to provide transit-oriented development.

Sullivan International Group, Inc. (San Diego, CA), HELIOS, which has been developed by Sullivan in conjunction with Pratt & Whitney/UTC over the past 12 years, simplifies the business processes and information management requirements needed to ensure compliance with federal, state, local, and corporate EHS requirements, while integrating with other key internal business systems. The application consists of 25 separate software modules utilizing a centralized enterprise database to provide EHS professionals with easy access to regularly used applications, web sites, and EHS tools. The product was developed in conjunction with P&W¡¯s environmental, health, and safety (EHS) organization, and originally implemented as an enterprise software package called EHSdesk. In December 2011, Pratt & Whitney licensed the EHSdesk intellectual property to Sullivan as a perpetual, exclusive license. The Sullivan-branded instance of the Web EHSdesk platform will be marketed as HELIOS starting in 2012.

Covanta Onondaga L.P. (Jamesville, NY) for the environmentally sound operation of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility. The facility, which consists of three energy-from-waste boilers, has operated at utilization rate of 92% over the past five years. The facility processes 990 tons of municipal solid waste daily and generates approximately 39.5 MW of electricity, enough energy to power 30,000 households. Odors and dust are drawn from the tipping floor into the boilers with the combustion air. Pollution control systems reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), mercury, acid gas, and particulate matter. The ash is used as daily cover at a landfill, and 10,000 tons of scrap steel and 450 tons of non-ferrous scrap are recycled annually. Onondaga is a zero-water-discharge facility for industrial, process, and storm water. The facility has eliminated the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals and mercury-containing switches.