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Marstel-Day (Fredericksburg, VA) for its initiation of a practice supporting the Air Force in developing policy for and implementing a newly established legislative authority. This new authority allows government services to develop partnerships between installations and surrounding communities. Marstel-Day supported the Air Force in bringing this collaborative process to nine installations, which brought together leaders of businesses, civic associations, government, environmental organizations, the military, and other stakeholders to explore the possibilities for cost savings and mutual benefits, many of which also have environmental benefits such as energy and water use reduction. Many ideas emerged in each of the individual communities, and community-installation committees developed these ideas through a series of meetings into a workable list of "can do" items in the near term. Examples of successes in the first year include combining recycling programs, sharing waste-management facilities and operations, sharing recreation, healthcare, and other functions, and providing for shared community/airmen training.

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (Hunt Valley, MD) for success in its new contaminated sediment management practice area. Through significant contract wins, the revenue of EA's contaminated sediment management practice has more than doubled over the past three years. With the addition of key new hires and the establishment of strategically located offices, EA has successfully leveraged the capabilities and experience of two of its core practice areas-hazardous waste assessment/cleanup and dredged material management-to significantly advance its expertise in contaminated sediment investigation, remedial alternatives development, and construction-phase services. The company's capabilities originate from its long-standing aquatic science and impact assessment expertise, applying lessons learned to develop efficient sediment characterization strategies and effective remedies that restore aquatic function and habitat. EA utilizes a risk-based approach, which includes analysis of proportionate and relative risk, short- versus long-term effectiveness, long-term liability, new technology efficiency/reliability, and sustainability. Combined, EA's sediment-related practices now constitute 10% of the firm's multi-service portfolio.

Element Markets (Houston, TX) for establishing a new market for biogas, facilitating compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In 2013, Element Markets established relationships with natural gas fuel providers, who can use biogas to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) for vehicles, generating renewable fuel credits under state and federal programs. Element Markets registered multiple landfill biogas facilities under both the Renewable Fuel Standard and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in California (LCFS) in 2013-including the first landfill biogas facility under LCFS. The expansion of the company's biogas business will add to base revenue, which is expected to come in at over $58 million in 2013. Element Markets continues to innovate novel marketing strategies for biogas, incentivizing development of new projects in the emerging biogas industry and spreading the use of renewable fuel.