Feb 16, 2011

EPA Awards CH2M HILL Contract for Environmental Innovations Program

Program will offer sustainable approaches to development in communities nationwide

CH2M HILL is one of three firms selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities to deliver the Environmental Innovations: Sustainable Approaches to Development program, more commonly referred to as the “Smart Growth Program.”

“Doing the right thing for our clients, our communities and the environment has been the focus of our operating philosophy since CH2M HILL’s founding,” said Mike Szomjassy, CH2M HILL environmental services president. “Over the years the focus on environmental quality has broadened to also recognize the social and economic implications, and we are proud to be part of a program that touches on all these aspects to help guide and create livable, sustainable communities of the future.”

Under the five-year technical assistance contract (one base year with four one-year options), CH2M HILL will provide program support for research and policy analysis, technical assistance and communications and outreach. Leveraging collaborative partnerships, the team will analyze challenges facing communities and guide the development of plans for smart growth. Areas addressed in each plan will include environmental impacts, housing and community design, infrastructure and transportation systems, health, real estate finance and development and public sector finance for development.

“With a rich history serving federal agencies and local municipalities, CH2M HILL is uniquely positioned to assist in developing holistic, innovative solutions to smart growth problems related to water, energy and transportation,” said Sam Seskin, CH2M HILL program manager. “We assembled a robust team of more than 20 industry and academic partners specializing in public health, zoning, community outreach, urban design, real estate and other disciplines to address challenges faced by communities supported by the program.”