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Environmental issues don't fit neatly into organizational boxes. We understand that client needs and project conditions are unique and we tap into the expertise of our colleagues across disciplines to best address intersecting demands.

Our planners, scientists, engineers, attorneys, and policy specialists have worked with the government and commercial sectors to meet federal, state, and local requirements and emerging issues. With more than 40 years of experience in environmental issues, ICF has written guidelines and policies that inform projects nationwide, including the standard desk reference for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and state environmental regulations. Working in and across the infrastructure sectors of energy, water, transportation, and communications, we advise and educate agency staff on topics ranging from federal and state regulatory processes to air quality and noise analyses to habitat and wetland mitigation planning.

Our work with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides critical information for regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to make informed decisions around chemical safety and public health. We help the EPA identify and share innovative clean-up technologies across contaminated site programs and reduce industrial pollution. Our long-standing support for California’s Department of Transportation includes biological monitoring for habitat restoration activities on over 2,000 acres of mitigation lands.

ICF helps clients balance the impacts of expanding human activity and limited natural resources—from complex analyses on new rules for lead exposure to an award-winning long-range management plan for more than 20,000 coastal sites in California to helping restore and protect the ozone layer for 30 years. We approach each engagement with our hallmark scientific accuracy and thoroughness to deliver the best possible recommendations for the environment.

Cultural Resources

ICF applies extensive environmental and field experience to clients’ cultural resource management and investigation challenges.

ICF helps environmental planners in the U.S. take into account the complex interplay of regulations affecting archaeological and historic sites and assists with all aspects of investigations, including inventory development, evaluation, project planning, and management. 

We have developed long-term, productive relationships with various stakeholder groups, including U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private-sector firms. We also have an extensive history of supporting U.S. tribal nations.

ICF offers in-house expertise in areas such as prehistoric archeology field work, mitigation planning, and compliance with regulations, including:

  • U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • U.S. National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • U.S. Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
  • State regulatory compliance requirements

ICF also uses our skills in public education and outreach to help clients implement cultural resource mitigation initiatives, such as public-benefit programs. These services include:

  • Interpretive display design
  • Publication preparation
  • Historic resource video preparation
  • Photographic documentation

Environmental Education

ICF delivers custom training materials, classes, and other forms of environmental education to keep environmental professionals, members of academia, individuals in community leadership roles, and the public up to date on regulatory compliance issues.

At ICF, we offer environmental science, planning, and regulatory knowledge, as well as skill in effective education practices. These multidisciplinary capabilities enable us to find the correct balance of expertise for each client and to assign the most appropriate instructors for any learning group or environmental topic.

As a global company, ICF has the resources to assign the most appropriate subject matter instructor for any client or environmental topic. We offer experts in topics ranging from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regulations to European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) requirements, and community relations. All courses can be customized to an organization’s or community’s education program needs.

ICF delivers environmental education classes in a variety of formats, including:

  • Webinars
  • College and academic courses
  • Public outreach classes
  • Distance learning
  • One-on-one and small group training

ICF’s environmental education resources also include texts, web materials, and books written or edited by ICF’s recognized environmental compliance experts. These comprehensive resources contain auxiliary material useful beyond the duration of the class.

Stakeholder Engagement

ICF provides public outreach, comment, communication, and stakeholder engagement strategies to increase transparency and ensure regulatory compliance for projects that impact the environment.

ICF provides public outreach, comment, communication, and stakeholder engagement strategies to increase transparency and ensure regulatory compliance for projects that impact the environment.

Public outreach and comment are essential in environmental regulatory compliance. ICF public outreach experts understand that public expectations go beyond simply fulfilling the basic regulations of the environmental documentation process. In some cases, we may come in before the environmental review process has even begun in order to lay the communications groundwork for a project-identifying issues, establishing messages, and creating a presence in the community.

ICF actively engages stakeholders in the overall environmental communication planning process and works one-on-one with clients to understand their unique goals. Together we develop a short- and long-term public outreach strategy that incorporates the most appropriate tactics.

As we work with a community, ICF can easily tap into our extensive array of integrated communications and outreach services, bringing in topic-specific experts where needed for:

  • Strategic communication planning
  • Public involvement and community outreach
  • Website and collateral material design
  • Social marketing
  • Media relations
  • Facilitation
  • Event planning




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