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
- Event planning
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
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:
- 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.
Meet our environmental experts
Beyond an environmental consulting firm, ICF is a group of passionate specialists. Resourceful and driven, they do what it takes to carry your project to completion smoothly through scientific, policy, and operational challenges. It’s a lot to ask of an environmental consultant, but it’s a mission for our team.
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