Report 4800: Climate Change Adaptation

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Report 3000: Global Environmental Market

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Michael Baker International acquires PMC

Michael Baker International (Pittsburgh, PA) announced that it has acquired Pacific Municipal Consultants (PMC; Rancho Cordova, CA), a 140-employee planning, environmental, and municipal services firm operating out of seven offices in California. PMC specializes in environmental and customized development projects, and it has built up a major practice in supporting the development of municipal climate change and sustainability plans. “PMC brings a talented team of individuals to our organization in a region that is extremely important to Michael Baker International,” said Tom Campbell, chairman of Michael Baker International. “PMC has an established reputation as a creative, client-focused industry leader and will be a major complement to our growing practice in environmental services.” Michael Baker International said that it will integrate PMC into its Western Region operations, and that Phil Carter, PMC’s president and founder, will play a key role in the combined operation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Verdantix: Sustainability consulting a $1B market by 2019

Global spending on sustainability consulting services will grow from $877 million in 2015 to more than $1 billion by 2019, a market size that is not what some practitioners had anticipated, according to a new report by sustainability market research firm Verdantix (London, U.K.). Basing its findings on interviews with 260 heads of sustainability at corporations representing 21 industries in 13 countries, and on financial data from 5,662 firms, Verdantix is projecting just 4% of growth per year in the sustainability consulting market over the next five years. “Ten years ago, the sustainability consulting market didn’t exist as a separate category of consulting work” commented Yaowen Ma, a Verdantix analyst and author of the report. “That’s not true anymore. In 2015, large corporations will spend $877 million on management consulting advice relating to sustainability reporting, energy efficiency, sustainability risk assessment, sustainability strategy, sustainable supply chains and product sustainability. However, this is not the booming market that the Big Four accounting firms and other consultants expected or hoped for.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

RPS Group acquires Klotz Associates

U.K.-based consulting and engineering firm RPS Group has strengthened its U.S. business through the acquisition of Klotz Associates Inc. (KAI; Houston, TX), a 116-employee engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm with five offices in Texas. KAI specializes in projects associated with transport, water, and land development and generated gross revenue totaling approximately $26.2 million in 2014. KAI’s team “will complement the services RPS currently provides in the water sector,” said Alan Hearne, RPS’s chief executive. “It will also enable us to extend the range of capabilities of our business to include transport and infrastructure consulting.” The addition of KAI will add to RPS Group’s North American operations, which accounted for approximately one-fifth of RPS’s total gross revenue of about $940 million for the 2013 fiscal year. The deal is the latest in a series of moves that RPS has made over the past year to strengthen its built and natural environment (BNE) business, including the acquisitions of U.K.-based CgMs and Clear Environmental Consultants and Chicago-based GaiaTech.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

MWH Global forms utility asset consulting unit

Wet-weather infrastructure engineering firm MWH Global (Broomfield, CO) announced that it has formed Hawksley Consulting, a consulting firm that will focus on the water asset management needs of utilities, government agencies, and private companies. Hawksley Consulting, which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of MWH Global, is named after Thomas Hawksley, a 19th Century visionary in the area of public infrastructure and the “H” in “MWH.” Dan McConville will serve as the president of the new business unit, heading a team of consultants all of whom were previously part of MWH’s management consulting business unit. “We will continue to focus on helping clients using our global experience and local knowledge to achieve better outcomes,” said McConville. “Our experienced business consultants combine these skills with the technical knowledge and services within MWH to determine the best solutions for our clients.” He added, “the change is expected to be seamless for current clients. Contracts, work, and consultants will remain the same during the transition to Hawksley Consulting.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Aquatic Informatics forms strategic partnership with Adasa

Aquatic Informatics Inc. (Vancouver, B.C.), a provider of software for hydrologic data management and analysis, announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Spanish engineering company Adasa to provide water resource management systems and services to clients in Spain, Romania, Latin America, and Australia. The companies will combine Aquatic Informatics’ Aquarius data management software with Adasa’s system integration and engineering expertise in its offering to the marketplace. “With over 25 years of experience, Adasa offers strategic solutions to meet the challenges of environmental monitoring organizations. We are thrilled with the knowledge and expertise that Adasa will bring to our joint customers,” said Stephen Cawood, vice president of client services at Aquatic Informatics. “Adasa offers a complete portfolio of services for water resources management, especially in water quality monitoring and hydrology, and smart operation of water utilities.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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