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Sapphos Environmental, Inc. President Marie Campbell Installed as NAEP President

 

“I want to inspire and be inspired to achieve the basic tenet of NEPA:

‘encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment.’”

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. President Marie Campbell was installed as President of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) at the March 2017 NAEP Annual Conference in Durham, North Carolina.

 

Ms. Campbell is an environmental compliance specialist with more than 35 years of experience in managing public- and private-sector projects that require strategic planning, environmental compliance documentation, and resource management planning. She is recognized by the Los Angeles Bar Association as an expert in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She has extensive experience with environmental compliance documentation for capital improvement projects in transportation, health care, and utilities. She has served as a strategic environmental advisor on complex joint environmental impact statements and environmental impact reports for projects such as the Los Angeles International Airport Master Plan and subsequent improvements, China Shipping Yard, and the Los Angeles County Drainage Area. She has served as the project manager for the Long Beach Memorial Master Plan, including the Miller Children’s Hospital. She has also overseen the entitlement, environmental analysis and permitting for over 3,000 megawatts of renewable and conventional energy projects and transmission facilities in the western United States.

 

A 30-year member of NAEP and the California AEP, Ms. Campbell has served as Vice President and Chair of the Education Committee as an elected member-at-large on the NAEP Board of Directors. Her focus as Education Chair included development of a webinar series that allows environmental professionals to stay abreast of changes in environmental statutes, regulations, guidance, and state-of-the practice. Ms. Campbell also currently serves as Chapter Director representing Los Angeles on the California AEP Board of Directors.

 

Ms. Campbell believes NAEP should be the premier forum for environmental professionals based in the United States to engage in dialogue about environmental law, policy, regulations, guidance, and protocols. NAEP should also serve as a conduit for information between environmental professionals and policymaking and rule-making bodies in the United States. Her focus as NAEP President is to support the environmental profession, practitioners across the nation, and the people who live, work, and recreate in the communities we serve. One of her primary objectives as President is to educate the public regarding the value of clean water, healthful air, and the natural and cultural resources that distinguish the United States. A key aspect of this objective will be to engage in a fact-based dialogue about the symbiotic relationship between the environment and long-term economic sustainability.

 

 

LA Conservancy Award

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. was part of the team selected by the City of Los Angeles (City) Office of Historic Resources to implement the ambitious and innovative SurveyLA program, with the goal of identifying and recording historic resources throughout Los Angeles. Funded in part by the J. Paul Getty Trust, this multi-year program began with preparation of a Historic Context Statement (HCS), which discussed themes and related property types important to the historic development of the City. The program is currently inventorying more than 880,000 parcels citywide to identify historic properties significant under the HCS, of each of the City’s already established 35 community plan areas is nearing completion.

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. historic resources group staff members participated in the first phase of the project, authoring the Mediterranean Architecture and Historic Designed Landscapes sections of the HCS. In 2011, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. began surveying two community plan areas, West Los Angeles and Central City North. Comprising approximately 15,040 and 2,254 parcels, respectively, these survey areas represent several significant historic themes and encompass such recognized landmarks and areas as the Cheviot Hills and Beverlywood residential neighborhoods, the community of Sawtelle, Century City, and Chinatown. To record these and other potential historic resources, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. conducted a several-tiered field survey, beginning with reconnaissance-level and concluding with parcel-level documentation, conducting pre-field and post-field research using archival and other sources, and summarizing the results of the surveys in written reports. The field documentation incorporates photography, identification of appropriate historic contexts, itemization of character-defining features, assessment of resource integrity, and application of the appropriate criteria of significance.

 

When completed, SurveyLA will provide a baseline of historic data about the City, eliminate unanticipated “roadblocks” in the development process, and encourage local pride and both private- and public-sector revitalization efforts.

 

 

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. was selected as a winner of the 2012 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

The solar project has been recognized by The California Environmental Protection Agency as a GEELA recipient!

 

For more information, please visit the link below:

http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/

 

 

 

Goldwind Global Breaks Ground on Wind Energy Project in Montana

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Sapphos Environmental, Inc. was awarded Green Firm of the year by The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the Business of the Year Awards for 2012!

Here is a video for the MBDA produced by Jenessa Joffef and MBDA's Dorothy Randle and features Deputy Mayor Matt Karatz and MBDA Director, Linda Smith.

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has been voted as CoolCalifornia Climate Action Leader for the second year in a row!

July 2012

 

It is an honor to announce that Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has been voted as CoolCalifornia Climate Action Leader for the second straight year! The case study is available here

 

 

New Project added - Rim Rock Wind Energry Project by NaturEner USA, LLC

July 2012

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. is proud to provide biological consulting services for the Rim Rock Wind Energy Project, and work with NaturEner USA, LLC. Rim Rock is a 189-megawatt project that will generate enough energy to power approximately 60,000 homes and it is Sapphos Environmental, Inc's second project in the state of Montana. Please click here to access some information regarding the project.

 

 

Phase I of the Ordinance to Ban Plastic Carryout Bags in Los Angeles County

July 2011

 

The first phase of the ordinance to ban plastic carryout bags in Los Angeles County took effect on July 1st, 2011. This ordinance bans the issuance of plastic carryout bags and places a 10-cent charge on the issuance of paper carryout bags at large supermarkets and retail stores with licensed pharmacies throughout the unincoporated areas of the County of Los Angeles, an area with approximately 1.1 million residents.

 

Beginning on January 1st, 2012, the ordinance will also apply to smaller grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies. The litigation history surrounding past plastic bag ordinances has prompted municipalities to prepare comprehensive California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation to fully apprise the public and decision makers of the environmental impacts and benefits of such ordinances.

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. assisted the County of Los Angeles with preparation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate the County's ordinance, a document that was selected to receive the 2011 Environmental Award for the Los Angeles section from the American Planning Association. The 30-day statute of limitations to file a legal challenge under CEQA expired on December 15, 2010. The lack of litigation on the EIR clears the way for the cities to consider implementation of a similar ordinances.

 

For further information about how Sapphos Environmental, Inc. used the environmental process to evaluate the plastic bag ordinance, please click here

 

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. Named Climate Action Leader for the Third Consecutive Year!

April 2011

 

 

Marie C. Campbell, elected to the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) Board of Directors

January 25, 2010

 

Marie C. Campbell, president of Sapphos Environmental, Inc., has been elected to the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) Board of Directors with a three year term of office. The term will officially begin at the annual NAEP Conference and Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2010.

 

The NAEP is dedicated to the promotion of ethical practices, technical competency,and professional standards in the environmental field. To learn more about the NAEP, visit www.naep.org.

 

 

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. Honored by Mothers' Club Family Learning Center

April 2, 2009

 

On Sunday May 3rd, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. and its founder and President Marie Campbell were honored by the Pasadena-based Mothers' Club Family Learning Center for leadership in corporate responsibility. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. supports nonprofit agencies, including Mothers' Club, through the Sapphos Foundation. All proceeds from the event benefited the agency's two-generation learning programs for low-income children ages 0-5 and their parents – programs that have the power to shape lives and break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. The event was celebrated at Pasadena's Twin Palms Restaurant with a reception, dinner, and live music.

 

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. Named Climate Action Leader

April 2, 2009

 

On April 2, 2009, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. officially became a Climate Action Leader upon accepting an award from the California Climate Action Registry. The award recognizes the commitment that Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has made to document, verify, and publically report the company's greenhouse gas emissions. Voluntarily documenting greenhouse gas emissions emphasizes Sapphos Environmental Inc.'s dedication to protecting the environment by measuring and understanding the company's carbon footprint and establishing a baseline that can be used to guide greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. is proud to be named a Climate Action Leader.

 

 

Lompoc Wind Energy Project, Santa Barbara California

January 27, 2009

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. is excited to announce the approval of the first wind energy project in Santa Barbara County (County). On September 30, 2008, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission unanimously approved the installation of up to 65 wind turbine generators on ten privately-owned parcels located approximately five miles southwest of the City of Lompoc, Santa Barbara County.

 

The project, sited in one of a few locations in the County where consistent winds favor wind energy development, will be implemented along coastal ridges between Jalama and Point Arguello adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base. The project consists of approximately 3,000 acres, however, of these, 43 acres will be permanently affected and 126 acres will be temporarily affected. The applicant, Pacific Renewables Energy Generation, LLC., a subsidiary of Acciona Wind Energy, USA, LLC., signed 30-year agreements with the ten property owners to construct and operate the wind farm, while not interfering with use of the land for cattle grazing, which has been in place for over 100 years. The project is expected to generate 80-120 megawatts of electricity which is enough to supply 20,000-30,000 homes.

 

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. assisted the project applicant with strategic consulting services and biological resource management services over a year-long process that involved pre-construction surveys for avian and bat resources following California Energy Commission (CEC) Guidelines, plant community mapping, the delineation of areas potentially under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Fish and Game, and directed surveys for the federally endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni) and its host plant coast buckwheat (Eriogomun parvifolium). During the year-long work effort, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. additionally assisted the project applicant by participating in public outreach to project stakeholders the Environmental Defense Center (EDC), and local chapters of the Audubon Society: Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and La Purisima Chapters and private citizens. The County of Santa Barbara used the results of field investigations conducted by Sapphos Environmental, Inc. to prepare the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) approved unanimously by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission.

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