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Trailblazer Marie Campbell celebrates a quarter century providing environmental services in SoCal

October 6, 2017, Pasadena, CA - This Thursday, October 12th, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. will be celebrating 25 years in business in Pasadena. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. provides more than $6 million in environmental consulting services annually to a variety of public- and private-sector clients. Helmed by sole-owner Marie Campbell, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has been creating jobs right here in Pasadena for a quarter of a century.

“As a Los Angeles County native, it was important to me to establish my business in this area,” Marie Campbell stated. “I chose our location in Pasadena because of its proximity to the Metro Gold Line, downtown Los Angeles, a plethora of local shopping, as well as my home in Altadena.”

After cutting her teeth at the US Army Corps Engineers, Ms. Campbell moved quickly up the ladder in big consulting, but found projects lacking a holistic approach. Ms. Campbell founded Sapphos to provide high quality and pragmatic technical solutions with exceptional customer service. What started as one woman in a home office, with kids roller skating through her conference calls, has grown to a family of nearly 50 employees and over a thousand clients served.

Sapphos Environmental, Inc.’s provides environmental planning and clearance services in a variety of sectors, including: transportation; energy; recreation and open space; community development; entertainment; industry; water resources; and health care. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has been recognized for its efforts to be green both in the office and professionally. The firm was awarded the 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership award and the 2012 California Air Resources Board’s Green Firm of the Year award for its initiatives in building material reuse and renewable energy generation. Sapphos Environmental, Inc.’s historic headquarters building, located in the Hastings Ranch area of Pasadena, had its outer shell maintained while the insides were modified to create a fully functional, flexible, modern office space that can grow with the company. The firm installed a 84 kW solar array on the building’s “cool roof” and over the pervious-surfaced parking lot. Over the course of the 18-year cost-recovery period, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. expects to prevent over 760 metric tons of CO2 – equivalent to 85,500 gallons of gasoline – from reaching the atmosphere.

Ms. Campbell is President of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP), a leading national professional organization. She often serves as an expert witness on cases related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). When she’s not in the office, Ms. Campbell supports the Families Forward Learning Center, a non-profit organization providing free education and social services to low-income families. She also spends time with her two daughters, grandson, and new granddaughter, as well as gourmet cooking and cycling (to counteract the cooking).


Latest release of the Sapphos Environmental Statement of Qualifications
October 2017

The Sapphos Environmental Statement of Qualifications has been updated and can be viewed directly from our website. Please click on the cover below to access our online version.

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Sapphos Environmental, Inc. Team Receives City of Pasadena 2017 Historic Preservation Award

May is Historic Preservation Month, an effort initiated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 as Historic Preservation Week; it expanded to a month-long observance in 2005. The City of Pasadena marks Historic Preservation Month with an annual awards program that recognizes property owners, designers and architects, and contractors for exceptional historic resource restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive re-use projects.

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. was part of a team led by City Ventures that received a Preservation Award in the category of Rehabilitation & Landscapes for its work on the Ambassador College West Italian Gardens. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. President and CEO Marie Campbell and Senior Historic Resources Specialist Carrie Chasteen-Elfarra were on hand to receive the award at the May 25th event.

As the Historical Resources subconsultant, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. documented the historic fountain on the project site; identified its character-defining features; determined how the resource would be affected by the proposed project; and described how the proposed treatment of the fountain’s features would conform with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. For those aspects of the proposed alterations to the West Italian Garden that were determined not to be in compliance, recommendations for appropriate treatments were made. The project resulted in the successful conversion of the fountain to a swimming pool, which retained its distinctive shape and arched jets of water.

Case Studies and Lessons Learned from Parks and Preservation

A paper co-authored by County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Associate Curator  Ansley Davies; PaleoWest Archaeology's Clint Helton; and Sapphos Environmental, Inc. President Marie Campbell, Senior Historic Resources Specialist Carrie Chasteen, and Architectural Historian Alexandra Madsen has been published at Taylor & Francis online.

The paper describes case studies for public properties being managed at the federal and state level, where significant historical resources and unique archaeological resources are known to be present or have a high probability to be present. The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation has completed an exemplary and proactive investigation undertaken to complete evaluations and prepare an inventory of structures, buildings, objects, and sites to assess their eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historical Resources, and/or the County of Los Angeles Register of Landmarks and Historic Districts.
The County of Los Angeles park system is in one of the nation’s largest municipal park systems, serving over 10 million residents. The inventory was undertaken to identify those structures, buildings, objects, and sites that are eligible individually or as a historic district and provide guidelines for management consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the National Park Service’s Preservation Briefs. In addition to the inventory and evaluation, the project led to development of a Worker Education and Awareness Program and Cultural Resource Management Plan. The case study and management approach will be outlined in a manner that would be suitable for application to federal, state, or local park systems or individual properties.
The team presented the paper at the March 2017 Annual Conference of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, in Durham, North Carolina.


Sapphos Environmental, Inc. Team Observes Earth Day With Tree Planting

How did you show your appreciation to Mother Earth?

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. staff, family, and friends expressed their appreciation for Mother Earth by participating with the Los Angeles Association of Environmental (AEP) professionals in an Earth Day native planting installation. The mission of Earth Day is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. An estimated 1 billion people in nearly 195 countries participated in Earth Day activities in 2017. Los Angeles AEP supported North East Trees (NET) on a native plant installation at the Rio de Los Angeles Park. NET completes a range of services from planning and public scoping, design, budgeting, construction management, landscape installation, landscape, and maintenance of Best Management Practices for water quality. For more information on NET, go to www.northeasttrees.org. The SEI team was a major component of the nearly 100 event volunteers. Nearly a thousand square feet of non-native grasses were removed; approximately 75 native plants, oak (Quercus agrifolia), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), and elderberry (Sambucus mexicanus) were planted, and existing mature trees were mulched. Thank you, Mother Earth!

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. has been nominated for the 2016 Emerging Supplier Award!

On behalf of the leadership team, and the entire Supplier Diversity Team here at SoCal Gas Company, I would like to thank you for always acting with integrity, and excellence in service. Your contribution to our core business over the last few years along with your true committment to partnership has resulted in excellence. As a result of your effors, and contribution to supplier diversity, you have been nominated for the 2016 Emerging Supplier Award.

We will announce the winner of this award at the 2016 Supplier Diversty Rally scheduled to take place on Thursdaty August 11, 2016. In the event that you are unable to attend, it is requested that a representative of your company be present. Please see details below.

Date: Thursday August 11, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Gas Company Tower – Room 2C (555 West 5th Street – Los Angele, CA 90013)

Congratulations on your nomination, we look forward to your attendance at the 2016 Supplier Diversity Rally and Recgonition.


Vaughn Williams III

Supplier Excellence



Sapphos Environmental, Inc. will be sponsoring the 2013 NAEP and AEP Joint Conference!!

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. will be sponsoring and speaking at the upcoming 2013 National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Joint Conference. The event will feature dynamic regional and national keynote speakers, a preconference symposium on climate change, and a preconference workshop on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) basics. Many other workshops and activities are planned, including:

  • NEPA and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) sessions that cover the latest legal and policy developments

  • Concurrent conference sessions that cover a variety of topics, including NEPA and CEQA, climate change, visual resources, water supply and delivery, air quality, energy and alternative energy development, marine and coastal issues, habitat mitigation, transportation, land use, and cultural resources

  • Numerous other conference and social activities that take advantage of the event location, including several mobile workshops and a 5K-run through some of the top attractions in downtown Los Angeles


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!

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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

Highlights of the construction process for the newly installed solar panels provided by Animorfix Media.

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 Consectutive 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.

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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. 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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