Burns & McDonnell Receives Awards for Waste Protection, Restoration, Reduction Projects and Waste Analysis | Insights and news


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three Burns & McDonnell projects and one study have been honored with two Environmental Business International Inc. publications — Journal of Environmental Affairs and Climate Change Business Journal. Publications will recognize Burns & McDonnell for its achievements at an awards banquet on March 16 during the XX Environmental Industry Summit in San Diego, California.

“Our employee-owners are committed to doing work that matters,” said Steve Nalefski, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Environmental Services Group. “This is a key tenet of our corporate culture, which motivates us to protect natural resources while identifying cost effective and efficient solutions for our customers. We are grateful to serve our customers and delighted to receive these recognitions.

Burns & McDonnell strives to meet the world’s greatest challenges with innovative and sustainable solutions. The engineers, construction professionals, architects, technologists and scientists working at Burns & McDonnell design and influence the infrastructure, programs and research of the future.

Journal of Environmental Affairs honors Burns & McDonnell with awards in the following categories:

  • The New Practice category for the Eagle Protection and Compensation Program: Burns & McDonnell has developed a solution to protect eagles while allowing development projects to proceed without delay through its Eagle Protection and Compensation Program (EPOP). To help project owners comply with the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the EPOP provides a streamlined solution for compensatory mitigation required as a condition of Eagle Bycatch Permits (EITPs). ). EPOP provides 30-year offset credits by upgrading utility poles in habitats that pose a shock hazard to eagles.
  • The Project Merit Category for the Moosa Creek Riparian Restoration Project: Working in partnership with Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton, Burns & McDonnell designed an approach to converting and restoring a disused golf course into protected riparian habitat. Restoration of the approximately 67-acre site will notably benefit the Bell’s Vireo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, two bird species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The project will reactivate a floodplain, creating a mosaic of natural habitats for multiple species. It will also extend the habitat corridor of adjacent water bodies and improve local water quality and ecosystems.
  • The Industry Leadership category for the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study: Keep America Beautiful (KAB) retained the services of Burns & McDonnell to conduct this study, the results of which were published in the spring of 2021. This study produced a national estimate of litter along waterways, as well as information on relationships between litter on waterways and roads. Burns & McDonnell continues to work with KAB to eradicate waste.

Climate Change Business Journal honors Burns & McDonnell with an award in the following category:

  • The Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience category for the Newport Beach Trash Interceptor: Burns & McDonnell designed a floating trash interceptor to collect trash at San Diego Creek. Each year, hundreds of tons of trash, contaminants and debris enter Upper Newport Bay via San Diego Creek. The Trash Interceptor addresses challenges unique to Newport Beach, including extreme flow conditions during storms, litter collected, and sea level rise.

“These projects demonstrate our commitment to the success of our customers and the natural environment,” said Paul Sherman, project manager leading the acquisition and planning efforts for a national mitigation bank at Burns & McDonnell. “Our staff have designed solutions that will span decades, mitigating impacts on endangered species and improving the natural environment.”

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