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How to Address PFAS in Your Water Supply

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of widely used man-made chemicals often referred to as “forever chemicals,” due to how slowly they break down over time. PFAS have been widely used in industrial and consumer products since the 1940s and have been since found in the air, soil, and water supply.

 

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The Role of Diverse Data: Reflections from a Multidisciplinary ES Career

After decades of experience in environmental science, at least one thing remains clear: that diverse, well-integrated data is at the heart of real change. From observations early in my career to my work with organizations connecting sustainability performance to business goals, I’ve seen firsthand the role that data plays in fueling informed, strategic action—and what we can achieve when we connect the dots. 

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An Addendum to Determine Sufficiency of Previous EIR: Bishop 6 EIR Example

It can be challenging to navigate the legal changes and requirements involved in developing an Addendum to determine sufficiency of a previous Environmental Impact Report (EIR). FCS has helped navigate those changes firsthand through several projects, including the Bishop Ranch 6 Residential Development (City Village) in the City of San Ramon, an Addendum to the North Camino Ramon Specific Plan EIR.

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Understanding Tribal Consultation Requirements under AB 52

In June 2017, the CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research issued a technical advisory which provides guidelines for consultation with California’s Native American tribes under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) following the enactment of Assembly Bill 52.

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FCS’s TOP FAQs for 2022

We’re answering all your ES questions!

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Level of Service (LOS) to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)

The shift from LOS to VMT is one of the most impactful changes on California’s travel, development, health, air quality, and more.  

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6 Steps to Becoming a Sustainable City

In this growing climate crisis, cities will play a critical role in testing, implementing, and sharing solutions that can be replicated around the globe. Evolving regulations will require transparency to achieve funding and compliance with local regulations. At the same time, public perception will play its own governing role in holding cities and municipalities accountable for meeting their sustainability goals. 

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Environmental Services Abbreviations & Acronyms You Need to Know!

There are a lot of abbreviations and acronyms in the environmental services industry; so many that it’s easy to get confused, whether you are new to the industry or have been in it for a long time. 

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Preparing an EIR consistent with SB 330: CityWalk Master Plan

FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) anticipates what jurisdictions need to know to navigate the changes and requirements to development impact fee programs when preparing an EIR.  

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Turning Advocacy into Policy: The Kelsey Ayer Station Project

FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) supported the inclusive residential and affordable development of The Kelsey Ayer Station Project, a 115-unit housing community in San José, California. The Project sets the tone for turning advocacy into policy.

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Scannell Properties Project: FCS facilitates green and efficient developments

FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) facilitated new green developments for the Scannell Properties Project, setting the tone and foreshadowing what the future holds for this growing industry. 

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2021 in Review: A Year of Impact and Growth 

The FCS team reflects on this past year as a year of impact and growth amid the continuing pandemic. 

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FCS’ Top FAQs in 2021

You had important questions, and we’ve answered them for you.

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Managing People Operations through a Global Pandemic: Perspectives from HR

From the onset, Human Resources was the company’s front-line responder to the pandemic.

 

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6 Times You Need Visual Simulations

Communities and developers alike benefit from the chance to understand the implications of a proposed project’s design. There is nothing like being able to visualize a development and all its elements, such as site planning, height, massing, and even color palettes before it’s approved or built through visual simulations.

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FCS Welcomes Cameron-Cole

The addition of Cameron-Cole increases our depth and reach in environmental and regulatory compliance, air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) services, and environmental assessments. 

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What are Public Lands? Why Do They Matter?

Public lands encompass wide swaths of the United States, from national parks to local historic landmarks. If you’ve visited a nearby park, lakeshore, or wilderness area, you’ve probably just made use of the public lands that are available to all of us!

But what exactly are public lands? And why are they so often a topic of discussion, in both local and national policy?

 

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A Look into Early AAPI Labor

Diversity and respect are fundamental. FCS insists upon a culture of common respect, expects transparency, and celebrates the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. Our mutual equality as humans is the path to diverse and innovative collaboration.

As part of an ongoing initiative taking a look into history and recognizing some of the challenges the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community has overcome to help make fundamental rights and opportunities available for all, this post reviews the history of AAPI labor and the fight for fair labor conditions for migrant workers. 

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AB 819 Establishes New Statutory Requirements for Submitting CEQA Documents

On July 16, 2021, CA Governor Gavin Newsom signed and filed with the Secretary of State Assembly Bill No. 819 (AB 819), amending nine statutory sections that are part of CEQA. The bill was filed as non-urgency legislation and will become effective on January 1, 2022.

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Update: California's Executive Order Tolling CEQA's Public Notice Requirements is Ending

After several extensions to prior Executive Orders, Governor Newsom’s June 11, 2021 Executive Order N-08-21 regarding the COVID-related conditional suspension of posting, filing, and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will end on September 30, 2021.

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Sustainatech: Applying Data Insights and Technology to Enable the Sustainability Journey

ADEC Innovations is at the center of a rapid global movement where companies, coalitions, and governments aim to apply data insight and software technology to enable their sustainability journey – a movement I refer to as Sustainatech 

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4 Themes for Communicating Through a Global Crisis: Perspectives from Marketing

More than one year into a global pandemic, businesses, families, and communities alike are looking back at how the past 12+ months have impacted them from personal, productivity, revenue, and ethical perspectives.

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AAPI Heritage Month: Early Pioneers in Equality

With AAPI Heritage month upon us, this post recognizes the challenges this group has overcome to help make basic fundamental rights available for all.

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AAPI Heritage Month: Guidance and Resources

We have curated a collection of resources that support the AAPI community and organizations.

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The 30,000 Foot View: Actionable Surveys for Impactful Results

Our COO breaks down the importance of conducting internal surveys and how they have lead to collaborative, real action at FCS. 

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Cities and Environmental Planning

Environmental planning can help cities become more sustainable and help manage environmental impacts. 

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FCS Celebrates National Park Week

The FCS team celebrates National Park Week by sharing their favorite memories about national parks. 

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10 Tips to Control Noise While Working at Home

Noise controlling tips to help combat the daily challenges with working from home and help you to work more productively. 

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The 30,000 Foot View: 2020 Was a Year Without Precedent

Our COO reflects on this past year, looks ahead to the exciting things on the horizon, and introduces the launch of our new monthly blog series.  

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FCS Hindsight: 2020

The FCS team reflects on this past year as a year of reinvention and sharpening our focus amidst uncertainty. 

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Parenting Through a Pandemic: Perspectives from a Working Mom

It’s 10:30am. It’s a bright, sunny day, and I’m desperately yawning through my (second) cup of coffee. Why am I already so tired? Oh, yes: I got up at 5:30am to get 2.5 hours of work in before heading downstairs to start my school day.

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Updated 2021 CDFW Document Filing Fees

CDFW recently announced their annual increase for CEQA document filing fees in 2021.

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4 Ways Sister Cities are Connecting Global Communities

Chances are, you have seen signs around your city declaring a relationship with a ‘Sister City’ on the other side of the globe. It sounds important, but what is a Sister City, and how do these relationships work in practice?

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City Planning: How to Assess Impacts on the Environment

Environmental Planning is an industry that is always changing—especially in California. When a project is proposed, CEQA  requires that impacts to the environment are assessed for their severity.

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Does CEQA Protect the Most Vulnerable?

There is a common misconception that the environmental movement is entirely nature-centered, which ignores a tragic reality of the environmental crisis: environmental harm is human harm, and environmental harm affects some people more than others. This is the premise for the Environmental Justice movement.

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Webinar Recap: City Resiliency and Why it Matters

In the recent webinar, City Resiliency and Why it Matters, FCS International's own Mary Bean joined a conversation with SCI and GCEOA to discuss cities, resiliency, and the UN SDGs. 

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Navigating Operations During a Global Crisis: Perspectives from a COO

Business as usual is no longer the norm yet operations must continue and adapt to a new reality. How do you achieve resiliency and sustainable operations while navigating through an unprecedented global pandemic and addressing complex disruptions? 

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UPDATE: California’s Executive Order tolling CEQA’s Public Notice Requirements is Extended

The Governor of Califonia issued EO N-54-20 this past March, which temporarily suspended certain posting, filing, and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for 60 days. As of September 23, the Governor issued EO N-80-20 which extends the provisions of the prior Executive Order. 

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Guidance and Resources for Implementing SB 743

California altered the lens for assessing transportation impacts on the environment for new developments subject to CEQA review with the passing of Senate Bill 743 (SB 743). As of July 1, 2020, agencies that are analyzing the transportation impacts of new projects must now look at a metric known as vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

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Terraces of Lafayette: Addressing California’s Housing Crisis

Home costs are rising across the United States, reflecting a shortage of housing in places where people want to live and businesses want to operate. This is particularly evident in California and the Bay Area specifically, where homes prices and apartment rental rates are among the highest in the nation.

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Starting an Internship at FCS During COVID-19

During the summer, I started an internship with FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS). I pursued an internship at FCS because I thought it would be a great experience and give me insight into the inner workings and operations of an Environmental Consulting company.

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Conducting Fieldwork During COVID-19: Perspectives from a Field Biologist

FCS is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and clients, while maintaining project progress and business continuity. Our staff biologists provide their perspectives on conducting fieldwork during the pandemic and share their insights on the lessons they learned.

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Webinar Recap: Private Sector Resiliency - ESG Insights and Opportunities

In this webinar, we bring together Kansas City business leaders to share their experiences, successes, and challenges addressing ESG from different industries in an ever-changing landscape.

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How is COVID-19 Impacting CEQA Litigation and Statutes of Limitations?

In response to COVID-19’s impact on the California legal system, the Judicial Council of California adopted emergency regulations that significantly extend the time individuals have to file lawsuits challenging the approval of development projects.

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Resources for California Jurisdictional and Regulatory Updates

As counties have begun to reopen and there are new updates every day, California local and statewide COVID-19 response measures are changing the way businesses and communities engage in regulatory and environmental compliance.

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Webinar Recap: Bringing Together ESG and Municipal Financing

In this webinar, we present ESG in the context of private investing for local governments, what ESG factors and risks are used by bond raters, and climate resiliency during the current pandemic. 

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Five Steps for Noise Monitoring during COVID-19 Shelter in Place Orders

Do you have a project moving through the discretionary approval process that requires noise impact analysis? As many project proponents are finding out, the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 has fundamentally altered ambient noise conditions. 

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How to Conduct a Successful Virtual Meeting

Many people have suddenly found themselves in the world of working remotely. In measures to protect employees, countless companies have implemented travel restrictions and remote work arrangements indefinitely. 

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Resilient Cities: Adaptation and Municipal Financing in the COVID-19 Era

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have become key considerations in the private sector when investors and companies are evaluating, disclosing, and mitigating risk. In the public sector, local governments face similar risks and many of the same ESG criteria are used by bond rating agencies to evaluate municipal credit ratings.

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Breaking Down California’s New Executive Order on CEQA Public Notice Requirements

The Governor of California has issued a new Executive Order which suspends certain posting, filing, and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) until June 21st. 

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FCS Gets Green Business Certified

Every day, organizations around the world take steps to reduce their environmental impact and ensure that their operations are sustainable. In 2019, the team at FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) felt it was about time to pursue a Green Business Certification from the California Green Business Network (CGBN). 

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Staying Safe While Conducting Essential Fieldwork During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and globally, we at FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients, and remain committed to helping mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19 in the communities in which we live and work.

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Five Best Practices for Preparing and Releasing EIRs During COVID-19 Restrictions

The outbreak of COVID-19 has driven businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to rapidly develop plans to ensure the health and safety of workers while mitigating financial risk and continuing to conduct essential operations.

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COVID-19 Update: Reaffirming Our Dedication To You

As more COVID-19 cases are confirmed in the U.S. and globally, we at FirstCarbon Solutions are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff.

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What Are Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, and Why Are They in Our Oceans?

Sunscreens are amazing. They shield us from harmful UV rays, keep us from getting sunburned, and help prevent skin cancer. So why, in summer of last year, did the state of Hawaii ban more than 3,500 sunscreens from even entering the islands?

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What are Mangrove Forests?

Mangrove forests play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems both locally and globally, and they are coming more and more into the international spotlight. Threatened by climate change, pollution, overfishing, and human expansion, mangroves need our protection to survive. But why are these forests under threat, and why are so many organizations now prioritizing their preservation?

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What is the Blue Economy?

The Blue Economy was first introduced by Prof. Gunter Pauli in 2004 when he published his book, The Blue Economy, which featured a plan on how to connect seemingly disparate environmental concerns to turn “scarcity to abundance.”

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Planting Seeds for Culture Change: Greek Life at UC Berkeley

As a member of a sorority at UC Berkeley, I notice that institutional barriers cause inaction across several issues that pervade the Greek* system, including the issue of sustainability. In an effort to disrupt this stagnation and attack issues of waste generation, food security, lack of sustainability education, etc., I revamped a long lost club called “Greening the Greeks.” Our mission is to make sweeping cultural, infrastructural, and educational change within fraternities and sororities at UC Berkeley in ways that improve our treatment of the environment.

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How we can help

In an ever-changing regulatory and sustainability environment, FCS understands the challenges you face. Our highly qualified environmental specialists, energy management consultants, and technical experts deliver integrated, industry-specific solutions that move your project forward—so that you can focus on what matters.