Established in 2001, EcoLogix Group is an Environmental Strategy firm helping clients achieve challenging organizational and project goals. We specialize in managing the impacts of physical development projects, helping clients incorporate solutions that appropriately respond to concerns about project impacts in ways that save our clients time and money while producing better project outcomes. We embrace the challenge of helping our clients balance the fiscal and schedule needs of a project with meaningful public engagement coupled with opportunities for environmental improvement.
Our approach to engaging stakeholders has proven that development apprehension can be transitioned into opportunities for creative project solutions that provide good economic, environmental and social outcomes. With our deep experience in project management, facilitation, regulatory analysis and legislative processes, EcoLogix Group often becomes an extension of staff for a finite period of time during a project phase with which assistance is needed. We are most effective when we are engaged early in the planning stage - in time to ensure open dialogue and build trust between you as the project sponsor, and all stakeholders interested in the project.
Our proven approach will enable your project to proceed on schedule and within budget, avoiding both delays in the environmental review process, and unanticipated costs. By determining how your activities and plans affect your stakeholders, we will engage, coordinate, inform, and develop a strategy - all to help you deliver a successful project on time, within budget, and with stakeholder support.
As the new millennium approached, many physical development projects in central Maryland were experiencing significant delays through challenges and opposition by local communities and environmental groups. This was especially true in the transportation sector. Concerns about alignments delayed major transit projects. The Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement met delays on the basis of insufficient consideration of alternatives. Baltimore-Washington International Airport was sued in 1998 by environmental groups over pollution concerns. Opposition that made environmental approvals unlikely halted the Inter-county Connector project, the highway transportation centerpiece of Maryland’s Governor Parris Glendening’s administration prior to 1997.
At the Port of Baltimore, contentious relations with local and regional environmental organizations and many citizens hampered the Port in finding additional placement options for material dredged from the channels that provide access for deep draft cargo vessels. Proposals for open water placement of dredged material became extremely controversial. Rhetoric overwhelmed the science, and ultimately several viable options were rejected by elected officials.
Among the many stakeholders engaged in these matters, four associates witnessed events from the multiple vantage points of environmental advocacy, industrial consulting and environmental regulation. Recognizing there had to be a better way of reaching solutions on Maryland’s intersecting economic, environmental and community conflicts surrounding important infrastructure projects, these four individuals formed EcoLogix Group, Inc. in the spring of 2001.
The vision of EcoLogix Group was to help those engaged in meeting the region’s needs for efficient transportation, energy and industrial infrastructure succeed with their projects through a different approach to public engagement.
While the public participation requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) were well understood and adhered to, the EcoLogix Group model recognized that better outcomes could be achieved when all stakeholders on a project were engaged at the very earliest stages of project development. In other words, when the problem was taken to stakeholders - and stakeholders were asked to help identify the best solutions - better outcomes would be achieved. The best projects would be those that met not only the economic needs of the project sponsor, but also provided the best environmental and community outcomes for the affected stakeholders. The distinct advantage of this approach to project sponsors was reduced delay in regulatory approvals and reduced risk of unanticipated costs. The model continues to be effective for energy, transportation and industrial development projects – producing better social, environmental and economic outcomes.
Since its establishment in 2001, EcoLogix Group has continued to evolve as an environmental strategy firm specializing in high-level issue analysis and integrated solutions in support of large organizations wishing to be better neighbors and better stewards of the natural environment. The staff of EcoLogix is highly experienced in successfully addressing the type of challenges typically faced by such organizations; each of our principals has been there.