Margrit von Braun
TerraGraphics specializes in providing high quality environmental science and engineering services to meet our clients’ needs on complex environmental projects. Our experienced scientists and engineers utilize a multi-disciplinary approach and work closely with applicable regulatory agencies to ensure projects progress smoothly while avoiding unnecessary delays.
For hazardous and solid waste, cleanup, closure, and development projects, TerraGraphics provides: Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) Phase II ESA and site characterization services Human health risk assessments and feasibility studies Database management, GIS, and mapping Remedial action alternative analyses Permitting and regulatory compliance assistance Remedial action oversight and confirmation Public involvement and education Since 1984, our personnel have completed hundreds of ESAs, site characterization projects, and remedial action oversight projects for lending institutions at the local and national levels, universities, hospitals, insurance companies, private industry, real estate agencies, inner-city housing projects, Indian reservations, petroleum industry sites, solid and hazardous waste landfills, railroad properties, agricultural chemical storage and distribution facilities, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
TerraGraphics has evaluated properties ranging from a small parcel of farmland to a Superfund site covering 21 square miles. Our work has taken us throughout the United States and into Canada, Russia, and Australia. TerraGraphics’ familiarity with this region of the country, however, as well our vast network of information sources, enables us to put together teams to tackle complex environmental projects with an emphasis on meeting requirements unique to the northwest.
The planet’s environmental challenges are global but solutions to some of the most urgent issues depend on a small group of dedicated individuals and organizations. The Green Star Awards, launched by the United Nations and Green Cross International, shines a light on the often heroic efforts being taken in one of the most difficult and sometimes dangerous realms: the interface of environment and disasters. The second annual Green Star award ceremony was held in Bern, Switzerland, recognizing six outstanding environmental emergency leaders selected by an international panel of judges. The Blacksmith Institute, TerraGraphics and the Dutch arm of Doctors Without Borders got their Green Star for efforts to resolve a largely ignored crisis killing children in northern Nigeria. Here, many residents are forced to survive through unsafe forms of artisanal mining. The by-products of their labors contaminate food, water, and in some villages, are wiping out a generation of children. These three organizations are working to treat the cases of acute poisoning, make livelihoods safer and villages cleaner to stem the wave of sickness and death plaguing the region.