Six snag EPA climate consulting contracts

Six companies with expertise in climate change consulting have been selected to provide technical assistance and outreach services to the Environmental Protection Agency under a multiple-award contract that ranges in value from $27 million to $39.4 million.

The contract winners are:
  • ICF International Inc., Fairfax, Va.;
  • Science Applications International Corp., San Diego;
  • Stratus Consulting Inc., Boulder, Colo.;
  • Eastern Research Group Inc., Lexington, Mass.;
  • Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and
  • Perrin Quarles Associates, Charlottesville, Va.

They will compete for various task orders that include scientific and economic analysis, engineering, development of software systems and tools and public outreach programs.

ICF International will advise EPA in the use of clean technologies to control greenhouse gas emissions, said Randall Freed, senior vice president and climate change expert at ICF.

The new indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, which has a maximum value of $37.4 million over five years, replaces two smaller ICF contracts and will nearly double the work done under the prior contracts, the company said.

Stratus Consulting has worked with EPA on climate change issues, specifically greenhouse gas emissions, since 1996, said Joel Smith, vice president at Stratus. "We've been looking at energy efficiency programs within a number of states," he said. "We've also looked at consequences of climate change and done work on the science of climate change."

Stratus' contract has a potential total value of $39.4 million.

The new EPA award is the third in 10 years for Eastern Research Group, said Heidi Schultz, vice president and director of climate and energy services at ERG. The contract has a potential total value of $30.8 million.

"Climate change is one of the environmental topics that we specialize in," she said. "For example, a program that we help EPA implement under this contract is called the Landfill Methane Outreach Program."

ERG helps EPA identify ways to benefit from the use of methane and teaches communities how to understand its uses, she said. Groups are taught how to use the toxic gas generated by landfills to generate electricity and heat homes, office buildings and greenhouses.

As the small-business set-aside contract winner, Perrin Quarles Associates has been working with EPA's integrated environmental strategies outreach programs in Central America and Asia, said company President Perrin Quarles. "We also have been helping develop its greenhouse gas emissions report to the United Nations," he added.

The contract has a potential total value of $31.9 million for Perrin Quarles.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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