Rincon News

Rincon's Oakland Office named a Bicycle Friendly Business

Posted on Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Rincon Consultants named a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

Oakland Office Receives Bronze Award

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Rincon Consultants’ Oakland office with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM (BFBSM) award, joining over 1,000 visionary businesses across the country that have received the honor.

Proud to be a BFB.jpgWith the announcement of 58 new and renewing BFBs today, Rincon Consultants joins a cutting-edge group of 3 current Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Oakland and 1,118 businesses nationally, which range from local companies to Fortune 500 companies that are transforming the American workplace. Rincon Consultants provides environmental planning and related services for many local jurisdictions in the Bay Area, such as Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Leandro, and San Mateo County.

“The League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize this latest group of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses for making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud these businesses, including Rincon Consultants, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Rincon Consultants’ Oakland office has become a leader in active transportation in the Bay Area, with bicycle and pedestrian projects forming a core part of our business, and we walk the talk with close to 50 percent of our employees commuting by bike. Our office encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation by providing secure indoor bicycle parking and incentives such as Bike to Work Week prizes. We are also located in the heart of Oakland above the 12th Street BART Station, which facilitates combined bike and transit trips.

“We are extremely honored to be named by one of America’s premier bicycle advocacy organizations for our efforts to make Rincon Consultants a welcome home for staff who cycle to our work places,” said Stephen Svete, Principal and Vice President of Rincon Consultants. “The honor is especially valued, as the firm consults to local governments statewide on the planning and analysis of trails and other active transportation facilities.”

Moving forward, Rincon Consultants will now have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: a more enjoyable commute, decreased carbon footprint, better personal health, and a greater connection to our community.

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online here.

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program

To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, including the Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business, and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs, click here.

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

Topics: award, Bicycle

GHG Reporting and Verification Services Expanded to Washington State

Posted on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Rincon Consultants, Inc. Expands GHG Reporting and Verification Services to Washington State in Support of Washington’s Clean Air Rule, Chapter 173-442 WAC and the
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, Chapter 173-441 WAC

On September 15, 2016, the State of Washington adopted the Clean Air Rule in an effort to cap and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the State’s largest emitters, including stationary sources, petroleum product producers, importers, and distributors, and natural gas distributors. In support of the Clean Air Rule, Washington also adopted regulations establishing requirements for the reporting of GHG emissions and their verification by an accredited third-party. Washington’s GHG reporting and verification program is largely modeled after the California Air Resources Board (ARB) GHG program and requires facilities covered by the rule to submit an annual GHG emissions report, (began January 1, 2017), and subsequently have the reports verified by a GHG Verification Body accredited by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

ECYlogo.pngThis past September, nine Rincon staff members participated in the inaugural GHG verification training session hosted by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Based on Rincon’s extended history of providing GHG reporting and verification for industrial facilities in California, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Colorado, Rincon was selected by Washington’s Department of Ecology as one of 15 accredited Verification Bodies. This is not the first time Rincon has helped kick-off a new statewide GHG reduction program. Rincon was also in part of ARB’s first GHG verification program in 2010, when we received accreditation as a Verification Body with specializations for the oil and gas and transaction sectors. Since then, we have continued to expand Rincon’s GHG reporting and verification services each year, adding new clients and increasingly complex facilities. Today, Rincon provides GHG reporting and verification services for the majority of California’s reported emissions and for some of the most complex facilities in the State, including the State’s largest oil refineries. Rincon is excited to continue to grow its verification services and work with old and new clients in a new place – the State of Washington!

Rincon will provide Washington State GHG Verification and Reporting Services from our Seattle field office. Staff are available to provide more information via phone at 206-971-1177 or you can contact Erik Feldman via e-mail at efeldman@rinconconsultants.com

Additional information about the program can be found here

Topics: AB 32, GHG

Join Rincon in Sacramento - 2017 APA Conference

Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2017

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Join Rincon Consultants in Sacramento for the American Planning Association (APA) California Conference beginning Saturday, September 23rd.  The conference, which is themed ‘Capitalizing on our Diversity’ is being held at the Sacramento Convention Center and runs from September 23rd-26th. 

Rincon is proud to be sponsoring, exhibiting, and presenting during the conference this year.  Matt Maddox, AICP, Senior Program Manager, will be presenting a panel titled ‘A Roadmap for GHG and Climate Analysis: Incorporating California’s New Scoping Plan and SB 32 Requirements in Local Planning’ on Saturday from 1:15-2:45pm. 

Come find us at booth #2 to learn more about our suite of professional services, knowledgeable staff members, and company culture.  We look forward to connecting with you in Sacramento! 

For more information, visit the APA California Conference website here.

Topics: APA Conference

2017 Zweig Awards Conference

Posted on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

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Rincon Consultants will be celebrating the achievement of being ranked a Hot Firm and Best Firm to Work For at the 2017 Zweig Awards Conference at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington September 21-22.   Rincon was ranked #4 as the Best Places to Work For in the Environmental Services category and ranked #11 as a Hot Firm, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States.  Michael Gialketsis, CEO, Linda Hunter, Director of Business Development, and Matt Maddox, Senior Program Manager, will be attending the Awards Conference to celebrate the accomplishments with the other top firms in the industry.   

Topics: Zweig, Awards

Join Rincon in the "Do Your Thing for the Sun" Pledge

Posted on Fri, Aug 18, 2017

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Rincon Consultants is taking the “Do your Thing for the Sun” Pledge to save energy and reduce GHG emissions during the Solar Eclipse this Monday, August 21st, between the hours of 9 and 11am.  In each of Rincon’s 10 offices throughout California, Rincon will turn off air conditioners, lights, printers and secondary computer monitors.  Join us and Give the Sun a Break!

For more information and to pledge along with us, click here.

Topics: Eclipse

Join Rincon at the 2017 AEP Conference

Posted on Mon, May 15, 2017

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The 2017 Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) California State Conference is just around the corner and Rincon Consultants is pleased to sponsor, exhibit, and present three distinct sessions during the event. Rincon Principal Planners Jasch Janowicz, Joe Power, and Jennifer Haddow will be presenting their insights on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) practice starting Thurday, May 18th. Please join us at the following:

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Jasch Janowicz - Principal
CEQA Compliance Strategies for TOD in a Changing Regulatory Environment
Thursday, May 18th, 1:30 - 3:00

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Joe Power, AICP CEP - Principal
The Moral of the Story - War Stories from the CEQA Trenches
Friday, May 19th, 1:45 - 3:15

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Jennifer Haddow, PhD - Principal
Lost in Translation: Addressing Communication Challenges amongst
CEQA Consultants, Developers, Public Agencies and Attorneys
Saturday, May 20th, 1:45 - 3:15

Please also join us at Tabletop #10 to learn more about Rincon's suite of professional services, knowledgeable staff members, and company culture.

We look forward to connecting with you in San Francisco!

AEP Conference: https://www.califaep.org/conference

Topics: AEP, Conference, speakers

Rincon Receives Second EBJ Award

Posted on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Each year, the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) recognizes outstanding business performance in the environmental industry with their Business Achievement Awards. Rincon Consultants, Inc. was chosen to receive the EBJ Silver Medal award for Business Achievement: Small Firms. This is the second year in a row Rincon has been chosen for this award which recognizes growth across a number of categories.

EBJ provides strategic information and market forecasts for 14 business segments, including environmental remediation, water & wastewater, air pollution control and consulting/engineering. In late 2016, EBJ solicited industry, government, non-profits and the broader climate change community via e-mail, social media, its website, industry events and word-of-mouth for nominations for the 2016 EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Final awards were determined by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members.

The 2016 EBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XV in San Diego on March 22, 2017. The Environmental Industry Summit is an annual three-day executive retreat that includes presentations on the current state of the industry, climate change, and resilience in the face of a transforming industry. John Dreher, Principal, and Linda Hunter, Business Development Manager, will be attending and accepting the award on behalf of Rincon.

Additional information about the summit can be found here.

Topics: EBJ

Rincon Planner Contributes to Planning Magazine

Posted on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Chris Williamson.jpgDr. Chris Williamson, AICP, a Supervisory Planner with Rincon, is a featured contributor in the February 2017 issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association.  His article entitled "Countdown to the National Selfie" takes a look at the upcoming 2020 census and how planners can effectively apply these statistics to their upcoming projects. Dr. Williamson has over 30 years of experience in land use and coastal planning, voter-imposed growth management, general plan and coastal program updates, grant and project management, environmental review, population and related projections, and academic-quality policy research to local governments. 

To browse the article and for additional information about Planning, please click here.

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Topics: APA, 202 Census, Planning Magazine

Rincon Opens Redlands Office and Hires Archaeological Program Manager

Posted on Mon, Jan 9, 2017

On December 1, 2016, Rincon Consultants opened the doors at a new location in Redlands, California. This office is intended to help better serve current Inland Empire clients and expand regional business while accommodating staff who live in the region, including newly hired Archaeological Program Manager, Benjamin “Benny” Vargas, MA, RPA.

Benny Vargas.jpgMr. Vargas comes to Rincon with 27 years of experience working on numerous and varied types of cultural resources projects throughout the southwestern United States. His professional experience includes all phases of survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis, collections management, forensic recovery, Section 106 and CEQA regulatory compliance, Native American consultation, and project management. “After almost 30 years of environmental consulting, I know I have finally landed in the right place at Rincon! I am very excited to begin a new chapter in my career, and look forward working with the amazing team that Rincon has assembled,” said Mr. Vargas. He continued, “With the opening of our office in Redlands, I am looking forward to the opportunity to help Rincon continue its history of excellent work in the Inland Empire, and to expand our capabilities in this quickly growing region.”

“I am very pleased that Benny has joined the Rincon team to provide regional leadership and senior technical expertise” states Kevin Hunt, Cultural Resources Program Manager of Rincon Consultants. “Benny has developed an excellent professional reputation throughout his career for archaeological research, staff mentorship, and client service. His contributions will benefit both Rincon and our clients statewide.”

Topics: Cultural Resources, Archaeology, Inland Empire, Redlands

27th Annual Focus on the Future Conference

Posted on Fri, Dec 2, 2016

Sunday, December 4th marks the start of the Self-Help Counties Coalition’s  27th Annual Focus on the Future Conference at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood. This year’s conference, which continues through December 6th, focuses on topics such as attracting riders for transit success, transportation connecting communities to opportunity, the annual state of Caltrans, and an update on the California Transportation Commission. Rincon is sponsoring the event, and will be exhibiting at Booth 20.

For more information on the conference, check out http://selfhelpcounties.org/focus/index.html

Topics: Conference, Focus on the Future