Environmental and Climate Justice Solutions

ERG supports projects that promote safe and healthy places to live, work, and play for all people. We have been honored to assist in EJ efforts across the U.S., working with all levels of government to help eradicate the unjust and disproportionate impact of environmental degradation on communities of color and low-income communities. We offer government agencies trusted support to integrate environmental and climate justice approaches and solutions into their policies, rulemakings, implementation efforts, and enforcement actions. We also develop tools for governments and stakeholders to efficiently identify and address environmental concerns and disparities. At the local level, we work with EJ communities to build knowledge, elevate their voices, and engage meaningfully in public processes. We also support facilitation, training, and outreach to promote information sharing and collaborative problem solving among all entities that play a role in addressing the nation’s environmental justice challenges.

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
  • Facilitation support
  • Translation services
  • Cultural competency training
  • Strategic planning
  • Training and capacity building
  • Public hearings and meetings support
  • Social media engagement and marketing
Environmental and Public Health Analyses
  • Air quality monitoring and analysis
  • Drinking water sampling and analysis
  • Groundwater modeling, monitoring, and assessments
  • Mobile source emissions measurements
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Community-based environmental sampling
  • Hazard analyses
  • Vulnerable population assessments
  • Exposure analyses and investigations
  • Risk communication
Climate Change Impact Disparities
  • Greenhouse gas inventories
  • Climate action plans to incorporate DEI solutions
  • Adaptation and resiliency planning for EJ communities
Economic and Social Impact Analyses
  • Demographic analyses
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Hazard mitigation planning
  • Community resilience studies
  • Performance measurement
  • Cost-benefit analyses
  • Surveys
Digital Solutions
  • Comprehensive data management support
  • Decision support tools
  • Geospatial analyses
  • Mapping and screening tools
  • Data visualization
  • Electronic reporting support
Air Quality Assessments
  • Fence-line monitoring data collection and analysis
  • Emissions inventories
  • Ambient monitoring analysis
  • Site-specific emissions investigations
  • Exposure and risk evaluations
  • Control technology assessments
  • Compliance investigations
Water Infrastructure Management
  • Water pollution evaluation and control
  • Inspection support and training
  • Sampling and analysis
  • Environmental impacts analysis
  • Regulatory development
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit development
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Funding and financial analyses
Regulatory Support
  • Permitting
  • Preparation of public dockets
  • Evaluation of public comments
  • Compliance assistance
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance analyses
  • Enforcement


Service Area Leads

Shanika Amarakoon

As an immigrant, issues of race, equity, and inclusion have always been central to my lived experience and values. As an environmental engineer and policy analyst, I feel grateful to align my convictions with my experience and to lead ERG’s environmental and climate justice solutions practice.

Shanika Amarakoon

Laura Bachle

I am passionate about community-building for equity and long-term sustainability. There is nothing more important right now than empowering communities most impacted by natural hazards with the tools they need to grow and thrive. Deep listening, strong support, and a diversity of voices can lead to skillfully facilitated decision-making processes that result in real, tangible changes to equity and inclusion.

Laura Bachle

Breanna Detwiler

I enjoy taking complex ideas and strategies and transforming them into clear, easily understandable concepts that communities and clients can act on. To achieve environmental justice goals, we have to communicate respectfully to the communities we work alongside. When our goals and guidance are clear and meaningfully conveyed, we’re all better able to work towards a brighter future—together.

Breanna Detwiler

Sandeep Kishan

I have dedicated my career to reducing the energy and emission footprint of vehicle travel, a major source of air pollution worldwide. Thanks to inspiration from great mentors and clients, I had the opportunity to build and manage what has become a world-class team of mobile sources experts who relish the challenge of tackling complex problems. Disadvantaged communities experience a disproportional impact from vehicle-related air pollution, and I am gratified beyond measure that our work has helped improve air quality, not only across the United States but also in other countries around the world, where we have facilitated development of customized solutions based on local conditions.

Sandeep Kishan

Jennifer Lam

The most rewarding part of my work is being able to help our clients and communities from behind the scenes, reflect on their impact, and find ways to become more effective and accessible in improving community conditions for all.

Jennifer Lam

Diana Pietri

Designing equitable solutions for sustainable environmental conservation and management efforts is a constantly challenging, rewarding endeavor. I love collaborating closely with our clients to develop strategies that promote environmental and climate sustainability and justice—including evaluating environmental program effectiveness and identifying innovative best practices for coastal and ocean planning.

Diana Pietri

John Wilhelmi

Clean air, safe workplaces, a stable climate for generations to follow—these are just some of the ideals that motivate my daily work. I strive to bring the best available science to our nation’s current and emerging environmental health and occupational safety issues.

John Wilhelmi