Most forms of development now require an environmental assessment to identify and mitigate potential impacts to the biological and physical elements of an ecosystem, including geology, topography, hydrology, soils, vegetation, wildlife and fish, and fish habitat. An assessment can also include social and cultural impacts, to ensure community benefits are maximized. The process ensures that these sensitivities and constraints are considered and managed through the planning, operation, and decommissioning of the project, in order to meet sustainable development objectives and maintain healthy environments and vibrant communities. From the business perspective, environmental assessments can also avoid costly delays in project implementation and facilitate the acquisition of federal, provincial, and municipal approvals (and community buy-in), often necessary for the project to proceed.
Solstice Environmental Assessment Services
Environmental assessments rely on a well-coordinated multi-disciplinary team that can address the impacts to specific resources, the complex ecological interactions among them, and the potential implications for clients and the public. The range of experience in Solstice’s team of experts and in our strategic partnerships allows us to lead or support projects across diverse industries, from resource development (e.g., oil and gas, mining) to urban development (e.g., roads, utilities, infrastructure, subdivisions, or land use policy). Our staff include technical experts in biophysical sciences (e.g., soils, forestry, wildlife, and vegetation ecology) and applied disciplines, such as wetland ecology, conservation, reclamation planning, regulatory approvals, and environmental policy. Our geographic technology group provides GIS analytical services to assess and communicate project impacts clearly and effectively. Additionally, our senior staff include trained project management and regulatory specialists equipped with the tools and experience to not only meet client and regulatory requirements, but to build lasting, positive working relationships among all stakeholders.