AHA Newsletter
A Fehr Graham Publication
SEPTEMBER 2015
In This Issue
Complete Streets: Promotes Access For All
Hot Firm Award
Safety Corner: The Journey to Safety & Health
Firm News: Conferences and New Additions
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Complete Streets
Complete Streets Programs Promote Access for All

A complete street is a road segment designed to be safe for drivers; bicyclists; transit vehicles and users; and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The Complete Streets standards can benefit communities in many ways, and save money in the long run.

The Complete Streets concept is becoming more mainstream as communities make an effort to encourage more integrated traffic beyond just the use of private motor vehicles and freight carriers. According to Smart Growth America (SGA) - an organization dedicated to researching, advocating, and leading coalitions to bring better development to communities nationwide, over 700 agencies at the local, regional, and state levels have adopted Complete Streets policies to date.

Fehr Graham Receives Hot Firm Ranking for Fourth Time
Fehr Graham earned a spot on the Zweig Group Hot Firm List for the second year in a row, climbing six spots from their 2014 ranking. 

Fehr Graham ranked #58 on the prestigious list that identified the 100 fastest-growing privately held architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada. Firms on the list are ranked according to their growth rate from 2011-2014, with 50 percent of the score being based on percentage growth and 50 percent based on dollar growth. 
Safety Corner
The Journey of Health & Safety

 

In this day and age, health and safety are in the forefront of everyone's mind.  It is expressed through the healthier food decisions we are making, and by simply wearing a seatbelt.  Why is this?  There are many theories, but we at Fehr Graham believe it is because people are making a conscious decision to create a healthier and safer environment.

 

As a professional Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) company, we are hearing a refreshing change in mindset when speaking with clients and industry leaders.  The once common statement often heard was, "Just tell me the minimum I have to do in order to be compliant with the law". That dismissive philosophy is being replaced with the more proactive question "How do I get our employees to understand how important our safety & health program is?" 

 

What is Fehr Graham's response to this question? It begins with the question, "What are you doing to cultivate a culture that shows health and safety is a high priority?"  

 

Fehr Graham News
Fehr Graham Attending National Conferences
Fehr Graham staff attends numerous conferences throughout the year. This fall we will be exhibiting at two national conferences.
 


Earlier in September, Fehr Graham took part in the National Brownfields Conference in Chicago. The conference focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. LEARN MORE.


Shelly Griswold, Community Development Specialist at Fehr Graham will be speaking at the Illinois Municipal League Conference in Chicago on September 19th. She will be joining Freeport Mayor James Gitz and Attorney Anthony Coon to discuss how cities can plan for demolition of unsafe abandoned houses with little to no funding. The session will be at 9:15 a.m. 



In late September, Fehr Graham will be exhibiting at the Water Environment Federation Technical Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago. WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today.
 
If you are attending WEFTEC come by and visit us at Booth #5562. 
New Hires
Fehr Graham is thrilled to continually bolster our strong staff with new additions.

Ross Grimes - Rockford, IL - Ross joined the Fehr Graham environmental team in July and will be providing assessment and remediation work for real estate transactions, as well as brownfields-related work. 

Bill Ripley - Plymouth, WI - Bill is joining the safety team as a Safety & Health Specialist to develop and implement safety programs and training for a wide variety of manufacturing and municipal clients.

Justin Schuenemann - Plymouth, WI - Justin is a new Environmental Specialist in the Plymouth office providing field sampling and evaluation services for soil, groundwater, and vapor assessments related to industrial and municipal properties.

Ryan Townsley - Champaign, IL - Ryan has joined the engineering team as an Engineering Technician.

Larry Johnson - Champaign, IL - Larry will be part of the engineering team taking on the role of Senior Project Manager.

Stephen Spinelli - Champaign, IL - Stephen is a new Engineer with the Champaign office.
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