Langan ESG Experts Take Center Stage at California Environmental Conference
Sigrida Reinis sees land recycling gaining more momentum with the advent of formalized environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts. And why not? From brownfields to landfills to Superfund sites, ESG programs are bringing all parties together like never before to find ways forward.
At the California Center for Creative Land Recycling Conference (CCLR) in California earlier this month, ESG themes coalesced across numerous panels. Sigrida Reinis, Langan Senior Associate, PhD, PE participated in “Against the Odds: Landfills, Oil Wells and Superfund Sites, and More” which, by way of case study projects, covered historical and current financial tools and legislation intended to accelerate land recycling across the state. Reinis and other Langan environmental leaders around the country can help identify potential funding mechanisms for clients and communities and work with regulators to arrive at acceptable remedies that get long-stalled clean-ups in motion.
“ESG is definitely changing conversations because, ultimately, our clients and communities have shared goals, no matter the size or complexity of a project,” said Reinis. “ESG has become an increasingly common platform because its tenets espouse and inspire ethical environmental and social decisions that support economic stability and broad-based growth.”
Another exciting aspect in land recycling is the increasing acceptance of sustainable remediation methods. At the recent CCLR conference, Langan Associate Luis Navarro, PG, MBA took part in a panel titled “Going Green: Connecting Sustainability with Remediation Success.” Langan is at the forefront of various sustainable remediation techniques, from bioremediation to helping measure the sustainable and ESG benefits of remediation projects, including the social impacts on surrounding communities when improving environmentally distressed properties. Langan experts also hold leadership roles in SURF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainable remedies and maximizing the environmental, societal, and economic benefits of remediation.