Straughan Environmental, Inc.
Straughan Environmental provides high quality & sustainable environmental planning, permitting and design services to government (federal, state, and municipal) and commercial clients. We are a dedicated team of expert environmental planners, scientists, and designers whose collaborative and sustainable approaches result in better project and environmental outcomes
Founded in 1995, Straughan is a woman-owned firm located in Columbia, Maryland, offering a full range of environmental consulting services to public and private clients.
Our team of approximately 50 professional planners, designers, scientists, and ecologists is committed to our client’s environmental objectives. This commitment has led to a steadily increasing business base and a large number of repeat clients. Our focus began in the 1990s assisting clients with regulatory compliance, impact assessment, natural resource protection, mitigation planning, design and public outreach services for a wide variety of public infrastructure projects. With solid accomplishments on these projects our skills and expertise have expanded to include Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Low Impact or Environmental Site Design (LID), green building and sustainability consulting with LEED Accredited Professionals on staff. We are providing these services to a growing list of clients in both the public and private sector requiring sustainability in their plans moving forward.
We are certified as an 8(m) Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business by the US Small Business Administration; a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) by the Maryland Department of Transportation (No. 97-190); Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the Washington Metropolitan Transit Administration , DC Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation; Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE) by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).
From project “kick-off” to closure, we are committed to providing our clients with exceptional quality in the environmental services we provide. Each project follows a detailed scope of work outlining tasks to be completed and schedules to be followed. Experienced professionals perform fieldwork, analyze data, design restoration plans, organize public outreach meetings, or write reports, depending on the needs of the project.
Quality of our deliverables is a commitment made by every member of the Straughan team. We follow rigorous procedures to ensure our projects are well planned and executed and meet the highest standards of our industry. We create workplans, perform peer and QA/QC reviews, use standard operating procedures, and perform project audits as part of our quality assurance program.
Straughan is aligned to support development while improving the human and natural environment. We embrace the concept of sustainability which effectively integrates both long-term and short-term economic, social, and environmental considerations. We believe that our internal corporate practices and any external services we provide to our clients should further our goal of building a society based on sustainable development.
As a company, we believe sustainable development:
- Improves the total quality of life, now and for future generations.
- Protects biological diversity and maintains essential ecological processes, without which society could not exist.
- Serves to develop a strong, growing, and diversified economy which can enhance the welfare of individuals and communities while increasing the capacity for environmental protection.
- Facilitates community involvement in decisions and actions on issues that affect the community, and considers the local, regional, and global impacts of activities and project actions.
- A sustainable world.
- To deliver outstanding environmental planning, analysis, and design services that protect and enhance the human and natural world.