SOURCE: Ecology and Environment, Inc.

Ecology and Environment, Inc.

March 11, 2011 11:30 ET

Ecology and Environment, Inc. Wins Environmental Planning Excellence Award for Work on Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project

LANCASTER, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 11, 2011) - Ecology and Environment, Inc., (E & E) (NASDAQ: EEI) has been recognized by the Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association for its pioneering work on the Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project. The project will help the State of California meet aggressive renewable portfolio standards and connect the recently approved Ivanpah Solar Electric Gener­ating System, among other renewable projects, to California's energy grid. E & E will receive the Environmental Planning Excellence Award at the 17th Annual National Training Conference for Federal Planners.

On a fast-track permitting schedule, E & E worked with the California Public Utilities Commission and the Bureau of Land Management to develop the Proponent's Environmental Assessment Streamlining Approach, a pioneering process that sets the standard for efficient and thorough environmental review through teamwork, innovation, and initiative. By emphasizing advanced coordination and proactive stakeholder engagement and agency consultation, the process allowed for early identification of key issues and led to their timely resolution, thus preventing potential permitting roadblocks.

"Helping energy clients develop projects in an environmentally responsible manner has been a cornerstone of E & E's business since 1970," said E & E president and CEO Kevin Neumaier. "We're very proud to be recognized for our innovative, proactive, and inclusive approach on the Eldorado-Ivanpah Transmission Project, a project that brings California one step closer to reaching its important energy sustainability goals."

E & E has 40 years of global energy project experience and has been at the forefront of solar, wind, and other renewable energy development. E & E has completed hundreds of renewable energy projects, bringing thousands of megawatts of solar, wind, geothermal, and ocean energy power to the grid.

Headquartered in Lancaster, N.Y., Ecology and Environment, Inc. has completed more than 50,000 projects for a wide variety of clients in 113 countries, providing environmental solutions in nearly every ecosystem on the planet. The company is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol EEI and is located on the Web at