Built and natural environments are dynamic and often contested spaces.  The managerial challenges relating to natural resources and sustainability are as complex and changeable as the environment itself. Communities and businesses face many critical decisions around energy and new technology issues, resource extraction and management, and land use and development. In today’s engagements, stakeholders demand more participation and an active decision-making role.

CBI helps stakeholders find ways forward among social, political, economic, environmental, health, and other concerns, using our Mutual Gains Approach. We excel in situations where tough policy questions combine with lively politics, complex technical and scientific concerns, and sometimes, contradictory legal and regulatory frameworks. CBI facilitators skillfully manage complex public and private multi-stakeholder engagements at the local, state, provincial, regional, national, and international level. Whether helping a local committee to allocate wastewater financing or facilitating a national regulatory negotiation on energy policy, CBI professionals apply substantive expertise, deep technical understanding, and strong process skills to every project we undertake.

Areas of Expertise

Coasts and Oceans

  • Offshore renewable energy
  • Fisheries management
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Coastal climate change/sea level rise adaptation
  • Coastal management

Energy Policy and Facility Siting

  • Energy policy setting
  • Regional electric transmission and generation
  • Resource and energy extraction and impacts
  • Renewable energy siting

Environment and Natural Resources

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Coastal, estuary, and ocean conservation
  • Water supply and quality, wastewater management, groundwater protection  
  • Air quality and toxics management, voluntary action
  • Superfund site remediation, ecological restoration
  • Agricultural and nutrition policy

Land Use Planning, Development, and Construction

  • Sustainable development
  • Land use planning and permitting processes; joint plans and projects
  • Infrastructure development

Water Resources

  • Water supply and quality
  • Wastewater management
  • Groundwater planning and protection
  • Water conservation
  • Integrated regional water management

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