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September 24, 2015
Specialty: Cleanup and restoration
Management: Callie Ridolfi, president
2014 revenues: $3 million
Projected 2015 revenues: $3 million
Projects: Port Gamble Bay, Mid Columbia River, Commencement Bay
Seattle-based Ridolfi is working on environmental projects in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. It is restoring and monitoring habitats in Commencement Bay, the Puyallup River and on Bainbridge Island. Ridolfi is working on sustainable development projects for tribes in Alaska and Washington, as well as a waste transfer station in Neah Bay.
Callie Ridolfi discussed some of the pressing issues in environmental work.
Q: What types of projects has the firm done lately?
A: This past year we have been engaged in cleanup of contaminated sediment, fish consumption surveys and the evaluation of mining impacts.
Q: What are a few changes you have noticed in the industry?
A: Transboundary and watershed concerns related to proposed mineral development, and regional cleanup decisions being made around contaminated sediment sites.
Q: What is the next big innovation in sustainable building?
A: Application of living building techniques to new housing development.
Q: What are the risks and benefits of building on a potentially contaminated site?
A: Legacy soil and groundwater contamination; an opportunity to convert an underutilized brownfield into green building.
Q: What is the biggest environmental issue in real estate?
A: Allowing for denser development and friendly, walkable neighborhoods while accommodating transit for commuting. Public-private partnerships are needed, with community outreach and input to achieve solutions that are sustainable for growth in the long term.