First Environment, Inc. is an international leader in addressing climate change and implementing sustainable practices for all sectors of the economy. Established in 1977, major practice areas include climate change, sustainability, litigation support, environmental, health & safety management, site investigation & remediation, environmental due diligence, and compliance support & permitting. Founded in New Jersey under the name of Ground/Water Technology, our initial focus was guided around dewatering projects and the control of contaminated groundwater. Today, we continue to reflect these roots with our strong presence in the site investigation and remediation field where we maintain our tradition of practical problem solving and innovation. The firm’s name was changed to First Environment in 1987 to better reflect its much broader range of environmental services.
Within the last decade, as climate change has moved to the forefront of environmental concerns, we have actively participated in the effort to meet this challenge, which has been described by many as the first true global sustainability challenge. We have been attending meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1998 to participate in the global dialogue related to addressing climate change.
First Environment is accredited as a Validation/Verification Body by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Under this accreditation, First Environment is an approved verifier for projects utilizing Climate Action Reserve, Voluntary Carbon Standard, American Carbon Registry, and Chicago Climate Exchange protocols. Through its ANSI accreditation, First Environment is also qualified to perform verifications of GHG inventory reports to The Climate Registry.
Our ability to look forward and anticipate what is needed in the environmental field is an important component of our culture and history.
In 1997, we became the first environmental consulting firm in the western hemisphere to achieve ISO 14001 certification for our Environmental Management System (EMS), a status which we maintain today.