GILBERT, ARIZ. (March 18, 2019) – The tremendous growth experienced by Earthworks Environmental LLC last year has carried over to 2019 as the woman- and minority-owned environmental compliance firm opened offices in two more states and hired two employees and promoted two specialists in its Arizona office.
The Gilbert-based company now operates in Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas, where it signed its first contract in Houston last week.
Services provided include stormwater pollution prevention, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, dust control, and construction safety compliances. The firm primarily serves land developers, vertical developers, commercial construction, and land-holding companies.
Earthworks Environmental Principal Cherie Koester said the firm is consulting on nearly 600 permits nationally. She hired two additional employees in the Arizona office.
“I’m eager to see what 2019 and beyond bring Earthworks,” Koester said. “Customer service is a dying skill and I intend to continually revive it. The culture we have created here strives for excellence. I’m prepared to go the distance with this team of elite. I have no plans of slowing down.”
Founded in 2014, Earthworks Environmental expanded its operations to Florida and added two employees at its Arizona office in late 2016. The office has since grown to 30 employees.
Within the Arizona office, Koester promoted Travis Fern to Executive Director and promoted Richard Howe to National Operations Manager.
“Travis has excelled in every role I have given him since Day One,” Koester said. “He started as a Compliance Manager, moved into Lead Compliance Manager, then Director of Compliance and now Executive Director.
“He is my right-hand man and is always cool, calm and collected. There isn’t a person I have met that doesn’t enjoy his company,” Koester said.
A proprietary program that Earthworks Environmental employs – ERX – has also played a key role in the expansion, Koester said. ERX is an environmental reporting software program that puts all aspects of environmental compliance into one program. This includes any permits and inspections. Koester said nearly 75 percent of the violations in her industry occur in the paperwork process.
A client can hire Earthworks Environmental to handle the entire process including ERX. A client may also decide to opt out of the consulting and use ERX themselves. In that case, Earthworks Environmental will apply a nominal fee for use.
To learn more about Earthworks Environmental visit earthworksenv.com.