giving back

Family, Friends, and Community

December 11, 2020

At SCS Engineers, the enduring relationships with our customers, vendors, associations, and our communities foster a level of pride in our work that is immeasurable. At this time, we thank you for all you do to make our communities stronger, more resilient, and safer.

In recognition of our 50th anniversary, SCS donated $10,000 to each of the following outstanding organizations that make a difference for us all:

Environmental Research and Education Foundation: EREF funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for sustainable waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve.

Investing in education and high-quality research was paramount to Bob Stearns, one of SCS’s founders, who chaired the Environmental Research and Educational Foundation before his retirement and established the Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Master’s Scholarship. Those values continue, as does SCS Engineers’ partnership with EREF, with continued service on EREF’s Board of Directors via Jim Walsh, leadership on its Research Council through Bob Gardner (who chaired the Council in 2019), and ongoing support and participation by many SCS personnel in EREF research and educational initiatives. I can’t thank SCS enough for your tremendous support of EREF.

~ President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Bryan Staley


Center for Creative Land Recycling: At SCS, we’re proud that our services, vision, and corporate citizenship support community revitalization through brownfield redevelopment and land reuse. Land reuse has gained prominence as a vehicle for economic revitalization, environmental justice, climate mitigation, and equity. The Center for Creative Land Recycling is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to transforming communities through land recycling. This means converting abandoned or vacant commercial and industrial properties to assets that benefit the community, create jobs, and generate new tax revenues. CCLR helps by educating and convening communities, government agencies, and the private sector to create optimal conditions for reinvestment. Over the past 20 years, CCLR has assisted in bringing millions of dollars in grants to places across the U.S. and trained nearly 10,000 community-oriented specialists through our professional workshops.

Do you hear me screaming with joy here in New York? As Acting Executive Director, we cannot be more thrilled to have SCS celebrate your 50th anniversary with a gift to CCLR. It will be a long time before communities are no longer experiencing the repercussions of COVID-19, but CCLR and our partners are rising to the challenge in providing assistance where communities need it most. CCLR could not do its work without the support, encouragement, and engagement of many leaders and pre-eminent companies. SCS Engineers stands tall among them and CCLR is exceptionally grateful to SCS for its contribution and partnership in our mission of building healthy, equitable communities through redevelopment.

~ Acting Executive Director, Jean Hamerman,


U.S. Green Building Council: USGBC and its members are already the leaders in building sustainably. We believe that healthy people in healthy places is the fastest way to build a healthy economy. And the global pandemic has only made our beliefs that much stronger and our mission that much more vital. We don’t have to choose between public health and a healthy economy. The future will require both to thrive. That is why going forward; we will prioritize our efforts to build people’s trust that their spaces are healthy and have a positive impact not only on them but also on the economy at large.

The generosity of the employees and owners of SCS Engineers is sincerely appreciated, especially considering everything going on around us this year. At USGBC, we’ve taken the challenges in 2020 as an imperative for USGBC and LEED to go further and faster and your contribution will certainly help us accomplish this. We have been focused on our reimagined vision that healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy and we’re doing everything we can to bring tangible sustainability, health & wellness, equity and resilience solutions to the people, organizations and communities that need them.

~ Vice President of Membership, Sarah Karle


Waterkeeper Alliance: As the largest and fastest-growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water, Waterkeeper Alliance unites a global network of over 300 Waterkeeper groups protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways on 6 continents. SCS Engineers performs environmental services with and for organizations across the U.S.

Your gift ensures a path toward achieving the United Nations’ 2030 goal of universal, equitable access to safe, affordable drinking water. That path: strengthening and growing local leaders equipped with tools to meet their communities’ need for clean and safe water. Thank you for your support and generosity.

~ New York Manager, Garrett Kim


Nature Conservancy: One of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world is working to conserve the land and waters where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

Thank you! Your meaningful decision … has far-reaching impacts for conservation and our natural world. You can be confident that your gift … will be put to work to support our most important conservation initiatives.

~ Director, Dave Strauss


SCS is proud of the level of community involvement of our professional and technical staff in municipal governments, professional associations, charitable organizations, scholarship programs, mentoring programs, and similar endeavors.


We wish we could list every organization, but the following organizations do provide insight into our level of commitment and dedication to our communities. You’ve likely participated with some of these organizations, and some may be new to you. All of them have a powerful impact on the lives, health, and welfare of our communities, especially as we continue to fight the pandemic.

The Young Hearts Foundation: A wonderful organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people affected by life-altering illness or loss. Through raising funds for medical research, providing support for families affected, and raising awareness, Young Hearts strives to encourage a community of volunteers to better the lives of young people.

Feeding America: Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.

CalRecycle:  The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship. SCSers donate their time for technical support, outreach, and education. is a non-profit, all-volunteer project that helps get personal protective equipment to medical facilities. The PPE Donation Directory is a comprehensive national directory of healthcare facilities in need of the PPE that helps protect healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.

Together We Rise: TWR works with thousands of volunteers, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to transform the way kids experience foster care. Their programs provide a way for people who cannot become foster parents to still have a meaningful and effective way to help children in foster care.

The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin:  AROW is a non-profit association that provides statewide proactive leadership on waste reduction and recycling through education, advocacy, collaboration, programs, and services. SCSers serve on the board, on several committees, and donate funds to support our local partner during the pandemic.

Loaves & Fishes: L&F is a non-profit organization with roots going back 40 years. It’s grown from a simple soup kitchen to one of the leading providers of meals in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. “Last year, we served more than 1 million meals, almost twice as many as just a couple of years ago,” said Mauricio Cordova, Loaves & Fishes’ COO. “With the help of local restaurants, grocery stores, and others, we’re able to use the food they can’t use to feed residents in need. In our new building, we expect to increase capacity to 10,000 meals per day.” That’s sustainability in action.

The American Red Cross: Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the U.S. As an organization that also helps plan and respond to natural and disasters, we are there to support those who support so many.


From the Employee-Owners of SCS Engineers, Happy and Healthy Holidays to You and Your Families!










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