In Celebration of #TechWomen18

#TechWomen18 at Northgate Northgate celebrates our 8th year participating in TechWomen. This fall, Northgate welcomed emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to join us in our Oakland office for four weeks of mentoring and professional exchange. Participating in the TechWomen program since its initial launch in 2011, Northgate closes out the year in celebration of our 8th year of mentoring with this dynamic and inspirational program. TechWomen is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that empowers, connects, and supports early to mid-career leaders from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the […]

Northgate Staff Presents at Spring Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air

Earlier this spring, Northgate Engineer Nicky Robinson presented at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation’s 28th Annual International West Coast Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air. Nicky presented a remediation case study entitled, “Minimizing Environmental Exposure by Incorporating Redevelopment Design in Remediation of Former Wood Treatment Facility”. Her poster explored the management and mitigation of a 12-acre remediation of soil, groundwater, and soil vapor at a site that historically served as a wood treatment facility and an oilfield for the past 70 years. The site was impacted with pentachlorephenol, metals, VOCs, dioxins/furans, and methane. The remedial […]

Northgate Receives 10-year Recognition as Green Business

Northgate was recognized and awarded for 10 years in the Alameda County Green Business Program, a member of the California Green Business Network. Over the past decade, Northgate has prioritized conserving resources and preventing pollution in our office facilities, operations, and projects. Going beyond program compliance in the areas of waste, energy, water, pollution prevention, and air quality, we seek out creative and holistic solutions to reducing our environmental footprint in the communities where we work and live. Our green business practices under the program include: Reducing water use Conserving energy Promoting and incentivizing alternative transportation for employees Eliminating and […]

Northgate Presents at State of the Estuary Conference

      Northgate is proud to have once again presented at the State of the Estuary Conference. The State of the Estuary Conference focuses on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and showcases the latest information about the estuary’s changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges. This year, The 13th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference was held at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA. Northgates presented posters included: Applications of UAS (Drones) for Aerial Mapping for Shoreline and Wetland Restoration and Management; presented by Pascual […]

Northgate Selected for Port of San Francisco Contract

Northgate has been selected for a multi-year contract to provide As-Needed Environmental Services to the Port of San Francisco! For the Port of San Francisco contract, Northgate joint ventured with AGS, Inc, a local engineering firm headquartered in San Francisco. Our team brings key technical components to support the Port with high quality and adept environmental planning and engineering including sediment characterization and dredge program support, storm water compliance and climate change evaluation services. We look forward to supporting the environmental needs of the Port along its pier and bay margin properties with cost-effective and sustainable practices through the term […]

Northgate Drone Team Presents at California Geospatial Conference

Northgate was pleased to share the story of one of our Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/drone) projects at the 2017 CalGIS/LocationCon conference in Oakland. In its 23rd year, The CalGIS Conference is considered a premier venue to discuss geospatial technologies. Northgate associate Taylor Bennett presented a case study from our successful drone mapping and imagery project at the Montezuma wetlands restoration site in the San Francisco estuary. At the Montezuma wetlands, Northgate and our partner, GeoWing Mapping Inc., conducted a high-resolution aerial survey of a 2,150-acre portion of the Suisun Marsh, which is now being restored from farmland to its original wetland state. […]

Northgate Geologist Dana Brown Receives Scouting Program’s District Award of Merit

Northgate Geologist Dana Brown was recently awarded The District Award of Merit, the highest award the Long Beach Area Council can give to an adult volunteer in the Scouting program. Having been a Cub, Boy, and Explorer Scout from kindergarten to age 18, as an adult Dana recognized the opportunity to “pay back” the Scouting program as a volunteer. Since 2011, he has served as Unit Commissioner and District Commissioner, and is currently the Dean of the Commissioner College. In 2014, Dana achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Commissioner Science and was awarded the Commissioner’s Key award for service to his unit. In 2015, Dana […]

Northgate’s Commitment to Open Space

This past spring, Northgate participated in the Bay Area Open Space Council conference, which brings together many actors committed to fostering the conversation around land conservation, wetlands and open space restoration, and stakeholder interactivity. Northgate has been actively involved in many wetlands and open space restoration projects over the past years. These include: the Yosemite Slough Brownfields to Greenfields project, the largest urban wetlands restoration in the San Francisco Bay Area the restoration of Mt. Umunhum at the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve in Santa Clara County, which entailed the conversion of military lands to publicly-accessible open space the Tourtelot […]

Critical Updates to the Polanco Act

In October 2013, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 440, which helps facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of blighted urban properties (i.e., Brownfield sites). This new law, referred to as Polanco 2.0, is an expansion of, and successor to, the original Polanco Redevelopment Act, which effectively ended on February 1, 2012 with the formal dissolution of local redevelopment agencies. Under AB440, cities, counties, and some housing authorities (“local agencies”) can now compel responsible parties to clean up their blighted property, or can directly perform the cleanup themselves. Local agencies are authorized to investigate blighted properties and prepare cleanup plans, or require […]