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For over two decades, Veda has worked with clients to protect the environment through policy, communications and education. The results speak for themselves.

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Veda is a leader in designing innovative outreach and engagement strategies that result in understanding and buy-in for public programs and practices that reduce stormwater impacts.

Veda staff have robust science and policy expertise that helps advance recovery and protection of species at risk.

Veda is the Lead Coordinator for the Oil Spill Task Force, a multi-state and transboundary oil spill prevention, prepardness and response organization working across the West Coast and Canada.

Veda helps clients navigate the complicated process of identifying, protecting and restoring habitat.  Our work includes working with municipalities and counties with public outreach, meeting facilitation and stakeholder engagement aimed at protecting and restoring wetlands, watersheds, city parks and shorelines.

Veda helps clients succeed in large-scale clean-up projects by skillfully engaging and communicating with affected local communities and stakeholders.  Our extensive experience with building and facilitating public engagement programs helps affected communities understand the impacts of reparations on their daily lives and neighborhoods.

Veda empowers clients to proactively confront the numerous challenges and uncertainties posed by climate change.  We work with public, private, and non-profit entities to develop and implement sustainability plans, strategic plans, and climate action plans so they can thrive and succeed in the decades and centuries to come.

We design workshops that deliver. How? By focusing on creating and employing key ingredients: a solid outcome-oriented agenda, thoughtful and detailed preparation, seamless orchestration and facilitation, and comprehensive follow-up. We plan small workshops and large, multi-day events with concrete outcomes and clear next steps. In short, we work with you to ensure that your workshop is meaningful, engaging and productive.

 

The natural world is complex, and so too are the efforts to understand, protect and restore it. Veda’s team of science communication experts have extensive experience translating science and technical information into compelling language and images that are accessible and comprehensible to broad audiences. Our science backgrounds coupled with decades of science communication practice have resulted in communication products that tell a clear story and have impact. 

Natural resource protection and restoration efforts are more likely to succeed if the diverse array of individuals who are interested in and/or impacted by them have had meaningful opportunities to engage.  

Veda staff are passionate about providing stakeholders with this opportunity. Our efforts not only help build broad support for important restoration and protection efforts, but also result in better and more sustainable projects that reflect the important insights and values provided by stakeholders.   

“Failing to plan is planning fail”.  A well-crafted strategic plan is a roadmap to achieving success for any entity. We lead organizations through engaging and creative strategic planning processes that result in a clear ‘north star’ direction for moving forward. Our strategic planning workshops include relationship-building activities that fosters commitment and collaboration across staff within an organization as they chart their future course. 

 

Successful meetings, workshops and events don’t happen by chance. They are the result of carefully designed processes led by professional facilitators who work hard to build trust and collaboration among participants. Veda’s team of experienced, certified facilitators work with clients to design and implement processes that foster productive dialogue and culminate in agreement on priority actions that help projects and programs gain traction.

 

Built on over two decades of first-hand experience, Veda has developed cutting edge trainings designed to empower natural resource practitioners. Our trainings in stakeholder engagement, facilitation and science communication are specially designed to share best practices and tricks of the trade that we have successfully used in our own work. Our trainings are custom-designed to meet your organization’s unique needs. Download the Trainings We Offer or see an Overview.

Educational raingarden signage for the Port of Seattle

CLIENT: Port of Seattle

YEAR: 2019

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

EXPERTISE: Stormwater Management and Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Outreach to Seattle Pearl Street neighborhood residents about stormwater management

CLIENT: Seattle Public Utilities

YEAR: 2015-present

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Stormwater Management and Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Remote meeting planning and facilitation training

CLIENT: Amazon

YEAR: 2019

SERVICES: Facilitation, Training

Managing stakeholder conflict in natural resources programs

CLIENT: King County

YEAR: 2019 - 2020

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Training

EXPERTISE: Stormwater Management and Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Strategic Plan review and update for Ecology's Spills Program

CLIENT: Washington Department of Ecology

YEAR: 2019

SERVICES: Strategic Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Developing a robust and sustainable Strategic Plan for North Cascades Institute

CLIENT: North Cascades Institute

YEAR: 2019

SERVICES: Strategic Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Habitat Protection and Restoration

Leading a Strategic Plan process for the Northwest Area Committee

CLIENT: US EPA and Washington Department of Ecology

YEAR: 2019

SERVICES: Strategic Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Developing a robust and sustainable Strategic Plan for the San Juan Preservation Trust

CLIENT: San Juan Preservation Trust

YEAR: 2018-2019

SERVICES: Strategic Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Climate Change and Sustainability

Cleaning up a legacy of pollutants in Seattle's neighborhoods

CLIENT: Seattle City Light

YEAR: 2016 - present

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

EXPERTISE: Clean-up of Contaminated Sites

Stakeholder Engagement Training

CLIENT: Coastal Training Program

YEAR: 2018

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Training

Helping protect Puget Sound Nearshore through strategic planning

CLIENT: WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

YEAR: 2018

SERVICES: Strategic Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Species at Risk, Habitat Protection and Restoration, Climate Change and Sustainability

Washington Association of Conservation Districts Facilitation

CLIENT: Washington Association of Conservation Districts

YEAR: 2018

SERVICES: Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Climate Change and Sustainability

Science Communication Training

CLIENT: Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

YEAR: 2018

SERVICES: Science and Technical Communication, Training

Helping advance the work of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts

CLIENT: Washington Association of Conservation Districts

YEAR: 2017

SERVICES: Strategic Planning, Facilitation

Doing our part to help recover the Southern Residents

CLIENT: San Juan Marine Resources Committee

YEAR: 2017

SERVICES: Workshop Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Species at Risk

Adjacent Streets Cleanup and Stormwater Management

CLIENT: Seattle City Light

YEAR: 2017

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

EXPERTISE: Stormwater Management and Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Clean-up of Contaminated Sites

Training and certifying designers and contractors in sustainable landscaping practices to reduce impacts to Lake Whatcom

CLIENT: City of Bellingham

YEAR: 2016-2017

SERVICES: Science and Technical Communication, Training

EXPERTISE: Climate Change and Sustainability

Training: risk communications, stakeholder engagement and science communications

CLIENT: International Oil Spill Conference

YEAR: 2017

SERVICES: Training

Establishing a no-discharge zone for Puget Sound

CLIENT: Washington Department of Ecology

YEAR: 2012-2013

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response

The legacy of Seattle’s electricity network – removing old transformer stations

CLIENT: Seattle Public Utilities

YEAR: 2015-present

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

EXPERTISE: Clean-up of Contaminated Sites

Reducing electronic waste in Washington: Ecology’s E-Waste Program

CLIENT: Washington Department of Ecology

YEAR: 2009-2015

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

Creating Washington’s first community forest in the Teanaway River Watershed

CLIENT: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Natural Resources

YEAR: 2015-2016

SERVICES: Facilitation

Cleaning up and restoring the Duwamish River and South Park Neighborhood

CLIENT: Seattle City Light and Port of Seattle

YEAR: 2014-2017

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

EXPERTISE: Habitat Protection and Restoration, Clean-up of Contaminated Sites

Protecting the West Coast from Oil Spills

CLIENT: Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force

YEAR: 2012 - present

SERVICES: Workshop Planning, Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Strategic Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Protecting Seattle's waterways with raingardens

CLIENT: City of Seattle and King County

YEAR: 2012-present

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement

EXPERTISE: Stormwater Management and Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Training the oil spill prevention and response community to communicate with and engage stakeholders

CLIENT: Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force and Clean Pacific Conference

YEAR: 2015

SERVICES: Science and Technical Communication, Training

EXPERTISE: Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Training stormwater professionals to design, install and maintain Low Impact Development (LID) facilities

CLIENT: Washington State Department of Ecology and Washington Stormwater Center

YEAR: 2008-present

SERVICES: Science and Technical Communication, Training

EXPERTISE: Stormwater Management and Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Protecting and restoring habitat in the City of Bellingham

CLIENT: City of Bellingham

YEAR: 2012-2016

SERVICES: Workshop Planning, Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Habitat Protection and Restoration

Resolving landowner conflicts in the upper Skagit River basin: managing the North Cascades elk herd

CLIENT: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

YEAR: 2013-2016

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Species at Risk

Leque Island Alternatives Analysis: engaging citizens to recover salmon in the Skagit River Delta

CLIENT: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

YEAR: 2013-2016

SERVICES: Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Species at Risk, Habitat Protection and Restoration

Northwest Straits Commission Annual Retreat

CLIENT: Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative

YEAR: Annually: 2014 to present

SERVICES: Facilitation

Engaging Puget Sound communities in oil spill preparedness and response

CLIENT: Northwest Straits Foundation

YEAR: 2014 - 2015

SERVICES: Workshop Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Identifying Barriers and Incentives to Reducing Shoreline Armoring

CLIENT: Island County

YEAR: 2015 - 2016

SERVICES: Strategic Planning, Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Habitat Protection and Restoration

Nooksack River Watershed (WRIA 1) Planning Unit Coordination

CLIENT: Whatcom County Public Works

YEAR: 2015-2016

SERVICES: Facilitation

Reducing Small Spills: Coordinating the Pacific Oil Spill Prevention Education Team (POSPET)

CLIENT: Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force

YEAR: 2012-present

SERVICES: Facilitation

EXPERTISE: Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Veda was extremely helpful in translating the complex science of the project into comprehensible language.

- Ron Shultz, Director of Policy & Inter Governmental Relations, Washington Conservation Commission