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SWCA is a global environmental consulting firm that helps clients navigate the environmental compliance process. Founded in 1981, we have a deep roster of biologists, archaeologists, planners, engineers and technical experts who work on renewable energy projects; transmission lines; pipelines; roads, trails and highways; land management plans; coasts, inland, and offshore.

We have climate experts, wildlife biologists, fire experts, cultural resource scientists, historians, GIS and drone professionals, solar and wind experts, tribal consultants, and much more. Basically, any kind of project that requires environmental planning or permitting falls under our expertise.

You can see more of what we do by browsing our business lines and service areas. To request an interview with one of our experts, contact media [at] swca [dot] com (subject: Media%20Request) (media[at]swca[dot]com) 

SWCA Stories

Desert Tortoise

Using Drones and AI to Save Tortoises

SWCA is pioneering the use of drones and artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor and survey several important species of animals and plants. See how we’re currently using the technology for finding desert tortoises and their burrows. 

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Disaster Recovery - Hurricane Harvey

The Environmental Impacts of Natural Disasters

The end of a disaster is often just the beginning. Once the storm abates, the smoke clears, and the dust settles, the recovery process begins. In addition to the billions of dollars in property loss and the deep personal loss that many people endure, there are often unseen environmental impacts that have to be mitigated.


The Discovery of a Triceratops Skull Demonstrates the Importance of Construction Monitoring

SWCA paleontologists did not expect to encounter any large significant fossils during construction monitoring for a well pad in eastern Wyoming. Follow this dinosaur discovery from the construction site to a museum.

Laysan Ducks

If You Give a Mouse an Albatross

On the northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, there is a small island with a big problem: mice are eating birds. Learn more about the chain of events leading to this bizarre phenomenon and how our scientists are trying to help. 


SWCA By the Numbers


Global Experience

Our projects span the globe. We work together to bring the right expertise to our clients and projects.

1600+ Number of Employees

41 Offices

40+ Years

SWCA was founded in 1981 by Dr. Steven W. Carothers, the “SWC” of SWCA. From humble beginnings, we’ve grown to the award-winning company we are today. 

80+ Awards

SWCA is consistently recognized for its people-first approach with national awards for our programs and business excellence.

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We are committed to sustainability with initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce waste through recycling, reduce our water usage, and foster environmental stewardship among our employees.

100% Powered by Renewable Electricity

100% Offices Recycle & Reuse

Committed to communities & the environment

Our purpose is to preserve natural and cultural resouces for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today. 

100% Employee-Owned Firm

75 Science Leadership Members



SWCA’s exceptional work is recognized year after year with some of the best client satisfaction ratings in the industry. 

SWCA Videos

Visit the SWCA YouTube channel for a library of videos about SWCA’s work and culture.

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SWCA Images

We have a selection of SWCA logos and images available for media use. Please credit SWCA Environmental Consultants and link to our website. 

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For Media Inquiries or Interviews

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