As we celebrate Earth Day 2024, Tidal Basin Group reaffirms our commitment to sustainability and climate resilience. Our mission transcends providing leading disaster recovery and emergency management services linked to fostering a sustainable future that can withstand and adapt to environmental challenges. 

Climate change poses unprecedented risks, and our work in disaster preparedness and disaster recovery places us at the forefront of building resilience. From assessing vulnerabilities to implementing recovery plans, our holistic approach ensures that sustainability principles are integrated at every step. 

This Earth Day, we are proud to spotlight our initiatives that contribute directly to environmental sustainability. Our projects restore communities and enhance their ability to manage future ecological impacts. We leverage cutting-edge technology and data-driven strategies to ensure that our solutions are practical and environmentally responsible. 

As part of our commitment, Tidal Basin Group continuously seeks to improve our operational sustainability. We are enhancing our internal practices to reduce waste, conserve energy, and minimize our carbon footprint. Every decision we make today is done with an eye toward a greener tomorrow. 

In partnership with local communities, governments, and businesses, we are dedicated to developing strategies that promote environmental stewardship while advancing our resilience efforts. We invite our clients, partners, and stakeholders to join us in this vital cause. Together, we can create a more sustainable and resilient world. 

Tom Lewis, President and COO of Tidal Basin, also raised awareness by publishing an op-ed in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The op-ed highlighted the importance of nature-based solutions and integrating resilience into our approach to climate adaptability. Read Tom’s op-ed below.

On Earth Day and every day, Tidal Basin Group stands ready to lead the way toward a more sustainable and resilient future. 

“As we recognize Earth Day 2024, we must acknowledge that we face ecological and extreme weather chal­lenges caused by pollution, waste, unbridled devel­opment, and greenhouse gas emissions not seen in the last 3 million years.  

In Sarasota and worldwide, we must reexamine and transition current conventional infrastructure­ building practices and investments to increase resil­ience and sustainability. Nature-based solutions are integral to developing more resilient, sustainable in­frastructure that embraces a holistic natural ap­proach – throughout the planning, design, construc­tion and long-term operations and maintenance life cycle.  

As a local resident, I’m proud our community is a leader in these efforts. The work of nonprofit organi­zations like the Sarasota-based Climate Adaptation Center, with its grassroots approach to climate adap­tation, alongside the International Coalition for Sus­tainable Infrastructure’s top-down strategy, illus­trates the vital, multifaceted impact of nature-based solutions. Both methods are indispensable, serving as complementary forces in the fight against climate change and in building resilience.  

By tapping into the power of nature, cities like Sa­rasota can lead the fight to confront climate change, bolster biodiversity and improve human well-being and enjoyment. The benefits extend beyond environ­mental health to include air and water purification, urban heat reduction and the provision of recreation­al and ecological engagement spaces. Natural solu­tions profoundly impact our physical and mental health and connect us better to our environment and each other.  

Natural elements like near-shore oyster reefs, na­tive coastal vegetation and inland wetlands are emerging as effective and, in some cases, superior long-term alternatives to traditional structure-based approaches for addressing environmental and ex­treme weather protection challenges. Solutions like the storm surge-absorbing mangroves of Florida and the flood-mitigating urban green spaces in California highlight the potential of leveraging nature to en­hance water absorption and reduce coastal erosion.  

Adopting more resilient and sustainable infra­structure can also bolster the fight against urban groundwater issues such as contamination, over-ex­traction and saltwater intrusion. This includes inte­grating advanced wastewater treatment systems, sustainable urban drainage systems and green infra­structure elements like permeable pavements, rain gardens, and green roofs. Using these types of storm and wastewater infrastructure systems improves groundwater recharge and quality, underscoring the viability of sustainable approaches to urban plan­ning.  

It is essential to consider how we integrate nature­ based solutions into emergency management prac­tices -specifically pre-disaster planning and hazard mitigation efforts – and help communities become more resilient and better equipped to face the chal­lenges of a changing climate. Highlighting the impor­tance of the Federal Emergency Management Agen­cy (FEMA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Ur­ban Development (HUD) resilience and recovery grants is crucial for mitigating risks from droughts, wildfires and floods.  

These initiatives, including FEMA’s Flood Mitiga­tion Assistance (FMA) program, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program and the Safeguarding Tomorrow Through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act, provide critical funding and support. The FMA program, with $3.5 billion al­located over five years, and the BRIC program’s $1 bil­lion investment to date underscore FEMA’s commit­ment to resilience.  

This Earth Day, integrating nature-based solu­tions into emergency management, supporting FEMA’s and HUD’s grant programs and embracing other constructive approaches are key steps toward developing resilient communities, fostering a sus­tainable future and producing a healthier planet.”