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Creating the right balance between
environmental sustainability and development.

Achieving a harmonious balance between economic and community development and environmental sustainability is the goal Ascent seeks in its compliance work with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the code and rules of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). With a strong focus on environmental responsibility, we diligently conduct thorough environmental assessments to identify potential impacts accurately, responsibly, and objectively. Emphasizing efficient and innovative approaches, we identify and implement strategies to streamline the environmental review process, allowing for a more expedited yet comprehensive evaluation. This approach not only supports environmental protection but also facilitates timely project execution, ensuring a positive impact on the community and the natural surroundings.

  • CEQA project and program EIRs, Initial Studies/MNDs, NDs, and exemptions
  • NEPA EISs, EAs, FONSIs, and CEs
  • TRPA EISs, EAs, and IECs
  • Opportunities and constraints evaluations
  • Environmental compliance strategy assessments
  • Supplemental EIRs/MNDs, Addenda, and streamlined environmental analysis and documentation
  • Innovative use of program EIRs/”within-the-scope” findings
  • Joint CEQA/NEPA and CEQA/NEPA/TRPA documents
  • Joint planning and environmental documents
Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties, California
SCAG Development Streamlining Guidance for Increasing Housing Supply
San Diego, California
NASSCO Floating Dry Dock Replacement and Waterfront Improvement Project EIR
San Luis Obispo, California
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 2035 Master Plan EIR
Lake Tahoe, California
Meeks Bay Restoration and Public Access Project EIS/EIS/EIR
Statewide, California
California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) Program EIR

Chris Mundhenk
Principal | Environmental Practice Leader
(Northern California)


Chad Beckstrom AICP
Regional Services Leader
(Southern California)


Nanette Hansel
(Sierra Nevada)


  • California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • California Department of General Services
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • California Air Resources Board
  • California State Lands Commission
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • California State University, San Jose
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Cal Poly Humboldt
  • California State Parks
  • Santa Clara Valley Open Space District
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • East Bay Regional Park District
  • California Tahoe Conservancy
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • Tahoe Transportation District
  • County of San Diego
  • County of Marin
  • County of Sacramento
  • County of Monterey
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of San Diego
  • Port of Long Beach
  • City of Sunnyvale
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