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Giving Back to Our Communities
with Passion and Purpose

We believe that charitable giving is more than just writing a check. It is a way of expressing our gratitude, compassion, and solidarity with our communities, locally, globally, and professionally. We are committed to supporting the causes that matter most to our staff and to sharing our expertise and resources with those who need them. On this page, you will learn more about how we give back to our communities through our three main initiatives: staff-led volunteering activities, mentoring and training, and annual giving.

Paid Leave for Volunteering

Ascent is strongly committed to giving back to the community and to the industry that we serve and that serves us. As such, we encourage and are committed to providing opportunities for our employees to be involved with charitable, community, and professional organizations. Employees are provided up to two hours per month to perform volunteer work on company time.

American Hiking Society

Phi Ngo, Senior GIS Specialist, volunteered for the American Hiking Society helping the US Forest Service repair trails in the Chugach National Forest.

PRIDE Festival Volunteers

Ascent team members volunteered at PRIDE festivals to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community and our firm’s values of diversity, inclusion, and solidarity.

Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays

Our Sacramento Office has proudly supported the La Familia Counseling Center for many years by adopting families for Christmas. We have similar programs in other offices, such as San Diego, where we supported Social Advocates for Youth.

Community Volunteering

We are proud of our employees who have used their time and skills to make a positive impact in their communities. At left is a representative list of some of the organizations that they have supported through their volunteer work.

Senior biologist Carlos Alvarado helps students at a Sacramento elementary school learn about biology by showcasing wildlife tracks and signs of local wildlife species in the area.

Giving Back to the Profession

We share our knowledge openly because we feel it is important to give back and help advance the collective knowledge of the environmental, climate change, natural resources, and planning profession. Ascent experts regularly conduct professional trainings every year in both virtual and in-person settings. Recent examples include:

Mentoring & Training Activities
  • Curriculum preparation and instructors for Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Advanced CEQA Workshops
  • Co-chair and instructors at Continuing Legal Education International’s Annual CEQA Conference in San Francisco
  • Conference chair for 2023 AEP Conference in Lake Tahoe
  • Ascent webinar: Consensus Building for Climate Action Plans
  • Instructors and guest lecturers for University of California Extension and Professional Education Programs
  • Instructional webinars for implementation of the California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP)
  • Conference panels at the California Climate Adaptation Forum, AEP State Conference, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Resource Conservation District Association Conference, CalForest’s Forest Strategies and Innovations, and California Chapter American Planning Association Conference
The Causes We Support

Every year, we select charitable organizations that align with our values and our purpose, and support causes that matter to our employees and communities. These are the charities we chose for last year’s Annual Giving Program:

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