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EMS Celebrates 40th Anniversary

EMS is celebrating 40 years in business this September!

EMS was founded by N. Jay Bassin in September 1983. Jay's original vision was to provide management and project-design consulting for federal agencies, trade associations, and state and local governments. 40 years later, EMS provides technical research, policy and program development, communications and outreach, training, organizational development, meeting planning, grants management, and technical information management for federal, state and local environmental organizations. We specialize in bridging the gap among environmental scientists and engineers, government policymakers, regulated communities, and the general public.

During our early years, we established two keys to our success:

  • The flat company structure that makes it easy for us to respond to client needs quickly. You deal with your project support team directly when working with EMS, not through layers of management. 

  • The benefits and culture that reflect our priorities and encourage retention. EMS hires people with the hope that they will be with us for the remainder of their professional careers. Our current average employee tenure is 18.5 years.


As EMS grew, so did its reputation for quality and integrity. By 1991, most of our business was from prime contracts with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We have also successfully managed prime contracts with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of the Interior, and Department of Transportation.

EMS transitioned to an employee-owned firm with Dr. Bassin's retirement in 2014. EMS's current President, Pete Riddle, is an employee owner who has been with the firm for 26 years. "EMS thrives as a team of dedicated professionals that is highly effective for our size. Our well-earned reputation for excellence is based on the support we provide to our clients and each other," Riddle said.

As we look ahead, we remain steadfast in our intention to remain small. Our stable workforce of experienced, exceptionally qualified professionals are focused on meeting our clients' needs, rather than marketing the next project. We selectively pursue opportunities based on interest, rather than financial reward. We can’t wait to continue our journey for the next 40 years!

Contact:    Pete Riddle at

2023 National Brownfields Training Conference

August 8-11, 2023 - Detroit, MI

Edie Findeis, Abe Parker, and Mary Buttarazzi attended the National Brownfields Training Conference in Detroit August 8-11! They supported five workshops, including a Revitalization-Ready Workshop with our friends at Vita Nuova, a Site Planning and Design workshop with our friends at ICF and Stromberg/Garrigan and Associates, and a Resource Roadmapping workshop with our friends at Sustainable Strategies DC.


They also helped staff the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization Booth in the Exhibit Hall, where many of the tools and resources we’ve developed over the past year, including the 2023 Brownfields Federal Programs Guide, were available. 

Environmental Management Support, Inc. Wins Contract with Department of the Interior

December 14, 2022

Environmental Management Support, Inc. (EMS) has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) within the Department of Interior (DOI). Under this BPA, EMS will manage the scientific peer review of selected research projects.

BSEE and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) conduct and support research that promotes the safety of offshore workers, enhances emergency preparedness, protects offshore environmental resources, and reduces potential impacts on our Nation’s energy infrastructure and economic prosperity. Such research supports regulatory changes and ensures that suitable technology is applied on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Through peer review of its research products, BSEE ensures that its research is salient, credible, objective, and accepted by experts in relevant scientific fields and by stakeholders.

The contract has an estimated value of $10 million over five years if all options are exercised.

This new contract builds upon EMS's demonstrated ability and record of past performance providing peer review support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for over 20 years. EMS has a clear understanding of the government's peer review processes, and will apply our experience to manage the scientific peer reviews of research projects for BSEE.

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