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QUEENSBURY — A local consulting and research firm has received the 2017 Environmental Business Journal’s National Community Engagement and Business Achievement Award.

Consulting for Health, Air, Nature & a Greener Environment LLC, also known as CHANGE, received the award from the Environmental Business Journal, a business research publication that provides strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry.

CHANGE, which has its main offices in Queensbury, was recognized for community engagement and responsiveness in initiating and completing an air quality, traffic and noise impact study on a proposed asphalt plant in Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania. The proposed location was adjacent to a neighborhood with over 50 homes and in range of an elementary school. A small group of neighbors raised funds from the local community to support CHANGE in developing the study, and CHANGE Project Manager Tim McAuley’s testimony to a zoning board was instrumental in a unanimous decision against permitting the plant, according to a news release.

One community leader said McAuley’s “efforts to help our small community were much larger than the compensation he received financially.”

The 2017 EBJ awards will be presented during a ceremony at Environmental Industry Summit XVI in San Diego on March 21.

CHANGE is a veteran-owned business that McAuley founded in 2009. It serves clients in several countries and focuses on providing expert environmental consulting and research services to clients across several environmental markets.

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