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Cardno experts author article addressing sustainability in the solar industry

Informed Infrastructure recently published an article by Cardno Senior Business Leadership & Development Manager Chris Kline and Senior Project Ecologist Dan Salas addressing “Sustainability in the Solar Industry”.


Featured in the publication’s sustainable engineering issue, the article reviews the growth in utility-scale solar power, particularly in light of an increasing range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) expectations.

Chris and Dan explain the difference between sustainability and ESG from a business and project perspective. They then offer insight into the ways solar developers, engineers, and scientists are planning to address key ESG issues on utility-scale solar projects in the United States. This includes measuring and reducing carbon footprints, land reuse and conversion challenges, and the need for thorough research to understand solar-facility vegetation concerns.

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Solar field with native plants to promote pollinators

Chris Kline and Dan Salas explore "Sustainability in the Solar Industry"

Senior Ecologist Dan Salas – “This article illustrates the growth in solar photovoltaic technology and the potential challenges ahead. Those working and investing in this technology must face these challenges directly with creative thinking and practical approaches.”

Chris Kline is Cardno's Global Senior Principal for Sustainability and ESG. In this role, Mr. Kline leads Cardno’s corporate sustainability initiative and supports Cardno clients across a range of ESG disciplines.

Dan Salas is a Senior Principal – Environment. He has more than 20 years of experience in natural resource management, stream and shoreline restoration, conservation planning, endangered and threatened species inventories, and decision analysis.


ESG services at Cardno:  

  • > Governance and policy support to integrate sustainability into corporate culture and business operations
  • > Environmental systems analysis
  • > Health risk management assessment and support
  • > Built asset resiliency, particularly focused on climate risk
  • > Natural resources assessment, management, and restoration
  • > Modern slavery support
  • > Supply chain evaluation
  • > Green house gas analysis, benchmarking, and target setting

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For more information, contact:

Chris Kline
Global Senior Principal for Sustainability and ESG
Email: christopher.kline@cardno.com

Dan Salas
Senior Principal / Senior Ecologist
Email: dan.salas@cardno.com

Nancy Cline
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Email: nancy.cline@cardno.com