ICF Climate Sustainability


ICF International helps public and private sector clients develop and implement mission-centered sustainability programs and initiatives that optimize energy and environmental performance, reduce costs, and advance social well-being.



ICF provides sustainability support ranging from technical expertise in specific topic areas to supplying comprehensive services that drive an integrated sustainability program. Our foremost objective is to help our clients achieve sustainability goals within the context of their broader mission.

ICF's sustainability approach values and fosters a healthy:

  • Environment—ICF conducts analyses and assessments to identify preferred ways to optimize use of materials and resources, lessen or eliminate environmental impacts, and promote healthy ecosystems and positive human-environment interactions
  • Society—ICF works with our clients to conceive and implement solutions and services that protect and improve the quality of life in families, communities, and workplaces
  • Economy—ICF conducts cost-benefit analyses, advanced energy analytics, and wedge analyses to identify cost-effective solutions that increase energy and water use efficiency, reduce and divert waste, and limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while making the most of invested dollars
  • Mission—ICF understands that advancing a sustainability culture requires commitment from all levels of an organization and helps clients align their sustainability vision, goals, and objectives with their mission and priorities and provides the employee engagement tools and management resources needed to execute effective sustainability programs

From GHGs to criteria air pollutants, from energy efficiency to renewable energy, from lifecycle assessments to green procurementICF's staff includes hundreds of sustainability subject matter experts (SME) who are recognized internationally for their knowledge, experience, and resourcefulness. We advise federal agencies, leading manufacturers, consumer brands, and financial institutions on compliance and cost-saving sustainability solutions.

Our SMEs work hand-in-hand with exceptional information technology experts, marketing and communication specialists, economists, and other talented staff of various disciplines to provide solutions that are innovative and creative as well as exacting and technically sound.

ICF's sustainability services include:

  • Helping clients integrate sustainability into overall business strategy and organizational culture
  • Preparing clients for changing mandates and market conditions
  • Designing, developing, and implementing tools, resources, and systems needed to run an effective sustainability program

Underlying our support is a firm commitment to and passion for sustainability. Our work helps companies and governments develop and implement world-class green strategies. In our offices, we practice what we preach: ICF has been carbon neutral since 2007. We prepare an annual GHG emissions inventory of our operations following the WRI/WBCSD Corporate Standard, and we voluntarily report our GHG emissions through the Carbon Disclosure Project. Learn more in ICF's Corporate Responsibility Report.


Featured Resources

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Economic analysis
  • Program development/implementation
  • Technical assistance and training
  • Communications and outreach
  • Land use and transportation planning
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH)
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • California Energy Commission
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Major distribution and logistics company
  • eBay Inc.
  • Major film and television studio
  • Major financial services and payment company
  • Major Internet services companies
  • Major metals trade association
  • National Geographic Society
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)
  • Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability
  • Solano County Transportation Commission
  • Sound Transit
  • The Sustainable Endowment Institute
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB of the National Academies)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Project

    Armed Forces Retirement Home Sustainability Planning

    ICF International has been working with the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), an independent U.S. federal agency under the executive branch for the last three years to create and implement a sustainability plan.

  • Project

    Climate Friendly Parks Program Support

    ICF International has supported the National Park Service's (NPS) Climate Friendly Parks Program since 2002, assisting NPS headquarters, regional offices, and individual parks in their efforts to meet their climate and sustainability goals.

  • Project

    Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

    ICF International assisted the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with preparing the agency's 2014 strategic sustainability performance plan (SSPP) and supporting action plans.

  • Project

    Cleaner Greener Communities - Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan

    ICF International supported the three planning organizations in the Southern Tier, New York region in the development of a Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan, which established regional goals and identified implementation actions that will enable the Southern Tier Region to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

  • Project

    National Park Service Sustainability Plan

    ICF International assisted the National Park Service (NPS) in developing the agency's sustainability plan—the Green Parks Plan—and in preparing and releasing a suite of resources to support its implementation.

  • Project

    Development of a Comprehensive Sustainability Performance Management System

    ICF International has been providing support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in designing, developing, and implementing a comprehensive sustainability performance management (SPM) system since 2011.

  • Project

    Climate Friendly Refuges Program

    ICF International developed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission calculation and mitigation tool for use by U.S. wildlife refuges.

  • Project

    My Green Parks Web-Based Sustainability Training Module

    ICF International developed an interactive online training module that guides National Park Service (NPS) staff through actions they can take to behave in a more sustainable manner while at work.

  • Project

    Sustainability Planning and Strategy for eBay

    ICF International helped eBay develop its integrated sustainability strategy, including advising on carbon mitigation techniques and strategic communication approaches.

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