Practice Areas > Sustainability

The TFG Sustainability Practice helps our clients create, fund and implement sustainable community and green technology projects that are delivering local and regional results. Known for representing innovative clients and for shaping federal investments and policy in sustainability, the TFG Green Practice is ready to help local governments, green technology companies, and non-profit organizations get support from Congress, federal agencies, and other key partners for their green initiatives. TFG’s Sustainability Practice provides strategic counsel, government affairs, funding advocacy, coalition management, project consulting, and partnership-building.

Our specialty areas include:

  • Sustainable development
  • Clean energy projects
  • Green buildings
  • Green technology R&D, demonstrations, commercialization and deployment, including in the municipal markets
  • Smart growth and livability
  • Clean transportation including transit, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, and VMT-reduction initiatives
  • Brownfields revitalization
  • Green infrastructure for stormwater, CSO/SSO compliance, and other environmental & community benefits
  • Air and water quality
  • Climate change
  • Environmental permitting
  • Green jobs creation and training
  • Sustainability in federal legislation, agency programs, and agency grants, including SAFETEA-LU reauthorization, energy legislation, and the Obama Administration’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities

The client base for the TFG Sustainability Practice includes local governments and green technology companies, as well as organizations such as Smart Growth America, the National Parks Conservation Association, ICLEI, the National Park Trust, the National Recreation and Parks Association, the Climate Communities coalition, the Mayors Automotive Coalition, the National Heritage Areas Alliance, the American Waterfront Revitalization Coalition, the Pittsburgh Sustainability Collaborative, and other organizations and coalitions.

Case Studies
  • Wyandotte
    City of Wyandotte, MI
    The City of Wyandotte, Michigan was founded upon industry and chemical companies located along the Detroit River. Many of these original industrial sites are now long-vacant brownfields. The city and its public power entity, Wyandotte Municipal
  • Climate Communities
    Local government action is critical to addressing America’s climate change challenge. Cities, counties and other localities have the ability to promote, encourage and lead the effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve energy and
Policy and Legislative Highlights
  • Successfully urged Congress to set aside EPA State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) funding for green infrastructure projects.

  • Helped to create EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities grant program.

Federal Funding Highlights
  • Prepared Dubuque, Iowa’s successful TIGER application for a $5.6 million Complete Streets project

    Helped secure $3.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009

    Helped the City of Ranson, WV secure all three of the Obama Administration’s grants for Sustainable Communities, including a DOT TIGER Grant, a HUD Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant, and an EPA Area-Wide Brownfields Grant, making Ranson one of only two communities in America to obtain all three of these awards

    Launched campaign seeking full funding for the EECBG program in FY 2012 (see more information at