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Eco-Solution icon Eco-Solution: Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)

Offering Ecological Restoration Solutions

Key Environmental Performance Area:

  • Habitat, Water, and Natural Resources (Services)

Preserved land, enhanced water quality, and protected wildlife across 10 states.

Restored and conserved 155 miles of streams; planted more than 10 million trees; and restored, enhanced, or preserved more than 40,000 acres of wetlands since 2007.

Eliminated more than 240 tons of water polluting nutrients since 2007.

Challenge

The greatest threat to wetlands and other important ecosystems, including streams and endangered species habitats, comes from activity associated with development projects that result in hydrologic alterations, pollution inputs, and vegetation damage. In 2013, a report released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded that wetland losses from 2004 to 2009 accelerated to more than 80,000 acres per year, a 33 percent increase from the previous study period.i In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency and US Army Corps of Engineers issued a final rule that requires compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to replace the loss of wetland, stream, and other aquatic resource functions.

Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC (“RES”) was founded in 2007 and is the nation's leading dedicated provider of ecological restoration solutions to mitigate unavoidable, project-related impacts to wetlands, streams, and habitats.

Response

RES aims to deliver commercial solutions that facilitate investment and sustainable economic development while maintaining responsible environmental stewardship. The company delivers a full range of ecological solutions to its clients including proactive impact analyses for development projects, assistance in streamlining the regulatory permitting process, and value-added conservation and restoration activities. These client-focused solutions advance substantial environmental conservation and restoration related benefits by restoring wetlands, streams, and species habitats, preserving land, enhancing water quality, and protecting wildlife for future generations.

Resultsii

RES has a long track record of working with hundreds of companies across numerous industries. Since 2007, RES has restored, enhanced, rehabilitated, preserved, and conserved 155 miles of streams and more than 40,000 acres of wetlands in environmentally sensitive habitats along the Gulf Coast, across Appalachia, the Middle Atlantic, and the Southeastern United States, and most recently in the Midwest. In total, RES has supplied ecological solutions and enabled regulatory compliance for thousands of infrastructure development projects across the United States. These projects have eliminated more than 240 tons of water-polluting nutrients. In June 2016, RES completed its eighth planting season and had planted 10 million restorative trees.

KKR announced its investment in RES in mid-2016, and RES is participating in KKR's green program for the first time. Annual results will be communicated in future program updates.

For more on the company’s efforts on minimizing impacts to people, wildlife, and the environment and providing ecological offsets when impacts cannot be avoided, visit its website.


i "Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Conterminous United States: 2004-2009," US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA, accessed August 5, 2016, https://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Documents/Status-and-Trends-of-Wetlands-in-the-Conterminous-United-States-2004-to-2009.pdf.

ii Self-reported portfolio company data is not calculated, reviewed or independently verified by KKR or KKR Capstone. For more information regarding the results methodology for companies evaluating their own data, please see methodology section.There is no guarantee that any GSP-related avoided costs or added efficiencies will positively impact the portfolio company’s valuation or performance.

Unless otherwise noted, portfolio company data represents 2015 results, published in August 2016. These case studies may contain forward looking statements including descriptions of planned projects and projected results and savings. These statements are subject to the risk that the projects will not develop as planned or at all or that projected results and savings are not realized.