Providing environmental-related companies strategic advice and practical assistance with federal decision-makers to develop solutions for today's energy and environmental challenges.

Along with extensive expertise in multiple energy-related disciplines, Cornerstone Government Affairs possesses significant background and expertise in a variety of environmentally related legislative and appropriations matters.

The energy practice group at Cornerstone Government Affairs helps companies, trade associations, and coalitions pursue public policy objectives and influence legislative and administrative decisions. For more than three decade, the group has worked extensively with hydrocarbon producers (oil, gas, coal) and renewable energy interests (wind, geothermal, biomass/biofuels, solar). The Cornerstone energy practice group draws upon the full resources of the firm, including its four dozen senior professionals in Washington and six state offices (Austin, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Des Moines, Houston, and Jackson).

Environmental Policy

Cornerstone's experience in environmental policy includes the drafting and adoption of numerous legislative provisions designed to provide Congressional direction and guidance to the Environmental Protection Agency on issues ranging from clean air to clean water and from Superfund to the U.S.-Mexico Border Program. Specific successes in this area include, but are not limited to, language designed to delay implementation of overly expensive and complicated nationwide water discharge regulations for the states, adoption of new research requirements before detailed, national particulate matter requirements could be implemented, approval of extensive dredging regulations following extensive review by the National Academy of Sciences, and direction to concentrate efforts towards reducing the use of animal testing throughout the environmental review and regulatory process.

Environmental Grants

In addition to extensive, multi-year experience in environmental policy, Cornerstone has unique background in the formulation of legislative and appropriations measures which provide annual financial resources for university research on a wide variety of environmental topics, as well as to hundreds of communities in every State and territory for drinking water, wastewater, ground water, and storm water-related infrastructure improvements. Our expertise in this area has assisted us in securing funding for numerous communities for planning, design, and construction activities associated with necessary water-related infrastructure projects, as well as securing funding for the purchase of specific technologies and services offered to various governmental agencies by both small and large businesses.

Primary Services Offered

  • Strategic counsel and tactical advice,
  • Intelligence gathering, issue monitoring, and policy analysis,
  • Relationship building and political branding,
  • Design and implementation of government relations and lobbying campaigns to secure measurable legislative and administrative results, and
  • Message and materials development, and
  • Legislative drafting.