Eco-Alpha partners with the California Mobility Center, SMUD and Sacramento State to host CMC Fellow Internship opportunities in the clean energy sector

Eco-Alpha California Mobility Center Fellow Interns 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA | January 19, 2020 – Eco-Alpha partnered with the California Mobility Center Fellow Program, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Sacramento State Career Center to host Sacramento College students and recent alumni residing in the City of Sacramento whose employment or studies were disrupted by COVID-19.

Samar Shinwar (California State East Bay) and Obehi Ehigie (Lois Rios Community College) completed a 4-week internship with Eco-Alpha to position them for career pathways in clean energy mobility and facilities energy management.

“As a leader in sustainable facilities management energy initiatives, we’re excited to support the collaboration with CMC, SMUD, and Sacramento State that will further the widespread growth of the clean energy sector,” said Eco-Alpha CEO, Melanie Okoro, PhD. Providing greater access to pathways to clean energy career opportunities furthers our commitment to broadening STEM participation and empowering communities.

“Eco-Alpha is proud to support the City of Sacramento Workforce Development initiatives, internships, hands-on projects, mentor-mentee experience, and 21st Century Career Skills in the facilities operations and maintenance and energy management industry, and we’re looking forward to the continued partnership and increasing those efforts,” said Uzoma Okoro (Eco-Alpha Co-Owner and President of Engineering).

California Mobility Center and Sacramento State Career Center administered the program on behalf of, and in collaboration with SMUD. SMUD is a founding member of the California Mobility Center in Sacramento that serves as an innovation hub of policy, funding and commercialization of clean transportation technologies including autonomous transportation; electric vehicles; battery storage; shared mobility solutions; public transit and more. Funding for participants from City of Sacramento Workforce Development CARES Act.

About Eco-Alpha

Eco-Alpha Environmental and Engineering Services, Inc. offers environmental professional services and engineering professional development and consulting throughout the state of California. Eco-Alpha is a minority and women-owned family company and is proud to be comprised of a diverse group of engineers, scientists, and consultants. Eco-Alpha is a DGS Certified Small Business (Micro): 2007925 and a California Public Utilities Clearinghouse (CPUC) Certified Women-Minority Small Business: 20365957.

For more information visit www.eco-alpha.com.

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Eco-Alpha Employee Spotlight:
Suneel Kumar, Chief Engineer

SACRAMENTO, CA | June 11, 2020 — Suneel Kumar became Eco-Alpha’s Chief Engineer in 2018. He joined our team with 18 years of experience as Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering, and Facilities Manager at numerous hotels in the San Francisco area. Suneel has always taken pride in maintaining a safe, efficient, and economical environment. 

Current Position: Chief Engineer

Education: City College of San Francisco 

In your current position, what are your roles and responsibilities?

As a Chief Engineer with Eco-Alpha, Suneel’s role is to implement all mechanical operations, maintenance, energy management and regulatory programs to meet quality standards and property operating objectives. 


Responsibilities include supervision, coordination, and training of engineering staff; management of relationships with contractors and tenants; oversight of compliance with city, state and federal safety and environmental codes and regulations; assistance with annual budget and oversight of administration of inventory control programs. 

What are your engineering interests? 

Suneel likes to work on activities that have to do with ideas and thinking, research, and development of solutions to problems. 

“Working with Eco-Alpha is like a dream come true, managing multiple office buildings at University Park Campus where I utilized my engineering and management background. Eco-Alpha has provided great training opportunities which has been a big success for my career in keeping up high performance buildings” – Suneel Kumar

Eco-Alpha Employee Spotlight: Laura Vary, Environmental Technician

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 15, 2020 — Laura Vary recently joined our team in 2019 after graduating from University of California at Davis. She has a degree in marine and coastal science, and has always been enthusiastic about strategies for natural resource preservation and environmental management.  

Current Position: Environmental Technician

Undergraduate University: University of California at Davis

Degree: B.S. in Marine and Coastal Science

In your current position, what are your roles and responsibilities?

Laura manages the groundwater and wastewater monitoring and reporting program for the George Kristoff Water Treatment Plant. She manages all sample collections, field monitoring and environmental reporting compliance for the water plant as they continue to provide safe drinking water to the West Sacramento community and protect the beneficial properties of the Sacramento River. 

What are your research interests? 

Laura’s previous research experience includes projects ranging from native California wildflower trait diversity to the population dynamics of Pacific krill to the evaluation of Sonoma Coast marine protected areas. Her work has focused on understanding how humans affect wildlife and how natural environments can maintain resilience in the face of climate change. 

How has your career grown since starting at Eco-Alpha? 

Working at Eco-Alpha has given Laura significant connections with industry and management. She now has experience in project management, team coordination, client outreach, and the application of her scientific background to relevant problems affecting local businesses. 

“My experience with Eco-Alpha has prepared me to continue integrating my scientific background with problems in sustainability and management. Now, I am adequately prepared to join the Marine Resource Management program at Oregon State University in the fall to earn my Master of Science degree.” – Laura Vary

Eco-Alpha Launches S.A.F.E. Building Action Program in Response to COVID-19 for the Commercial Real Estate Industry

Sacramento, CA, Apr. 1, 2020 — As the COVID-19 crisis continues to test the commercial real estate industry’s limits, you will need a community partner that can support you with facilities operation and maintenance expertise. Eco-Alpha has launched an effort to provide immediate support to buildings through our S.A.F.E. Building Action Program.

Eco-Alpha Featured as Small Business Working on the California High-Speed Rail Authority Project

SACRAMENTO, CA, Mar. 24, 2020 — Eco-Alpha’s team of facilities operation and maintenance engineering professionals performed a detailed facilities operation and maintenance cost estimation analysis for train platforms and heavy maintenance facilities for the California High-Speed Rail Authority mega transportation project.

Eco-Alpha Awarded Groundwater and Wastewater Treatment Testing Support Services Contract with City of West Sacramento George Kristoff Water Treatment Plant

SACRAMENTO, CA, Feb. 20, 2020 — Eco-Alpha has been selected by the City of West Sacramento, George Kristoff Water Treatment Plant (GKWTP) to provide groundwater and wastewater monitoring and reporting support services for compliance with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) Monitoring and Reporting Program (MRP) Water Discharge Requirements (WRD) Order.

Eco-Alpha Recognized as City of Sacramento Community Partner – Comstock’s Magazine



SACRAMENTO – Eco-Alpha Environmental and Engineering Services, Inc. featured in Comstock’s Magazine May 2019 Issue as a City of Sacramento Community Partner for vanguard, innovative, and sustainable environmental and engineering solutions to benefit all.

Established in 2013, Eco-Alpha Environmental and Engineering Services is headquartered in Sacramento with projects throughout California. The firm’s specialties are rooted in its founders’ expertise.

CEO Melanie Okoro, Ph.D., a former scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, guides the firm’s environmental projects, backed by 15 years of experience in the areas of environmental regulatory and permitting compliance. Former director of facilities for the Golden 1 Center, Eco-Alpha Co-Owner and President Uzoma Okoro’s experiences as a high- performance engineering professional is the foundation of the company’s engineering services, including consulting and facility operation and maintenance.

Eco-Alpha streamlines the regulatory and permitting compliance processes for environmental clients and employs stationary engineers to operate and maintain Class-A commercial buildings. The firm serves clients in the commercial, water, transportation, utilities, health care and government sectors. With a roster of clients including Brennan Properties, California Department of General Services, Vitalant and Kitchell, Eco-Alpha has doubled in contract size every year for the past three years and has more than 95 percent repeat clients.


The California Department of General Services recently enlisted Eco-Alpha to train engineering staff from Sacramento to Los Angeles via the firm’s custom High Performance Building Engineering Program (HPBEP). “Combining innovation with execution is the key to training the next generation of engineers,” says Uzoma. “We’re at the vanguard of Sacramento’s renaissance, expanding our methods beyond our company to benefit the clients’ we serve, our entire industries’ STEM workforce and to see Sacramento thrive,” says Melanie.

Eco-Alpha’s priority is to lift as it climbs, whether it’s training the next generation of STEM professionals, supporting academic institutions or charitable contributions that align with the firm’s values.

“We see challenges as opportunities, identifying problems to solve and pushing boundaries of service standards. That’s why we’ve grown every year we’ve been in business,” notes Uzoma. Melanie concludes, “We love being based in Sacramento and want to see our industries thrive here.”

Read more in the latest issue of Comstock’s Magazine.

About Eco-Alpha

Eco-Alpha’s environmental division helps clients streamline the environmental state and federal regulatory and permitting CEQA, NEPA, and ESA compliance processes. Eco-Alpha’s engineering division provides facilities support services and employs stationary engineers to operate and maintain Class-A commercial buildings. In 2017, we expanded our service offerings to meet the growing demands of the industries we serve. A key component of our service include workforce development training and general engineering project management for construction activities related to public work projects. Our firm serves client markets in the commercial, water, transportation, utilities, health care and government sectors. For more information visit www.eco-alpha.com.





Earth Day 2019 – A Time for Reflection – Endangered Species Protection


At Eco-Alpha, the celebration of Earth Day represents a time for our company to reflect on the importance of natural resource protection and the role we can play to protect our planet.


“In the end, we will conserve only what we love;

we will love only what we understand and

we will understand only what we are taught.”

Baba Dioum


The endangered Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) is a part of the Art of Bees series featured endangered species mural in Sacramento, California.  The importance and beauty of endangered species like coho salmon is not only reflected in Sacramento; 13 mural sites from New York to California are dedicated to educating the public on endangered species.

“My first assignment as a biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) was to work with a group of passionate fisheries professionals on the Coho Recovery Plan in Santa Rosa, CA.  Now, I’m proud to have Eco-Alpha team of technical experts work on projects that support the protection of listed threatened and endangered fish species and to see their numbers increase since 2005 is remarkable,” says Melanie Harrison Okoro, Ph.D (Principal and CEO, Eco-Alpha).

Eco-Alpha environmental division provides technical assistance to help our clients better protect threatened and endangered species.

Our goals are to:

  • Advise our clients about the impacts of their plans and projects on species and their habitats.
  • Plan victories that help our clients protect a broad groups of species and their habitats.
  • Analyze the impacts of utility, transportation, infrastructure, restoration projects and plans on species and their habitats.
  • Design and implement conservation actions and measures that add value to every project that involves threatened and endangered species.

Want to learn more about how we help our clients create thriving sustainable communities (click here).

Foot note: Endangered Species mural of coho salmon painted by artist Louis Masai in Sacramento, California. Photo courtesy of United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) website.

California Department of General Services Successfully Launches Eco-Alpha High Performance Building Engineering Program (HPBEP)

Eco-Alpha provides engineering services to iconic 428 J Street

Eco-Alpha is proud to announce the addition of 92,000 square feet of commercial real estate sustainable building services for 428 J Street located in Downtown Sacramento.

428 J is an iconic Downtown Sacramento property that has been redeveloped for the creative and traditional office user. Nestled between the Sacramento Entertainment and Sports
Complex, 428 J street, the 92,000 square foot building provides an atmosphere of historical elegance juxtaposed with modern office building finishes.

Eco-Alpha provides stationary engineering services, which includes sustainable upgrades to building systems. Learn more about our services at 428 J.

Eco-Alpha provides stationary engineering and integrated facilities operations and maintenance services to a portfolio of commercial building in the Sacramento Metropolitan Area. As engineering specialist, we are well equipped with understanding the needs of our clients in the commercial real estate industry. Interested in learning more about our capabilities? Please
contact us here.