City of Fate, TX
"VERDUNITY is the planning and engineering connection we’ve been looking for as city managers. They have a fiscal and environmental sustainability approach that minimizes infrastructure costs as opposed to maximizing them. Their team of professionals is intelligent, responsive, and innovative. VERDUNITY is skilled in bringing a fresh approach that is fantastic for mediating issues that often arise between developers and the City, and between cities. We are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with this company.”
Charles Marohn, PE, AICP
Founder and President
"These guys checked out of the big consulting world and are working to carve out a spot for themselves doing principled, Strong Towns-like work. It is tough to be such a pioneer, but we need small firms of innovators like this if the Strong Towns message is going to become the default approach for local governments. If you are in the DFW area and want to chat with professionals who get it, get a hold of VERDUNITY. If you are in a different part of the country and are trying to start your own innovative firm, they are pioneering a great model for you to keep an eye on and draw inspiration from."
Fellowship of the Arts, Fort Worth
"Mikel Wilkins and VERDUNITY brought the science of sustainable development to our Carter Riverside High School project, Dreaming Forward Riverside! Mikel and I met at the Six Points Urban Village Charrette that was part of CNU23. Mikel was the environmental engineer on the planning team, all of whom donated three days of their time to assist our neighborhood. He shared how storm water management will be the foundation of successful revitalization in our historic neighborhood. Since the charrette, Mikel has jumped in to assist Fellowship of the Arts with creative recommendations that have taken our project to a place of support by city council, city staff, local professionals and universities. We are on our way to a legacy of change in Riverside with amazing public private partnerships that are making our Dreaming Forward Riverside vision a reality!"
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
"Kevin Shepherd and Mikel Wilkins represent the best of a new kind of leader that cares not only about doing the job right, but about creating infrastructure that is sustainable for both this generation and those that will follow."
John F. Williams
Chairman and CEO
Impact Infrastructure, LLC
"I recently had an opportunity to see firsthand how professionals at VERDUNITY went about earning a reputation befitting of their lofty name (VERDE+COMMUNITY= "Green Community"=fiscally and environmentally resilient community). I witnessed their professionals, Mikel Wilkins and Kevin Shepherd as they guided a major client, the Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA) through the use of state-of-the-art benefit/cost/risk analysis and stakeholder outreach tools. Their goal was to prioritize the Low Impact Development (LID) Implementation levels for the Panther Island project in Fort Worth, Texas. Mikel and Kevin knew that the Authority needed to address the interests of a broad range of project stakeholders. They knew that stakeholders understand that resources are scarce and the TRVA has an obligation to make the most of their investments in new infrastructure projects. VERDUNITY prepared a comprehensive business case (the full, risk adjusted valuation of the economic, environmental, and social costs and benefits) associated with the LID options at hand. They provided the information the TRVA needed to set priorities based on those that offered the greatest overall economic, environmental, and social returns. They were the first planning and design professionals to use the Business Case Evaluator (BCE) for Stormwater Management, an economic companion tool associated with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Rating System for Sustainable Infrastructure. The BCE is an alternative to expensive, proprietary economic studies. It has the added benefit of going beyond point and category based ratings to assign risk adjusted monetary values to elements of a project that contribute to a sustainability rating. "
Ruth Antebi-Guten, PE
Former Director of Public Works
City of Cedar Hill
“Kristin was the design engineer for a major Capital Improvements project in Cedar Hill while I served as Public Works Director. She was always professional and courteous. The project was designed well and she handled all field concerns promptly and responsibly. Kristin made herself available to answer any questions that came up during the entire project – from preliminary design through the construction of the project. She is highly responsive and she has an excellent attitude and work ethic. I am confident that Kristin will continue to shine as she grows and develops her passion for designing sustainable communities in our region.”
“Kevin was instrumental in the development of the transit oriented development concept for the City of Cedar Hill. He impressed me immediately by his ability to view challenging situations from a different perspective than the norm. Kevin is not afraid to ask difficult questions and to stretch the boundaries of possibilities in order to weigh available options to challenges that confront municipalities on a daily basis. As a Public Works Director, I was comfortable in knowing that I could reach Kevin any time I had a question that required an immediate response.”