ICS solves complex land and water management problems. We lead expert teams who—through collaboration and collective impact—help align political, institutional, and economic forces to make critical conservation actions possible.

Engaging the most pressing environmental challenges of our time, ICS undertakes a broad range of conservation planning, resource protection, institutional development, and systems-change projects. No two projects are alike, and ICS employs a unique approach to each project. Scientists, attorneys, engineers, agronomists, ranchers, economists, urban planners…ICS brings representatives from various disciplines together—sometimes leading knowledge experts already embedded within the communities and institutions it works with—to unleash innovative conservation solutions upon complex land and water management problems. Strong teams, multi-faceted projects, and multi-disciplinary approaches enable ICS to initiate complex systems changes at many levels: within businesses, institutions, communities, landscapes, watersheds, and broad, collective mindsets.

To see an example of a project where ICS assembled a diverse, multidisciplinary team to solve a complex land and water management problem, read about our work creating buy-and-dry alternatives on the Bessemer Ditch following a major agricultural-to-municipal water transfer.

To see an example of a project where ICS led an existing team of experts, read about our work heading a team of Nature Conservancy scientists, policy analysts, and program managers to create an institutional plan to restore the 927-square-mile Fountain Creek Watershed through forest health initiatives, collaborative stream management planning, and green-stormwater-infrastructure partnerships.


Company Aptitudes


Addressing big, systemic problems. To address complex land and water management problems, ICS focuses on big picture wins with a triple bottom line: social, economic, environmental. Designs that integrate communities and natural systems keep the triple bottom line at the forefront of all ICS projects.

Launching new endeavors. Design inspires, but action delivers. Substantive outcomes require action, and ICS is adept at pioneering new ways of doing business, advancing novel ideas, and helping nascent efforts get off the ground.

Selling change. Impactful writing, detailed reports, and compelling presentations sell change. ICS products are long-lived, meticulously researched documents that help clients advance a vision for a better world.

Structuring change processes. Systems change is complex. Structuring processes that help individuals and organizations link desired outcomes to their big-picture vision is an ICS hallmark.

Solving problems through collective impact. ICS is adept at bringing together disparate groups to solve complex problems when institutions with the resources or mandates to solve those problems do not exist. Collective impact goes beyond collaboration or conflict mediation. It creates operational structures for unlikely partners that facilitate joint fact-finding and the development of a common agenda to address social, economic, and natural resource goals.