Ryan Binns

Director / Environmental Services

Ryan enjoys sharing in a vision, whether it’s a client’s view of a project or Harris’ view of its Environmental Services practice. Then he can apply his keen eye and 15 years of environmental and project management expertise to make ideas a reality.

Thanks to his ability to respond promptly and communicate effectively, federal, state, and local agencies have enjoyed outstanding results on dozens of large public works projects. Ryan’s specialties include CEQA, NEPA, environmental impact assessments and environmental permitting and compliance. He’s also well-versed in project management, business development, and operations and he successfully manages diverse teams.

Ryan is happiest when he can see a project through from start to finish. For example, he and his team assisted the County of San Diego on the San Vicente Road Improvement Project from its 2009 planning all the way to the end of construction in 2016.

A world traveler, Ryan has worked in the Netherlands and American Samoa, lived on four continents and traveled to six. He’s also eager to give of himself: Ryan’s a board member of Iruri Primary School-Sharing a Vision, which supports a Kenyan school by providing full high school scholarships for top-performing graduates and helping to improve the school environment.


  • Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of Outstanding Contribution to FEMA-1582-DR-AS, Tropical Cyclone Olaf Recovery Effort, American Samoa (2005)
  • County of San Diego Public Works Director’s Awards: for Environmental Work on State Route 54/94 Project (2004) and for Drafting the Department Noise Policy (2002)
  • County of San Diego Teamwork Award for Emergency Fire Response Work (2003)

Why Harris?

I was excited to help grow a formidable environmental planning practice—partnering with Diane, Kate and the rest of the environmental team is awesome! I was also attracted to the employee ownership and the benefits of a smaller firm.

Contact Details

Member Associations

Association of Environmental Professionals
American Planning Association
American Public Works Association
International Association for Impact Assessment
Non-Profit Board Member, Iruri Primary School – Sharing a Vision

Licenses + Certifications

Envision Sustainability Professional
Qualified SWPPP Practitioner
Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control
Approved Environmental Impact Report Preparer­­ (County of San Diego)