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Who are the DemoChicks?


Women of all ages who want to choose the non-traditional career path and have a hand in demolition, construction, and engineering can become one of the DemoChicks, thanks to founder and CEO, Robin Thorne. Her vision had always been to share her resources and experiences by empowering women at any age.

Nonprofit DemoChicks empowers girls to pursue careers in engineering, construction and architecture.

Robin Thorne, the founder of C.T.I. Environmental Inc. and the nonprofit DemoChicks, is determined to expose young girls to nontraditional careers in fields like chemical engineering, construction and architecture.

Robin is interviewed on The Word with Jackie Rae.

Robin Thorne

DemoChicks Founder Robin Thorne is Clearing a Path for Women Engineers

Robin Thorne has made a living out of forging her own path. Now, she’s doing it for others. Thorne, a 1997 chemical engineering graduate, is President and CEO of CTI Environmental, Inc., an engineering and consulting company based in Long Beach, California. The company provides a wide range of services, including regulatory compliance, hazardous material abatement, safety training, and construction management — specialties that weren’t on Thorne’s mind when she started her college journey. More>

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15 Mar, 2021

Long Beach Transit Honors Robin Thorne

In honor of Women’s History Month, today we’re highlighting Robin Thorne. Robin is an active member in the Long Beach community, founder and CEO of CTI Environmental Inc. and a former Commissioner with the City of Long Beach’s Sustainable City Commission. Robin is also the founder of DemoChicks, nonprofit empowering girls in non-traditional careers. Her non-profit hopes to empower the next generation of women interested in demolition architecture, construction, and engineering by sharing her resources and experience. Find out more about the many programs Demochicks has to offer women here:

Robin Thorne

There’s money in STEM

Robin Thorne wants women and girls to get their share

Robin Thorne, CEO of CTI Environmental, in Long Beach Tuesday, March 2, 2021. A few years ago, in 2018, Robin Thorne’s company CTI Environmental was contracted to demolish a federal prison complex in the California desert.

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Robin Thorne, Founder

Empower, Elevate and Enlighten

Robin Thorne, Founder of DemoChicks
Demolishes Barriers for Women in Construction

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NDA Podcast – Demolition Association  

The National Demolition Association is the voice of the Demolition Industry – representing nearly 500 companies engaged in a wide range of demolition activities. The NDA provides networking opportunities, education, discounts on products and services, advocacy, and industry updates to members while increasing public awareness of the economic and societal benefits of demolition.


Episode 07 (July 24, 2019): OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign & Women in Demolition

On this episode of Demolition Now, NDA Director of Government Affairs Kevin McKenney speaks with Andy Levinson, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Standards and Guidance at OSHA on the Safe + Sound Campaign, which NDA is part of.  Later, Kevin speaks with Robin Thorne, CEO of CTI Environmental and the Founder of  They discuss her efforts to increase engagement and participation for women in construction and demolition so you won’t want to miss this episode.