Steve is Principal of Barrett Energy Resource Group and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also Vice President of Minuteman Wind LLC which is developing a 12.5 MW wind project in Savoy Massachusetts. Steve has over 20 years of experience in environmental policy and regulation. His professional career includes work for international, federal and state agencies, municipalities, and private consulting firms. For the past 10 years, he has focused on renewable energy and sustainable development.
Steve is presently developing guidance and serving as a technical advisor to the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for its renewable energy and emission reduction programs. He is the lead author of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Solar Policy (November 2010) and the Principal Investigator for three separate studies of the economic and technical feasibility of renewable energy at airports funded by the National Academy of Sciences. Steve also has a strong interest in marine renewable energy, is working on tidal and wave energy projects proposed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) of New England. He holds a BA in International Policy from Union College in Schenectady New York and an MA in Environmental Policy and Science from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Margaret (Peggy) Briggs is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Epsilon Associates, Inc., a leader in providing environmental management and permitting services to real estate, energy, industrial and public sector clients. Epsilon’s engineers and environmental scientists provide clients with the full range of environmental analysis, permitting, and compliance services. Epsilon’s reputation for practical strategies and successful outcomes has made Epsilon an industry leader, as demonstrated by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce award for Business Excellence, conveyed to Epsilon in 2002.
Ms. Briggs has an extensive track record of successfully assisting clients through the complex regulatory process associated with development, institutional, infrastructure and energy facility projects. She has played a major role in countless MEPA, BRA and NEPA permitting efforts over the past 20 years. She regularly collaborates with lawyers, project proponents, and regulatory agencies in strategic discussions of permitting, and project planning. She has developed streamlined permitting processes for numerous projects.
Ms. Briggs combines a firm technical understanding of key environmental issues and driving regulatory programs, with the strong communications skills that are necessary to complete a successful and efficient permitting program. Through her complex and visible assignments, she has developed a reputation as a pre-eminent project manager and MEPA/NEPA specialist. Her recent projects include the Boston Convention Center expansion, the Mashpee Wampanoag Casino in Taunton, the redevelopment of the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, and the redevelopment of the site of the former Boston Garden.
Ms. Briggs was elected to the Board of Selectmen in Concord, Massachusetts, and served from 2002 – 2008. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Middlebury College.
Curriculum Vitae:Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in the design, construction, and management of roadway, site development, sustainable design, and infrastructure-related projects. After beginning her career in the public realm, she moved over to the private side early on, eventually joining Nitsch Engineering in 1990. Lisa served as COO for 18 years before becoming President and CEO in 2011, and Chairman and CEO in 2016. As such, she is the champion for the vision, growth strategy, strategic direction, and overall performance of the firm. Lisa’s passion is to grow the firm and provide diverse opportunities to Nitsch Engineering’s staff for advancement, while providing creative, innovative, and sustainable project solutions for their clients.
Lisa holds a BSCE from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an MBA from Northeastern University, and is a 2004 graduate of ACEC National’s Senior Executive Institute. Her contributions to her community have been well recognized by a range of organizations. Lisa received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the New England region’s services category. She also received the 2017 Leadership Award and 2008 Woman of the Year from WTS-Boston; received the 2004 Citizen Engineer Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers; received the 2003 Francis Academy Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from UMass-Lowell; was honored with a 2002 Pinnacle Award as an Emerging Executive from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; and received the BSCES Lester Gaynor Award in recognition of her exemplary service as a public official in Wilmington, Massachusetts in 2001.
Ralph is a member of Mintz Levin’s Environmental Section. His practice involves regulatory strategy, advocacy and litigation, with a strong focus on environmental policy and enforcement. Major clients include energy project developers, manufacturers, real estate developers and public agencies concerning air, waste, contaminated site and water pollution issues.
Chambers USA ‘America’s Leading Business Lawyers’ identifies Ralph among the leading environmental lawyers in Boston.
From 1996 to 1999, Ralph served as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the principal environmental regulatory agency in Massachusetts with over 50 regulatory programs.
Ralph serves on the Board of Directors of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the leading association of Massachusetts business interests, and on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council of New England. Ralph has chaired the Boston Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, and frequently speaks on environmental issues at continuing legal education seminars.
Ralph is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College (1972), held a University of Massachusetts legislative fellowship at the Massachusetts legislature (1976), and earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School (1977), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also was a Luce Scholar, providing counsel on legal reform efforts in Indonesia.
Bob Cox counsels clients on environmental compliance and enforcement actions concerning water, air, hazardous waste, and solid waste matters. He represents clients in cost recovery claims and private party litigation under Chapter 21E and CERCLA in state and federal courts. Bob regularly advises clients on brownfields development activities and on strategies to limit or shift environmental liability risks in connection with real estate or business transfers. He has extensive experience advising and defending clients before local boards with respect to license and permitting issues.
He also has significant experience in NPDES water permitting, including appeals of NPDES permits to the Environmental Appeals Board, as well as administrative appeals and hearings on MassDEP issued permits. He defends claims and actions brought by government environmental enforcement agencies.
Bob currently serves as a Board Member and Vice-Chair of Programming of the Environmental Business Council of New England and as chair of the Mayor’s Brownfields Task Force, City of Worcester.
Bob is recognized as one of the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental, and since 2004, has been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Mr. Diggin is responsible for implementing and directing TRC Companies, northeast sales and marketing efforts. He is responsible to ensure that TRC Companies, Inc.’s message to its clients is clear, concise, and consistent.
Mr. Diggin has twenty years of experience in the management, implementation and successful completion of many publicly sensitive environmental projects. During his career, he was responsible for overseeing the compliance of the largest intermodal transportation agency in Massachusetts. He provided technical guidance concerning hazardous material/waste management, asbestos and lead abatement, site remediation, waste minimization and air quality issues. He has directed the business development and marketing effort of three successful environmental firms; a construction and remediation firm; a consulting and engineering firm; and an analytical laboratory.
Mr. Diggin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA. Mr. Diggin is a Certified Hazardous Material Manager (#1635) and held certifications as an Asbestos Abatement Project Designer and Monitor (1988 1992). He consulted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor on the Employee Right to Know Law training module and served on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Right to Know Advisory Committee and the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) under SARA Title III. Mr. Diggin developed and implemented an Asbestos Abatement Program that was recognized for the excellence by receipt of a New England Environmental Award presented by the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In concert with the Authority’s Law Department, he recovered funds expended on asbestos abatement projects from the Johns Mansville Property Trust. He served as a consulting editor for ECON Magazine, a national environmental magazine published monthly.
Mr. Diggin serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council of New England and has twice chaired its membership committee. He is a member of the Governors of the UMass Club. He is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the WTS, the CHMM New England Chapter, and the Licensed Site Professional Association.
Catherine Finneran is Director of Environmental Affairs at Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy delivery company serving 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She manages 45 scientists, engineers and specialists focused on environmental protection, permitting for electric and gas transmission and distribution project siting, and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Finneran comes to Eversource Energy with more than 20 years of experience focused on clean energy, environmental protection and economic development. Before joining Eversource Energy, she served as Senior Director of the Renewable Energy Generation Division at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), where she oversaw the design and implementation of rebate and grant programs targeted at growing the Massachusetts clean energy market to increase deployment of wind, solar photovoltaic, hydropower, and anaerobic digestion projects. Ms. Finneran also was responsible for the clean heating and cooling rebate programs (energy efficient heat pumps, cleaner biomass, solar hot water), as well overseeing the group responsible for developing and managing the software platform used to track and report energy production under the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) Program.
She previously served as the Director of Clean Energy for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In this role she worked across water, air, solid waste, and waste site cleanup programs to advance permitting and siting of clean energy projects at state regulated sites. Ms. Finneran also served as the Brownfield Director for MassDEP, serving as the central point of contact at the state level for the cleanup and reuse of contaminated sites. Previously, she served as a municipal development manager, an acting director of a non-profit corporation, and in project management for a real estate development consulting firm.
Ms. Finneran serves on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Business Council (EBC) and the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Advisory Committee. She previously served as Advisor to the Bunker Hill Community College Energy Sustainability Management Program and to the JFY Networks Environmental Job Training Program. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in Environmental Design and Regional Planning.
Ms. Gladstone is a Vice President and Senior Principal at GEI Consultants, Inc. GEI is a national environmental, geotechnical, water resources engineering and ecology firm, employing almost 500 people in 26 offices. She is specialized in the assessment, cleanup and development of contaminated properties with more than 25 years of experience in environmental engineering, site investigation and cleanup. Ms. Gladstone is a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP), Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Her principle areas of practice are the development of contaminated properties, vapor intrusion mitigation, Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) cleanup, and the management of public sector environmental contracts.
Ms. Gladstone has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York (1981) and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1983).
She is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Waste Site Cleanup Program Advisory Committee and the MassDEP Commissioner’s Fees and Advisory Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of The Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET) and the Nazzaro Center, Boston Community Center. She serves on the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE) Public Strategies Committee, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (Naiop) 21E Committee, the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Public Arts Committee, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Environmental Committee and the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) Steering Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Society of Engineers (BSCES), WTS and Fenway High School, and the NEWIRE Steering Committee.
Pam Hall is President and CEO of Normandeau Associates, Inc., a nationally recognized environmental consulting firm incorporated in 1970 and based in Bedford, NH. As President, Pam has been instrumental in leading the effort to develop Normandeau from a small regional firm with annual sales of $2.5M to a highly regarded $27M employee-owned firm doing business throughout the United States and internationally. Before becoming President in 1988, Ms. Hall held several other positions in the company including Senior Vice President, Vice President, Operations Manager and manager of the company’s marine laboratory. She has over 40 years of experience in business.
Pam has served on many non-profit Boards, including in several leadership positions. These boards include the Environmental Business Council of New England, where she has been Treasurer since 1997; Volunteer NH, where she has served since 2008 and is currently Chair; the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests; the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire; and the New Hampshire Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, an innovative public-private initiative. She is also on the UNH Works Advocacy Council. Past boards include The New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where she was a founding Board member, Vice Chair and Chair and served for 17 years; the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH where she served for 6 years and was Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair; and Vivamos Major/USA where she was an Advisory Board member for many years. In addition, Pam was appointed by Governor Shaheen to the Land and Community Heritage Commission which helped develop the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP). In 2008, she was appointed by Governor Lynch to the Volunteer NH Commission/Board for a 3 year term and was re-appointed in 2011 for a second term.
Pam has a B.A. from the University of Connecticut; an M.S. plus additional Doctoral work in marine science from the University of New Hampshire; a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire; and considerable coursework in Urban and Environmental Policy through the Graduate Special Studies Program at Tufts University. In graduate school, she was elected to Sigma Xi, an honorary scientific society and to Phi Sigma, an honorary biological research society; and she was awarded an NDEA Fellowship for her academic excellence. In 1998, she received the Environmental Merit Award for Service to the Environmental Industry from the Environmental Business Council of New England. In 2012 she was honored by The New Hampshire Business Review as one of NH’s Outstanding Women in Business for her role as a business leader and her commitment to volunteerism.
Mr. Hamilton is a Civil/Coastal Engineering and President of the Woods Hole Group. He has been with the Woods Hole Group since 1994, and has previously served as Coastal Engineer, Business Unit Director, V.P. for Scientific Operations, and V.P. for Business Development. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, and a M.S. from the University of Delaware Center for Applied Coastal Research.
He has experience managing large and small contracts, including support for a 5-year $15M USACE New England District contract that included several task orders in support of EPA Region one, most notably related to the New Bedford Superfund Site. He is focused on development of business relationships and multi disciplinary project and client management. His extensive market and contracting experience includes government agencies, architectural/engineering partners, offshore oil and gas producers, private owners/developers, power utilities, and manufacturing industries. He has strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills combined with an effective leadership, communication, negotiation, and personnel management approach. His technical expertise is on solving problems related to shoreline erosion, coastal structures, water quality, environmental permitting, and the transport and dilution of thermal discharges and contaminants released into the marine environment.
He also has multi jurisdictional regulatory experience, including preparing EIS documents under NEPA, and ahs served as an expert witness. Mr. Hamilton’s technical skills include numerical modeling, field data collection, and technical writing/editing. He is responsible for developing technical approaches to complex projects, and for ensuring the technical teams within Woods Hole Group proceed in a logical manner aimed at producing high quality work products. Recent types of projects in which Mr. Hamilton has participating are related to salt marsh restoration, environmental sampling and testing, dredged material management, and environmental resource impact assessment and management planning.
Ben Harvey is the Executive Vice President and one of the owners of E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. After graduating from Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971, Ben moved into an active leadership role at E.L. Harvey & Sons. His duties within the company include negotiating the sales of recyclables to mills worldwide. He contracts with disposal sites for the safe and efficient transfer of waste materials. Ben is a superior administrator, providing leadership and motivation to the company’s management team.
Ben is a well-respected and nationally recognized business leader and an authority in his industry. He has used his years of experience and wealth of knowledge in the industry to educate thousands of business and association leaders.
Ben brings his knowledge and know-how to many industry associations, including WasteCap of Massachusetts, MassRecycle, Detachable Container Association (DCA), National Recycling Coalition (NRC), Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). He has presented to national forums at numerous WasteExpo and ISRI conventions. Ben is a very accomplished and highly recognized public speaker for the waste and recycling industries.
Ben also takes active leadership roles in many trade organizations and associations. He is a past president of the Eastern Paper Mills Association and the Waste Recyclers Council of NSWMA and currently holds leadership roles on the Board of Directors of MassRecycle and WasteCap of Massachusetts. He is President of the Paper Stock Industry, a chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling, as well as being on the Board of Governors of the Environmental Industries Association. He is on the Board of Directors ISRI and also on the Board of Directors of Detachable Container Association (DCA), he is vice president of this organization. Ben serves in many committees and task forces for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Fran is Tighe & Bond’s Business Unit Leader directing the firm’s efforts in the Renewable Energy, Education, Healthcare, and Real Estate markets. He has served in a lead design and management role for many of our largest and most complex development projects. Fran is a Director of the firm, and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Business Council (EBC) of New England, as well as the Leadership Teams for the EBC Renewable Energy Committee and the EBC Connecticut Chapter. Fran has over a decade of experience on the Board, and is currently Chairman of a large municipal electric company with electric generation, distribution, and transmission facilities – as well as natural gas distribution, state-of-the-art LNG vaporization, and advanced fiber optic network. He was recognized by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers for his public service efforts focusing on hydroelectric, gas, electric, and energy issues with the Lester Gaynor Award. He was recently invited by Secretary Sullivan to serve on Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Adaptation Advisory Committee, which will advise the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on how to address the potential impacts of climate change.
Fran holds professional registrations in two disciplines, civil and structural. He earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP); and holds professional registrations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New York.
Mr. Ionata has more than 30 years of experience in the implementation of multidisciplinary projects from inception through environmental impact review, design, permitting and construction. He managed environmental review, permitting and construction compliance for two of the largest public infrastructure projects in the United States – the $15B Central Artery/Tunnel and the $3.5B Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant and Outfall. As a Senior Vice President of Tetra Tech, Mr. Ionata leads a multidisciplinary team that provides engineering and environmental services to private and public clients throughout New England. He is well-versed in fast-track and design-build delivery methods, having fulfilled leadership roles on the MBTA Greenbush Commuter Rail expansion, the MWRA Blue Hills Covered Storage project, the award-winning MassDOT 93 Fast 14 Bridge Replacement Project, and the ongoing Longfellow Bridge Restoration.
Mr. Ionata earned a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. in Forest Science from the Yale University School of Forestry. He resides in Barrington, RI where he has served on the Conservation Commission for 15 years. Mr. Ionata received the Stephen B. Lewis Award for Service to the Environmental Industry and served as the Chairperson of EBC from 2009 through 2011.
Seth Jaffe is recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a leading practitioner in environmental compliance and related litigation. He is one of the authors of the Law and the Environment Blog, which provides real-world perspectives on current developments in environmental law and regulation. Seth recently served as the President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Seth works on a wide range of environmental law issues, representing clients in the permitting/licensing of new facilities and offering ongoing guidance on permitting and enforcement related matters under federal and state Clean Air Acts, Clean Water Acts, RCRA, and TSCA. He also advises on wetlands and waterways regulation. Seth’s clients include electric and telecommunications utilities, companies in the printing and chemical industries, and education and health care institutions.
Seth has extensive experience in hazardous waste matters under federal and state Superfund laws. He has defended multiple clients in administrative or litigation proceedings brought by the government and/or private parties. He has also counseled plaintiffs seeking recovery from private parties of response costs incurred at Superfund sites.
Seth also helps clients permit large development projects, including assistance with environmental reviews under NEPA and related state laws such as the Massachusetts MEPA requirements.
Seth has served as a mediator with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Wetlands Program. Before joining Foley Hoag, LLP he clerked for United States District Judge Walter Jay Skinner.
Ms. Knee is an engineer and data management specialist with RPS ASA and currently serves as the technical director. She has a broad engineering and scientific background but has specialized in coastal flooding issues for almost 15 years. Over her 13 years at ASA she has completed numerous coastal flooding and vulnerability studies both nationally and internationally.
In addition to her focus on coastal issues, Ms. Knee has also has more than 13 years of experience in GIS, modeling, software development, ocean observing, and data management and communication. She currently manages numerous complex data management, distribution, and visualization projects for NOAA, the USACE, and NROC. Prior to joining ASA in 2004 she used a Fulbright Fellowship to study the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge flooding in the country of Mauritius by integrating GIS and systems engineering models.
Mr. Lagueux manages the New Hampshire office of EnSafe Inc., an environmental and health & safety firm located in Londonderry, NH. He has conducted, designed, or managed hundreds of environmental investigations during the past 26 years at industrial facilities, municipal and commercial properties, uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, hazardous waste and solid waste landfills, and federal facilities. Over that period of time, he has been involved with all aspects of the technical and management requirements associated with the successful completion of environmental and engineering projects. These investigations have included work conducted under various state and federal regulatory programs, and include source delineation and control; management of contaminant migration; assessment of fate and transport of contaminants; and sites containing dense and light non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL). Mr. Lagueux has also completed remedial feasibility studies; design and implementation of remedial technology; environmental liability assessments; underground storage tank closures; spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) plans; and storm water management plans.
Mr. Lagueux has employed numerous investigative and remedial technologies, and has direct experience in investigating and remediation of sites contaminated with volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, petroleum hydrocarbons, heavy metals, dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, herbicides, jet fuel, fuel oils, kerosene, asbestos, and solid waste. His expertise in remediation of sites has been successfully employed using source removal, hydraulic control, free product recovery, soil vapor extraction, pump and treat, bioremediation, and institutional controls.
Michael is Co-Counsel on specified matters to the law firm of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster and a principal in Creative Resolutions, LLC, a mediation/facilitation firm. He represents clients with respect to air, water, and hazardous materials pollution problems involving the United States Environmental Protection Agency and state and local regulatory agencies. He also represents developers in connection with obtaining environmental approvals and performing environmental impact review for major projects, and acts as an advisor to state agencies with respect to the implementation of environmental regulations and the handling of environmental projects. Given this experience with both environmental and real estate issues, Michael has been a leader with respect to Brownfields redevelopment initiatives, including the creative use of insurance products to control risk and facilitate redevelopment opportunities.
Michael has mediated and facilitated the resolution of two party and multi-party disputes involving environmental and real estate issues, as well as commercial disputes. His facilitation work has included convening over 20 programs through the Santa Fe Council for Environmental Excellence during which controversial environmental subjects were creatively addressed and disputes were resolved. In addition, Michael’s mediation/facilitation work has included overseeing allocation of liability processes involving up to two hundred parties within the context of both Federal and state waste site clean-ups.
Michael has also advised businesses, colleges and universities and lending institutions regarding controlling environmental liability and performing environmental due diligence. He has worked with colleges and universities with respect to compliance auditing and environmental management systems and was instrumental in the design and negotiation with U.S. EPA of the college laboratory Project XL (eXcellence and Leadership). He assisted hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide with respect to asbestos identification, management and abatement issues and has been a leader with respect to legal issues associated with mold. He has advised banks and other lenders with respect to managing potential environmental liability associated with loan origination and workouts. Michael has served as the Executive Director of the clean-up fund of a major federal Superfund site and has chaired multiple Superfund negotiations and facilitated multi-party Superfund settlements.
Michael is the founder of the Santa Fe Council for Environmental Excellence, a non-profit corporation dedicated to developing common ground with respect to key environmental issues among industry, governmental regulators, environmental organizations and other interested parties. He is also a founder and principal of Creative Resolutions, LLC, a mediation/facilitation firm. He has served as a chairperson of the Environment Committee of the Boston Bar Association and has been a member of the Council. He has also been a member of the Standing Committee on Environmental Law of the American Bar Association and currently is active in its Natural Resources Section. Michael has co-chaired the national ALI/ABA Annual Course of Study on “Minimizing Liability for Hazardous Management.” Michael is the author of numerous articles regarding environmental and real estate subjects.
Michael is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and The Best Lawyers in America.
Michael received his B.A. from Lawrence University in 1968 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971.
Arthur N. Mabbett is the Chairman, CEO and founder of Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (Mabbett®), Consultants, Engineers and Program Managers, Bedford, Massachusetts, an internationally recognized and award-winning firm specializing in integrated architectural-engineering, and environmental, health and safety consulting and engineering services to manufacturing and commercial industry, institutions and Federal, state and local public agencies. Mabbett is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Mabbett has regional offices in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Virginia and was established in 1980. Mabbett was recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in the USA by Inc. magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and by the Zweig Letter as one of the fastest growing architectural, engineering and environmental Hot Firms in North America in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012 Mabbett was also recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with its Veteran Champion Award for both Massachusetts and New England and in 2015 as the SBA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year in Region 1.
Mr. Mabbett is also the founder and Chairman of Mabbett & Associates Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, a leading United Kingdom-European Union consultancy with regional offices in Rosyth (Edinburgh), Belfast, Inverness and a project office in Cardiff, Wales. Mabbett Ltd provides similar services to manufacturing and commercial industry, government agencies and municipal governments throughout the U.K, Europe and the Middle East and Caribbean. Mabbett Ltd was established in 1996.
Mr. Mabbett is also the President of Veterans Business Supply, Inc. (VBS) an online retailer of commercial, industrial, office-business, health and safety, and first aid supplies.
Mr. Mabbett holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer; a Registered and Certified Environmental Health Scientist; a Certified Safety Professional; a Qualified Environmental Professional; and a Certified Hazard Control Manager. He served meritoriously in the U.S. Army as a Major, Environmental Science Officer; 6 years active duty and 13 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Mr. Mabbett has broad and multi-disciplinary experience in the environmental, health and safety fields. He is the author of numerous technical publications and is a regular featured speaker at various conferences and events. He is the founding President of the Environmental Business Council of New England and serves on several Boards in leadership positions to include: Boy Scouts of America, The Spirit of Adventure Council, British American Business Council of New England; and the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Thomas A. Mackie is an environmental business lawyer. For over thirty-five years he has advised companies in the environmental industry and other businesses facing environmental issues. He handles facility siting, environmental and land use permitting, appeals, regulatory compliance, enforcement defense, liability and insurance coverage cases.
For industry leaders Mr. Mackie spearheads environmental due diligence in acquisitions, mergers and similar transactions. These projects regularly involve the evaluation of myriad environmental liabilities, permits and licenses.
Currently he is Chairman of the Board of the Environmental Business Council of New England and on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden. He regularly presents at seminars on environmental law and regulation for the EBC, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and other organizations. For the last fifteen years he has authored the chapter on “Massachusetts Solid Waste Law and Regulation” in the Massachusetts Environmental Law treatise published by MCLE.
Mr. Mackie graduated from Hobart College and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.
Since the fall of 1997, Mr. Moon has served as the president and executive director of the Environmental Business Council of New England, the non-profit trade association representing environmental and energy companies in the region.
With over twenty five years experience in the environmental field, Mr. Moon has gained extensive knowledge of issues relating to environmental management. He began his environmental career working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region I in Boston on policy and regulatory development issues and on the implementation of programs legislated by the Toxic Substance Control Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
After leaving government service, Mr. Moon worked for the national waste management firms of Rollins Environmental Services and SCA Chemical Waste Management where he gained cutting edge experience working on private sector issues includes environmental compliance, corporate development, facility siting, and the management of complex multi-million dollar field remediation projects.
Prior to becoming president of the EBC, Mr. Moon served as president of the consulting firm Longwood Environmental Management, Inc. located in Belmont, Massachusetts. Formed in 1987, this firm assisted with the development of environmental regulatory compliance programs as well as management and marketing assistance to growing environmental companies.
Mr. Moon has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
The President and CEO of ESS Group, Inc. of Waltham, MA, and Providence, RI, Mr. Natale has been a recognized leader in advancing the environmental consulting and engineering industry in New England and the Northeast for several decades. Mr. Natale and ESS have been strong supporters of NEEBC for many years, and continue in that support particularly in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapters. His technical background includes over 25 years of experience in environmental consulting related to coastal resource management, energy facility siting, permitting and construction, and coastal/waterfront land development. ESS is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting and engineering company with recognized expertise in energy project permitting, land development, and regulatory permitting services.
Mr. Natale holds an MS in Marine Science and Coastal Geology from the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science and has a BS in Environmental Geosciences from Boston College. He is also an elected member of the Governing Council of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the VIMS Foundation.
Michelle O’Brien handles environmental and land use permitting and related litigation for various types of developments including residential homes, commercial and industrial buildings, waterfront properties, and wind turbines. She defends companies in environmental enforcement matters at the federal, state, and local levels. She also represents private parties in cost recovery and property damage claims involving releases of oil and hazardous materials, and assists clients with real estate transactions involving contaminated properties. An accomplished litigator, Michelle obtained one of Massachusetts’ highest trial verdicts in 2005. She has also appeared before the Massachusetts Appeals Court several times, and in 2014 obtained a victory before the Supreme Judicial Court.
Before joining Pierce Atwood in January 2015, Michelle practiced 15 years at a boutique environmental law firm. Prior to that she was a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General in both the Environmental Protection and Trial Divisions. She was a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court and a legislative aide to the Chair of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Michelle is recognized for her expertise in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers of America, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, among other publications. In 2015 she was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law. She is a former member of the Boston Bar Association Council and former co-chair of its Environmental Law Section. She is an active member of several professional organizations and in 2007 received the Member Award from the LSP Association. Michelle is a trustee of Lesley University and chair of its Campus Planning and Property Management Committee.
Mr. Peter has over 25 years of experience in the environmental industry. Currently he is President of Site Redevelopment Technologies, LLC. (SRT), a company engaged in purchasing environmentally distressed and underutilized properties for remediation and redevelopment. Past remediation experiences along with a productive working knowledge of environmental regulations provide ideal opportunities to succeed in some of the more difficult brownfield real estate projects. Initially restoring brownfields in December 2006, SRT is pursuing properties throughout the region and is currently involved in redeveloping many contaminated sites and providing new alternatives to environmental problems.
Previously he was CEO of United Retek Corp., responsible for many key brownfield redevelopments, which were facilitated by using innovative procedures to recycle hazardous soils and sediments. These new processing methods, with state and federal regulator approvals, provided for remediation of sites at greatly reduced cost. In many cases the cost reduction allowed for the redevelopment to become feasible and therefore create a productive property from a former abandoned, contaminated site.
As General Manager of Aggregate Industries, Mr. Peter began and developed the Soil Reclamation Division to recycle over two million tons of contaminated soil, most notably from Boston’s Central Artery Project, during his tenure of eleven years. The Division grew to be a substantial profit center and integral part of the construction material concern while also responsible for Safety, Environmental Compliance and Real Estate Management for the company.
His career began at Marathon Oil Company/US Steel Corp., where he had a variety of engineering and management responsibilities. Mr. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree from Brown University. He is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials, the American Chemical Society and is a Board Member of the Environmental Business Council of New England.
Ian is a Senior Associate at Haley & Aldrich with more than 30 years of experience providing strategic environmental consulting services including technical and regulatory direction related to the investigation, cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, litigation support for cost recovery actions, and regulatory compliance services under RCRA, Superfund, the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), and the Massachusetts Solid Waste Regulations. His areas of expertise include site investigation, forensic chemistry in support of contaminant source identification, data quality, and cost allocation and recovery for environmental cleanup. Ian has been a Licensed Site Professional since the inception of the program in 1993.
Ian has served as a guest lecturer for the National Ground Water Association, Boston University School of Public Health, and Tufts University School of Engineering. As an expert in data quality, he helped the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) develop quality control guidelines for MCP investigations and provided training to the LSP community in conjunction with MassDEP.
Ian has provided pro bono environmental consulting services to community groups through Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) for over 10 consecutive years.
He holds an M.S. in Engineering in Environmental Studies from the University of Lowell, and an A.B. in Chemistry from Vassar College.
Tricia is a Senior Vice President and Board Member at Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in environmental and geotechnical engineering, with offices throughout New England and beyond. Tricia leads Sanborn Head’s Developer Client Service Area, a group which provides services to the greater Boston real estate development market. With 18 years in the industry, Tricia has focused on evaluation of business environmental risk in support of real estate negotiations in the development industry, as well as investigating and remediating contamination for industrial clients. Her key areas of practice include hydrogeologic and environmental investigations, remedial system design and implementation, and environmental due diligence.
Tricia is a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP), a Massachusetts Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP). Tricia’s strong technical background and understanding of environmental issues complements her working knowledge of regulations governing hazardous waste site cleanup activities, including the Massachusetts Contingency Plan and Connecticut Remediation Standard Regulations.
Tricia has a B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University (1996) and a M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000).
Tricia participates as an active member of several professional associations, such as Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA formerly ASFE), Boston Bar Association (BBA), WTS-Boston, Environmental Professionals of Connecticut, LSP Association, and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Tricia has also served on NAIOP’s Membership and Marketing Committee and she currently serves on CREW Boston’s Membership Committee and is co-chair of WTS-Boston’s Programs Committee.
Mary K. Ryan is a partner in the Litigation Department of the Boston law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish. Her practice includes substantial trial and appellate cases in the state and federal court, particularly in environmental litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and Boston College Law School. Ms. Ryan has significant experience in federal and state hazardous waste litigation and counseling, as well as in land use litigation. Ms. Ryan frequently lectures and writes on hazardous waste and environmental litigation issues for the American Bar Association and the MCLE. Among her many leadership positions, Ms. Ryan is the past chair of the Standing Committees on the Delivery of Pro Bono Legal Services for the Supreme Judicial Court and held a similar position forthe American Bar Association. She has also served as president of the Boston Bar Association in 1997-1998, has chaired the Environmental Litigation Committee of the BBA, is active with the ABA Litigation Section’s Environmental Litigation Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council of New England. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989.
Greg Sampson is a Partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, where he advises clients in a variety of transactional real estate, land use, and environmental matters. He represents clients throughout the permitting and public approval process at the federal, state, and local levels on issues related to zoning and land use, wetlands and waterways, air and water quality, environmental policy acts, rare species, and sustainability requirements and incentives. He also counsels clients on matters relating to acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, and commercial financing, including construction and acquisition loans, workouts, and tax credit supported lending.
Before practicing as an attorney, Greg worked for approximately 10 years as a Project Manager/Senior Environmental Planner for BSC Group, Inc. in Boston, where he managed multi-disciplinary land development and infrastructure improvement projects for private and public sector clients throughout New England. Greg is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional with Neighborhood Development specialty, and was formerly certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists.
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As VHB’s Managing Director of Environmental Resources, Jake leads a team of over 60 Massachusetts-based environmental planners, scientists, and engineers. In his 15-year career, Jake has supported municipal, institutional, and state agency clients in the areas of flood control and drainage design, riverine modeling, ecological restoration design, stormwater management design, coastal modeling, water quality modeling, constructed treatment wetland design, geographic information systems, and permitting. Jake has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, and an Envision™ Sustainability Professional.
Mr. Sandell has more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in the Building, Civil, and Environmental construction industries, both in the United States and internationally.
Currently he is a Principal and Vice President at Charter Contracting Company, a civil and environmental remediation contractor solving complex construction challenges for commercial and government clients. Charter is currently ranked #110 on the ENR Top 200 Environmental Firms, is on the 2016 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, and has been recognized as a Best Place to Work.
Prior to Charter, as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Shawmut Design and Construction, a 100% employee owned (ESOP) construction management firm, he planned and launched strategic growth initiatives enabling the company to grow from a $400m regional contractor into a $1.2bn national firm. He also drove the company’s innovation agenda, which included launching The Shawmut Hub – Shawmut’s technology-based innovation platform, spearheading Shawmut’s transformation into a Lean organization, and advancing the use of innovative project delivery models such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Shawmut was recently recognized as ENR’s New England Top Contractor of the Year, and a Best Place to Work.
He has lived abroad for over 10 years in both London and Rome, much of it with International Water Limited, a Bechtel Enterprises company that developed, financed, owned and operated infrastructure public-private partnerships in the water, wastewater, and district heating sectors around the world. During this time, he had a leading role in the development of multiple public-private partnerships in Central & Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His area of expertise includes infrastructure development, project finance, and long-term capital plan programming.
Mr. Sandell is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA, Classical Studies) and Columbia Business School (MBA, Finance & Economics). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Michael J. Scipione, P.E., is president and CEO of Weston & Sampson and has over 30 years of civil engineering experience. Mr. Scipione joined Weston & Sampson in 1985 and has been instrumental in the development and success of various business units. Elected to Weston & Sampson’s Board of Directors in 2002, Mr. Scipione served as Chief Operating Officer from 2002 through 2004. In January 2005, Weston & Sampson’s Board of Directors elected and promoted Michael J. Scipione, P.E., to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Since that time, Weston & Sampson has grown geographically to include regional offices along the East Coast.
As the firm’s president, Mr. Scipione continues to provide clients and business associates with an accessible and hands-on approach to projects while fostering Weston & Sampson’s tradition of prompt client service and response. In addition, he provides the transportation, solid waste, wastewater, and water divisions with management and training to support various projects.
With registration as a professional engineer in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island, Mr. Scipione has been an active participant in national and regional professional organizations throughout his career.
Mr. Scipione earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of ACEC’s Senior Executive Institute and Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.
In addition to his involvement in the EBC, he is also on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/Ma). Mr. Scipione is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), (WTS), and the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA).
Ms. Servidio is Senior Vice President at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. and has more than 30 years of experience in providing specialized environmental compliance to industry. To help minimize risks, she has focused on solving our clients’ environmental compliance challenges by providing cutting edge hazardous waste management solutions (contingency plans, waste characterization); Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA) and Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) reporting; and NPDES permitting (stormwater, non-contact cooling water and process specific). Through effective TURA planning, Ms. Servidio has also helped clients to improve product quality, save money, and keep employees safe.
Capaccio’s mission “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” is something Ms. Servidio believes in and practices. She earned a Certificate of Recognition for effective TUR planning from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, and was chosen to present on the benefits TUR planning as key note speaker for the Cancer Council of Australia. She has also been recognized by the New England Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (NEACHMM) with a “Champion of Excellence” award.
Ms. Servidio holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University, is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified TUR Planner. Ms. Servidio currently serves on numerous committees and boards including the TUR Advisory Committee, Central Massachusetts Environmental Business Network (CMBEN) and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. She formerly served as President of the NEACHMM.
A resident of Millis, MA, Sheehan has been with GZA for 26 years and is a Senior Principal of the firm. His areas of specialization are environmental engineering, site investigation, remediation system design and construction, construction management and remedial feasibility assessment. He also serves on GZA’s Executive Team. Sheehan earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, and is a professional engineer in MA.
Ruth Silman concentrates her practice on complex environmental and land use matters. She leads Nixon Peabody’s Climate Change Team, a group of lawyers and environmental scientists/engineers who are assisting the firm’s energy, industrial, and financial clients to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities emerging from legislative, regulatory, and judicial responses to the issue of climate change. Ruth represents clients concerning the land use implications of complex real estate transactions, including zoning, environmental impacts, permitting, and compliance. Her extensive environmental experience includes addressing air quality, hazardous waste assessment and remediation, brownfields redevelopment, wetlands protection, stormwater, wastewater, septic system, and water quality issues at the federal, state, and local level. Ruth advises clients regarding environmental management systems and environmental audits.
Ruth provides support to real estate transactions, including due diligence and advice regarding appropriate contractual protections and environmental insurance. Ruth has represented clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in environmental and land use litigation matters. She is involved in renewable energy efforts, including representing solar energy and wind power developers. Her experience spans various subjects including the development, permitting, construction, and operation of renewable energy facilities.
Ruth previously worked for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division and analyzed the legality of potential policies under the federal Clean Air Act for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM).
Chad is Principal and CEO of SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC (“SumCo Eco”), a self-performing heavy site civil construction firm. Founded by Chad and his brother Travis in 2006, the company has completed hundreds of environmental improvement projects across the Northeast including dam removals and rehabilitations; river, wetlands and marsh restorations; coastal resiliency and climate adaptation; site remediation and redevelopment; culverts, bridges and other infrastructure; invasive species management, landscaping and more. In his role as CEO, Chad continuously defines and advances the firm’s ecological construction niche; has assembled and guides SumCo Eco’s complementary construction leadership team in addressing the diverse ecological, environmental and infrastructure challenges posed by climate change, and collaborates with industry stakeholders to improve best practices in ecological construction. Chad is a scientist by education and training, having received his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked “in the field” at project sites for nearly 20 years, and oversaw the development and installation of the firm’s ecological construction and revegetation projects for over 10 years. Chad is an active member of and frequent presenter at the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists, and the Environmental Business Council of New England.
David Young is a Vice President with CDM Smith who is headquartered here in Massachusetts. He has worked for CDM for almost 35 years. He currently serves as a Client Portfolio Leader in the North Group of the CDM Smith North American Unit.
David has a BSCE degree from Tufts University, and a MBA from Babson College. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in five New England states He is also a member of the New England Water Environment Association Water Reuse Committee and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
David is a Past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) which represents over 110 firms and 7,000 employees. He was inducted into the ACEC National College of Fellows in 2012 and was awarded the ACEC/MA Community Service Award in 2011.
David brings several years of civil and environmental engineering experience having worked on many Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plans for various New England communities. He also has developed expertise in the areas of sports fields and water reuse projects. He lives in Mansfield, MA with his family and served on the Mansfield Municipal Building Committee for 14 years.