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John Vieira, PWS, Joins Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.’s Growing Energy and Utility Practice

Posted February 23, 2009 by

Watertown, Massachusetts – VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. announces that John Vieira, Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS), recently joined the firm as a Senior Project Manager in the environmental group. Working out of the firm?s Worcester, Mass. office, Mr. Vieira will help to build upon VHB’s growing energy and utility practice throughout the Northeast.

 Mr. Vieira brings more than 28 years of experience to his new role at VHB. He has served a variety of energy clients in the electric transmission, gas transmission, conventional power generation, and the renewable power industries providing a broad range of services including facility siting, planning, permitting, and compliance inspection services.  Additionally, John has strong technical knowledge in wetland delineation and functional assessment, wildlife habitat evaluation, rare species surveys, vegetation community mapping, vernal pool identification, and reptile and amphibian ecology.
“We’re delighted to have John join the VHB team,” said Leo Pierre Roy, Principal and Managing Director of Massachusetts Environmental and Energy Services.  “His tremendous experience, coupled with VHB’s strong integrated services offering, will enhance our ability to provide timely and cost-effective results for our clients.”

Currently, Mr. Vieira is serving as project manager on two of VHB?s National Grid projects – the Z126 115kv Transmission project (Millbury and Auburn, Mass.) and the A127/B128 Reconductoring project (Millbury, Auburn, Leicester, and Worcester, Mass.).

Mr. Vieira holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists.

VHB is an 850-person firm that provides integrated transportation, land development, and environmental services from 18 offices along the east coast.  Engineering News-Record ranks VHB 84th of the Top 500 U.S. Design Firms and among the Top 50 Transportation Firms in the Nation. CE News magazine consistently ranks VHB among the Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For in the U.S. For more information, visit www.vhb.com.


ASA Brings Back Daniel Mendelsohn as Principal and Energy Resources Group Lead

Posted February 18, 2009 by

NARRAGANSETT, RI – To address the growing need and importance of renewable energy, climate change and sustainability services, ASA has brought back Daniel Mendelsohn, as Principal and Energy Resources Group Lead to their growing team of consultants.  Widely considered one of the top experts in renewable energy development and project management, Daniel brings 25 years experience in the implementation and management of engineering analyses, modeling studies, environmental impact assessments, site assessment/feasibility studies, field monitoring programs, and data analysis.

Originally with ASA from 1985-2001, he has been at Applied Technology and Management Inc. (ATM) for the past 5 years and now returns to lead ASA’s Energy Resources Group. Daniel has developed and applied numerous computer simulation models to address engineering problems in the environment and has provided support to the public and private sectors for environmental and permitting issues, environmental resource assessment, and model prediction including meteorological, hydrodynamics and pollutant transport and fates.

In recent years, Mr. Mendelsohn has focused on the conceptual design, feasibility, planning and development of renewable energy system projects for electric power cooperatives, municipalities, state government agencies, resort developments, and several high-profile offshore wind energy projects in the U.S.  He is experienced in the environmental issues facing regulators and the power industry and will work on multi-disciplinary teams at ASA to address energy, climate, and sustainability issues.

Among Daniel’s recent accomplishments is his leadership role in a series of sustainable energy projects both local and global.  Locally, for the State of Rhode Island, he was Principal-in-Charge and project manager, Wind Resources and Environmental Engineer for the RIWINDS project, to assess the feasibility of producing 15% of the state’s aggregate electrical demand from wind generation. Notable and expansive projects abroad include the Salt Cay Development in Turks & Caicos, where he was project manager for the evaluation of the feasibility of implementing sustainable energy generators to meet a large energy load for a proposed island resort. The study is focused on using proven technologies from the wind, solar and waste to energy (W2E) industries in addition to the newer ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technologies.  Additionally, Daniel worked as project lead on a sustainable development project in Holbox Island, Mexico, evaluating the feasibility of implementing sustainable energy generators for off-setting the electrical energy needs for a proposed island resort. A technical and economic feasibility study of the system was performed and Mr. Mendelsohn evaluated the use of renewable energy sources independently and in combination with conventional and emergency conventional sources of energy, with a focus on using proven renewable technologies from the wind, solar PV and thermal, and waste to energy industries.

Daniel’s experience and qualification for the role at ASA is matched only by his passion for contributing on the promise of a renewable energy future, “Having been on the practical side of the renewable energy resource assessment and development business for a while, I know that it is fully possible for renewable energy to become a major competitor on the open market and that it has the potential, over the long term, to entirely replace fossil fuels for energy. I am thrilled to be back at ASA and tapping our unique combination of analytical, computer modeling, engineering and interactive geographical data representation expertise to continue to propagate the very promising alternative energy solutions worldwide.  ASA offers a worldwide reputation for scientific excellence that will foster this potential and make a greater impact serving the new energy and sustainable development markets.”


Noted Climate Change Scientist Joins Battelle

Posted February 17, 2009 by

Dr. Paul Kirshen to specialize in integration of climate change adaptation solutions

Duxbury, MA – Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, has hired Dr. Paul Kirshen from Tufts University to lead an important climate change initiative.

Conducting consulting and research on climate change since 1988, Dr. Kirshen will apply his long-term experience and knowledge to the Battelle initiative to develop a climate change adaptation practice that will address the multidimensional impacts of climate change. This practice complements Battelle’s extensive existing services in the mitigation of greenhouse gases. Dr. Kirshen is also an internationally recognized expert in integrated water resources management.

“Dr. Kirshen has been conducting research nationally and internationally for two decades, including completing one of the first risk-based integrated assessments of adaptation strategies for coastal urban infrastructure systems,” said Tracy Stenner, manager of Battelle’s Environmental product line. “He clearly will be a valuable addition to our team and we’re proud to have him join Battelle.”

“Given the global reach of Battelle and the commitment of its large multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers to excellence, Battelle is well- positioned to help address the pressing challenges of climate change management – it is exciting to join their effort,” said Dr. Kirshen.

Dr. Kirshen, who will be based at Battelle’s Duxbury, Massachusetts facility, joins Battelle part time while he transitions from his current position as Research Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and as the Director of the Water: Systems, Science and Society Graduate Program at Tufts University. That transition will be complete June 1, when Dr. Kirshen joins Battelle full time.

His educational background includes a Ph.D and an M.S. in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Sc.B in engineering from Brown University.

Battelle is the world’s largest non-profit independent research and development organization, providing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences.  It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $4 billion in global R&D; annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 20,400 employees in more than 120 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.

Media contacts: Katy Delaney, 410-306-8638, masseytr@battelle.org


Former EPA Administrator joins Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Posted February 17, 2009 by

Bedford, New Hampshire – Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Regional Administrator, Mr. Robert Varney, has joined Normandeau Associates as Senior Vice President. Mr. Varney, who was the longest-serving regional administrator and the top environmental official in New England, is nationally recognized for instituting many innovative approaches and policy initiatives that have served as national models.

In his role as Senior Vice President, Mr. Varney will focus on the continued expansion and strategic development of Normandeau Associates. His regulatory expertise and strategy experience will enhance Normandeau’s environmental and public involvement consulting services. “Bob’s work at the state and federal level, combined with his environmental services background and regulatory expertise, will strengthen our position in the marketplace, allowing us to continue spearheading solutions for future environmental issues,” says Pam Hall, president and CEO of Normandeau Associates. “Over the last 10 years, Normandeau Associates has simultaneously expanded its operations and diversified its services. Our 175 staff members, working in 13 offices and three laboratories across the country, have worked on projects in over 35 states as well as Manitoba, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Ireland, and Russia. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Bob, who is one of the nation’s most experienced, respected, and innovative environmental leaders, join our team and help guide our growth.”

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work at Normandeau Associates which is one of the largest and oldest science-based environmental consulting firms in the country,” Mr. Varney notes. “The firm is highly respected by both regulatory agencies and clients for its professionalism and the high quality of its work. I look forward to working with the many scientists and environmental professionals at Normandeau Associates to help ensure that sound science, high quality work, and cost-effective solutions serve as the basis for informed decision making.”

At EPA New England, Mr. Varney was responsible for taking on high profile initiatives associated with climate change, energy efficiency and renewables, homeland security and preparedness, clean air and safe drinking water, superfund and brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, environmental justice and healthy communities, and the restoration of rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. He managed over 700 employees with a budget in excess of $530 million.

Previously, Mr. Varney was one of the nation’s longest-serving state environmental commissioners. As Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, he was appointed by three governors of both political parties. He also served as Director of the New Hampshire Office of State Planning, Executive Director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, and Executive Director of the Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Council. In addition, Mr. Varney has chaired numerous professional organizations such as the Environmental Council of the States, NH Energy Facility Evaluation Committee, NH Water Resources Council, Federal Ozone Transport Commission, Governmental Advisory Committee, and the EPA Superfund Policy Forum. Mr. Varney will be based in the Bedford, New Hampshire headquarters of Normandeau Associates.

For additional information Mr. Varney can be reached at (603) 472-5191 or visit www.normandeau.com.