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David Foss Promoted to Senior Vice President at Wilcox & Barton

Posted March 14, 2019 by

Wilcox & Barton, Inc., a leading New England civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of David Foss, CPG, LSP, to Senior Vice President. David serves on the EBC Site Remediation & Redevelopment Committee as Vice Chair.

With 25 years’ experience, David joined Wilcox & Barton, Inc. in 2015 and has built a stellar reputation for his commitment to brownfields redevelopment and environmental cleanup. As a strong advocate for the revitalization of urban neighborhoods, David has worked tirelessly with civic groups, governmental agencies, and private clients to promote economic development in dozens of communities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

“David is an elite environmental professional, well respected in our industry, and has held leadership positions on both the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) and New England Environmental Business Council. David expertly balances client services, technical expertise, and staff management in a way that adds significant value to our company. Both Russ Barton and I truly value David as a trusted business and technical leader of our firm,” said President Bill Wilcox.

When he’s not working, David is an active volunteer on municipal committees in the Town of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and is an adventure seeking endurance athlete. He cycles, kayaks, and hikes in order to fill the time between ultramarathons.


Since 2000, Wilcox & Barton, Inc. has provided clients with a complete range of civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering services throughout the Northeast. The company has earned a reputation for responsiveness, successful management of complex problems, and for providing innovative, cost-effective solutions.


The 9th Annual NEWIEE Awards Gala – Register Today!

Posted March 7, 2019 by

On April 24th, New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) will hold its 9th Annual Awards Gala, recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of women leaders in energy and environment. The event will be held at Westin Copley Place, Boston.

The NEWIEE Awards are presented at the annual NEWIEE Gala to honor and celebrate the achievements of women leaders in the energy and environment industry.

  • The Leadership Award honors women who have promoted opportunities for women in the energy and environmental fields, and have continued to nurture and encourage women in these areas throughout their careers.
  • The Rising Star Award, in honor of Allison Smith was created in 2016 to honor a woman with less than ten years of industry experience who has demonstrated a commitment to, and positive impact on, her field; both professionally and in her personal endeavors.

NEWIEE’s 2019 Annual Awards Gala will feature five exceptional women leaders. We are thrilled to announce that our Keynote will be Maria Tikoff Vargas, and our four awardees are Karen Coyne, Lisa Frantzis, June E. Tierney, and Emily Luksha!

For more information, registration, and to sponsor, please follow this link.


EBC Announces Leadership Change for the Dam Management Committee

Posted March 6, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Christopher Haker, Principal Engineer at Tighe & Bond, will become the Chair of the EBC Dam Management Committee. Also at this time, Chad Sumner, Principal at SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC, will become the committee Vice Chair.

With the greatest appreciation, EBC would like to thank Matthew Bellisle, Senior Vice President of Pare Corporation, and Matthew Taylor, Principal & Senior Vice President of GZA, for their many years of service to the EBC as the Co-Chairs of the EBC Dam Management Committee and for their invaluable support of the EBC.

For more on the EBC Dam Management Committee, follow this link.

Christopher D. Haker, P.E., Principal Engineer
Tighe & Bond
446 Main Street, 13th Floor, Worcester, MA  01608
508.320.3168  //  cdhaker@tighebond.com

Christopher Haker's Bio

Christopher D. Haker, P.E. heads the Dam Engineering Group at Tighe & Bond. Chris has 23 years of experience in dam and geotechnical engineering. He holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University an MS degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute and Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He has been the project manager and lead designer for multiple concrete, stone masonry, and earth embankment dam rehabilitation projects.

Chad Sumner, Principal
SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC
16 Front Street, Suite 209, Salem, MA 01970
978.744.1515  //  csumner@sumcoeco.com

Chad Sumner's Bio

Chad is Managing Principal of SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC (“SumCo Eco”), a self-performing ecological and environmental 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 rehabilitations, removals and fish passage; river, wetlands and marsh restorations; coastal resiliency; site remediation and redevelopment; Stormwater BMPs; culverts, bridges and other infrastructure; invasive species management and more. In his role as Managing Principal, Chad 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 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, for which he also serves as a member of the board of directors.


WBUR Event Series: “Stepping Up – Business In The Era of Climate Change”

Posted March 5, 2019 by

A five-part WBUR series in collaboration with Harvard Business School and Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Business is the main source of the greenhouse gases that are causing the Earth’s climate to change. Business is also the main source of new products, services and business models that may save us from wholesale climate calamity. This 5-part series, featuring leading thinkers from business, environmental advocacy groups and area universities, will explore what businesses are doing, can do and should do to confront climate change.

Location: WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Ticket Price: $15.00

March 5: Open for Business

April 2: Food, Diet and Climate

April 22: Climate Politics and Business

May 7: The Road Map of the Future: Transportation

June 4: Energy Transitions


David Foss and Edward Van Doren Named Vice Chairs of the EBC Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee

Posted February 28, 2019 by

It gives us great pleasure to announce that David Foss of Wilcox & Barton, Inc. and Edward Van Doren of CDM Smith will be joining the EBC Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee as the Vice Chairs. David and Ed have been long-time supporters of the EBC, and look forward to contributing their industry knowledge to the Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee as Vice Chairs.

David Foss, CPG, LSP, Vice President – Principal Hydrogeologist
Wilcox & Barton, Inc.
#1B Commons Drive, Londonderry, NH 03053
603.369.4190 x523  //  dfoss@wilcoxandbarton.com

Click Here for David's Bio:

David Foss is a Principal Hydrogeologist who leads the Brownfield Redevelopment practice at Wilcox & Barton, Inc., connecting a broad range of public and private development interests.  Focusing on the remediation and redevelopment of hazardous waste and petroleum-contaminated sites, he finds great satisfaction in the revitalization of urban neighborhoods and the social benefits of economic renewal.  He identifies and implements solutions for projects involving difficult regulatory and technical issues.  David is an expert in Brownfield incentive programs and policy.  He identifies and implements solutions for projects with challenging environmental histories amid overlapping regulatory programs for Wilcox & Barton, Inc. projects.

David is active in numerous civic and professional organizations including the Licensed Site Professional (Massachusetts), Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals, the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and the Massachusetts Geologic Society.  He is a Certified Professional Geologist and Licensed Site Professional.

Edward Van Doren, P.E., LSP, Principal Environmental Engineer
CDM Smith
75 State Street, Suite 701, Boston, MA 02109
617.452.6817  //  vandorenep@cdmsmith.com

Click Here for Ed's Bio:

Mr. Van Doren is a Principal Environmental Engineer with CDM Smith in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been involved in environmental engineering and consulting for more than 30 years. His experience includes implementation of remedial technologies at petroleum and uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and project and program management. Mr. Van Doren’s project work has included former manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites, chlorinated solvent contaminated sites, petroleum contaminated sites, brownfield sites, landfills, and military installations. He is a Massachusetts Professional Engineer (PE) and Licensed Site Professional (LSP). Mr. Van Doren is a member of the EBC Site Remediation & Redevelopment Committee Leadership team. He holds a BS degree in chemistry from the State University of New York at Oswego and an MS in Engineering in Environmental Studies from UMass Lowell.