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Updated as of February 2, 2021

Mission Statement

The mission of the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee is to identify and address air pollution and climate change issues that are of importance to EBC members and their clients. Issues include but are not limited to legislative, regulatory and policy developments, innovative technologies, and business development opportunities at the federal, state, regional, and local level.

These issues are addressed by providing objective information from up-to-date and reliable sources including government officials, academics, technology developers, and business experts.

To carry out this mission, the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee will:

  • Create and foster an open and ongoing exchange with legislators and regulators.
  • Solicit input from academia, private developers and business experts.
  • Organize focus groups to provide state regulators and policy makers with ideas, experiences and opinions on defined draft policies or regulations.
  • Organize special Climate Change Forums to promote the exchange of information.
  • Organize seminars, workshops or conferences on major topics of interest to EBC members and their clients.
  • Hold networking events for EBC members to meet key stakeholders and interact with clients and other EBC members.

Program Topics of interest include:

  • GHG inventorying and verification methods
  • Innovative GHG emission reduction technologies
  • Carbon management and trading strategies
  • GHG reporting and disclosure
  • Impacts assessment
  • Adaptation

Committee Leadership

Committee Chair

Ruth H. Silman, Managing Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP
100 Summer Street, Boston, MA  02110
617.345.6062  //  rsilman@nixonpeabody.com

Committee Vice Chairs – Climate

Samuel Bell, Senior Hazard Mitigation Specialist
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA  02062
781.278.3847  //  samuel.bell@gza.com

Julie Eaton Ernst, P.E., Lead Resiliency Engineer
Weston & Sampson
55 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading, MA 01867
978.818.9008  //  eatonj@wseinc.com

Leadership Team

The members of the EBC Climate Committee and Air Leadership team meet routinely with the committee chair to identify topics for future EBC programs. As part of their responsibility, members of the leadership team will also take on the role of program chair to organize and moderate EBC programs for this committee.

Current members of the EBC Climate Committee and Air Leadership Team include:

Nasser Brahim, Senior Climate Resiliency Specialist
Woods Hole Group
107 Waterhouse Road, Bourne, MA 02532
508.495.6237  //  nbrahim@woodsholegroup.com

Joseph Famely, Senior Environmental Scientist
Woods Hole Group
81 Technology Park Drive, East Falmouth, MA 02536
508.495.6220  //  jfamely@whgrp.com

Mike Feinblatt, Practice Leader, Energy & Industrial Services
ESS Group, Inc.
100 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, Waltham, MA 02451
781.419.7749  //  mfeinblatt@essgroup.com

Seth Jaffe, Partner
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
617.832.1203  //  sjaffe@foleyhoag.com

Isabel Kaubisch, Project Manager
Nitsch Engineering
2 Center Plaza, Suite 430, Boston, MA 02108
617.338.0063  //  ikaubisch@nitscheng.com

Kelly Knee, Director – Coastal Hazards
55 Village Square Drive, South Kingston, RI 02879
401.789.6224  //  kelly.knee@rpsgroup.com

Diane Mas, Vice President | Chief Resilience Officer
Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.
146 Hartford Road Manchester CT 06040
413.348.9738  //  dmas@fando.com

Scott D. Turner, Director of Planning
Environmental Partners Group, Inc.
1900 Crown Colony Dr, #402, Quincy, MA 02169
617.657.0280  //  sdt@envpartners.com

Past Meetings




  • April 17 – Air Quality Committee Meeting



  • November 14 – Planning Meeting
  • May 18 – Industrial Boiler MACT Regulations
  • March 16 – Ambient Particulate Monitoring – A Review of Current Technologies
  • February 16 – Joint Meeting with Brownfields Committee – Indoor Air Quality Issues at Brownfields Sites
  • January 19 – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Update


  • December 15 – Air Toxics Reform – Phase 1 Update
  • November 18 – RI Air Permitting Streamlining Task Force Update
  • October 20 – The Effectiveness of Clean Air Act (Title IV) on SO2 and NOx Emission Reductions in the Northeast
  • September 15 – Distinguishing Between “Toxic Mold” and Mold Hysteria
  • July 21 – New Source Review (NSR) Enforcement Actions Against Coal-fired Power Plants
  • June 16 – Mass Ozone SIP
  • April 30 – Inaugural Meeting