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The Paul G. Keough Award for Government Leadership

paul g keoughThis award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors on January 4, 1994, recognized the significant contribution made by Paul Keough and is awarded to an organization or individual for outstanding leadership in government.

Paul Keough (1946-1994) was one of the first employees hired at the EPA Boston office when it opened in 1971 and served the agency for over twenty years, earning accolades as a hard-nosed, energetic bureaucrat with an abiding commitment to the environment. Mr. Keough began at the EPA as the agency’s press secretary and spent over 10 years as the deputy administrator for New England. Mr. Keough had an enormous impact on the hundreds of EPA employees he worked with in the Region 1 office. He also had a major impact on the thousands of individuals from business and industry, New England’s many environmental organizations, and other federal, state and local government officials with whom he came in contact.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 EBC Paul G. Keough Award for Government Leadership


In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Government Service and for Significant Contribution to the Quality of the Environment in Rhode Island

Award Recipient: Marty Suuberg, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Martin Suuberg was appointed on January 8, 2015 as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) by Governor Charles D. Baker and his Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew A. Beaton. With nearly 30 years of experience working in environmental and natural resource agencies at the state and federal level, Martin is a lawyer and manager who has effectively and efficiently administered the environmental laws that protect the quality of life for all Massachusetts’ citizens.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Martin served as Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. At MassDEP, Martin served as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning. He took over this position after 9 ½ years as the Regional Director for the Central Regional Office in Worcester, which serves more than 70 communities in Worcester County and nearby areas and is responsible for environmental permitting, inspection and enforcement activities. Over his long career, Martin has also served as General Counsel to MassDEP and to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, as well as to the former Department of Environmental Management where he also served as Deputy Commissioner. Before moving to Massachusetts, Martin was an Associate Solicitor and then Deputy Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, where he worked on land management and natural resource issues.


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