The EBC Daniel K. Moon Lifetime Achievement Award

2024 Award Recipient: Arthur N. Mabbett

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mabbett & Associates, Inc.
Founding President, Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc.

The EBC Daniel K. Moon Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to Arthur N. Mabbett in recognition of his notable leadership in the environmental industry as a small business entrepreneur and award-winning provider of environmental consulting, health and safety, and architectural/engineering design services to federal, state, and local agencies, and private commercial, institutional, and industrial clients nationally.

In Arthur’s junior year at the University of Massachusetts Boston, after planning to be a dentist, he was encouraged to explore the nascent environmental field by Dr. Herbert Lipke, his academic advisor. He took that advice and became one of U.S. EPA’s first scholarship recipients in a graduate degree program at Rutgers University. In 1970, he joined the U.S. Army as an Environmental Science Officer and served on active duty for six years. He was awarded the Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals for his distinguished service and remained in the Army Reserve until 1989.

Upon conclusion of his active duty, Arthur worked as an Associate at Symmes, Maini and McKee in Cambridge, founding their Health and Environment Group in 1976, before establishing in 1980, Mabbett, Capaccio & Associates, Inc. which in 1992 became Mabbett & Associates, Inc. As a regional New England firm, his business was negatively impacted by the offshoring trend during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. After considering various options, he decided to enter the Federal market and became one of the first companies to achieve Verified status by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Since entering the Federal market, the firm has grown five-fold. Today, Mabbett has 80 staff members with 75% of its work in the Federal sector. The firm has won two major Federal SBA Awards as New England Veteran Firm of the Year and as the Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, Northeast Region. In 2021, the firm was named as one of the top three veteran-owned companies, all sectors, in the USA by the US Chamber of Commerce. Arthur has also spent countless hours grooming the next generation of his staff for a bright future.

Arthur played a critical role in the history and growth of the EBC. In 1989, Arthur participated in several meetings with environmental company leaders in consulting, engineering, and manufacturing, UMass Boston, the late attorney Donald Connors, Esq., and Governor Michael Dukakis. In November 1990, the Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc. was incorporated with Arthur as Founding President. He has maintained a position on the Board of Directors ever since, seeing the organization through the twists and turns of the environmental industry and economy.

In 1990, Arthur expanded internationally and in 1996 he established Mabbett & Associates Ltd, which when sold in 2021 was the largest privately owned environmental consulting and engineering firm in Scotland, the North of England, and Northern Ireland. The firm still trades under Arthur’s name.

The Environmental Business Council of New England is deeply grateful for Arthur’s commitment and leadership to the organization and the industry. In addition to the EBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Arthur’s accomplishments were recognized in 2022 with the Environmental Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The EBC is proud to present the Daniel K. Moon Lifetime Achievement Award to Arthur N. Mabbett in honor of his leadership and success in the environmental industry over the past 54 years.

Presenting the Award:


Daniel K. Moon (Retired)

Past Executive Director & President
Environmental Business Council of New England

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The 2024 EBC Daniel K. Moon Lifetime Achievement Award

EBC Daniel K. Moon Lifetime Achievement Award

2022 Award Recipient: Daniel K. Moon

Founding Board Member and longtime President and Executive Director of the Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc.

The EBC Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to Daniel K. Moon in recognition of his notable leadership in the environmental and energy industries. Dan is the force behind the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC), the first organization in the United States established to support and foster the development of the environmental industry. Over his 31 year tenure with the EBC, Dan grew the organization from less than 50 member companies to over 200 and grew the programming from one or two meetings a month to over 100 per year. Combining drive, ambition, and the ability to bring together all parties, Dan has had an immense influence on the growth of the environmental and energy industries in New England.

As a young student, Dan enjoyed chemistry class and took that love of science to Northeastern University where he majored in chemical engineering. He moved to San Francisco to pursue an MBA and heard a local radio show discussion of the newly formed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Immediately energized by the discussion, Dan began work as a summer intern with EPA Region 9 in 1972. Upon graduation, Dan applied for and was hired by EPA Region 1 in Boston to develop a regional hazardous waste management program. Following his service with EPA, Dan worked for private industry on RCRA compliance and hazardous waste remediation programs.

In 1989, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis called a meeting of company leaders involved in the business of environmental management. It was during this meeting, in a private discussion with attorney Don Connors and Governor Dukakis, that the idea of a Council was suggested. Just one year later in 1990 the Environmental Business Council was founded. Dan took on the role of Executive Director in 1997 and focused EBC’s operations on three key drivers: programming, access to decision-makers, and networking. Through Dan’s leadership, the organization formed positive working relationships with New England State agencies, Federal agencies, and regulatory leaders. Dan’s commitment to forming relationships across the industry led to the ever-increasing number of member companies and the success of EBC’s largest networking events. Because of his endless curiosity and energy, EBC is always able to stay on top of current developments and tackle emerging issues.

The Environmental Business Council is deeply grateful for Dan’s commitment to the organization and the industry. In addition to the EBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Dan’s accomplishments were recognized earlier this year with the Environmental Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award (click here to read his interview with EBJ).

The EBC is proud to present this Lifetime Achievement Award to Daniel K. Moon in honor of his dedication to the environmental industry over the past 40 years.

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The 2022 Daniel K. Moon Lifetime Achievement Award