Samuel Bell Named Vice Chair of the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Samuel Bell of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. will be joining the EBC Climate Change and Air Committee as the Vice Chair – Climate. Sam has been a long-time supporter of the EBC, and looks forward to contributing his industry knowledge to the Climate Change and Air Committee as Vice Chair.

Samuel Bell, Senior Resiliency Planner
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
144 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA
781.278.3847  //  [email protected]

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Sam Bell is a Senior Resiliency Planner who has spent the last 12 years working with local communities and states around the country to prevent natural and climate-related hazards from becoming disasters. He serves as the Planning Leader for GZA’s Natural Hazard Risk Management practice group. In this role, Sam leads teams in assisting GZA clients with natural hazard and climate adaptation planning, risk assessments, risk communication, community education and outreach, and in preparing actionable hazard mitigation measures designed to make communities more resilient. Most recently Sam led teams that successfully developed Natural Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience Plans for Somerset and Milford in Massachusetts, and Stratford, Old Saybrook and Westport in Connecticut. He also assists several businesses in New England in: 1) conducting flood vulnerability assessments; 2) preparing flood mitigation solutions; and 3) preparing flood emergency response plans based on FM Global requirements.

Prior to joining GZA, Sam served as a Hazard Mitigation Grant and Planning Team Lead from 2007 to 2011 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) providing disaster recovery support to states throughout the Northeast in response to the adverse impacts caused by historic flooding. He worked with multiple State Emergency Management Agencies and Departments of Environmental Protection to identify strategies and flood mitigation solutions to protect residences and critical facilities from incurring damages from future flooding. From 2011 to early 2014, he assisted FEMA as a consultant in revising risk evaluation and program effectiveness tools that FEMA, States, local, tribal and US territories use to evaluate the effectiveness of all eligible flood mitigation projects including critical facilities and infrastructure. These tools included the FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Tool Version 5.0 used to evaluate project cost-effectiveness, and a pioneering streamlined riverine flood loss avoidance study methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of flood mitigation after completion. To assist all stakeholders with using FEMA’s BCA Tool and preparing Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant applications, Sam led trainings throughout the United States (U.S.) including several in New England.

Sam earned a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor Environmental Design in Planning from the University of Colorado-Boulder.