EJ is hardly a new term. It refers to the fair treatment and involvement of all people regardless of their socio-economic conditions with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws. Our panel discussion gathers national leaders on the topic and addresses fundamental questions…
How did we get here?
What is currently being proposed by states and the EPA?
Where do we see the EJ landscape in five to ten years?
Can the New Jersey Model work nationally?
What does EJ mean for my business?
Matthew Tejada, Director, EPA Office of EJ
Shawn LaTourette, NJDEP Commissioner
Sara Colangelo, Director, Environmental Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law Center
Troy Singleton, NJ State Senator and Bill Sponsor
Moderated by: Chris Whitehead, Air Practice Lead, ESI
If you’re looking to purchase a property for a cannabis operation, planning to expand your operation, or are a business owner looking to build your first facility, it’s important to understand that there are environmental hazards that can be associated with your potential property.
ESI’s team of experts develop compliant environmental solutions in the pre-application or application phase, providing site evaluations and consulting to help cannabis businesses achieve their goals safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
As ESI welcomes back staff to the office, some employees are also bringing their faithful companions to work, whether to ease separation anxiety from almost a year of working from home or just to enjoy a day at the office.
While ESI has quite a few ‘office pets’, last Wednesday we brought in three of our employees’ dogs to take part in National Take Your Dog to Work Day. This picture was taken outside of our office building on a beautiful, sunny day in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.
ESI is proud to accommodate the well-being of our staff – especially after the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world of business in 2020.
In celebration of World Oceans Day (6/8/2021), our own Kristie Samples, hydrogeologist, had the opportunity to take this photo at Reeds Beach in Cape May, NJ. The photo shows horseshoe crabs spawning and migrating birds taking a rest and eating the eggs. The Wildlife Commission encourages people to flip over stranded horseshoe crabs so they can return to the ocean.
Horseshoe crabs are…
• Estimated to be nearly 450 million years old • Not actually crabs! They are closer to arachnids. • …and their eggs are a source of food for migratory birds, sea turtles, and some fish.
ESI is proud to have a staff dedicated to environmental sustainability. Visit an aquarium, take part in a beach clean-up, or donate to a marine/ocean organization; these are some of the ways each of us can help improve and preserve water quality and the diversity of marine species for future generations.
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Topics include Timeline of Required Submittals, Best Practices in Air Inventories, Environmental Justice (EJ) Overlays, and the Jones Act.
Presented by: Enviro-Sciences (of Delaware), Inc. (ESI) and Riker Danzig Speakers: Chris Whitehead (Air Quality Lead, ESI) & Laurie J. Sands (Counsel, Riker Danzig) When: June 30th, 10 – 11 a.m. EST Where: Teams
It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity to announce new initiatives, like our Air Quality Services team, to the entire ESI staff. We are thankful to those who came and are excited for a successful 2021!
Jim Chenard, LSRP, brings 30 years of experience to ESI. Jim has experience in management, hydrogeology and is a member of the LSRPA. Jim graduated from Kean College with a BA in Geology/Earth Science.
Jim is also a Professional Geologist, Subsurface Evaluator (NJDEP), is Closure Certified (NJDEP) and is trained and certified in OSHA 40 Hour, 8 Hour Supervisor, Trench Safety,and Confined Space Entry. He also has his Firefighter 1 Certification, Hazardous Materials Training and serves his community, Blairstown, New Jersey as a volunteer Firefighter.
Chris brings fourteen years of air quality compliance management consulting experience adding to ESI’s Air Quality and Permitting capabilities. He has been a national client manager for national accounts providing them with assistance in air related compliance and treatment issues. Chris most recently has been involved with environmental justice consultation and offshore wind permitting. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Management & Policy and a B.A. in Political Science.
Chris joined ESI in March 2020 with approximately 20 years of environmental consulting experience. He is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) certified by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP), a New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), and a Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP).
His experience includes due diligence, drilling projects, remedial investigations, excavation projects, construction oversight, soil vapor intrusion (SVI) investigations, and remedial injections on small to large project sites. Chris’ clients have included petrochemical companies, construction companies, environmental attorneys, financial institutions, private homeowners, insurance companies, and regulatory agencies.
Chris graduated from UConn in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Chris enjoys reading, skiing, podcasts, hiking and running with his dog Ollie, concerts, UConn basketball games, and trying new craft beers.
In November, ESI’s Chief Operating Officer, Dan Kent, spent a day with a group of volunteers (socially distant) under the guidance of The Friends of the Upper Delaware (FUDR) traversing and wading the tributaries of the Delaware River south of Hancock, NY to count trout redds. Trout and other salmonids lay their eggs in pea sized gravel beds that accumulate in shallow riffles and backchannels, known as redds. An avid fly-fisherman with a diverse background in ecological monitoring and consulting that ranges from endangered species and vernal pool surveys, snake monitoring, freshwater and saltwater wetland consulting, Dan also observed and recorded stream conditions, flow characteristics and stormwater run-off impacts. The redd counts and the stream conditions will be compiled into a larger GIS database, to better serve future redd surveys and stream restoration projects.
Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), www.fudr.org is the leading advocacy voice for the river. There are many competing interests for Delaware River water and the tail waters below the NYC water supply reservoirs require a full-time advocacy voice to make sure water quality, the health of river based economies, and the world class wild trout fishery are top notch.
In 2020, FUDR worked hard alongside conservation partners and coalitions to:
Engage in the implementation of two new policies that help keep the upper river cool during periods of hot weather to protect wild trout and curb erratic water releases from the NYC reservoirs that are harmful to the river environment.
Ensure the Upper Delaware River will be classified as a “Wild Premier” trout stream and receive the highest levels of protection in the new NY statewide trout management plan.
Generate more than $400,000 in new stream restoration project funding ($2.2 million for the UDR with our TU partners over the past 3 years!) to help keep the upper watershed clean and healthy.
Spearhead an educational campaign in New York to erect 14 new “Entering the Delaware River Watershed” signs that help give people a sense of place and pride in the river.