||Dave Galvin ('75)
Program Manager King County
Hazardous Waste Management
130 Nickerson Street
Seattle, WA 98109-1658
How chemicals impact the environment has been a topic that has fascinated Dave Galvin ('75) since his undergraduate days at Colby, where he double-majored in Biology and Environmental Studies [note: ES was available as a stand-alone major back then]. He spent a Watson Fellowship year based at the British Museum studying the use of plants and animals as indicators of pollution. After that he settled in Seattle, where he works now as manager of the largest local program in the United States that focuses on "small-quantity" hazardous wastes -- those generated by small businesses and by households through use of consumer products. Dave coined the term "household hazardous waste" in 1980, and has been a national leader on the safe management of hazardous chemicals from homes and small businesses ever since. He has negotiated reformulations of products with major manufacturers in order to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemical ingredients, and has been an advocate for products and programs that reduce hazardous chemical exposures as well as releases into the environment. One recent project involves the sweep-out of dangerous, unstable old chemicals from school science labs in the Seattle area. Pesticide reduction is another major focus of his work.
"Colby gave me a great grounding in the sciences as well as abilities to look broadly across complex issues, learn new subjects easily and synthesize information. Access to faculty was superb, where back-and-forth learning occurred. I was challenged, supported and encouraged -- no global problem was too big or daunting to consider taking on."
Dave was the founding president of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. He lives with he wife MarySue (also Colby '75) and two kids on a houseboat in Seattle and commutes to work by kayak -- you might have seen him in the public television special called "Affluenza."
For more information about Dave's program, visit his website at http://www.metrokc.gov/hazwaste/.
|| Stephanie Clement
Friends of Acadia
43 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Toll-free: (800) 625-0321
| Working to protect the splendor of Acadia National Park has been a challenge and a joy for Stephanie Clement ('92). Stephanie is the Conservation Director at a non-profit organization known as Friends of Acadia (FOA) in Bar Harbor, Maine. FOA is an independent membership organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and cultural distinctiveness of Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities. Stephanie is responsible for many of FOA's advocacy and community planning programs. She has completed many impressive projects including spearheading efforts to effectively ban jet skis from all of Acadia's freshwater ponds. Stephanie also serves on the Board of Directors for Downeast Transportation which is the non-profit group that runs the popular propane-powered bus system on Mount Desert Island.
|| Karyl Brewster-Geisz
Highly Migratory Species Management Division
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Karyl Brewster-Geisz graduated in 1993 with a love for environmental
science but without a clear sense of what to do next. After working as
both a field chemist and a research assistant at the IES, she got her
Masters in Fisheries Science. In 1995, she began working as a contractor
for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Karyl is now a fishery management
specialist in a unique division within the NOAA Fisheries - The Highly
Migratory Species (HMS) Management Division.
Now a full-time employee, Karyl leads the the team that writes the regulations
for the sharks and commercial swordfish (i.e. the fishery highlighted
in The Perfect Storm). Due to the migratory nature of these fish, Karyl
must consider state, national, and international boundary concerns when
writing regulations, as well as the social and economic impact of management
measures. Karyl now fully understands that fishing is one of the toughest,
most stressful jobs out there. She works to keep fisheries sustainable
while ensuring fishermen the ability to survive.
|| Tim Glidden
Land for Maine's Future Program
State Planning Office
#38 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
Tim Glidden ('74) currently directs the Land for Maine's Future Program which
funds land conservation projects throughout Maine. Over the past 15 years,
LMF has supported the protection of over 130,000 acres of Maine's best!
Tim has had the good fortune recently to be part of successful efforts
to acquire a spectacular 50 mile lake and river corridor along Spednic
Lake and the St. Croix River in Washington County. The program has also
been able to protect the largest remaining block of forest land south
of Sebago Lake through an 8600 acre "working forest" easement. This easement
protects recreation opportunities and several important threatened and
endangered species while walso stabilizing the forested land base that
is important to local forest-based businesses.
Tim works with a very small staff and has had the pleasure of working
with dedicated conservationists in many other state agencies and local
land trusts all over Maine. Says Tim, "It's been incrediably rewarding
to be able to have such a tangible impact on Maine's future. This is truly
work that requires thinking from the long-term prespective of the "seventh
generation" on the best Iroquois tradidiont."
For Tim, his time at Colby "laid a wonderful foundation for my current
work from philosophizing with Dr. Gustave Todrank to botanizing with Dr.
Tom Gilbert to just roaming the Maine countryside.
|| David Wright
Residuals Utilization Unit
Solid Waste Division, DEP
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Fax: (207) 287-7826
David Wright graduated from Colby in 1982. He joined
the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in 1989, working as a project
manager in the State Superfund program. He was promoted in 1993 to head
the residuals utilization unit at DEP. David currently supervises personnel
in four regional offices who regulate utilization of septage, biosolids,
woodash, food processing by-products, and other residuals, along with composting
Learn more about the State of Maine's Remediation
and Waste Management programs at the DEP.