About Us

The Massachusetts Envirothon is a network of scientists, educators, local officials, policy-makers, business people, resource managers, community activists, and parents who are committed to preparing the next generation of environmentally literate concerned citizens and professionals.

Mass Envirothon is a program of the Massachusetts State Commission for the Conservation of Soil, Water, and Related Resources, with leadership from the Mass Envirothon Steering Committee and the Mass Envirothon Council.

 

2016-2017 Massachusetts Envirothon Steering Committee

The Massachusetts Envirothon Steering Committee (MESC) does the hands on work of organizing and running the Envirothon program in Massachusetts. The MESC is officially a sub-committee of the Massachusetts State Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water, and Related Resources. The purpose of the Steering Committee to is to help fulfill the conservation education mandate of the State Commission through the Envirothon Program.

Committee members are official representatives of their agencies who take on specific roles in program planning and implementation. They meet through the year to develop program policy and curriculum, and to plan and manage Envirothon events. They are assisted in this work by the Mass Envirothon Coordinator, Brita Dempsey.

Agenda for the next MESC meeting:

2017 MESC Membership

Will Snyder, Committee Chair, University of Massachusetts Extension
Kelley Freda, Committee Vice Chair, DCR Water Supply Protection
Dan Giza,  ASA Analysis and Communications
Justin Gonsor, Committee Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Quabbin Reservoir
Joe Perry Forester, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Lisa Trotto, Worcester County Conservation District
Dr. George Zoto, Department of Environmental Protection

Advisory Members

  • Al Averill ~ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Wendell Cerne,  Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association
  • Meg Colclough ~ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA)
  • William Dunham ~ Belmont Enterprises
  • Matthew Goode ~ Suffolk County Conservation District
  • Amie Humphrey Facendola ~ Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
  • Pam Landry ~ Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife)
  • Rick LeBlanc ~ Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources
  • Julie Martin ~ Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of State Parks and Recreation
  • Elizabeth McGuire ~ Middlesex Conservation District
  • Matthew Nash,  DCR North Region Coastal District
  • Dominique Pahlavan ~ Mass Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
  • Diane Baedeker Petit ~ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Clif Read ~ Department of Conservation and Recreation, Quabbin Reservoir
  • Judy Reilly ~ Bristol-Myer Squibb Volunteer
  • Kris Scopinich, Mass Audubon
  • Eric Seaborn, National Grid

Massachusetts Envirothon Council

The Mass Envirothon Council (MEC) oversees and supports the work of the Mass Envirothon Steering Committee.

The MEC is officially a committee of the Massachusetts State Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water, and Related Resources. The purpose of the Council is to:

  • Support and promote the continuous improvement of the Massachusetts Envirothon Program
  • Ensure the continuation and increase of volunteer numbers and in-kind support necessary for a successful program, and
  • Ensure the necessary financial support for a successful program

2016-17 MEC Membership

Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Mary Bell, College of Natural Sciences, UMass Amherst
George Buckley, Harvard Extension School
Stuart A. Cain, President of Alden Research Laboratory Inc.
Deborah Cary, MassAudubon
Warren Chamberlain, Mass. State Grange
Michele Fineblum, Mass. Envirothon parent
Steve Goodwin, Dean, College of Natural Sciences, UMass Amherst
Nathan Nesbitt, Mass. Envirothon alumnus
Jennifer Norwood, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Jeff LaFleur, Mass. Association of Conservation Districts
Marion Larson, Mass. Div. of Fisheries & Wildlife
Eric Seaborne, National Grid
Joe Smith, State Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water & Related Resources
Will Snyder, UMass Extension, Center for Agriculture, Food & the Environment