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.

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:

2019-20 MESC Membership

Kelley Freda, Committee Chair, DCR Water Supply Protection
Wendell Cerne,  Committee Vice-Chair, MA Science Education Leadership Association
Justin Gonsor, Committee Secretary, DCR, Quabbin Reservoir
Lisa Trotto, Committee Treasurer, Worcester County Conservation District
Joe Perry  Forester, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Dr. George Zoto, Department of Environmental Protection

Advisory Members

  • Al Averill ~ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Becky Bottomley ~ former coach
  • Meg Colclough ~ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA)
  • Bill Dunham ~ Belmont Enterprises
  • Amie Humphrey Facendola ~ Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
  • Dan Giza ~ ASA Analysis and Communications
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kris Scopinich ~  Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Will Snyder ~ UMass Extension, Center for Agriculture, Food & the Environment

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

2019-20 MEC Membership

Kathryn Theoharides, Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs
George Buckley, Harvard Extension School
Deborah Cary, MassAudubon
Warren Chamberlain, Mass. State Grange
Michelle Fineblum, Mass. Envirothon parent
Curt Griffin, School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), UMass Amherst
Nathan Nesbitt, Mass. Envirothon alumnus
Jennifer Norwood, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Jane Obbagy, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts
Marion Larson, Mass. Div. of Fisheries & Wildlife
Joe Smith, Woodsman Inc