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2015 Stormwater Management Workshop Sponsors and Presenters


2015 Storm Water Management Workshop

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Saint Joseph's University Campus
Campion Student Center
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Financial Support:
The workshop is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation William Penn Foundation

Organizers:

Presenters:
Nina Bisbee, Vice President for Facilities, Zoological Society of Philadelphia
Ms. Bisbee is currently responsible for the management of the Zoo’s Capital Program, having held a number of positions including the overall management of facilities operations.  She is responsible for preparing and implementing the Zoo’s long-range development and facilities master plans. Related activities include developing and implementing the Zoo’s annual capital budget; overseeing the project management activities; and developing and implementing facilities related sustainability initiatives.

She has managed the completion of projects worth more than $144 million including the award winning Bank of America Big Cat Falls (2007 AZA Exhibit of the year Award) and the award winning McNeil Avian Center (2010 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Significant Achievement Award, Recently completed projects include The Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo and the Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center.  The $32 million dollar LEED Gold Hamilton Family children’s Zoo, known as KidzooU is a ground breaking educational facility.  The $24 million Intermodal Transportation Center includes a 684space parking garage and a federally funded streetscape and traffic improvement project.

Sarah Dougherty, Natural Resources Defense Council.
Sarah Dougherty is a Welch Environmental Innovation Fellow at NRDC, focusing on finance work in green stormwater infrastructure and clean energy.  She has a work and an educational background in economics and finance, including 7 years at the Federal Reserve Bank. There she led, at different points, economic education and energy analysis. She had shorter stints at the Coalition for Green Capital, C2ES, a small solar EPC and the Federal Home Loan Bank—focused on asset backed securities risk analysis. Sarah is originally from Atlanta, GA and has a MA in economics with a focus in public policy.

Mike Helbing, Staff Attorney, Penn Future
Mike Helbing has been a staff attorney in PennFuture’s Philadelphia office since June 2013. His practice focuses primarily on water quality protection and stormwater management issues. He represented  PennFuture in PennFuture v. Pennsylvania DEP and Upper Gwynedd Township, EHB Docket No. 2013-105-L, which resulted in a settlement that will lead to improvements in the Commonwealth’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permitting program. Prior to joining PennFuture, Helbing served as Associate Chief Counsel for Litigation at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, Maryland from September 2008 through May 2013.  In that role, he worked to protect public health by representing FDA in enforcement actions and defensive cases brought under various federal statutes.  Helbing grew up in Archbald, Pennsylvania. He received his law degree from Yale Law School and graduated with high distinction from Penn State University, with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a minor and honors in environmental engineering.

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works, City of Lancaster
Ms. Katzenmoyer has been the Director of Public Works for the City of Lancaster since May 2001. She graduated from the University of Akron; Akron, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and graduated from Lehigh University; Bethlehem, PA with Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Ms. Katzenmoyer spent the first 10 years of her career working for an environmental consulting firm near Philadelphia. As the Director of Public Works with the City of Lancaster she has responsibility for approximately 200 employees with an annual operating budget of $50 million and capital budget of $50 million.  The water and wastewater systems of the City serve not only the City proper, but nine municipalities surrounding the City with a population of over 140,000 residents. She is responsible for managing a new stormwater management fee program based on impervious area of each property and generates an annual budget of $5 million to meet the Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction program and other CSO efforts.

Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council
Larry Levine is a senior attorney in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Water Program, working primarily on urban water quality issues in the Northeast region, including in Philadelphia, and at the national policy level. His work focuses especially on promoting the use of “green infrastructure” as a sustainable solution to polluted stormwater runoff and raw sewage overflows. Larry was previously a clinical fellow in environmental law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and is a graduate of Yale Law School and Tulane University. Larry blogs on green infrastructure and other water resources protection issues at http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/llevine/ and has authored or co-authored a number of NRDC’s reports on green infrastructure, available at http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/rooftopsII/default.asp.


Emma Melvin, ISA certified arborist, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Emma Melvin,  has been working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society since fall 2011. She came to the organization with both riparian restoration and stormwater management experience. Emma has worked in the water and natural resource protection field for the last 12 years, starting with the US Geological Survey as a hydrologist in the New Jersey Water Resource Center and continuing on to the University of Vermont Lake Champlain Sea Grant, where she educated municipalities on natural resource planning and low impact development. Emma came back to the area to work with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy as their conservation coordinator.

The workshop is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Saint Joseph's University and the Lower Merion Conservancy.