October 4, 2013

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Remediation -- Green It Up

ATLANTA, Ga. — The world is going "green" to protect and improve the environment. The idea of greening up consumer products, buildings, and entire organizations is now becoming indoctrinated into the remediation world.

In a National Association of EHS Management (NAEM) webinar, Todd Hagemeyer, PG, co-presented "Green Remediation: An Innovative Tool to Drive Sustainability." An ironic result of cleaning up a polluted site is often the production of unwanted consequences such air emissions, energy consumption, and waste generation. The practice of green remediation considers all environmental effects of remedy implementation and incorporates options to maximize net environmental benefits.

Green remediation makes use of sound engineering as well as innovative, yet economical, technologies and holistic views of the clean-up. Such remediation approaches to clean-up also protect human health and the environment, plus minimize the environmental footprint and costs. Geosyntec pioneered green and sustainable remediation concepts before it was in vogue, through developing and being "first to field" with sustainable remediation technologies such as phytoremediation and engineered wetlands, monitored natural attenuation, bioaugmentation/bioremediation, permeable reactive barriers, and emulsified zero valent iron to treat chlorinated solvents. In the webinar, Todd discussed mapping the environmental benefits of green remediation efforts to corporate goals and programs. This aspect is becoming increasingly important as organizations seek ways to reduce, document, and communicate their environmental footprint.

Todd has over 20 years of experience developing environmental management solutions for manufacturing and service facilities as well as remediating commercial and public sector properties impacted by chlorinated solvents, metals, and petroleum hydrocarbons. He earned an MS in hydrogeology from the University of South Florida and a BS in geology in Colorado State University. Todd is based in Geosyntec's Atlanta office.