CAPACCIO Continues to Grow Reply

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is excited to see our team growing with the announcement of two new team members, Mary Brandt and Cassedi Johnson.

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Mary Brandt

Mary joins us as a full-time Junior Environmental Scientist (ES1). A recent graduate from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Minor in Art, her previous experience includes working as an intern for a Google Start-up in the UK and as an Environmental Policy intern at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay in Boston.

As part of our Compliance team, Mary will be involved with a variety of different projects.  Initially she’ll be a key member of our EPCRA team where she’ll be assisting our clients with their annual reporting requirements.

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Cassedi Johnson

Cassedi joins us as a part-time Accounting Clerk. She graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with an Associate Degree in Arts and Psychology and aspires to continue her education by earning her Bachelors’ degree in Business.

Cassedi will be an added asset to our financial team and will be assisting with routine accounts receivable and payable related tasks.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

Why Us?

CAPACCIO makes an investment in its employees. From day one, employees are encouraged to develop their careers, and CAPACCIO supports this through conferences, training and opportunities for learning and advancement at CAPACCIO.  View our website for other exciting opportunities to join our team.

 

 

CAPACCIO’s Christine Silverman Receives Professional Engineer License Reply

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Christine SilvermanPE, TURP

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (CAPACCIO) is pleased to announce that Christine Silverman, Senior Environmental Engineer, received her Professional Engineer (PE) license through the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. This honor is also an indication to employers and clients of the high-quality standards Ms. Silverman brings to her work.

 

 

Ms. Silverman has thirteen years of environmental, health and safety (EH&S) experience in project management, regulatory compliance, and engineering. At CAPACCIO, she manages a range of high-level projects including federal and state regulatory compliance applicability, comprehensive Process Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) analyses, air engineering, hazardous waste, Risk Management Planning (RMP) and OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM), as well as environmental auditing. Ms. Silverman provides her expertise and insight on these topics through various means including webinars, articles, and blog posts.

Ms. Silverman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a certified Toxics Use Reduction Planner (TURP) in addition to her Professional Engineer’s (PE) license.

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Christine Silverman (center) shares a celebratory cake with CAPACCIO staffers from l to r: Alexis Dallaportas, Lucy Servidio, Michelle Quebec, JP Pespisa, Clare Chamberlain, and Chris Bannon

About CAPACCIO

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge innovative technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at http://www.capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO Promotes John Pespisa To Senior Software Engineer Reply

JP PespisaCAPACCIO is proud to announce the promotion of John Pespisa to Senior Software Engineer. Since joining CAPACCIO, John has been a key member of our Strategic Solutions team, who collectively develop cutting edge technologies like our EHS-DashboardTM to help our clients make strategic advances in their EH&S and other programs. By melding our extensive EH&S expertise with these innovative tools, we can provide high-level EH&S solutions which enable our clients to reach key business and EH&S objectives.

In his new role, John will provide his exceptional technical expertise and leadership in software engineering and database design to continually create and improve our products and solutions.  John will also work with our product managers and other key technical stakeholders to architect and implement feature improvements, bug fixes, and infrastructure changes to ensure on-going user success.  John’s love of software engineering gives him keen insight and perspective into how EH&S can be driven successfully with the assistance of technology and we are excited for his future contributions.

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fitchburg State University and has attended Launch Academy for Software Engineering training. He is versed in HTLM, CSS, Sass, Ruby, and JavaScript (ES6) languages as well as PostgreSQL, Rails, Sinatra, Foundation, GitHub, React, Webpack, Bootstrap and Material UI.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

 

 

Gray is the New Green Blog Series #3: Early days as an aspiring environmental scientist Reply

Picking up where I left off, and what it was like when I was a young person in the environmental field and how things have changed…here are some reflections…

College days

So it’s 1977, I’m at Cook College, Rutgers University, studying Environmental Science and I think this is going to be a breeze. I was in the top ten of my high school class and felt like I was prepared to take on the world. But actually, it didn’t happen that way.

To refresh my memory, I had a copy of my college transcripts sent to me because I couldn’t remember the classes I took and I wanted to be able to talk about them honestly in this blog…I was horrified…let’s just put it this way…my daughter Frankie, who is currently a junior at U Miami, would be thrilled to have crushed my GPA. For most of the intro courses …chemistry, calculus, I was a straight “C” student. I wasn’t sure I had made the right decision being so far from home, wondering if maybe I should have studied music …remember there were no cell phones, no internet, no computers…maybe I should just quit and become a folk singer? I had the chance to do just that. In fact, I recorded in NYC…   I knew I didn’t want my love of singing to become a job…but by sophomore year I I needed a break from school.

Co-Op work opportunities were not what they are today but I managed to get a job with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. I inspected wastewater package plants and I walked streams looking for illegal discharges. These inspections were required as part the NPDES program which regulates discharges to surface water. There continue to be modern day “stream walkers” in search of illicit discharges to storm water. They still perform visual inspections but also use high tech tools to discover illicit discharges such as infrared, aerial, and thermal photography to locate dischargers by studying the temperature of the stream water in areas where algae might be concentrated and in soils.

Being a Co-Op student taught me a lot…like what it’s like to get up early, commute to work (from Perth Amboy to Trenton NJ-the 1979 energy crisis was at its peak so carpooling made sense because of gas rationing), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_energy_crisis, (hybrids and electric cars were not even in our minds) be responsible for paying rent…and that going to school was a lot better than working…smile.

The Environmental Science program offered today at Rutgers is much more multi-faceted http://academics.envsci.rutgers.edu/envsci/ . Remember when I was in school RCRA and CERLA were just being born! It was when I started taking classes in my major that I started to shine…Elements of Environmental Pollution; Water and Wastewater Analysis, International Environmental Studies, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Impact Statements, Pollution Microbiology. I became somewhat of the Professor’s pet in Pollution Microbiology. Dr. Melvin Finstein was researching composting and needed assistance going through all the periodicals related to composting. I remember reviewing stacks upon stacks of periodicals, no internet, and summarizing my findings.

First jobs

Careers with an Environmental Science degree were not plentiful when I graduated in January 1982. The country was also experiencing a major recession. http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/debt/1980srecession.html

My first “real” job, though temporary, was as a chemist at the East Providence Sewage Treatment Plant. The day they received my resume, their chemist fell and broke his leg…this is true! That job only lasted 2-3 months. I guess he healed quickly!

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Lucy Servidio in the tank at her first job

My first real permanent job was Environmental, Health and Safety Coordinator for a plating company, W.F. Wood Corporation. I ran the ultrafiltration, cyanide destruct system, performed quality control testing on the plating line and kept the company out of trouble with the regulators. That’s exactly how the position was explained to me…keep us out of trouble. Visions of pollution prevention, sustainability or proactive anything were not even thought of, never mind an expectation. At this time, most companies were just trying to understand the new regulations related to hazardous waste management, chemical spills, water and air pollution control. I learned a lot and felt like I was protecting a very small portion of the planet. I wanted to get out and do something that I thought would have a greater impact…that’s when I decided to become a consultant. Not to “dis” plating but they say if you stay in the industry for more than 5 years you never get out…I think I was at 4 years and 360 days! Smile

Since the 1970’s, a multitude of careers have grown out of the environmental movement. The jobs can be more impactful to business’s bottom line, more impactful to the planet and more satisfying.

I’ll talk more about consulting and where it has taken me in my next blog…Lucy