Tom Doherty joined Envirologic's team as a Project Scientist in late 2012. During all four seasons, this avid cyclist commutes to work on two wheels, often before the break of daylight and regardless of the conditions. In his role, he keeps a lot of project wheels in motion, serving communities as far away as Marquette.
As a project scientist with the company, Tom has a wide range of responsibilities. His primary role is to work with communities on their EPA assessment grants, from preliminary coordination to award implementation. For those communities who have been awarded EPA grants, he provides technical support through reporting, tracking metrics, budgeting and deploying strategies to tackle prospective sites and maximize funding, outreach and partnership opportunities. He also works with communities to identify sites with known or perceived contamination and to demonstrate the scope of environmental risks that exist.
With the release of the EPA's annual brownfield grant guidance document in November, Tom's responsibilities will be further enhanced with a full plate of grant writing and coordination.
When asked about his favorite part of the job, he said, "I enjoy interacting with clients on a regular basis, especially related to community engagement and outreach." He goes on to say, "I'm doing my part in communities around the state to prevent more urban sprawl and help distressed areas."
Prior to Envirologic, Tom served as a teacher for an environmental ecology school in Saco, Maine, and as a marine science teacher in Marion, Massachusetts. After his stint as an environmental educator, Tom enlisted into the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)'s Americorp program, working for the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority. It was here he met Envirologic's president and co-owner, Jeff Hawkins.
His first glimpse at an environmental consulting firm occurred in a geology course at Western Michigan University. He had a hands-on opportunity to study the run-off impact on a local lake. He found the work with the firm to be a solid match with his passion for all facets of environmental science. When he was offered a position at Envirologic, it was a perfect fit. The company had a strong sustainability philosophy and he would have an opportunity to apply his passion for environmental renewal.
When he's not in the office or on the road, Tom enjoys an active lifestyle filled with running, cycling and outdoor activities. He is a ferocious reader and periodically performs his mandolin and guitar during local "open mic" nights. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he earned a double major in both Environmental Studies and Earth Science.
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