Green Business Forum

March 31, 2015 - 7:30am - 9:30am

Location: MCCC Board Room - 51 Monroe Street, Suite 1800, Rockville, MD 20850

Topic: A Conversation with Montgomery County’s New Director of Environmental Protection, Elisabeth (Lisa) G. Feldt

Lisa wants to hear from you regarding how the Department and the business community can work together to address environmental issues facing the County and expand the green economy. 
This is a great opportunity to provide your thoughts and input. Please join us for this informal discussion and share your aspirations, concerns and insights.

Program Agenda:

7:30am - Registration and Networking

8:00am - 9:00am - Program

9:00am - 9:30am - Networking


Elizabeth (Lisa) G. Feldt
Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

Lisa Feldt serves as the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection in Montgomery County, Maryland. She oversees four divisions comprising solid waste management, watershed management, and environmental policy and compliance, and water and wastewater management comprised of 166 personnel and a combined budget of approximately $131 million.  She leads the coordinated response to the state of Maryland-issued municipal separate stormwater permit that covers run-off in most of the County including all public school property.  She represents the County at regional water and sewer utilities and commissions.  She is responsible for County programs and legislative initiatives on sustainability, energy, air quality, noise, climate change, litter, streams/watersheds, stormwater and more than a dozen other areas that impact the environment.
Before serving in local government, President Obama appointed Feldt in 2009 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  There, she oversaw the EPA programs that clean-up the most toxic sites in the country and manage solid and hazardous waste infrastructure.  In 2013, she was asked to serve as the Associate Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a leading environmental policy figure. She is an expert on unconventional oil and gas development including hydofracking, waste management, chemical and nuclear cleanup, emergency operations, and environmental compliance.  She also served as the Acting Deputy Administrator from August 2014 to October of 2014.
Prior to returning to EPA, Feldt was a manager of an environmental consulting firm  providing a range of environmental compliance and liability and project management services to a variety of industrial and governmental clients.
From 1989 to 2000, Feldt held various executive positions culminating in serving as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Energy in the nuclear waste management and clean-up programs.
Feldt began her career in the early1980s as an environmental engineer at EPA, where she worked on the remediation of Love Canal, the site that led to the creation of the Superfund program, and helped develop EPA’s national radon program.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University.


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