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Michael Collins»

Executive Director of Conserv » Learn More

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Nick Evans»

Principal – CSG Geogtech Nick has a doctorate in Geology from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute, fmr. Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, and a Principal with Virginia Groundwater, LLC and The Center for Sustainable Groundwater. Nick was responsible for several of the technical components of the Rivanna River Forests […]

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Richard “Buzz” Van Santvoord»

StreamSweepers Logistics Manager Buzz has extensive experience in designing fulfillment systems and processes for direct to consumer as well as business to business programs. He has been a Vice-President of a multi-title $185mm catalog company and has more than 30 years of professional work experience in the land management, construction, civil engineering, retail management, and […]

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Stephen C. Keach»

  Project Analysis Steve Keach has an MBA in international management, a BA in government and politics, and is an experienced writer, researcher and analyst on environmental issues.  He has more than 20 years experience, including 9 years as a program analyst with the U.S. EPA Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation and 7 years as […]

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Brian Becker»

Community Wood Energy and Virginia Bioenergy Network Program Manager Brian has more than 15 years experience working with biomass management for local businesses, phytoremediation, and energy production.  He most recently directed the Community Power Initiative at Public Policy Virginia where he connected community energy needs to rural economic revitalization via small-scale, combined heat and power technology […]

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SoilKeepers 2016»

SoilKeepers Austin Garr and Foreman Eric Manzari doing Invasive Species Removal in Charlottesville. More images of other staff on other landscape projects soon.  

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Debbie Manzari»

StreamSweepers Program Manager Debbie Manzari has a BS from Cornell University in Environmental Studies. She spent the early part of her career as a private consultant working for various EPA offices, including the Office Of Drinking Water, where she provided research on projects affecting EPA regulatory decisions. She worked for many years as a music […]

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Recast Energy»

Since 2004, Recast Energy (formerly Intrinergy’s combined heat and power business) has used safe, reliable, and efficient systems and business practices to convert cost competitive biomass into green electricity and thermal energy (steam) for industrial customers. Our operations have helped our customers reduce carbon footprints by over 100,000 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The conversion […]

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Langseth Engineering»

Langseth Engineering is a green energy company that has over 35 years of experience in the biomass industry. Biomass energy services we provide are heating system design and implementation, solid fuel handling, power production, combined heat and power (CHP), In addition to the biomass services we also design solar PV and thermal systems and building […]

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Betty Dixon»

Director of Social Enterprise Betty Dixon is a social worker and entrepreneur with over 25 years experience providing community based services throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic.  After a stint in both the public and private sectors, Betty co-founded Virginia’s first statewide intensive in-home child and family counseling agency, which she grew and managed through an […]

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Ed Sontag»

Ed Sontag has also joined the Center to assist the Community Wood Energy Program.  Ed brings to the Center over 25 years of experience in the forest products industry in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia and he possesses a deep understanding of the wood pellet market.  Ed will provide support to Betty and assist the […]

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Eric Himelfarb»

SoilKeepers Foreman   Eric Himelfarb has an economics degree from University of Maryland and works part-time on his family’s farms in Louisa. Eric has a passion for the outdoors and healthy living.

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Cody Langridge»

StreamSweepers 2016 Fall Intern from Mary Washington University! (on left)

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Jack Murray»

StreamSweepers 2016 Fall Intern (on the right) from The University of the South!

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Jenna Faulconer»

StreamSweepers 2016-2017 Winter Intern from Orange County High School, VA! Jenna Faulconer is an Orange County local, Grymes Memorial School graduate, and Junior at Orange County High School. She is part of the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School program and is on the all A honor roll. She swims competitively year-round and coaches the local […]

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Dan Spethmann»

Ecological Economics Research Dan is a founding member and Managing Partner of Working Lands Investment Partners, LLC.  He has more than 30 years of experience in natural resource management.  Previously Dan was Manager of Investment Programs for New Forests, Inc. where he helped to raise and place institutional and private capital into ecosystem markets. Prior […]

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More Employment and Volunteer Opportunities»

The Center expects to have many seasonal employment and volunteer opportunities open during the spring, summer, and fall of 2016 in the StreamSweepers and SoilKeepers programs. Contact the Center at 540-672-2542 for more information.

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