The Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series is a weekly lecture hosting 12 speakers and 6 panelists in the Fall 2020 semester.
The “Community-Based Public-Private Partnership” (CBP3) framework was developed by USEPA several years ago an alternative partnership approach to helping communities finance and deliver large-scale integrated green infrastructure cost-effectively, quickly and with the added benefits of producing fair and equitable long-term local jobs. With an increasing number of CBP3s now happening through diverse local leadership around the US, this scalable, adaptable model is fast proving its ability to advance and improve social, economic and environmental conditions as tracked and reported through CBP3 performance metrics set by community principals and stakeholders. Community-based GSI implementation and maintenance programs can serve as engines for economic growth, improving safety, walkability and local property values, creating local jobs and enabling local economic revitalization and growth while accelerating the effectiveness of the stormwater programs to not only comply with regulatory requirements, but reduce localized flooding and urban impacts on the local waterways.
Featuring the Prince Georges County, Maryland Clean Water Partnership and the Chester, Pennsylvania Stormwater Authority Partnership - two of the first successful multi-million dollar CBP3s with varying scales and drivers -this panel will feature a public/private cross-section of CBP3 leaders, champions and innovators with federal, state and local government, private sector, environmental justice, NGO and local economic business and capacity development, including re-entry jobs, experience. Desired outcomes are not only to educate and inform about the programs, but to hopefully inspire and spark interest and adoption by communities in New Jersey and other parts of the country. The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA) – a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, will also participate as a resource, given the organization’s ongoing role in national CBP3 outreach, education and support.
Dominique Lueckenhoff, Senior Vice-President for Corporate Affairs & Sustainability & Former US EPA Water Regulatory Official and CBP3 Champion
Dominique Lueckenhoff serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Hugo Neu Corporation. Reporting to the Chair and CEO, she leads the company’s global efforts in corporate sustainability, environmental policy, public and community affairs, and green business growth and investment. Ms. Lueckenhoff also serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, chairs the National Council for Public Private Partnerships’ Water Institute, a forum supporting high-performance, public-private partnerships in the water sector, and participates on the Water Steering Committee of the American Sustainable Business Council. Recognized as a national leader and expert in green infrastructure and sustainable communities, Ms. Lueckenhoff has over 25 years of award-winning program development and management experience across multiple USEPA programs protecting the nation’s air, water, and land. Prior to joining Hugo Neu, Ms. Lueckenhoff served as Senior Advisor to the EPA Region 3 Administrator where she developed and led initiatives related to innovative community-based public private partnerships, next generation technologies and alternative market-based approaches to achieving “faster, cheaper, greener” environmental improvements and resilient, sustainable communities. Ms. Lueckenhoff also served as Acting Director of the EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division, directing administration and management of all division activities. In addition to holding an MS degree in Microbiology & Biophysics as a National Science Foundation Fellow, she received her U.S. Senior Executive Service (SES) certification as a graduate of the US Treasury Executive Institute and US EPA SES Candidate.
Joseph P. Gill, Director, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment
Joseph P. Gill was confirmed as the Director of the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE) on May 14, 2019. He previously served as the Deputy Director of DoE where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day agency operations for clean water, flood control, recycling, waste management, litter prevention and animal services. He joined the County from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where he served as Secretary (2013-15) and Deputy Secretary (2010-13). Gill chaired the Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay; represented the Governor on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and served on the Maryland Climate Change Commission; and co-chaired with the Maryland Superintendent of State Schools the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature. He is active in civic, community and religion organizations. He is board member emeritus of the Light House Homeless Prevention Center, where he served as president and project director responsible for the construction of a new 25,000 square foot facility. For his work, Gill received the Anne Arundel County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We Share the Dream Award and the Maryland Attorney General's pro bono public service award. Gill is a board member and building committee chair of the Samaritan House, a facility providing addiction-related and recovery services currently expanding to develop Campus for Recovery to provide a continuum of service care. He is president of Listening Hearts Ministries, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping people discover life’s call to ministry and service. Gill is an active member of his church where he has served as senior warden and vestry member. Before joining DNR, Gill served in various capacities in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General including Deputy Counsel at the Department of Health and Principal Counsel at DNR. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University Law Center, a husband and father of two grown daughters.
Dr. Horace Strand, Executive Manager, Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester
Dr. Strand serves as Executive Manager of the Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester, instrumental in launching a first-of-its-kind community-based P3 for Chester as a special purpose entity to successfully support development and implementation of a new stormwater utility. He is also recognized as a national leader in social and environmental justice – having served on USEPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council for numerous years. He created and championed the Chester Environmental Partnership (CEP) as a partnership-oriented environmental watchdog organization concerned about the health and welfare of residents of the City of Chester and surrounding communities, which have historically suffered systematically disproportionate impacts – social, environmental, and economic. CEP includes representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, health and academic institutions, local government, local businesses and the community.
Greg Cannito, Solutions Innovator Corvias Partner for Prince George’s County and Chester CBP3s
Greg Cannito offers 20 years of experience in the real estate, technology, environmental and government services industries. Greg has a passion for conceptualizing new ideas and creating new business models out of public infrastructure challenges. His expertise in business design, structuring, capital markets, asset management, and outreach brings value to partners for whom he has identified and articulated sustainable solutions that integrate private and public objectives. Greg is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations Industry Advisory Group, the Montgomery County Maryland Clean Energy Task Force, as well as a sought-after speaker, presenter, and writer on Infrastructure solutions and Alternative Delivery Models. Greg holds a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a volunteer for Special Olympics, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
Michael Burke, President & CEO of Quest Consulting, Director, Corvias/Prince George’s County Clean Water Partnership (CWP) Business Inclusion & Capacity Development
Michael Burke is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of cross industry experience working at EVP levels in Fortune 1000 companies. He is a former EVP of Sales for a $300M publicly traded company, and a Divisional EVP of $1.3B firm. He is the President of Quest2 Consulting, a Leadership and Organizational Development Company that focuses on capacity development, inclusion, and support of diverse businesses. He is currently the Director of Business Inclusion and Capacity Development for the Clean Water Partnership, a community-based public-private partnership between Prince George’s County, Maryland and Corvias leading Mentor Protégé and Contractor Development Programs. Michael is Vice Board Chair of Employ Prince George’s Inc., and Board Chair of Build Prince George’s, a non-profit small business capacity development organization.
Dr. Seth Brown, P.E., Executive Director, National Municipal Stormwater Alliance, NMSA (Observer & Resource)
Seth Brown is the Principal and Founder of Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm providing a range of services in the stormwater sector. He is the Executive Director of the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA), which is a 501.c.3 representing state and regional organizations focused on stormwater issues. Seth is also the Senior Stormwater Advisor with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) where he supports national-level technical and policy initiatives associated with stormwater issues. He has a PhD from George Mason University in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland.