2023 Environmental Spring Forum
Thursday, May 18, 2023
The registration deadline is Friday, May 12
The ACEC/MD Environmental Spring Forum is an event hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Maryland (ACEC/MD) that brings together professionals from the engineering and environmental industries. The forum allows attendees to discuss and learn about the latest developments, challenges, and solutions related to environmental engineering and sustainability.
8:00 am – Continental Breakfast / Registration
8:45 am to 12:00 pm – Forum Program
Speakers Lunch Immediately After Forum
- $80 – ACEC/MD Member
- $120 – Non-member
- $60 – Government
Agenda (subject to change)
Welcome (8:45 am)
- Melinda Peters, PE – ACEC/MD President (2022-2023)
- Jeremy Koser, PE -Chair, ACEC/MD Environmental Committee
Key Note Address (9:00 am)
- Tim Male – EPIC – Executive Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center
- Presenting: Simplifying Government: Buying Results
Presentations (9:20 am)
- Peter Mattejat – MDTA – Environmental Manager, Maryland Transportation Authority
- Presenting: Program Priorities and Updates: MDTA
- Lauren Molesworth – MTA – Environmental Planning Division Manager, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration
- Presenting: Program Priorities and Updates: MTA Clearing the Air
Break (10:00 am)
Presentations continue (10:35 am)
- Cindy Hudson – MPA – Environmental Manager, Maryland Port Administration
- Presenting: Program Priorities and Updates: MPA Navigating Change: The Future of Clean Transportation at the Maryland Port Administration
- Sonal Ram – SHA – Director of Office of Environmental Design – Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration
- Presenting: Program Priorities and Updates: SHA Perspective on Delivering Environmental Goals
Questions to the Group (11:10 am)
Conclusion (11:55 am)
- Speakers are invited to stay for an informal lunch at the Engineer’s Club with members of the Forum planning committee.
Peter Mattejat, PE
- Environmental Manager for the Maryland Transportation Authority
Peter Mattejat has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of environmental disciplines. He was a consultant for 20+ years with local Maryland firms. He joined the Maryland Transportation Authority in 2009 and manages the Environmental Division in the Office of Engineering & Construction. He oversees the programs for Project Permitting, Stormwater, Natural Resources, and Large Storage Tanks, which involves managing a diverse inventory of environmental assets.
- Environmental Manager for the Maryland Port Administration
Cindy Hudson is an environmental professional retaining over twenty-five years of experience in environmental program management and compliance. Throughout her career, she has performed environmental and laboratory safety audits; managed diverse environmental projects; ensured compliance with regulations for various environmental media; and worked with numerous project teams, including academia, federal, state, and local government entities. Cindy joined MDOT MPA in 2020. In her current role, she is responsible for managing, developing, and implementing policies and programs essential to MDOT MPA’s environmental compliance and stewardship initiatives, including air quality improvement, greenhouse gas reduction, and stakeholder engagement. Cindy has a Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland.
Lauren A. Molesworth
- Environmental Planning Division Manager for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration
Lauren Molesworth is the Environmental Planning Manager for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration in the Office of Planning and Programming. With over 15 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, Lauren oversees and leads the environmental reviews of MDOT MTA projects, the sustainability program, and the resiliency program. Her experience includes environmental reviews for projects both small, such as basic system preservation projects, to large projects including Maglev and the Purple Line. Her experience also includes helping coordinate the conversion of the MDOT MTA’s core bus service to zero-emission vehicles. Ms. Molesworth holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Executive Director for the Environmental Policy Innovation Center
Tim founded the Environmental Policy Innovation Center in 2017. Prior to launching this startup, he served as an Associate Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 2014-2017, Co-Director of agriculture policy at the Environmental Defense Fund, and in other non-profit roles. He holds degrees in science from Yale University and the University of Hawaii. His work includes an extensive focus on wildlife and water quality regulatory and voluntary offset programs, especially in the United States, and on private finance for ecological restoration. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Science magazine, and a diversity of peer-reviewed journals. He also ran for office and won, serving three terms as a city council member and leading the successful effort for that city to become the first in the country to lower its voting age to 16 and served as a German Marshall Fund fellow.
Sonal Ram, P.E.
- Director of Office of Environmental Design for the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration
Sonal Ram is the Director of the Office of Environmental Design for the Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration. She brings 30 years of environmental engineering and resources management experience. Sonal holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland.
In her role as SHA’s Environmental Director, Sonal leads the office in delivering key environmental programs encompassing compliance, compensatory mitigation, restoration design, environmental asset management, and context-sensitive solutions to support highway capital projects and operations. Sonal spearheaded the strategic planning, development, and implementation of the Chesapeake Bay restoration program at SHA. She launched a first-of-its-kind “full delivery – pay for performance” model contract to meet bay restoration targets through innovation and efficient project delivery.