About Us

The Elements of Our Success

At Cooperstown Environmental, our mission is to find innovative yet practical, high quality, and cost-effective ways to create a greener planet – one property at a time. This protects your property investment and provides benefits to both human health and the environment.

We bring decades of experience in environmental consulting, utilizing the most current technologies and regulatory understanding, and focus on practical solutions, not science projects. Our work spans from pre-project planning all the way through cost recovery efforts using the various incentive programs.

Secondly, we’re client-focused. We provide streamlined, personal service on your project, with no bureaucracy to cut through. We answer the phone, manage field efforts, deliver on services, and meet with our clients; no fuss, no muss. We understand tight deadlines and we get it done.

We also understand what it means to keep to a budget, and we keep an eye on your bottom line. Being nimble, we can respond quickly to changes as the project goes along. Our clients tell us that we are easy to work with. Maybe that’s why so many of them keep returning to hire us on their next project.

We are a SDO (formerly SOMWBA) certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) with big-company depth of expertise. Whether you’re interested in environmental engineering consulting services, almost any service related to sub slab depressurization systems (SSDS), or Massachusetts’ Brownfields Tax Credit program, you can rest assured that we have all the key credentials, knowledge, and experience. Yet, we speak your language. We’ll make sure you understand what’s happening every step of the way. And we’re fun to be around!

We recognize that our firm's greatest resource is a highly qualified, motivated, and well-educated staff and we are always interested in hearing from individuals who could add to our team. If you believe that you could be an asset to our firm, please email us your resume and a description of your qualifications.

Our Team

At Cooperstown Environmental, we keep our operation streamlined to minimize bureaucracy and maximize efficiency. At the same time, our team members bring years of experience and specialized training to every area of our expertise – giving you the best of both worlds: the personalized attention of a small firm with the reputation and credentials of a large one.

James T. Curtis

James T. Curtis

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Environmental engineering is a natural fit for Jim, combining his aptitude for math and science with his love for the outdoors. As President, Jim leads business development efforts and assists in overall firm management while remaining involved technically in project work. He is the acknowledged authority on the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program, applying a deep understanding of the construction and environmental aspects of the work with an unsurpassed expertise in the tax credit program.

A Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and a Professional Engineer in four states, Jim worked at a large international consulting firm for many years, then served as the Institute LSP and Senior Environmental Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before co-founding Cooperstown Environmental more than 10 years ago. A Princeton graduate, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering as well as a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.

He has served as an expert in litigation assignments, has authored or co-authored four books and published numerous technical publications, and has made presentations across the country on various environmental topics. He has been a presenter of the LSPA's popular “MCP for Everyone” course for several years.

When not at work, Jim spends time on a variety of outdoor-related activities, such as maple syrup production, deer hunting, and forest management and stewardship; he is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education, a non-profit based in Vermont. He is active with renewable energy, including owning several commercial solar installations, local and statewide political initiatives (including a Board member of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance), and has an extensive collection of baseball-related memorabilia and autographs. He is a 2010 inductee into the Cooperstown Athletic Hall of Fame.

James T. Curtis
President
Susan D. Curtis

Susan D. Curtis

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Ms. Curtis is the co-founder and Managing Principal of Cooperstown Environmental LLC. In this capacity, she provides vision and strategic direction for the firm, manages the overall business operations, and participates in client and project management. She has nearly 25 years of experience in environmental consulting, with an emphasis on hazardous waste assessment and cleanup as well as diagnostic and feasibility studies for improving water quality of reservoirs and ponds. She has substantial experience at numerous Superfund sites throughout New England.

Prior to founding Cooperstown Environmental in 2004, she was employed by CDM for 10 years where she was awarded numerous outstanding performance awards. Among her many projects, she was Project Manager of a major, $1.4 million RI/FS at a Superfund site in Rhode Island, where she managed the budget and schedule, completed the scope of work, oversaw the subcontractors, and managed the client relationship. She later took a position with a small environmental consulting firm, where her work focused primarily on MCP projects and due diligence investigations.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in Hazardous Waste Management from Tufts University. She was formerly a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon, both national engineering honor societies.

She enjoys hiking, taking the dog on long walks, and watching her children play sports. She is a certified spin instructor and taught for 10 years before recently retiring.

Susan D. Curtis
Managing Principal
Jeanne Westervelt

Jeanne Westervelt

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It’s a rare person who goes into college knowing what she wants to major in – and then sticks with it. Jeanne is one of those lucky few. She enrolled in Bucknell University with a lifelong fascination with geology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Today, she is a Certified Professional Geologist and Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP) with 20 years of experience in environmental consulting.

Describing herself as a scientist rather than an engineer, Jeanne launched her career in her native New York, working for CDM on a variety of Superfund Projects for EPA Region II. She later transferred to Boston, continuing to work on hazardous waste assessment and remediation projects for both EPA and other private and public clients. She worked for several years as an independent consulting geologist prior to joining Cooperstown Environmental in 2012. As a Licensed Site Professional, she is the firm’s primary lead in Mass­a­chu­setts Con­tin­gency Plan (MCP) site investigations.

In addition to her undergraduate degree, Jeanne has completed graduate coursework in geophysics, groundwater hydrology, and related fields at Stony Brook and CCNY, and earned a Master of Education from Salem State. She enjoys cooking, reading, and doing crossword puzzles in her spare time. She’s happy being outside and doing fieldwork during the day, but in the evening she requires a roof over her head and flat-out refuses to go camping.

Jeanne Westervelt
Technical Services Director
Jim Young

Jim Young

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Having been a mineral collector since grade school, Jim knew that he’d major in geology. After completing an undergraduate geology program at Tufts University and a Masters in economic geology at Colorado State, he spent several years in metals exploration throughout the western US and Alaska before returning to New England to enter the burgeoning environmental industry. He served on one of the original work groups involved in development of the 1993 MCP, and participated in the first meeting between MassDEP and a group of consultants to discuss a framework for licensing Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs). He was among the first group of LSPs licensed upon implementation of the program in 1993. He was also a member of a committee involved in development of the 1998 Brownfields legislation.

Early in his LSP career Jim became active on the LSP Association’s Loss Prevention Committee, and eventually chaired the committee for two years. This lead to his appointment to the LSP Board of Directors, and ultimately to his service as president in 2010. Since that time, Jim has returned to the Loss Prevention Committee, through which he has authored a number of articles concerning various aspects of the regulations for the LSPA newsletter. He is a charter member of both the Geological Society of New Hampshire and the recently-formed Massachusetts Geological Society.

At Cooperstown, Jim will continue managing assessment and remediation of hazardous waste sites under the MCP, which has been the focus of his work for over 25 years. He also enjoys the “real geology” assignments that occasionally arise.

Jim occupies his leisure time hiking (only five NH 4,000-footers remain!), skiing, mineral collecting, and gem cutting.

Jim Young
Licensed Site Professional
Ariel Newman

Ariel Newman

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Ariel’s work and educational background has included all facets of the environmental assessment and cleanup process, from Phase 1 environmental site investigations and performing remediation to helping clients receive money back through the Brownfields Tax Credit Program.

Previously, Ariel worked as an auditor for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Underground Storage Tank program early in her career, where she was involved in reviewing and evaluating the remediation of underground storage tank spills for the 21J program. That experience has come in handy at Cooperstown Environmental, where she is instrumental in screening new candidates for Brownfields Tax Credits, helping to prepare applications, and working with the Department of Revenue on pending applications.

Balancing her work in the Brownfields Tax Credit side of the business are her contributions to Cooperstown’s environmental consulting services, for which she does field work, report writing, and performs human health and environmental risk assessments. She is also Cooperstown’s in-house asbestos expert as a MA licensed asbestos inspector.

The holder of a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, Ariel has also previously worked in environmental consulting and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Active in the outdoors off hours as well, Ariel enjoys rock climbing, cycling, and training her dogs for competition.

Ariel Newman
Senior Project Scientist
Isaac Anderson

Isaac Anderson

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Isaac has a strong background in remediation project design and management, and has substantial experience in implementing systems to address petroleum and chlorinated solvent releases. He is skilled in groundwater remediation projects, chemical injection technology, soil vapor extraction, and sub-slab depressurization systems, and has also developed specialty expertise in remote telemetry systems, such as are required under DEP’s recent regulatory amendments. He is also practiced in managing remediation crews, implementing site investigations, and preparing reports for MCP compliance.

Isaac is heavily involved in professional development activities. He is the former co-chair of the LSP Association’s Technical Practices Committee (TPC) and is an active member of the Young Professionals Committee. He has conducted multiple seminars for LSPs presenting the latest advancements in telemetry systems, has worked with DEP’s vapor intrusion workgroup to help develop guidance on telemetry implementation and is currently developing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permit (RGP) training.

Isaac’s previous work experience includes several years in environmental consulting, where he focused on MCP project work, managing a mold remediation company, and work in construction.

Isaac earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Maine - Orono. Outside interests include a wide variety of activities related to the outdoors and the ongoing construction of a log cabin in Maine using materials that he harvested from his property.

Isaac Anderson
Project Manager
Eric Andrews

Eric Andrews

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Eric has experience with a variety of environmental remediation projects, having completed work on soil vapor extraction projects, multi-phase extraction systems for LNAPL removal, groundwater treatment systems, and pilot testing on sub slab depressurization systems (SSDS). His experience also includes different types of sampling, site monitoring, and related duties across a wide range of project types. He is also practiced in preparing reports for MCP compliance as well as estimating excavation areas and creating cost estimates for various projects.

Still early in his career, Eric is looking to gain experience in the environmental consulting field and as much knowledge as possible in order to eventually go on and receive his Professional Engineer License.

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a focus on environmental engineering. Having grown up in a small town in Connecticut, Eric enjoys exploring new activities in the Boston area and watching and playing sports, including baseball and hockey.

Eric Andrews
Project Engineer
Lisa Scott

Lisa Scott

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Lisa recently returned to her roots and is growing into a new role with Cooperstown, contributing across a range of disciplines. A geologist by education, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colgate University and followed it up with a Master of Science in Geology from Dartmouth College.

Lisa then put that educational training to work in the environmental consulting field, working for small firms in Vermont and Massachusetts conducting monitoring programs, completing permits, and evaluating clients’ needs and compliance with the environmental regulations. A series of moves led Lisa to Andover. Prior to joining Cooperstown, she was employed in an administrative position by the Andover Public Schools.

Lisa’s position at Cooperstown combines her geology skills and consulting experience with her business management acumen. She contributes to client project goals by performing field sampling, analyzing data, and writing reports. She assists with business operations by managing various aspects of Cooperstown’s business and the operations of several related entities.

Lisa is a member of the LSP Association. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her children, and is an avid trail runner. She is a member of the Merrimack Valley Striders.

Lisa Scott
Project Geologist
Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown

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Lauren, a Massachusetts native, traveled the world only to end up in her home state working in her chosen field of environmental engineering.

As a student at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and graduated cum laude. While at RPI, Lauren had success competing as a member of the cross-country and track and field interscholastic program.

Following her graduation, she joined Schlumberger Oilfield Services to work as a Field Engineer in oil drilling operations around the world. Over six years, her work took her to Turkmenistan, Texas, Alberta, Siberia, Pennsylvania, and other locations, allowing her to experience a variety of cultures and work styles. While with Schlumberger, her duties ranged into the Quality, Health, Safety, and Environmental areas. In Turkmenistan, she was the Radiation Safety Officer, overseeing regulatory compliance, training, and safety for the on-site crew. When considered with her prior work experience, which included stints in Ecuador, Colombia, Arizona, and Boston, Lauren has a very high ratio of travel to life.

Lauren has completed training in hazardous waste operations, radiation, first aid, Six Sigma, and leadership and management. Lauren is a member of the LSP Association and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. In her free time, Lauren enjoys studying mushrooms and anything that takes her outside.

Lauren Brown
Project Engineer
Stacey Queripel

Stacey Queripel

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The concept of balance is at the core of yoga, so it’s an appropriate practice for Stacey, whose career also strikes a balance between two very separate fields: environmental engineering, and modeling and acting.

Stacey’s passion for the environment dates to a childhood spent growing up by the waterfront, where she learned the importance of keeping the water clean. That lesson was reinforced at her first job, working at a marina. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and began working as an electrical engineer.

Environmental engineering is where her heart lies, however, and an opening at Cooperstown Environmental meshed perfectly with her tandem career, working in front of the camera in a variety of commercial ventures including still photography, commercials, movies, and television—most recently season 13 of television’s The Bachelor.

For Cooperstown Environmental, she performs such tasks as managing the excavation of contaminated soil and monitoring air quality. Most of all, she’s glad to be outdoors, where she also enjoys soccer, running, and hiking.

Stacey Queripel
Field Engineer
Selected Clients

From multi-national corporations, to government agencies or universities, to small business owners, to nimble private developers, our clients span a diverse range in terms of size, industry, and client type. And whether we are retained for Brownfields Tax Credit services, consulting engineering, or LSP Services, we focus on providing creative solutions at a good value.

Academic, Hospitals, & Research Institutions

  • Boston University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Wellesley College
  • The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

Real Estate Owners & Developers

  • Berkeley Investments
  • Skanska
  • Wood Partners
  • Paradigm Properties
  • Trinity Financial
  • UDR Inc.
  • Howland Development Corporation
  • New Atlantic Development, Inc.
  • Winn Development
  • Crowninshield Managment Corporation

Government & Public Sector

  • Boston Housing Authority (BHA)
  • City of Salem, Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
  • Town of Andover, Massachusetts

Legal, Insurance, Banking, & Consulting

  • Commerce Insurance
  • Goodwin Proctor
  • Salem Five Bank
  • Goulston & Storrs

Commercial & Industrial

  • Biogen Idec Inc.
  • Simkins Industries
  • Corcoran Management Company
  • Stafford Manufacturing Corporation
  • Cumberland Farms

Non-profits

  • Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
  • Malden YMCA
  • Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
  • Wayside Youth Network