The Symposium & Workshop commenced on Tuesday morning with presentations by distinguished Plenary Session speakers who discussed emerging environmental challenges facing the Department of Defense. During the Plenary Session, SERDP and ESTCP announced the annual Project-of-the-Year Awards. These awards recognize outstanding efforts that have helped DoD achieve its mission while improving its environmental performance. 

Climate Change Adaptation: Navy Actions in the Face of Uncertainty – Presentation

Rear Admiral David TitleyOceanographer and NavigatorU.S. Navy

Rear Admiral David Titley currently serves as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy and as the Director of the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Commissioning program in 1980 and has served more than 10 years at sea on six ships, completing seven deployments to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific theaters. RADM Titley has commanded the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Command and was the first commanding officer of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command. He served his initial flag tour as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. Previous shore tours include assignments at the Regional Oceanography Centers at Pearl Harbor and Guam; at the Naval Oceanographic Office on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition); at the Office of Mine and Undersea Warfare as the Executive Assistant to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition); and as Chief of Staff, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. RADM Titley also served on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and as Senior Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

His education includes a B.S. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School. He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2009. 

Sustainability, Innovation, and the Future of Environmental Protection – Presentation

Dr. Paul AnastasAssistant AdministratorOffice of Research and DevelopmentU.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Paul Anastas, Ph.D. is the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the Science Advisor to the Agency. Known widely as the “Father of Green Chemistry” for his groundbreaking research on the design, manufacture, and use of minimally-toxic, environmentally-friendly chemicals, Dr. Anastas has an extensive record of leadership in government, academia, and the private sector.

At the time he was nominated by President Obama to lead ORD, Dr. Anastas was the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and the inaugural Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Anastas was the founding Director of the Green Chemistry Institute, headquartered at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, concluding his service there as the Assistant Director for the Environment. Dr. Anastas began his career as a staff chemist at EPA, where he rose to the positions of chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. It was during his work at EPA that he coined the term “green chemistry.”

A leading writer on the subjects of sustainability, green chemistry, and green engineering, Dr. Anastas has published 10 books and has been recognized for his pioneering work with a host of awards. Full Biosketch 

The Ultimate Customer – Presentation

Lenny SiegelExecutive DirectorCenter for Public Environmental Oversight

Lenny Siegel was an undergraduate in Physics when he was kicked out of Stanford University in 1969. He became Director of the non-profit Pacific Studies Center, where he studied the social, economic, environmental, and military impacts of high technology. Following the discovery of leaking underground storage tanks throughout Silicon Valley in 1981-82, Siegel helped form the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. In 1990, the base commander at Moffett Naval Air Station appointed him to the base's Technical Review Committee, which later became the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB).

In the 1990s, Siegel served on the Federal Facilities Environmental Restoration Dialogue Committee, where he used his experience at Moffett Field to help design the system of community advisory boards at contaminated federal facilities. Since then, as a "usual suspect," he has served on numerous other state and federal advisory committees, including the National Dialogue on Military Munitions and the original Defense Science Board Task Force on Unexploded Ordnance. He has served on three work teams of the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) and several National Research Council committees dealing with military environmental issues, and he remains active on the Moffett Field RAB.

In 1994, San Francisco State University hired Siegel as Executive Director of its California Economic Recovery and Environmental Restoration Project (CAREER/PRO), where he created the Military Environmental Forum Internet newsgroup (AKA "Lenny's Listserve") and later the Brownfields Internet Forum. In 1998, CAREER/PRO changed its name to the Center for Public Environmental Oversight, and in 2005 it became a project of the Pacific Studies Center. 

Project-of-the-Year Awards for SERDP and ESTCP Projects – Presentation

Presented by:Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee, Executive Director of SERDP and ESTCPDr. Anne Andrews, Deputy Director of SERDP and ESTCP

As part of the Plenary Session, SERDP and ESTCP recognized its top researchers with the annual Project-of-the-Year Awards. Drs. Marqusee and Andrews presented these awards to Principal Investigators who have helped DoD achieve its mission while improving its environmental performance.