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Environmental Resources Planning - Staff

Steven R. Stein
Mr. Stein received his B. Sc. in Environmental Studies,  his M. Sc. in Natural Resource Policy and Management, and studied the underlying causes of littering and pollution as part of Ph.D. coursework from a joint program with Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has worked in the fields of recycling and solid waste management for more than 25 years and has managed 19 litter surveys including 12 statewide, four citywide and four regional litter surveys, including a comprehensive survey of litter on 75 beaches. Field crews under his direction have surveyed more than 21 million square feet along roadways and recreational areas. Mr. Stein led the design and project management of  the Keep America Beautiful 2009 National Litter Study and Cost Study, the most comprehensive study ever conducted regarding littering issues and costs to the U.S. economy. He was a contributor to a study prepared for President Obama on community resilience as a subject-matter expert on the effects of litter and illegal dumping on community well-being.

Cecile Carson
Ms. Carson holds a B.A. in Government and Business Administration, an M.A. in Public Policy and has served as Adjunct Professor of Government and Community Engagement. She is a Texas registered code enforcement officer and has supervised code enforcement at the municipal government level. Ms. Carson most recently served as Keep America Beautiful Vice President of Litter and Affiliate Relations, representing the organization in the areas of marine debris, litter, behavior change, blight elimination, and youth environmental education as well as creating and conducting affiliate training programs. Ms. Carson has conducted or assisted with litter or waste reduction field research in 21 states for government, civic organizations and/or trade associations. She has worked in the areas of waste management and community improvement at the local, state, and national level for over 25 years.  

Kristian C. Ferguson
Mr. Ferguson earned his B.A. in Geography and his M.Sc. in Natural Resources, both from Virginia Tech. His master’s thesis examined the rate, extent and composition of litter among various roadway types throughout North America. He has 17 years of environmental consulting experience in litter-related projects as well as solid waste planning, recycling development, diversion opportunities and economic cost-benefit analysis. He specializes in site planning for litter surveys,  master planning for municipal governments and benchmarking studies. Mr. Ferguson has been involved in solid waste management planning and analysis initiatives throughout New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  He planned the field surveying and assisted with the analysis for nine litter surveys.


Ron Visco
, Ph.D.
Dr. Visco holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University as well as a M. Sc. In Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Research Design and Statistics from Florida International University. He taught math, science and computer science at two universities and co-founded an alternative school in Chicago, IL, serving as principal and head teacher. Dr. Visco has designed and conducted research, evaluating programs for various school districts, including New York State.  He worked as project statistician with Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute for more than seven years, coordinating a three-institution medical research project, analyzing research data for reports and journal articles. Dr. Visco has worked with the education department of the National Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 20 years and is published in a variety of fields, including mathematics, science and math education, academic medicine, and baseball statistics. Dr. Visco has handles the statistical aspects of all the firm's projects, including ten of the firm's litter surveys.

Emilie M. Knapp
Ms. Knapp is a fourth-generation recycling professional who grew up in the fields of recycling and litter-related project work. She was awarded two degrees from the CIA in Poughkeepsie, New York. Mrs. Knapp has helped manage field surveys and led the field work as crew supervisor for nine litter quantification and characterization studies, surveying more than 10 million square feet along roadways, recreational areas and sites adjacent to waterways. She has managed the itineraries, data gathering, budgets for these projects and contributed to the subsequent reports, assisting with interpretation of the data.

Captain Tim Wright
Captain Tim Wright worked with NOAA for 27 years conducting environmental studies and surveys. He earned his B.Sc. in Physical Oceanography at the University of Washington and is also an Executive MBA honors graduate. In addition to being a USCG Licensed Master Mariner, his roles with NOAA included: Director of NOAA's Atlantic Fleet Operations, Chief of Operations for NOAA's Pacific Fleet, Director of the Marine Center and command of NOAA's largest ship. He led two voyages to Antarctica and participated in surveys estimating marine life populations and forecasting El Nino events. Captain Wright also led expeditions sponsored by National Geographic, including Dr. Sylvia Earle's survey of National Marine Sanctuaries in 2000. He participated in the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference and has also worked with University of Washington Workshops on Puget Sound and Marine Debris.

Nancy Freiberg Robertson
Ms. Robertson earned her B.A. in English and is currently pursuing her M.A. at Georgetown University. She is a writer and has served as University Editor for Georgetown University for 24 years, responsible for the 150,000-circulation publication, Georgetown Magazine, as well as the assignment and editing of all top tier stories on Georgetown University's website. In 1997, she broke a historically important story, proving that a Georgetown University professor had written significant portions of John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. That story was later reported on in the New York Times. Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, she worked at Dartmouth. Her own work has been published in the New York Times and a number of other newspapers and magazines.

"Mr. Stein's integrity and commitment make him invaluable. I would consider Mr. Stein and his affiliated business an asset to any organization."

 - Tina Grant, NCIS Special Agent 

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