The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)

Spring 2002 (Volume 3, Number 1)


Recent Publications by E&EM Faculty and Students

Dr. Jonathan P. Deason, lead professor of the E&EM Program, recently had an article published in the journal Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy. The article is titled: "Wide-ranging carnivores and development permits: constructing a multi-scale model to evaluate impacts on the Florida panther." In this article, Dr. Deason explains a new endangered species habitat evaluation method based on spatial variables. The method is proposed for use on lands that are anticipated for development or property that could accommodate panther population and can be used by permitting agencies for providing an objective and consistent landscape approach to panther conservation throughout south Florida.

The article was published in Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Volume 3, 2002, pp. 398-406. Click here for the article.

Dr. Deason had also previously published an article in the journal Water Policy. In the article, titled "Water Policy in the United States: a perspective," Dr. Deason describes the main supporting philosophical and legal issues behind water quantity and water quality policies that have evolved in the US federal-state system. He indicates that other areas of the world may benefit from lessons learned during the evolution of US water policy.

The article was published in Water Policy, Vol. 3, Issue 3, 2001, pp. 175-192. Click here for the article.

George William (Jerry) Sherk recently received his doctoral degree from the E&EM Program. He is currently involved in various environment and law related positions: private practice of law in Alexandria, Virginia; associate professorial lecturer in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of the George Washington University; and honorary associate at the International Water Law Research Institute of the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Jerry had an article published in the journal Environmental Engineering and Policy last fall. The article, titled "Reauthorization of CERCLA and the redevelopment of brownfields: who will pay the orphan's share?" In the article, Jerry emphasizes the major differences arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). He states that currently under CERCLA, while the Superfund may be used for the remediation of orphaned national Priorities List (NPL) sites, it may not be used for the remediation of orphaned brownfield sites. This results in the cost being endured by the public. Jerry concludes that such a policy is not fundamental and presents recommendations to facilitate the remediation and redevelopment of both NPL sites and brownfield sites.

The article was published in Environmental Engineering and Policy, Volume 2, 2001, pp. 171-179.

Teresa Pohlman currently works for the DOD Pentagon Renovation Office as the Special Assistant for Sustainable Design. She has extensive experience in the procedures related to Navy and Air Force base closure, environmental cleanup and compliance, pollution prevention, and natural resources.

Teresa Pohlman recently earned her doctoral degree from the E&EM program, focusing on environmental cleanup negotiations. She published an article in the Federal Facilities Environmental Journal last August, titled " Next Steps in Navigating the DOD Environmental Cleanup Program." She attempted to model the process to help decision makers choose the most effective method for negotiating environmental cleanup remedies. In her article, Teresa suggests that of the many objectives influencing the course of the DOD environmental cleanup program, the two objectives with the greatest influence are regulatory and public, due to the increase of regulation and public input to the program. This has resulted in a need for more effective and efficient negotiations with regulatory agencies while also considering public participation. Teresa's article attempts to address this need by presenting the major pieces of legislation of the DOD environmental program, investigating issues due to this legislation and proposing options for examining new negotiating procedures. She concludes that there are still many challenges ahead, even though the DOD environmental cleanup program has advanced. Teresa believes that these challenges can be handled by applying a model that allows a decision maker to objectively choose the negotiating technique that is most suitable to program conditions.

The article was published in Federal Facilities Environmental Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2001, pp. 117-130.

Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor