Curtis Spalding ’81 was recently named U.S. EPA Region I Administrator, making him New England’s senior environmental official, responsible for overseeing federal environmental programs within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
“I applaud the Obama Administration for appointing as the new EPA Region I Administrator. Curt has the commitment and experience necessary to help preserve and protect New England’s environment and our communities,” said Senator Jack Reed, who strongly recommended Spalding for the job. “For more than two decades Curt Spalding has distinguished himself as a community leader and an unyielding environmental advocate. His success in pollution prevention, conservation efforts, and habitat restoration programs for communities throughout southern New England make him exceptionally qualified for this job.”
For two decades Spalding worked at Save the Bay, Rhode Island’s largest environmental organization, including 18 years as Executive Director, before stepping down in 2008. Spalding has received numerous awards and honors, including the University of Rhode Island Distinguished Achievement Award – College of Environmental and Life Sciences. Prior to joining Save the Bay, Curt served for two years at the EPA in both Washington and Boston. Spalding earned a B.A. in political science from Hobart and master’s degree in public administration from SUNY Albany. He lives in Cranston with his wife Patrice and their two children.
The EPA is the federal agency in charge of safeguarding the natural environment and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state and local governments. The agency has 10 regional offices and employs 17,000 people across the country, including engineers, scientists, and environmental protection specialists who conduct environmental assessment, research, and education.