Our environmental laws give the public a right to review, comment on, and challenge environmental permitting decisions and other environmental policies. Unfortunately, this is not a level playing field. Industrial polluters have large budgets to retain expensive technical experts and make their case to state permitting agencies. Community groups, particularly in areas that suffer a disproportionate burden from air and water pollution, rarely have the resources to secure their own, comparable expert assistance.
The Center for Applied Environmental Science (CAES) was established to level the playing field by connecting environmental advocates with high-quality expert assistance. CAES is committed to funding that expert relationship to the extent possible, subject to the following priorities:
ABEL RUSS, CAES DIRECTOR
Lauren Fleer, P.E., Environmental Engineer
Lauren works as a staff engineer for the Center for Applied Environmental Science (CAES) and with EIP’s Texas Oil & Gas Program. Prior to joining EIP, she managed soil and groundwater remediation projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Lauren holds a M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.