Art Hirsch / Bio and Resume
Art Hirsch, TerraLogic’s owner, has more than 30 years of environmental program and project management and technical consulting experience working for private industry, federal and state agencies and local municipalities. He is the Principal Owner of TerraLogic, located in Boulder, Colorado.
He has a unique understanding and perspective of environmental problems based upon his experience as an environmental consultant to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD) and the World Bank. Art has also worked for private industry in the areas of project and technical management for the Hewlett Packard Company and the Pabst Brewing Company.
He is both an environmental engineer and scientist who is accredited by the United States Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure for Envision Certification and Verification. He is an expert in developing and using sustainability-rating systems to fit client and project needs.
He has a broad range of technical expertise in new and innovative areas of environmental management for sustainability consulting, climate change risk and adaptation, unmanned aerial vehicle applications, innovative stormwater management and training, alternative energy development and environmental management systems.
Art Hirsch has consulted for state departments of transportation (DOTs), design consultants and contractors over the past 20 years in the areas of transportation sustainability, alternative energy, stormwater/water quality management, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmental management for design/build projects. He has developed sustainability-based programs and plans that are cost effective while protecting/enhancing environmental and community quality of life.
He is very active in professional organizations nationally and within the state of Colorado. As a member of the Transportation Research Board and American Society of Civil Engineers, he has given numerous technical presentations nationwide on sustainable transportation design, sustainable rest area operations, water quality management, sustainability-based rating systems, and wintertime highway maintenance and sediment control.
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-Sustainability Subcommittee)
- Transportation Research Board (TRB ADC 60 Committee for Waste Management and Resource Efficiency in Transportation; ADC60(1) Transportation Infrastructure Facilities and Right of Ways as Sustainable Resources Subcommittee; Hazardous Waste, Materials Recycling, Sustainability Committees); AV020 Aviation Systems Planning Committee (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
- Master of Science degree; Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering; University of Colorado-Boulder.
- Bachelor of Science degree; Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (Limnology); Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
- Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Accreditation for the Envision Infrastructure Rating System (ENV SP and Verifier)
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction and Renovation Accreditation.
- Certified Erosion Control Supervisor and Inspector-Colorado Department of Transportation
- Climate Change Based Risk Management Approaches Used for Transportation Assets (ASCE International Sustainability Conference Proceedings, Long Beach, California, November 2014)
- Impacts and Mitigation Strategies for Solar Array Systems with Highway Right of Way Areas (ASCE International Sustainability Conference Proceedings, Long Beach, California, November 2014)
- Sustainable Rest Area Design and Operation (ASCE International Sustainability Conference Proceedings, Long Beach, California, November 2014)
- Sustainable-Environmental Road Transportation Guidance Document, World Bank, http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2015/02/23990347/improvingenvironmental-sustainability-road-projects
- Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Actions during Design Build Projects; Transportation Research Board; 2010 Annual Conference
- Hirsch, A., TMDL Impacts to High Altitude Highway Operations, Water Environment Federation, Watershed 2000 Proceedings, December, 2000.
- Hirsch, A., TMDL Impacts to Highway Maintenance Operations, Water Environment Federation, Wet Weather and Watershed Bulletin, October, 2000.
- Hirsch, A., Environmental Risks Associated with High Altitude Highway Operations in Colorado, Pacific Northern States Snow Conference Proceedings, June, 2000.
- Hirsch, A., and A. Medine, Lake and Reservoir Management, Water Pollution Control Federation, 1986.
Key Experience Areas
- Transportation Sustainability
- Water Quality/Stormwater Management and Training
- Transportation Impact and Compliance Studies
Sustainability Incorporation into the Transportation Alternative Analysis Process (Liberia), USAID. Created a new sustainability rating approach to evaluate potential transportation rehabilitation sites in Liberia. The rating system supported the identification of locations where road rehabilitation projects would be most sustainable in regards to economics, environmental protection and community enhancement.
Sustainability Management Plans for Colorado Municipal Airports, Mead & Hunt, Inc., Denver, Colorado. Supported the development of sustainability-based management plans for municipal airports within Colorado. Ensured plans were consistent with the overall CDOT Sustainability Plan and provided direction on best practices development.
Climate Change Risk Management, University of Colorado-Boulder. Provided a technical peer review of the Transportation Section for a climate change document developed for the State of Colorado’s Governors Office. The document discussed potential climate change impacts on highway system and potential adaptation strategies.
Sustainable-Environmental Road Transportation Guidance Document, World Bank, Washington, DC. Developed a new guidance document for the World Bank that focused upon specific sustainable actions for transportation planning, design, construction and operations for developing countries Project helped establish a framework for a future rating system. Document is expected be published by World Bank.
Energy Literacy and Outreach, Colorado Department of Transportation Planning Department, Denver, Colorado. Researched departments of transportation (DOTs) and local and federal agencies to identify existing public outreach and education programs for transportation energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission programs. Developed a programmatic framework to educate employees and the driving public on energy conservation and reduced emissions.
Sustainability Assessment of Florida DOT Rest Area; Interstate 4, DBi Services, Polk City, Florida. Inspected and evaluated the design and operation of a Florida DOT Rest Area (Polk City) along Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando. Rest area assessment identified the potential for significant cost savings in energy, water and solid waste management. A unique carbon footprint analysis was developed for the rest area operation.
Impacts and Mitigation Strategies for Solar Array Systems with Highway Right of Way Area, Colorado State University-Pueblo/Colorado Department of Transportation Development Applied Research and Innovation Branch, Denver, Colorado. Researched and identified environmental, safety and operation/maintenance impacts associated with the placement and operation of solar array systems in highway right of way areas. Used a risk-based approach to identify priority impacts and developed mitigation strategies for CDOT management and energy developers.
Sustainability in Design and Roadway Construction, Colorado Department of Transportation, Environmental Programs Branch, Denver, Colorado. Developed a new sustainability guidance document for CDOT specific to transportation design and construction actions. Worked with CDOT engineers and environmental scientists to develop sustainable actions that are expected to be endorsed by Program Management and implemented on a statewide basis.
Incorporating GreenLITES into the Colorado Department of Transportation Design Process, Environmental Programs Branch. Coordinated and facilitated the introduction of the State of New York DOT’s GreenLITES Sustainability Program in two highway design projects on I-70. This project is the first attempt to integrate sustainability elements into the transportation design process. Assessed highway designs, programmatic implementation and provided recommendations for statewide implementation.
Sustainable Rest Areas/Alternative Energy Opportunities, Colorado Department of Transportation, Research and Development, Denver, Colorado. Conceptualized and implemented a proactive program to assess CDOT rest areas using a sustainability approach to identify cost effective retrofit opportunities and operational changes. Teamed with Colorado State University-Pueblo to perform carbon footprint analyses on selected rest areas and reviewed greenhouse gas mitigation options (truck electrification). Performing an assessment for alternative energy options (solar, wind and geothermal) that can be used by CDOT within their right of way.
Transportation Sustainability, Colorado Department of Transportation, Research and Development, Denver, Colorado. Conceptualized and developed two sustainability related projects associated with material recycling and programmatic approaches toward fuel, energy and water conservation. The material recycling program was associated with an EPA grant that focused on concrete recycling. The second project was in response to Governor Ritter’s Executive Order for Greening Government, to reduce petroleum, electricity and water consumption.
Sustainability Program Development, Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig, Centennial, Colorado. Co-Leader of a Sustainability Program for a transportation planning, design and construction-consulting firm in Colorado. Developed internal and external presentations to promote the sustainability program. Established the “keep it simple tool box” approach that outlined sustainable actions for transportation designers and engineers.
Water Quality/Stormwater Management
Colorado Department of Transportation Water Quality Training, Environmental Programs Branch, Denver, Colorado. Created web based training videos for construction site revegetation. The training emphasis was on revegetation process, quality assurance and regulatory compliance. Specific videos were created for field reference via smartphone/IPAD technologies.
Colorado Department of Transportation Water Quality Training, Environmental Programs Branch, Denver, Colorado. Project Manager for a five- year non project specific based project providing full service water quality consulting. Areas of service include EPA audit compliance, environmental management systems, MS4 program development and water quality protection.
Colorado Department of Transportation Water Quality Training, Environmental Programs Branch, Denver, Colorado. Prime Contractor for the development and implementation of a statewide water quality/erosion control-training program for contactors and CDOT employees. Developed classroom and field training programs with teaming members to protect water quality and increase stormwater regulatory compliance. Program uses innovate teaching approaches for videos, graphics and student-teacher interaction.
I-25 Stormwater Management Plan for Interstate 25 Conceptual Design, Atkins, Denver, Colorado. Developed a Stormwater Management Plan along a 20-mile segment of Interstate 25 that incorporated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements for post construction. Identified opportunities for innovative low impact best management practices within the right of way areas.
Innovative Revegetation Practices for Construction Sites Project, CDOT Department of Transportation Development-Applied Research and Innovation Branch, Denver, Colorado.
The Innovative Revegetation Project involved the testing and observation of revegetation practices on existing projects and on projects that were previously revegetated for over several years. Selected construction project areas that stabilized areas via revegetation evaluated via a process quality control approach. Previously stabilized areas evaluated to determine if expected revegetation goals were achieved. Life cycle costs of doing revegetation with a discrete plan and process developed for management review.
Watershed Based Approaches for CDOT MS4 New Development-Redevelopment Program, CDOT Environmental Programs Branch. Providing consulting services to CDOT on new and innovative approaches to implement watershed-based water quality best management practices with an emphasis on using Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure Designs. Coordinated with USEPA, FHWA and DOTs to obtained ideas and feedback on cost effective watershed approaches. Evaluated numerous types of green infrastructure best management practices. Recommended MS4 permit language changes to adopt watershed based approaches for New Development Redevelopment Program.
Sediment Control Action Plan, City of Boulder Department of Mountain Parks and Open Space. Evaluated watershed impacts from high sediment loading associated with wintertime operations on a County Road (Flagstaff Road). High sediment loading was found to be affecting sensitive vegetation, stream channels and sensitive threatened and endangered species. Developed a sediment control action plan for the City of Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space Department to mitigate impacts. Action plan stressed source control using chemical deicing, less traction sand application, just in time application and street sweeping. Identified locations for temporary and permanent sediment basins to reduce material in watershed storage.
Statewide MS4 Storm Water Program, CDOT Environmental Programs Branch, CH2M Hill, Denver, Colorado. Task Manager for the Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping Program as part of the CDOT MS4 Program that stressed water quality protection. Developed new Facility Control Runoff Plans that identified best management practice for CDOT maintenance facilities.
Water Quality Protection Program, Town of Vail/Eagle River Watershed, Colorado. Developed a storm water management program that incorporated the elements of an EPA based Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program with an emphasis on pollution prevention. The stormwater management program was initiated based upon biological indicators showing potential stream impairment in Gore Creek from increased urbanization. The stormwater program addressed erosion control at construction sites, post construction best management practices, illicit discharges and public involvement to protect water quality in Gore Creek.
Statewide MS4 Storm Water/Water Quality Management Program, CDOT Environmental Programs Branch, Denver, Colorado. Served as the Project Manager for the prime consultant to CDOT. Managed multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)/Water Quality Program encompassing six CDOT Regions. Created a team using independent subcontractors (experts in specific water quality fields) along with internal employees. Provided technical and management consulting to seven specific stormwater task elements as per EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) permit requirements. Managed the development of best management practices design criteria for construction, post construction and maintenance facility activities. Managed inherited notice of violation action and reporting.
Interstate 70 Eisenhower Tunnel/Straight Creek Watershed, Silverthorne, Colorado. Provided water quality consultation to CDOT Region I concerning sediment loading and stream impacts from high-altitude highway operations. Worked closely with CDOT, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), EPA, and local government officials in developing a total maximum daily loading (TMDL) assessment for Straight Creek. Performed a watershed assessment to isolate sediment loading areas and high-impact locations. Evaluated and recommended new highway maintenance operations to reduce sediment loading. This was the first highway-related TMDL project in the intermountain-west. Coordinated numerous stakeholder meetings and technical workshops.
Office of Environmental Programs, CDOT Stormwater Management Support, Denver, Colorado. Provided technical support to the Office of Environmental Programs concerning the integration of NEPA requirements into the overall water quality program. Created a new, detailed approach for incorporating CDOT’s Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) into the EIS process. Used best management practices (BMP) to protect water quality of the South Platte River. Worked closely with EPA, CDOT, and FHWA in developing a pragmatic computer-modeling approach for assessing water quality impacts.
Interstate 70 Vail Pass, Vail, Colorado. Performed an assessment of the Black Gore Creek Watershed to evaluate sediment-loading impacts to Black Gore Creek. High sediment loading into Black Gore Creek from highway operations was causing significant impacts to macro-invertebrate and fish populations. Identified and evaluated high sediment loading source areas, reviewed highway drainage problems, and developed recommendations for modifying highway maintenance operations. Represented CDOT during local watershed meetings to discuss watershed impacts and mitigation recommendations. Worked closely with CDOT engineers and maintenance professionals to address highway drainage and maintenance issues.
U.S. Highway 285, Morrison, Colorado. Established a surface-water monitoring program in the Bear Creek Watershed to address concerns about water degradation due to highway construction activities. Performed a watershed assessment that isolated potential nonpoint source (NPS) pollution areas and established sampling locations based upon potential source area locations. Reviewed and assessed water quality monitoring data as well as potential CDOT impacts to water quality. Provided erosion control consulting to CDOT Project and Resident Engineers that involved the placement, effectiveness, and maintenance of BMPs. Certified by CDOT as an erosion control supervisor, and participated in the CDOT Erosion Control Action Team on statewide projects.
Cherry Creek Watershed Impact Assessment, Greenwood Village, Colorado. Provided expert testimony to the State of Colorado Water Quality Control Commission concerning fisheries, recreation, drinking water, and agriculturaluse impacts from hyper-eutrophication conditions at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Evaluated watershed impacts from phosphorus loading from point and nonpoint sources. Project was successful in overturning a proposal to allow increased phosphorus loading into the reservoir and resulted in new water quality regulations for the watershed.
Road De-icing Analysis, CDOT Region 1, Aurora, Colorado. Evaluated heavy metal and nutrient concentrations in magnesium chloride used for highway deicing/anti-icing for CDOT Region 1. Created a database to monitor vendor compliance to material specifications. Assessed technical reports on the environmental effects of magnesium chloride. Provided EPA and state environmental officials several presentations about the theory, use, and aquatic impact of using de-icing chemicals for wintertime highway maintenance. Selected as a guest speaker at the Northern Pacific States Ice and Snow Conference to discuss “Environmental Impacts Due to High-Altitude Highway Maintenance Activities.
Transportation Impact and Compliance Studies
120th Avenue Connection Design Build, Broomfield, Colorado. Environmental Manager for a design build project within CDOT Region 6. Developed environmental documentation and permits for a $25M project in the City and County of Broomfield. Project environmental focus was Broad Tailed Prairie Dogs Colony impacts, erosion, and sediment control. Environmental sustainability objectives were developed and implemented to reduce environmental impacts. Created an internal sustainability plan for the design build project; one of the first sustainability plans for a construction project within CDOT.
Northwest Corridor Environmental Impact Statement, Jefferson County, Colorado. Served as the NEPA Environmental Manager and Deputy Project Manager for the Northwest Corridor EIS for CDOT (Region 6) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Northwest Corridor was one of the most environmentally sensitive areas in the Front Range of Colorado. The most critical environmental resources for the project include wetlands, threatened and endangered species, raptors, ancient Native American sites, drinking water, wildlife migration corridors, and abandoned landfills. Coordinated the establishment of existing conditions, alternative screening, quality control, and document development. Coordinated and conducted meetings for project scoping, public involvement, citizen working groups, and technical advisory groups.
Interstate 25 Valley Highway Environmental Impact Statement, Denver, Colorado. Served as the Environmental Project Manager and coordinated environmental aspects of the Valley Highway EIS project for CDOT Region 6 and FHWA. The I25 Valley Highway is one of the most congested portions of I-25 in the Colorado Front Range. Significant environmental impacts were associated with increasing the number of lanes and improving critical interchanges. The project required excellent working relationships with FHWA, CDOT Region 6, and EPA, the City and County of Denver and other federal, state and local government stakeholders.
CDOT Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)/Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Planning. Represented the CDOT Water Quality Manager in educating transportation planning officials on sensitive environmental issues specific to their planning regions. Participated in this innovative and sustainable program approach toward managing natural resources in sensitive areas. Educated stakeholders on sensitive stream systems, Clean Water Act regulations and local watershed issues.
US 34 Corridor Optimization Plan, Greeley, Colorado. Performed an environmental assessment for one of the first Corridor Optimization Plans in Colorado during the transportation-planning phase. Identified corridor areas having high environmental sensitivity and liability, if acquired by CDOT. Identified critical environmental issues that will form the basis of future EA/EIS work in the corridor. Environmental areas of concern involved noise, hazardous waste, surface water quality, stormwater management, threatened and endangered species, recreational areas and environmental justice. Worked closely with CDOT Region 4 representatives on defining the existing environmental conditions in the area.
City of Lakewood/CDOT, Old Kipling Bridge. Performed a NEPA Categorical Exclusion on a bridge replacement project for the City of Lakewood and CDOT. Project involved wetland and riparian-area impacts that required mitigation. Hazardous waste, archaeological, and historical clearances were also performed at the site. Worked with CDOT to develop plans and specifications
City of Aurora, Interstate 225 and Colfax Interchange Environmental Assessment. Technical lead for the water quality section of the NEPA EA. The project involved the improvement of the Colfax interchange off I-225. The project area contained sensitive surface water (Toll Gate Creek) that required water quality management and protection from stormwater runoff and construction activities. Worked closely with representatives from CDOT and the City of Aurora to ensure compliance to Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) permits.
- TerraLogic Sustainable Solutions; Principal Owner
- Felsburg Holt & Ullevig; Environmental Manager/Project Manager
- RMR Consulting; Environmental Engineer, Owner
- Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation; Project Manager
- Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Project Manager/Senior Engineer
- Hewlett-Packard Company; Facilities Environmental Engineer
- Pabst Brewing Company; Environmental Manager
Other Project Experience
- Nebraska Department of Roads, Lincoln, Nebraska, MS4 Stormwater Program development, management and compliance.
- Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Missouri River: NEPA EIS Water Quality Impact Analysis for Master Water Control Manual (dam operations) concerning threatened and endangered species.
- Federal Highway Administration, Lakewood, Colorado: Water quality impact analysis of Clear Creek (Guanella Pass) from proposed highway construction activities.
- Alamosa Riverkeeper, La Jara, Colorado: Water quality, watershed management, and CERCLA RI/FS consulting.
- Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico: Evaluation and impact of proposed water quality regulations by the State of New Mexico concerning nonpoint source pollution and watershed management.
- Water Science and Engineering, Boulder, Colorado: Surface water computer modeling, natural resource damage litigation support on the Clark Fork River (Montana), and RI/FS consulting.
- S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps (Navy CLEAN Program): Project Management, CERCLA RI/FS, RCRA Corrective Actions, UST removals, and environmental assessments.
- Environmental Protection Agency (Region VIII): Project Management, water quality assessments, Remedial Design/Remedial Action Oversight, and CERCLA consulting in Montana.
- Rocky Mountain Remediation Services, Rocky Flats, Golden, Colorado: Project Management, site wide environmental monitoring program assessment, accelerated CERCLA remedial actions, OU investigations, and building decommissioning/demolition.
- Hewlett-Packard Company, Loveland, Colorado: Program/Project Management, RCRA Corrective Action (soil and groundwater), Clean Water Act Compliance (pretreatment and storm water), waste minimization, environmental site assessments, and RCRA compliance.
- United States Army, Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Denver, Colorado: Project Manager, characterization of Industrial Sewer Systems in the South Plants, RI/FS studies and litigation support, field and laboratory quality assurance/control quality supervision.
- Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Environmental Supervisor, environmental compliance program development, pretreatment monitoring, analytical testing, waste minimization studies and compliance monitoring.
- Phillips Petroleum Company, North Sea Operations: Environmental monitoring and analytical testing after a drilling platform blow out.
- Commonwealth Edison, Chicago, Illinois: Environmental monitoring of nuclear power plant discharges into Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River.