Matt came to the University of Georgia in 2017 after serving the State of Georgia for 6 years with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Matt’s previous experience include operations and field support for data collection and monitoring for the Ambient Air Branch and Watershed Protection Branch with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Matt has a significant background in fisheries and Environmental Science and has applied this experience broadly within the scope of environmental protection and conservation within organizations at local, State and federal government agencies as well as private sector and non-profits. Matt has previously worked at Philmont Scout Ranch, Warnell School of Forestry, Idaho Fish and Game Department, Georgia Forestry Commission and Trout Unlimited. Matt received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Georgia College and State University. Matt is a proud father and husband and with his spare time enjoys golfing, experimenting on the Big Green Egg and trout fishing.
As a staff member of the Environmental Safety Division Matt helps coordinate and achieve compliance with environmental regulations associated with a multitude of permitted activities at the university. Matt often liaisons with local, state, and federal agencies such as the Georgia EPD, EPA, USDA and Athens-Clarke County whom authorize, regulate and permit activities with recognized environmental interaction under the purview of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the State of Georgia Environmental Policy Act (GEPA), and Right to Know. Matt ensures that the University of Georgia maintains compliance to continuously perform necessary permitted operations system wide while also advising on how to mitigate potential safety and risk management concerns for safe drinking water, wastewater, storm water, food and pool safety, petroleum fuel management, spill prevention and response, energy services, septage and solid waste.