The immediate past U.S. EPA Administrator for New England (Region 1), H. Curtis “Curt” Spalding, has joined the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) as a Professor of the Practice in Environment and Society. Prior to his seven years serving in the Obama Administration, Spalding led Save The Bay in Providence RI as executive director for over eighteen years.
Announcing Spalding’s appointment, IBES Director Amanda Lynch said: “We are very pleased to have Curt join our team of outstanding faculty associated with IBES. Widely recognized as one of New England’s most accomplished environmental leaders, he will share his insights and help IBES develop strategies and actions that will have real impact on the lives of everyone living in Rhode Island and New England.”
“Joining IBES is the opportunity I was looking for,” Spalding said. “My career has been about helping highly talented people in environmental organizations achieve their goals for the betterment of communities across New England. Continuing that commitment with IBES is a wonderful opportunity.”
Spalding has experience in the environmental protection field includes serving as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator. In all aspects of Save The Bay's and EPA Region 1 New England's work, Spalding said he emphasized whole system thinking and resilience.
Spalding’s accomplishments include development of the Save The Bay Center in Providence RI, and ecosystem plans to restore and protect New England’s iconic waters, including Lake Champlain, Cape Cod, the southern New England coast, Long Island Sound and Great Bay. With leadership of Brownfield and Superfund initiatives, along with helping communities gain the capability to be more climate-change resilient, Spalding has worked to revitalize New England cities and to create healthy and prosperous places to live.