Alumnus Earns Horizon Ribbon
- SingleExposure Photo @2012
Now in his 10th year of service for the EPA, Mike was recently appointed Chief of the Science Policy Branch in the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, which is the national lead for all science-related policy issues for the Superfund Program. In this current position, Scozzafava oversees science policy for one of the EPA’s three divisions that support the Superfund program, which is intended to protect citizens from the dangers posed by abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. During his tenure with the EPA, Scozzafava has led and coordinated the review and evaluation of Clean Water Act implementation, the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program, the National Wetland Condition Assessment, and various other policies, programs, and regulations related to the National Water Program.
“Because of [the CES] internship, I have a greater appreciation for the rigor and importance of real environmental work.”
As a former Environmental Studies major, Mike credits an internship through CES at Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge with providing him valuable hands-on experience that has given him perspective in his current work. “Because of this internship, I have a greater appreciation for the rigor and importance of real environmental work…particularly environmental data collection. I say ‘real’ because, as a DC bureaucrat, it’s easy to approach issues from a so-called ivory tower perspective. In other words, you can easily lose touch with what’s actually happening on the ground and the resource that you’re trying to protect. When I’m involved in national level policy decisions that will impact people in the field, I think this experience helps to keep me grounded in reality,” says Scozzafava.
For his vigilant environmental advocacy, Mike is being presented with the Alumni Horizon Ribbon award on August 28th at Convocation. Scozzafava will begin service as a member of the Washington College Alumni Board this September. He currently resides in Olney, MD with his wife, Anna (Germain) Scozzafava ’03, and his two children, Isabella, 6, and Gavin, 4.
Established in 2009, the Alumni Horizon Ribbon Award was created as a means of formally identifying and recognizing outstanding recent alumni. The award is given to a graduate of the last 15 years who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, service or scholarship in a particular area.