Solving today’s complex environmental challenges is a daunting task. It requires the delicate balancing of many competing factors, from cost and convenience to public health protection and resource allocation. At ERG, I am fortunate to be able to work on projects that get to the core of this balance, surrounded by clients and colleagues who are equally passionate about finding mindful, objective solutions for our complex world.
Dr. Sam Arden has worked for over 10 years on water resource projects occupying the space where water meets the urban environment. At ERG, his projects range from sustainability assessments of future urban water management strategies to stormwater permitting support for federal clients. He regularly serves as the technical lead for development of novel models and tools. These have included a suite of Excel-based tools to help small communities manage their combined sewer systems to reduce the potential for overflows during wet weather, as well as a web-based screening tool that allows building designers to estimate the life cycle impacts of building-scale, non-potable water reuse systems. He is actively involved in research efforts on water treatment and reuse, sustainable groundwater management, and novel and emerging contaminants.
Sam holds a B.S. in coastal engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, as well as an M.E. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida. His time at UF was spent in the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands, where his studies and environmental perspective were informed by energy, systems thinking, and long hours wading through wetlands. His doctoral work was supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program, through which he developed a collaborative relationship with Office of Research and Development staff that continues in his work at ERG today. When not working on water, Sam enjoys doing anything in, on, or near water, especially surfing and sailing.