Melissa Harclerode is a technical specialist with 15 years of experience in environmental management across a variety of market sectors including remediation, water resources, and transportation. Specifically, she specializes in the development and application of integrated assessment approaches to comprehensively define sustainability objectives and evaluate environmental, social and economic impacts of environmental infrastructure and restoration projects. Dr. Harclerode provides technical support and modeling on environmental footprint analysis, life cycle assessment, community impact evaluations, risk communication, stakeholder engagement techniques, climate change vulnerability assessments and development of sustainable best management practices.
Why are you a part of CDM Smith? The company provides a collaborative work environment with leading experts and opportunities to participate in innovative research and development to deliver the best outcome to the client and affected stakeholders. For example, each PFAS project team works subject matter experts in fate and transport, treatment, and communication to not only meet project objectives, but to also foster a learning environment for staff at all levels.
What’s a project or accomplishment that you’re particularly proud of, and why? In July 2020, Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council published a Risk Communication Toolkit with outreach and engagement tools examples for PFAS sites. I had the fortune of being a co-leader for this Team, which fostered my skill set in risk communication and PFAS science. Since July, we have successfully applied the ITRC risk communication planning process to four projects, two of which are PFAS related.
What does “legendary client service” mean to you? Bring the best, boldest ideas supported by the current state of the science and findings from research and development. Following through on those ideas in alignment with client, project team, and affected stakeholder expectations and values.
What is your favorite part of your job? Being in an environment that nurtures one’s passions and skill sets in a manner that advances CDM Smith’s capabilities and services.
It’s important that project findings be supported by high quality data and that the decision-making process is aided by those results.
A peer-reviewed article, co-authored by Melissa, was honored with an Award for Publication Excellence at the 2016 APEX Awards.
Research to Reality