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Lawrence C. Tropea, Jr., P.E., DEE

Mr. Lawrence C. Tropea Jr. has over 30 years of experience in helping to protect the environment and building environmentally sound business practices. His vision and leadership on environmental matters has helped his organizations win national recognition and awards, like the prestigious Corporate Environmental Award.

Mr. Tropea is the Executive Director of the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority, and the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority. He is responsible for solid waste, water supply, recycling and wastewater services for the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Mr. Tropea is leading efforts to ensure a safe and reliable area water supply for the next 50 years and leading environmental remediation at the inactive Ivy landfill site.

Before joining Rivanna, Mr. Tropea was appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to serve as Deputy Secretary for statewide water and wastewater management. While in Pennsylvania, Mr. Tropea helped establish the watershed approach and established a foundation for a comprehensive statewide approach to water resources planning and management. He also coordinated all Pennsylvania agencies' efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. He previously served as the top environmental executive for two Fortune 200 companies, directing global environmental affairs and promoting pollution prevention and modern EHS management systems.

Mr. Tropea earned both B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees from Clemson University and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Tropea also attended environmental training at Yale University and is a Diplomate of Environmental Engineering. He is a certified professional engineer in three states and a certified water and wastewater operator in Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous professional and appointed committees, and has been a speaker at national and international meetings and at Congressional hearings.

Mr. Tropea is married to Mary Fruehauf Tropea and has two beautiful daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Tropea reside in Keswick, Virginia.

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