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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