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Carl Johnson
Managing Director Energy and Environmental

Brownfields remediation – Carl Johnson has been involved in dozens of site investigations, from the simplest to the most complex, and has the experience to help clients understand the scientific and engineering reviews, to analyze investigation plans, and to help reduce the uncertainties associated with a contaminated site. He can also help clients to leverage numerous programs aimed at revitalizing sites. He has had extensive contact with developers, helping them to minimize remedial expenses while achieving cleanup goals.

Climate change – As one of the original team involved in designing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and having been involved in climate change discussions since 1995, Carl Johnson has a thorough understanding of the measures that developers can count on to deliver real energy savings and carbon reductions, as well as how to maximize credits and attract funding for innovative approaches. As one example, he set up the first Green Building Tax Credit system, which generated tremendous activity in green building from a small public investment, and created significant returns for developers trying to differentiate their projects in a crowded market. He can also guide clients through new requirements in New York and elsewhere to evaluate the carbon impacts of projects.

Air quality – As a national leader in air quality issues for ten years, Carl Johnson worked with environmental officials from numerous states, as well as with Federal agencies and multi-state organizations. He implemented the new Federal permitting program in New York State, created new market-based trading programs, and worked with industry on compliance issues.

Energy – As NYS DEC’s principal on energy issues, Carl Johnson served in a leading capacity for New York State on federal energy legislation, and led in the development of the State Energy Plan, the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and the Coordinated Demand Reduction Program. He has an understanding of wholesale and retail energy issues, including wholesale and retail pricing, as well as transmission and interconnection issues that are often faced by developers. Having worked closely with NYSERDA, the State Public Service Commission, and energy officials in neighboring states, he can provide project developers with insight into energy issues that may affect their project plans.


Environmental and Energy Consultant, Carl Johnson Consulting, 2008.
CJC provides a variety of analysis services for clients in renewable energy, waste processing and other environmental fields, including feedstock/technology assessments, project planning analysis, regulatory assessments. Special focus on greenhouse gas/carbon market projects and legislative analysis, innovative brownfields remedial programs, and waste management projects.

Working with a network of associates, CJC can provide economic development, public affairs and project financing assistance.

CJC provides regulatory assistance for clients with issues before NYS DEC and other State and Federal agencies.

Chief Operating Officer, Taylor Biomass Energy, LLC, 2007.
Directed engineering staff and consultants on a $100 million startup renewable energy project with sites in the U.S. and the developing world. Worked with project partners, international banks and investment firms on project financing, as well as with national energy, technology and engineering companies on project development.

Analyzed and prepared package of environmental attributes, including renewable energy credits and potential clean development mechanism credits.

Developed project timelines, planned company growth and designed corporate policies and procedures.

• Deputy Commissioner, Office of Air and Waste Management, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), 1997-2007.
Managed a staff of more than 900 engineers, technical professionals and support staff, representing a budget of more than $250 million. Directed policy and regulatory development, scientific and technical assessments, legislative and public outreach.

Responsible for air emissions permitting, solid and hazardous waste regulation, oil spill cleanup, Superfund and brownfield site remediation, pollution prevention, climate change initiatives, pesticide regulation, vehicle emissions standards.

Led DEC participation in numerous State energy policy initiatives, including development of the State Energy Plan, peak demand reduction programs, and the Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Directed legislative initiatives at state and federal levels, representing the State before legislators, Congress and federal agencies. Testified before Congress, State Legislature and local government bodies. Participated in numerous national, regional, and ad hoc associations to advance environmental and energy policies.

Participated in the design and regulatory development of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the regulatory program for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the Northeast states. Also represented DEC on Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Task Force.

Established first Green Building Tax Credit program in the nation, promoting energy efficient development meeting LEED standards.

Managed complex technical projects, including soil vapor remediation, underground spill cleanups, waste tire pile removal, and Hudson River upland PCB remediation.

Guided State solid waste management policy, including closure of Fresh Kills Landfill, interstate waste issues, and promotion of waste management planning.

Worked with state, national and multinational corporations on regulatory compliance, pollution reduction efforts, environmental legacy issues and economic development projects.

Led technology-changing programs in vehicles and fuels, including implementation of the Low Emission Vehicle program, alternative compliance plans, fuel sulfur reductions and diesel emission retrofits.

Led agency’s first Information Strategy Plan, guiding development and investment in information technology infrastructure.

Regional Director, Region 4, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1997.
Directed a 9-county region of DEC, responsible for delivery of all agency programs, through daily management of with a diverse technical staff of 140. Interacted directly with local government, state representatives, and regulated industries on key environmental, economic, and public health issues.

 Special Projects Director, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1995-1996.
Directed special projects for DEC, including the Fresh Kills Landfill Closure Task Force, regulatory reform initiatives, and legislative and economic development initiatives.

 Senate Fellow / Legislative Assistant, New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, 1989-1994.
Researched, drafted, and negotiated legislation, including landmark laws such as Environmental Protection Fund and State Open Space Plan. Prepared legislative research and analysis for committee members. Worked with legislative and executive branch staff to advance initiatives.


State and national relationships

After years of appearing before Congress and Federal regulators, and working with national and regional associations such as the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), as well as ad hoc policy teams, Carl Johnson has an understanding of how to work with political leaders and regulators in order to move a project forward, and has maintained a network of contacts from California to DC that are actively engaged in the issues, including some of the new administration’s environmental and energy policy leaders.

Johnson Consulting,
253 Summit Avenue. Rensselaer, NY 12144
Tel: 518-605-6041

Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, NY. M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), environmental policy, 1989.  

(Additional coursework through College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.)

Syracuse University – S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse, NY.
B.S., newspaper journalism, 1985

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