Denise Bechdel, CEA, REM, REPA, REP

Denise Bechdel provides environmental consulting assistance to small businesses throughout Pennsylvania. She performs on-site pollution prevention and energy efficiency assessments and assists with regulatory compliance issues with small businesses. Since she joined the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) team in 2002, she has assisted more than 453 small businesses and has performed 195 on-site assessments to improve environmental compliance, reduce energy consumption and associated costs, decrease pollution created and related costs, and improve worker health and safety.

Denise holds an associate’s degree in environmental technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in environmental resource management from Penn State. Prior to becoming an environmental consultant for the EMAP team in 2002, Denise was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the waste management department for two years, all of which gives her an unusual depth of experience that benefits her clients.

Three of Denise’s clients were national Energy Star® for Small Business award winners in 2006. Two of her clients received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence: one in 2007 and one in 2008. Since 2005, eighty-three of Denise’s clients were awarded $1,421,468 in federal and state grants with matching funds of $2,988,391 in owner investment for the pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects in their respective small businesses savings.

In 2010, Denise received her certification from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) as a Renewable Energy Professional (REP), and in 2009 she received her certification from the AEE as a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA). AEE’s certification programs are recognized by government agencies as the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by Fortune 1000 corporations, utilities and energy service companies. In 2007, she received certification from the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) as a Registered Environmental Property Assessor (REPA). In 2005, she received certification from the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) as a Registered Environmental Manager (REM). This certification is one of the most respected credentials in the global environmental community and is recognized by many U.S. agencies, state governments, ministries of several foreign countries, and the private sector. Denise is also certified as a Hazardous Waste Operations Specialist.

Denise’s vast environmental experience, educational background, and prestigious certifications enable her to contribute effectively and efficiently to the small business community as a one-on-one consultant, grant-writer, and trainer.