Mobile Baykeeper is proud to welcome Scott Posey to the Board of Directors. Scott is personally invested and committed to the Mobile Bay Area and serves on the Mobile Area Education Foundation, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, and the Bishop State Advisory Board.
As an AM/NS Calvert employee, Scott is the first member of our Board to work for a major source permitted industry. Prior to extending the invitation to join our Board, we diligently researched AM/NS Calvert history of compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations. We were satisfied with what we found and invited Scott to join us with the understanding that we will continue to evaluate AM/NS Calvert just as thoroughly as we would any other industry in the area.
Our initial relationship with ThyssenKrupp (TK), AM/NS Calvert’s predecessor, was tenuous. Their massive facility had many potential environmental impacts and their commitment to environmental protection appeared inadequate. When the companies split, Scott stayed on with AM/NS Calvert – the carbon steel side of the facility. Scott’s current responsibilities as Director of Communications include working with the environmental compliance division to ensure the company is a responsible environmental citizen for the Mobile Bay Area. Scott is working to build connections and support for AM/NS Calvert’s surrounding community.
AM/NS Calvert is demonstrating its commitment to enhancing education opportunities and protecting the local environment. Scott approached Mobile Baykeeper in 2014 to inquire whether we had an environmental education program that might fit AM/NS Calvert’s funding strategy. As required by our giving policy, Mobile Baykeeper immediately reviewed their compliance history and communicated that their donation means we are going to watch them more closely. Being satisfied with a review of AM/NS Calvert’s compliance history and suitability as a partner, we, along with MAEF, developed SWAMP – Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program. SWAMP educates its participants on the importance of our Watershed and trains volunteers to monitor local water quality. Now finishing its second full year, more than 3,500 people in the Mobile Bay area have gotten “SWAMPed.”
After two years of partnership, we believe that Scott and AM/NS Calvert are aware of our expectations and are committed to ensuring transparency, compliance, and improvement in environmental sustainability. They are also aware that Mobile Baykeeper will not hesitate to address any environmental concerns that may arise.
As Scott said, “We may not always agree on the path to get there, but as long as we agree that our area’s natural resources have incalculable value to every person, business and industry, and the health of our community is dependent on us improving and protecting them, it will be easier to achieve these shared goals by working together.” Reasonable and meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders is at the core of what makes Mobile Baykeeper a successful and effective organization.
Mobile Baykeeper has been the environmental watchdog, informed voice of reason, and a collaborator for solutions for all issues impacting the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities for 20 years. We are excited to have Scott Posey on board to forward our mission and our work for Clean Water, Clean Air, and Healthy Communities.