Environmental Strategies PDT

Program Development Teams (PDTs) are a diverse mix of energy industry professionals responsible for the content creation of programs. Role may involve subject matter expert recruitment, participating in planning meetings and receiving invaluable networking opportunities throughout the entire process.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Diana Zoren at zoren@westernenergy.org or at 971-255-4965

Committee Members

Brent Arnold

HDR Engineering, Inc.

Project Manager
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Mr. Brent Arnold is an experienced project manager with experience spanning a wide range of areas including environmental planning, permitting and analysis, reclamation/mitigation planning, property valuation and acquisition, and facility siting and construction practices. His ability to understand and manage a wide range of projects helps him effectively manage project costs and schedule.

Brent has over 30 years experience in the utility industry including power generation, power transmission and gas transmission. His educational background is in plant science and he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University.

He lives on the Wasatch front in South Jordan, Utah where he enjoys cycling, yard work and other outdoor activities and any time he can spend together with his wife and children/grandchildren.

Arya Behbehani

Portland General Electric

Senior Director Environmental & Licensing

Jim Burruss

Burns & McDonnell

Senior Environmental Scientist, Wildlife Biologist
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Jim Burruss is a senior environmental scientist with Burns and McDonnell Engineering located in Salt Lake City, UT. Jim has over 30 years of diverse experience in environmental permitting, impact assessments and conducting avian risk assessments on a variety of energy generation and transmission projects including electric transmission and distribution lines, wind power, hydroelectric, and fossil-fuel projects. He has a BS degree in Wildlife Management from Utah State University.

Jim has particular expertise in applications of the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and related state resource laws and regulations. Past affiliation with APLIC lead to the development and release of the 2005 Avian Protection Plan Guidelines and Suggested Practices for Avian Protection on Power Lines: State of the Art in 2006. He has also participated on sage-grouse conservation teams assessing impacts associated with construction and maintenance of electric distribution and transmission lines (tall structures). These efforts have resulted in the release of several publications on sage-grouse impact research, research protocol and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for construction and maintenance of “tall structures”.

Nancy Clancy

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Manager, Environmental Programs

Michael Elenbaas

Black & Veatch

Associate Vice President, Sr Client Account Manager

Trevor Gill

Western Energy Institute

Membership + Salesforce Administrator

Robert Howell

Southern California Gas Company

Legal & Claims Strategy & Technology Manager

Megan Lum P.E.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Environmental Management, Distribution & Shared Services
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Megan Lum, P.E. has recently been named Director, Environment, Distribution & Shared Services for Pacific Gas & Electric Company. In that capacity she has the privilege of leading over 50 environmental professionals who work with their business partners to support environmental compliance for the company’s operations including corporate real estate, fleet and gas & electric distribution operations.

A senior Life Member of SWE, Megan has been active in SWE for the last 20 years, at the regional and national level, including serving on the Board of Directors. Megan is a registered Professional Engineer and has a Bachelors in Applied Science in chemical engineering from the University of Windsor and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington. Megan also represents PG&E on the National Association of EHS Management’s (NAEM) Board of Regents.

John McDonald

NW Natural

Environmental Specialist
Vice Chair
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John is an Environmental Specialist for NW Natural Gas where he works to develop programs to address environmental compliance and management issues. Also, John provides construction/ operational support in site planning, site assessment, and environmental permitting. He holds a Political Science and Natural Resource Planning degree along with a Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Steve Weight

Dominion Energy Utah

Environmental Specialist, Environment and Sustainability