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Profiles of Members of EPA's LGBT Community: Bob Sachs

Profiles of Members of EPA's LGBT Community

Bob Sachs
Bob Sachs, Environmental Scientist
Office of Policy, IO
Washington DC

Where were you born?

Hanover, NH.

What brought you to EPA?

A love of the outdoors and the natural environment brought me to EPA. My wife also already had a job in town. I have been here since 1991.

Describe the type of work you do at EPA.

During my career at EPA I have worked on a wide range of issues, from authoring regulations for hazardous waste to developing an environmental code of conduct for ski areas in the U.S. I also worked on a presidential initiative on environmental technology known as Performance Track, where top-performing facilities that adopted green practices were recognized.

Most recently, I developed a couple of public web applications- the Green Infrastructure Wizard [GIWiz] and the Materials Management Wizard [MWiz]. I have been working with the Executive Management Council, which was chaired by the EPA Deputy Administrator and is comprised of senior career leaders at EPA.

What is your highest level of education? What was your major?

I have a bachelor of science in geology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.

What inspired you to fight for equal rights for the members of the LBGT community?

The day my child came out inspired me to take whatever action I can to advocate for the greater LBGTQ+ community.

What message would you like to send other members of the LBGT community who are considering college or a career in environmental protection?

Take what you are doing now seriously, don’t just go along for the ride, and remember to balance it all with humor.

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