Michael Carvalho Joins Salem Sound Coastwatch Board

Manchester-By-The-Sea MA — A community environmental not-for-profit, Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW), has named environmental attorney and Manchester resident Michael P. Carvalho to its board of directors.

Founded in 1990 and based in Salem, SSCW’s mission is to protect and improve the environmental quality of Salem Sound and its watershed. SSCW’s efforts are focused on increasing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the natural resources, as well as the immediate and chronic threats to the ecological health of the watershed. The organization works to foster responsible and sustainable resource management, conduct environmental monitoring and scientific research, and share the results with the public and science community.

“We are excited to have Mike join SSCW’s Board, where he brings enormous experience and perspective that will advance SSCW’s mission,” said Barbara Warren, SSCW executive director.

“SSCW’s longstanding commitment to promoting awareness and understanding of environmental stewardship plays a critical role in leading healthier sea and shore,” said Carvalho. “I am humbled to be part of that effort.”

Carvalho has been practicing environmental law for over 25 years, specializing in matters involving the federal Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Risk Management. He has successfully litigated claims in state and federal courts and provided environmental legal counsel in transactional and regulatory matters to a wide range of clients throughout the U.S. Carvalho is the past chair of the National Council for Science and the Environment, where he recently represented the United Nations Environment Program for North America before the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2018, Carvalho participated in an expedition to Antarctica, studying the effects of climate change and environmental policy solutions to the challenges posed by this existential threat.

Michael Carvalho named Chairman of National Council on Science and the Environment

Washington, DC — In a forum last week attended by more than 600 scientists and policymakers from around the globe, The National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE) named Manchester law firm founder Michael P. Carvalho as chairman of its board of directors.

Carvalho’s affiliation with NCSE — a nonprofit organization founded 30 years ago to improve the scientific basis for congressional environmental decision-making — began when he was “a young lawyer” in Washington, D.C. In 1997, he became involved with its EnvironMentors Program for at-risk students nationwide, and has continued in deepening capacities ever since.

In an interview with the Times, he said he was back in D.C. last week and while there had dinner with “folks from Sonoma.” Hearing their stories of trauma and tragedies through the recent onslaught of massive fires and mudslides in California, once again confirmed his belief that climate change is the most urgent issue facing the planet.

 “The intensity of storms is overwhelming,” he says, “our infrastructure and stormwater management can’t stand up to it. Just look at the cars destroyed in the flooding last month at Gloucester High School. Unprecedented.”

Carvalho, an environmental and energy attorney, previously served as NCSE Vice Chair, and chaired the EnvironMentors Program — to which he remains passionately committed.

The program has mentored thousands of underrepresented high school students “from D.C. to a Yakama Indian reservation” in pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, while enhancing their research, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Carvalho, recalling that his passion for environmental issues began as a Boy Scout in Boxborough, said that when the local public water supply was contaminated by toxic chemicals, the ensuing showdown between WR Grace and the town proved a watershed moment in his young life.

It inspired him to fight back on these issues. he said. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in environmental policy in 1987.

From there, it was law school at Michigan State University, “cleaning up environmentally contaminated sites by day and studying by night.”

Before founding his own law firm in 2004, Carvalho served as in-house environmental counsel to First Chicago-NBD Bank (now Chase) and General Motors Corp., prior to relocating to Washington, D.C., where he was a partner with O’Connor & Hannan, LLP, representing American and international clients in environmental transactional matters.

Now with offices in Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and D.C., Carvalho’s firm has for more than 20 years assisted in environmental regulatory compliance, permitting, acquisition and redevelopment of environmentally distressed properties, as well as litigation in state and federal courts, obtaining multiple, record-setting verdicts and judgments.

The firm also works on renewable energy purchasing agreements and power generation for its clients, as well as advising on environmental matters related to resource development and transmission, including environmental impact statements, NEPA, and compliance.

Carvalho is particularly proud of the NCSE’s negotiation of an agreement with France to honor the nation’s commitment to the Paris accord.

“Politics should not be part of science,” and vice-versa, he says.

Now, he will helm an organization, which, among other things, has played an instrumental role in stimulating a National Science Foundation initiative to triple its annual budget for environmental research, education, and scientific assessment.

While an advocate for science, NCSE does not take positions on environmental policies, but specializes in programs that promotes collaboration between individuals, institutions and communities.

Carvalho’s teaching and lecture credits include serving as an instructor at Wayne State University’s Graduate School of Chemical Engineering, Mercer Law School, Georgia State University Law School and Emory University School of Public Health and Emory Law School. He serves on the Board of Editors for ICSC’s “Retail Law Strategist, as well.

He also routinely provides national training in environmental site assessments, federal brownfields law, and numerous related regulatory matters. And, he’s a certified divemaster and rescue diver, and teaches scuba diving to adults and children.

Married and the father of two, Carvalho has sailed the waters of New England, the Great Lakes, Florida, the Caribbean, and the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. This Feb. 15, he will set out with “ninety like-minded idiots” (scientists, photographers and naturalists) on an exploration of Antartica. They will spend the better part of a month on a Polish ice breaker studying sea level rise, and he will spend a good deal of that time scuba diving and writing a paper about his experiences.

“I’ve done plenty of cold water diving,” said Carvalho, “But nothing like this.”

Carvalho & Associates, P.C. Goes Solar

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA – Carvalho & Associates, P.C.’s Massachusetts Coastal Office is now solar powered. In late 2014, Atlanta-based Carvalho & Associates, P.C., a law firm specializing in environmental, energy and real estate matters, installed a 14,000 kWh photo-voltaic (PV) solar system at the firm’s Massachusetts Coastal Office in the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea. The system, consisting of 40 ‘Signature Black’, high efficiency PV panels and dual inverters manufactured by SunPower, was connected to the grid in January 2015 and will supply the law firm’s daytime electrical power needs. The system is backed up by a natural gas fired high efficiency backup generator, and remains connected to the grid through net metering. “PV solar power makes sense for a lot of reasons”, says the firm’s President and Founder, Michael P. Carvalho, Esq. “We hedge future energy costs by using domestically produced energy, contribute to local job creation, enjoy tax incentives and reduce our contribution to global warming. It looks cool, too,” says Carvalho. The system was designed and installed by Colorado-based Independent Power Systems.

TODAY: EPA Administrator to Keynote National Council for Science & the Environment Conference

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will give a keynote address today at the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment. Administrator McCarthy will discuss the cost of climate inaction and will address how climate actions, such as the Clean Power Plan, will drive innovation, spur opportunity, and create a clean energy economy.