The Federal Managers Association has named as its Manager of the Year Kenneth A. Westlake, deputy director of the tribal and multimedia programs office of the EPA’s Chicago regional office and president of the FMA chapter there.
He is a 41-year employee of the agency who since 2000 has managed the region’s implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act; previously he was the state relations manager for Illinois and Michigan in the office of the regional administrator.
Said an announcement, “Ken has achieved numerous accomplishments as the NEPA program manager, with his efforts directly translating to preserving and improving the Great Lakes environment for all generations of Americans. He is credited with adopting efficient processes to streamline the review process, allowing EPA to do more with fewer resources.
“Ken has improved many major infrastructure projects in his tenure, resulting in reduced impacts to wetlands and upland habitats, protecting groundwater in sensitive geological areas, promotion of transit-oriented development, protection of a hazardous waste sites and cleanups, and other improvements to water quality, air quality, waste management, and habitats. He also successfully reduced noise impacts for thousands of multifamily residents on the O’Hare Airport Modernization Project,” it said.
The award recognizes accomplishments in the workplace and community and involvement in the FMA at the chapter, regional or national levels.