Meet the team: Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith– Environmental Specialist
Today we meet Lisa Smith, one of our top Environmental Consultants, who has been hard at work with the EPA in recent months.
Like many of us, Lisa Smith wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after completing her Leaving Cert in 2002. But when she saw Environmental Science on the CAO form it all became clear. “I’ve had an interest in the environment since I can remember. I was always into recycling. I remember giving out to my granny for not separating her rubbish! Realising her calling, Lisa completed a three year Bachelor of Science in Environmental Monitoring at Dundalk Institute of Technology and hasn’t looked back since.
Learning her Trade
After completing her degree, Lisa went on to Sligo Institute of Technology acquiring an Honours Degree in Environmental Science and Technology before beginning work with Cavan County Council as an Environmental Technician. “My main duties were the enforcement of Environmental Legislation which included pollution investigations, farm surveys, water monitoring, sampling and analysis, so it prepared me well for my work with EES/Noonan.”
Joining the Team
In January 2012, Lisa became one of the first members of our Environmental Division as an Environmental Inspector contracted to the FOG Office of the Dublin City Council. Her main duties include carrying out environmental inspections of food service establishments and enforcing legislation. “I report and issue letters based on these inspections and provide guidance and education to food business operators.”Lisa explains. “Additionally, I have conducted a 3 month market survey of retailers throughout Ireland to check compliance with Energy Labelling Regulations and Eco-design Regulations.”
The EPA seeks Lisa’s expertise
Recently, Lisa was contracted as an Environmental Inspector for the Emissions Trading, Chemicals and Producer Responsibility Unit of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This involves the enforcement of regulations concerning ozone depleting substances and fluorinated greenhouse gases. “As Environmental Inspector I was also involved with issuing correspondence with guidance and information to contractors involved in equipment containing controlled substances.”
Thanks to Lisa’s sterling work, the EPA now has a user friendly database of contractors which they can work off and the level of awareness and compliance in this area has significantly increased.After the success of this project, Lisa’s expertise was again requested by the EPA this April. She has been contracted to survey and report on Halon ‘critical use’ during 2013. (Prohibited under European law, Halon can be used in limited situations, which is known as critical use)
When she’s not busy making the world a greener place, Lisa likes to attend festivals and concerts, socialize with friends, and walk her two dogs in a forest near her home.