Environmental consultant based in Park City
When Joseph Martone, a Park City resident for 15 years, interviewed for a job with the Virginia-based task management company Serco, he was prepared for a potential cross-country move. To his delight, the company offered him two options: he could either move to Vienna, Va., or he could work out of his hometown. On Nov. 1, Martone opened a Serco office in the Park City Gateway Business Center. Martone, the senior environmental consultant for Serco North America, will help government companies outsource services and develop environmental planning. "I think Park City is starting to have critical mass where they can attract businesses that aren’t related to our recreational business" Martone said. Serco, a $3 billion international company, employs 41,000 people for U.S. government projects. Seventy percent of Serco’s employees live in the communities where they work. Martone said half of his work will focus on Utah projects, and the rest will be conducted throughout the U.S. and Canada. Other Serco employees located in Utah include 11 air traffic control workers in Ogden and Provo, more than 25 U.S. army recruiters in Salt Lake City and Sandy and a work team at Fort Douglas that assists families of deployed reservists and National Guard troops. One of Martone’s first Utah jobs, if approved, will be a several-year project with Hill Air Force Base, located south of Ogden. Martone said Hill Air Force Base releases chemicals during maintenance repairs, such as paint stripping and surface coating of aircrafts. There is contaminated soil and groundwater, which the base cleans up through an ongoing environmental program. The federal government awarded Hill Air Force base a design and engineering support contract two months ago. The primary contractors invited Serco to join their team, and Hill Air Force Base submitted a proposal that should be approved or denied by the federal government by January, Martone said. If the proposal is approved, Martone would assist Hill Air Force Base with clean up compliance or pollution prevention planning. Martone served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a bioenvironmental engineer. From 1995 to 2002 he contributed to the Environmental Advisory Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics and in 2003 he served as the indoor environmental air quality leader on Salt Lake City’s High Performance Building Initiative Task Force. He also served as president and chairman of the board of the international Air and Waste Management Association in 2004.
Although most of Martone’s environmental work in Utah took place in Salt Lake City, he hopes Park City will adopt an aggressive attitude toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving energy. By using bio-diesel instead of petroleum products, recycling and participating in environmentally friendly home building, Martone said Parkites can improve the local air quality and environment. "Our vision is that Park City, Utah will become a center of environmental excellence," he said. Serco’s office is located at 136 Heber Ave., suite 204, on the second floor of the Park City Gateway Business Center. For more information call 655-3640 or visit http://www.serco.com.
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