CEM’s John Mettee III reappointed chair for State Board for Professional Land Surveyors

(Bel Air, MD – August 28, 2015) Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan recently reappointed CEM’s John Mettee III to a third term as member and chair of the state Board for Professional Land Surveyors. Mr. Mettee will serve an additional, five-year term, supporting the surveying accountability and legislative efforts throughout Maryland. Mr. Mettee was sworn in today during a small ceremony, with Chief Deputy Clerk Linda Settle presiding on behalf of Harford County Clerk of the Court Jim Reilly.

With 42 years in the surveying and engineering industry, Mettee possesses the industry knowledge and legislative expertise, as well as the leadership abilities to make a strong difference for the profession, state and CEM’s clients. Since joining the CEM team, Mettee has been an integral component in building a robust, full-service surveying team to meet the needs of CEM’s growing client base. Additionally, in his associate role he provides oversight and consultation in surveying, design, layout and site planning.

“Through his reappointment as member and chair of the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors, the Governor reaffirmed his confidence in John’s leadership and industry expertise,” said Stephanie Hau, CEM president and CEO. “Through his continued dedication to this significant leadership role for the state, John will be able to further assist CEM in achieving our mission of improving the community through every facet of our organization. We are all very proud of John’s continued passion and commitment to this organization.”

In his role as chair during his previous term on the Board, Mr. Mettee made numerous contributions to the critical initiatives of the state Board. Most notably, he actively assisted in passing legislation in May 2015, HB720 – Architects, Landscape Architects, and Professional Land Surveyors – Firm Permits, to help ensure compliance of the existing Firm Permit Law.

The Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors qualifies and licenses persons seeking licensure to practice as a professional land surveyor. In addition, the Board provides regulatory services in investigating complaints against licensees, as well as complaints related to unlicensed practice and issuing appropriate discipline via a reprimand, suspension or revocation of a license. As a regulatory body, the Board brings credibility through accountability to the profession, ultimately making a positive difference for all Marylanders.

Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) is a full-service environmental consulting firm providing the technical expertise and regulatory knowledge to help protect, restore, responsibly develop and manage land and water resources to improve communities. Serving as a trusted environmental advisor, CEM supports clients who require services to responsibly manage the natural resources that affect their business concerns. Solving clients’ environmental challenges, CEM carefully considers the complex inter-relationships of the environmental sciences, including: geology, hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, geography, and engineering.

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CEM receives 2015 SmartCEO Cornerstone Award for positive impact on the community

(Bel Air, Maryland: August 13, 2015) In honor of its continued quest to improve the community, the CEM team, represented by leadership and team members, were on-hand to receive the 2015 SmartCEO Cornerstone Award yesterday during a live announcement at an awards luncheon held at The Grand in Baltimore.

The Cornerstone Award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of local business and honors the contributions and achievements of the 30 top businesses in the Baltimore metro area for their positive economic impact and serving as model stewards of the community. Finalist companies represent all business sizes and industry segments, which have made a positive impact on job creation and retention, market competition and philanthropy.

“The SmartCEO Cornerstone Award truly reflects the contributions of the entire CEM team, I would like to extend my gratitude to each and everyone CEM employee for working hard everyday to improve communities,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “Our Harford County business community, private citizens and public servants work every day to make our home an amazing place to live and work for all our citizens. In Harford County, we live by the advice of Ben Franklin who said ‘Speak little, do much.’”

CEM, a full-service environmental consulting firm headquartered in the small, suburban town of Bel Air, Maryland, seeks to improve the community in which they live and work through every facet of their operation. CEM utilizes a holistic approach to improving the human condition, which begins with responsible stewardship and efficient use of tax funding to conduct environmental projects. In addition to stewardship, CEM participates in community and public service initiatives, individually and collectively. Finally, CEM conducts an annual giving program, with five percent of annual profits donated back to local nonprofit organizations.

“It’s no secret that Greater Baltimore is home to some of the region’s most impactful companies. Moreover, they have become part of the fabric of the communities in which they reside,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events. “These companies are economic drivers, innovators and exemplary community stewards — they are true cornerstones of their communities. For that, we honor them.”

In addition to CEM, each business honored as a finalist for the Cornerstone Award will be profiled in the July/August 2015 issue of SmartCEO magazine. For more information on the SmartCEO Cornerstone Award, visit www.smartceo.com/baltimore-cornerstone-awards/.



CEM awards funding to local organizations as part of its annual giving program

(Bel Air, MD – August 6, 2015) With a continued commitment to the community and support of local initiatives, Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) recently awarded grants to five local organizations International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Edgewood High School, Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC), Harford Family House, Casey Cares Foundation and the Baltimore Community Foundation — as part of its annual giving program.

“As a team, we strive to focus on maintaining vibrant communities in all that we do and it begins with offering support to local, philanthropic organizations to allow them to grow and thrive, ultimately providing the means necessary to deliver resources to the community,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “We strongly believe in the missions of these organizations and their efforts to improve the human condition.”

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) at Edgewood High School encourages high school students across Harford County to recognize their common humanity. With an overall goal to develop internationally minded young adults in an effort to promote peace on a global scale, the IB Program develops knowledgeable and caring youth, who express the motivation and drive to improve the world around them. The IB program intends to use the CEM grant support to provide students with educational field trips, as well as summer activities for all students and their families to increase communication between the school community and home.

Driven to achieve a safe and dignified community, CEM also awarded a grant to the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC), an organization working to build a safer Harford County by offering support to victims, potential victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking to members of the community. The awarded funds will support the salary of one attorney who provides free representation to SARC clients, a necessary resource for a majority of members in need.

“SARC is grateful to CEM for their partnership and financial support of SARC’s legal services program. As Federal funding continues to be reduced, private companies like CEM that choose to focus donations on programs that impact the community are what will keep these vital services available to Harford County’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Luisa Caiazzo, executive director of SARC.

As the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County, CEM chose the Harford Family House as a 2015 grant recipient to enable the organization to provide housing resources and support, which will allow a local family to move from homelessness to permanent, stable housing. Through its mission, the Harford Family House seeks to end homelessness in Harford County by providing: emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing assistance; support with supplies, transportation and case management assistance; and educational services with a range of life skills workshops for our county’s homeless population.

Through CEM’s efforts to give back to the community, the Casey Cares Foundation was named a 2015 grant recipient. The foundation is dedicated to providing inspirational programs with a personal touch designed to uplift critically ill children and their families. Serving children at local hospitals, the Casey Cares Foundation builds personal relationships with the children and their families. This personal touch allows the organization to tailor programs and activities specific to the needs of the families whom it serves throughout the duration of the child’s illness and beyond.

CEM awarded a financial grant to the Baltimore Community Foundation to support the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. The recently established fund seeks to repair the physical and emotional damage created by recent events in Baltimore City in an effort to strengthen the community for the future. Established in 1972 with a focus on education and neighborhoods, the Baltimore Community Foundation supports initiatives to improve access to transportation, increasing home values, educational opportunities for middle school students and increasing neighborhood sustainability, to name a few.

With community-centric focus, CEM continues to give back by providing support for a sustainable future through every aspect of the organization. Serving as good stewards of contractual funds for environmental projects through efficient and effective work strategies, to its annual giving program and continued support for local small businesses allows CEM to work to contribute to the betterment of the community.

For more information on each of the 2015 CEM grant recipients, visit them on the web at www.HCPS.org (International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School); www.SARC-maryland.org (SARC); www.harfordfamilyhouse.org (Harford Family House); www.caseycares.org (Casey Cares Foundation); and www.BCF.org (Baltimore Community Foundation).

Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) is a full-service environmental consulting firm providing the technical expertise and regulatory knowledge to help protect, restore, responsibly develop and manage land and water resources to improve communities. Serving as a trusted environmental advisor, CEM supports clients who require services to responsibly manage the natural resources that affect their business concerns. Solving clients’ environmental challenges, CEM carefully considers the complex inter-relationships of the environmental sciences, including: geology, hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, geography, and engineering.