LSPA’s WES Professional Practice Grant

The Wesley E. Stimpson (WES) Professional Practice Grant was created to commemorate the exemplary leadership, dedication and service of Wesley E. Stimpson, PE, LSP, to the professional practice of hazardous waste site cleanup and to the LSP Association. The grant is to be used for the advancement of the professional practice of Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs).   

Grant applications are accepted and grant awards are made on a rolling basis throughout the year, subject to available funding. Individual grant amounts may vary based on the level of effort required and available funding, up to a maximum grant amount of $7,500 for each individual grant.

The LSPA encourages members to develop and submit proposals for WES Grant funds.  

The following criteria will apply to grant applications: 

  • The applicant must be a full or associate member of the LSP Association.
  • The effort will produce a tangible product that is available as a resource to the membership. Examples include a white paper, newsletter article, meeting presentation, webinar.
  • The product will advance the state of the practice of rendering LSP Opinions or the professionalism of LSPs participating in the MCP program, or will educate the public and participating parties as to the contributions made by practicing LSPs.
  • The level of effort and the tangible product itself are beyond the typical level of effort or work product that normally come out of regular LSPA committee or board volunteer work.
  • The product will be produced in a reasonable timeframe, typically six months or less. Longer projects will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • The applicant will contribute in kind time, services or materials of at least a similar value to the award amount requested.
  • All applicants are expected to include specific measurable project goals and timelines in their proposals. Grant awards are subject to a Memorandum of Understanding between the LSPA and the Grantee that documents the grant use, goals and conditions.

Here is a brief description of recently awarded grants:

$5,000 Grant awarded in April 2022 to Stephen Boynton, Subsurface Environmental Solutions, LLC
Proposal entitled:  “High Viscosity LNAPL Recoverability Assessment"
Study completed in Fall 2022
       Presented at December 2022 LSPA Member Meeting (Presentation Slides, Video)

$7,500 Grant awarded in October 2021 to R. Duff Collins, Matt Jones & Cathy Rockwell, Woodard & Curran, Inc.; and Jim Occhialini, Alpha Analytical
Proposal entitled:  "Evaluation of PFAS in Rain Across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"
Study completed in Spring 2022
Presented at May 18, 2022 LSPA Member Meeting (Presentation Slides, Video)
$5,000 Grant awarded in June 2021 to Jonathan D. Kitchen, LSP, Civil & Environmental Consultants (CEC)
Proposal entitled:  “PFAS in New England: Ubiquitous or Not? An Assessment of Data from Known Sites”
Study completed in Winter 2022
Presentation at April 14, 2022 LSPA Member Meeting (Presentation Slides, Video

$2,100 Grant awarded in Fall 2017 to Daniel Difrancesco, Member, BSU Student Chapter of the LSP Association, Department of Geological Sciences, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA; Sponsored by Michael A. Penzo, LSP
Proposal entitled:  “Evaluation of Elevated Background Concentrations of Lead in Urban Fill in the City of Boston, Massachusetts” 
Study completed in Spring 2018
Presentation at April 2018 LSPA Member Meeting (Presentation Slides, Video Recording Not Available)

$5,000 Grant awarded in Spring 2014 to Richard Rago, Lead Scientist and Kristina McCarthy, Senior Scientist, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Boston, MA 
Proposal entitled Background Indoor Air Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Air-Phase Petroleum Hydrocarbons (APH) in Office Buildings, Commercial Buildings, and Schools”      
Study completed in Spring 2015
Presentation at June 2015 LSPA Member Meeting (Presentation SlidesVideo)

The LSPA is pleased to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to contribute to advancing the practice, and we encourage interested members to apply for a grant. Learn more about the WES Professional Practice Grant application process here or complete the application form today!

Please contact Wendy Rundle, Executive Director, at 617-977-4304 with any questions.