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December 4, 2011 Environmentalist of the Month, Green Blog 1 Comment


Lawrence Latour, December’s Environmentalist of the Month










December 4, 2011

Gaithersburg, MD

By: Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin


22-year-old Lawrence LaTour of Gaithersburg, MD is a recent college grad whose education in environmental sciences has paid off. Lawrence has joined the ranks of the employed as an associate engineer for Hazen and Sawyer, an environmental engineering firm.

His interest in engineering, how things work, compounded with environmental studies that started at the Poolesville High School’s magnet ecology program influenced Lawrences’ future studies.

“I studied global ecology at Poolesville and there I really became aware about the environment. We also had field trips every couple of weeks. I learned how to identify 60 different native plants and different tree species,” said Lawrence.

Applying to colleges, Lawrence was interested in teaching and engineering. The University of Delaware’s engineering programs grabbed his attention though. He graduated this spring with a major in environmental studies and a minor in civil engineering.

Spending time outdoors since a child, Lawrence has used his love for nature combined with all he has learned about ecology to teach children every summer during college at the Naturalist Audobon Society in Bethesda, MD. He created classes for kids to teach them how to identify native plants while hiking and learning about nature.

Today, as an associate engineer, Lawrence is outside every day throughout the DC metro area working on replacing manholes and managing crews working on Hazen and Sawyer water quality issues.

When asked what environmental issue Lawrence considers to be the most important one for the future he talked about water quality.

“ It is my major concern because potable water is becoming increasingly scarce in 3rd world countries. The impact is being felt in the US, especially in the Midwest where legislation regulates water usage. Water is essential for survival and it will have a more immediate impact than other environmental problems like global warming or pollution, “ said Lawrence.

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  1. Thanks for highlighting key players in water quality! We need more heros like Lawrence.

    Paul Hlavinka, President

    Muddy Branch Alliance

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