Environmental Consulting Industry Leader Joins Real Estate Center Advisory Board
Scott Plein, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the George Mason Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) recently announced that Michael Rolband has joined the CREE Advisory Board as of March 6, 2018. Mr. Rolband, the founder and President of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI), is a recognized leader in the natural and water resources regulatory arena, including Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act issues, Wetland Delineation, Clean Water Act Permitting, Storm Water Regulation, and Wetland and Stream Restoration Design and Banking.
WSSI is a leading environmental consultant in the Mid-Atlantic region, assisting clients with development permitting and creating innovative solutions to water quality issues. The company grew from a development firm founded by Mr. Rolband in 1988 which specialized in environmentally-challenged sites. In 1991, the firm’s focus shifted to Clean Water Act permitting and the regulatory requirements of state and local water protection efforts. Over the last 27 years, WSSI has grown to 130 employees in four offices and has provided services and permit approvals on more than 7,500 projects, encompassing over 275,000 acres of development.
Mr. Rolband was also responsible for WSSI’s development of the first wetlands bank in Virginia in 1994 (the fourth such project in U.S.), the first mitigation bank to provide stream credits in Virginia in 2001, and the first urban stream bank in Virginia in 2006. The company has created and restored over 1,000 acres of wetlands and more than 44 miles of streams. Mr. Rolband was also instrumental in developing Virginia’s wetlands laws.
Mr. Rolband has testified before the U.S. Congress, and has lectured to numerous organizations on stormwater management, mitigation, wetlands and stream regulatory policy, and Chesapeake Bay Act Regulations. He has recently been appointed a professor of practice at the Cornell University College of Engineering.
In 2014, WSSI was acquired and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company. Davey Tree is a multinational corporation that provides tree, lawn care, and environmental consulting services throughout the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1880, making it the first national tree care company, and is the largest residential tree care company in North America. The company has over 9,000 employees and generated over $845 million of revenues in 2016.
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