Daryl Beardsley

Daryl Beardsley, Senior Environmental and Sustainability Consultant


Daryl Beardsley has a bachelor’s degree in in environmental studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a master’s degree in Technology and Policy Programs within the Department of Civil Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Daryl’s field of specialization is in industrial-environmental and related sustainability issues.

Projects undertaken by Ms. Beardsley have included:

  • modifying industrial processes for improved materials and energy use efficiency (leading to cost savings, business robustness, sustainability, environmental protection, etc.);
  • incorporating life cycle considerations into product design, manufacture, and selection;
  • managing facilities’ operations and maintenance for sustainability (e.g., for heating/cooling, water/wastewater, pollution prevention, painting, cleaning);
  • designing and developing risk and environmental management systems (including database systems for complex data tracking and analysis);
  • planning and implementing clean technology and waste minimization efforts;
  • assessing and supporting regulatory compliance and ISO certification;
  • inspecting environmental/sustainability performance of suppliers on behalf of manufacturers and recommending improvements thereof;
  • analyzing the technical, financial and administrative feasibility of proposed projects;
  • assisting corporations and government authorities in the formulation of new policies and programs;
  • identifying worker health and safety issues pursuant to improvement, training, etc.; and
  • liaising among diverse stakeholder groups for environmental, health, and safety issues.

Clients of Ms. Beardsley include private companies, international organizations, and government agencies.  Commercial and industrial clients have included: manufacturers (of automotive and aerospace parts, printed circuit boards, electronics, medical instruments, steel, pulp and paper, plywood, adhesives, fabric, printed materials, food and beverages, etc.); laboratories; chemical manufacturers; pharmaceutical R&D facilities; gasoline reformulaters; waste-to-energy incinerators; etc.  Clients range in size from small, single-facility establishments to large, multinational firms. Special policy and regulatory development, organizational environmental strategy formulation, research, technical assistance, and training projects have been undertaken with a variety of local, state, federal and international government authorities.  Some work is performed in conjunction with various engineering and legal firms.  She has lectured on environmental issues as well as taught environmental courses.  Ms. Beardsley has worked domestically in more than 20 states and internationally in more than 10 developed and developing countries.

Ms. Beardsley’s Public Service Affiliations include:

  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Industrial Pollution Prevention Outreach
  • Board of Health (present chairperson) and Water Commissioners, Sherborn, Massachusetts
  • Environmentally Desirable Practices Advisor to the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1993-99)
  • American Electroplaters’ and Surface Finishers’ Society (prior Board Member)
  • Massachusetts Small Business Environmental Regulatory Advisory Committee (prior)
  • Forum on Environmental Issues (Founder and prior Board Member)
  • Atlantic Fisheries Revitalization Project (prior Board Member)

The listing below captures some key aspects of those showcase projects where the results of her work were the most valuable.

Industrial-Environmental Management Systems (Including ISO 14K)  –

  • Provided decision support for environmental management integrated with strategic planning. Designed and developed systems and tools for managing and evaluating quantitative and qualitative information about operations. Decision support tools have included: trends analysis, discrepancy identification, threshold calculations, practical procedures, data chains/hierarchies, data organization, production tracking, issue prioritization, etc.;
  • Designed and/or developed customized, computerized chemical usage, waste generation database systems for industrial, commercial, and government organizations.  Each system was tailored to meet the unique needs of the organization and designed to integrate existing data systems to avoid redundancy of effort.  Example features of such systems include:
    • merging of (e.g., importing) data from different software systems;
    • chemical production and use tracking and reporting by process type, department, or location;
    • air emissions calculations based upon equipment operation parameters and fuel/chemical use;
    • management of regulated chemicals under multiple regulatory mandates with differing requirements;
    • tracking of wastes;
    • process/performance evaluation and control charting;
    • extraction of critical SDS information;
    • cross-linking of product information with individual chemical constituent data;
    • report generation according to user-preferred styles; and/or
    • enforcing consistency with ISO 14K principles.
  • Used existing software and networking systems to the extent possible, then supplemented with new, non-redundant, computerized procedures. Integrate multidimensional demands from diverse and/or distributed individual operations within the corporation;
  • Designed and applied environmental and waste minimization auditing procedures;
  • Calculated payback periods for process modification and other projects;
  • Incorporated environmental, health, and/or safety provisions into product procurement and contractual services agreements;
  • Developed award-winning Pollution Prevention Plans for the Clean State Initiative; and
  • Restructured a Department of Defense contractor’s process waste assessment guidelines and program in accordance with U.S. government objectives.

Industrial-Environmental Policy Development and Analysis – 

  • Determined the ability of data provided under existing federal reporting requirements to fulfill Chemical Use Inventory objectives, as proposed for amending Toxic Substances Control Act
    (TSCA) Inventory Update Rule. Formulated new data analysis formats;
  • Integrated pollution prevention into compliance options for wastewater discharge standards;
  • Compared costs and benefits of wastewater management options for Boston Harbor;
  • Developed methodology for determining the financial liabilities associated with water supply contamination (i.e., economic valuation of natural resource damage to aquifers); and
  • Performed product life-cycle analyses for re-manufacturable products.

Manufacturing Process Evaluation for Resource Use Efficiency and Pollution Prevention – 

  • Audited over 200 facilities (alone or with teams of facility employees and/or other professionals) to evaluate materials usage and handling, waste generation, options to modify processes for pollution prevention and recycling, and/or remediation needs;
  • Reduced sewered wastewater toxicity without media transfer of wastes; performed detailed source reduction assessments of 16 industrial
    facilities for a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority entailing:

    • technical specifications for material substitution, procedural changes, process modifications;
    • process sampling;
    • financial feasibility evaluations to assess the practicality of options;
    • an emphasis on reducing water use and toxic materials discharges to the sewer system;
    • attention to air emissions, solid waste disposal, and media transfer issues; and
    • substantial communication and coordination with facility personnel.
  • Investigated cooling water systems’ performance relative to chemical use and waste generation (for office buildings and various industries);
  • Resolved technical, legal and financial issues of materials recovery and recycling from non-functioning and obsolete products; and
  • Prepared and delivered pollution prevention technology workshops/courses for professionals.

Regulatory Compliance through Sustainable Practices – 

  • Provided half-time environmental, health and safety (EHS) management and support to multiple U.S. and foreign facilities of a worldwide, Fortune 100, high-tech firm (from 2007-2016):
    • Ensured compliance with corporate, local, state, federal and international regulations, standards and policies;
    • Oversaw and prepared regulatory reporting submittals;
    • Assessed and addressed new regulatory requirements;
    • Investigated emerging issues, particularly for sustainability and innovative technologies;
    • Communicated EHS requirements to employees and contractors of all levels and functions.
    • Extensively supported ISO certification (14K and 9K), LEED initiatives, and corporate social responsibility reporting.
  • Provided planning for corporate-wide and facility-level regulatory compliance including streamlined approaches, compliance verification, compliance maintenance methods, etc. Track regulatory trends and developments for integration into corporate management;
  • Investigated alternative organizational approaches to EHS corporate and regulatory standards harmonization for a multinational energy utility.  Evaluated challenges and benefits of varying
    degrees of corporate-wide adoption of consistent standards across facilities, U.S. states and countries.  Delved into technical details of consistency feasibility.
  • Developed an environmental management system in response to EPA investigations into the reformulated gasoline sector. Developed a Compliance Action Plan that included: clarification of
    procedures; data hierarchy establishment; improvement of data integrity; modified computerized systems for improved reconciliation; systems for on-going compliance management and review.
  • Provided strategic management planning in response to EPA violations at a worldwide analytical testing and laboratory enterprise. Developed a Corrective Action Plan which included: new data management procedures for enhanced quality and security; increased use of computerized systems; revised job responsibilities; new ethics program; expanded technical guidance to employees; systems for on-going compliance management and review. The Plan was EPA approved and its implementation was an explicit condition for continuing business operations.
  • Evaluated operations and data, provided planning and documentation, improve chemical management procedures, and prepared reporting packages for various regulatory requirements, including:
    • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA, TRI, Tier II);
    • Clean Air Act (emissions, ODS LDAR, etc.)
    • Toxics Use Reduction Act (compliance and planning);
    • REACH, RoHS, WEEE and other international requirements;
    • Toxic Substances Control Act;
    • Occupational Safety and Health Act;
    • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Planning;
    • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Planning;
    • Wastewater treatment plant operations and water supply management; and
    • Hazardous, universal, special, and solid waste management; and
    • Enforced data consistency across these and other regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Provided various environmental engineering services including identification of cost-saving wastewater management alternatives and improved emissions estimates.
  • Prepared environmental impact statements and permit applications for a variety of industrial and commercial activities and projects.
  • Evaluated economic and technical impacts of proposed industrial wastewater effluent standards.

Environmental Due Diligence / Property Transfer – 

  • Developed protocols for and performed environmental due diligence audits to identify existing or potential environmental liabilities pursuant to property and/or activity transfers for a wide range of commercial and industrial properties and operations across the U.S.;
  • Assisted with post-acquisition environmental performance and management enhancements for liability reduction and/or harmonization with corporate standards; and
  • Assessed the potential environmental liabilities at waste management and recycling facilities.

International Projects – 

International projects typically entailed: coordination with local government, research, NGO, and industrial entities; demonstration of sustainability concepts through facility-specific work; and collection and analysis of country-specific information (e.g., equipment and services availability, natural resource supply and pricing, regulations and special programs). Often trained local counterparts (e.g., government authorities, engineers, educators) in evaluation techniques and policy/program design principles.

A complete listing of these projects is available upon request.

Selected Presentations:

  • Training development and delivery, 2007-2016, Cisco Systems, Inc., (hazardous materials management; laboratory safety; Incident Command System; wetland resource protection measures; spill prevention, control and countermeasure planning, ISO 14K systems, etc.)
  • National Defense Industrial Association conference on Environment, Energy Security & Sustainability, 2012: speaker, “Sustainable Concepts – Introduction and Evolution” and “Strategic Materials – Private Sector Issues”
  • Regional Public Forum, 2000: panel member, “Technical Adequacy of the Environmental Impact Assessment for a Wastewater Treatment and Discharge Project”
  • U.S. EPA and World Environment Center symposium with Polish and Estonian Environmental Authorities, 1997: speaker, “Strategies for Engaging Industry in Pollution Prevention Pursuits”
  • Fortune 200 Industry Trade Association Meeting, 1996: speaker, “Industrial-Environmental Conditions and Challenges in Russia and Bulgaria – Implications for Joint Ventures”
  • Businesses for Social Responsibility Case Study, 1996: panel member, “Texas Instruments’ Corporate Environmental Programs”
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Summer National Meeting, 1995: session chair and speaker, “Managing America’s New Export: Environmental Technology”
  • New England Environmental Expo, 1993: speaker, “Source Reduction: A Means to Maintaining A Competitive Edge in Business”
  • Northeastern University, 1992: instructor, “Principles of Waste Minimization”
  • Law firms: lecturer, environmental due diligence concepts as they relate to legal negotiations (e.g., property transfer, liability apportionment)