Alec MacLeod is an environmental scientist who combines his professional work with a strong emphasis on public service and works. Alec has had an extensive and varied work history, including (sequentially) as a logger, builder, arborist and consulting forester prior to his over 20 years as an environmental scientist and hydrologist. This diverse experience has placed him in contact with people from all walks of life, all levels of education, and across the full spectrum of power and responsibility.
Alec has worked with hundreds of clients, from private landowners to business interests to municipalities and governmental organizations, generating and focused project approach to address the goals or problems at hand. He has investigated watersheds of water bodies suffering degradation, and has identified and designed actions to remediate both the sources and consequences of the damage by taking a landscape level approach to land and resource management. His pro-active integrity, experience and education have earned him excellent working relationships with individuals and organizations throughout both public and private sectors.
Alec has risen to a lead position in almost every activity he has engaged, including first chair cellist in his school orchestras, Senior Patrol Leader in Boy Scouts, unit leader in the Navy, President of the UMass Veterans Service Organization, and Chair of any number of committees, commissions and boards over the years. This is not necessarily due to extraordinary abilities, but primarily because of a clear willingness to step up to a challenge, take charge of the work and its flow, and to follow through to the conclusion of the task at hand.
In Alec's Own Words:
“Over the last several years, I’ve become interested in generating real change in the world by focusing on how humans manage themselves, manipulate their environments, and contain the consequences of their activities.
“The conversion of biowastes by means of pyrolysis to various forms of energy, and biochar, offers substantive opportunities to make serious and positive change - to reduce human misery, improve agricultural activities and the general quality of life, and to create employment opportunities for a great many people across human societies.”