Former NHDES Commissioner Tom Burack Joins Advisory Committee of the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council

(March 7, 2018, Manchester, NH) — Sheehan Phinney Shareholder Thomas S. Burack has been named to the Advisory Committee of the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council (NHCTC)-, effective immediately. The firm has also joined the NHCTC as a member.

“The New Hampshire Clean Tech Council is helping to build a vibrant, dynamic and healthy future for our state’s economy and environment, and I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to contribute further inquiry, insights and innovation to this vital mission,” said Tom Burack, Shareholder at Sheehan Phinney and former Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. “Strengthening New Hampshire’s position as one of the best states in which to live, work and play will depend on making sustainable, cutting edge clean tech solutions a part of the very bedrock of the Granite State.”

The NHCTC was formed in 2013 as the business group of the NH Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA), a statewide non-profit – They are committed to advancing the awareness, deployment, and success of the clean tech industry by fueling the development of a viable NH innovation economy that will create new jobs, skills, and investments to strengthen the state’s economy.

“As a highly experienced professional who has worked extensively on energy and environmental issues for decades in New Hampshire, the value that Tom adds to our Advisory Committee cannot be overstated,” said Michael Behrmann, Director of NHCTC. “We feel extremely fortunate to have Tom join our efforts to create more jobs, improve our environment, and drive economic growth and community vitality by fostering the growth of our state’s clean tech industries.”

Burack is a nationally recognized strategic leader in the fields of environmental and energy regulation, as well as organizational management and governance.  He served as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services from 2006-2016, and in that capacity helped to form and lead the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, led the development of the NH Climate Action Plan, chaired the New Hampshire Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Committee, served on the NH Water Sustainability Commission, and helped craft the Northeast Ocean Plan. In addition, Burack played a key role in bringing continuous process improvement and collaborative leadership approaches to the executive branch of New Hampshire state government and spearheaded creation of E-Enterprise for the Environment, a shared governance approach among US EPA, states and tribal governments to modernize the business of environmental protection and regulation in the United States.


The NH Clean Tech Council is a membership-based organization that advocates and represents NH’s clean tech and clean energy sectors, promoting the economic benefits of a thriving clean tech industry for the Granite State. NHCTC is the business group of the NH Sustainable Energy Association, the only statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated exclusively to clean energy education and advocacy.

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