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Henry S. Cole & Associates, Incorporated: Environmental Sciences & Communications

Hank & Eriberto

Hank (Henry S.) Cole with Sarayaku Cinematographer Eriberto Gualinga

Henry S. Cole & Associates (HCA), founded in 1993, provides scientific support for client efforts to protect and restore the environmental health of communities.  Our clients include national environmental organizations, plaintiff’s attorneys, community organizations and indigenous communities.  Our mission help communities reduce exposures and risks to environmental pollutants, to preserve ecosystems, and to redevelop in ways that are environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial. Examples of projects. 

Communications: HCA’s media projects aim to increase public awareness of the critical connections between economics, politics and the environment.

To this end HCA has provided  content and advice to  numerous documentary film makers (for example ) and news outlets. See for example, see Prince George’s County, Maryland Cable Channel  coverage of the environmental dangers of coal ash.

HCA is currently partnering with the Kichwa Sarayaku indigenous community in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest to produce a fictional motion picture, A  Shaman’s Journey, dramatizing the critical role of indigenous peoples as defenders of the rainforests, exemplars of sustainability, and guardians of what is best in humanity.

Professor Cole

Hank Cole

Henry S. Cole, Ph.D.  Cole has nearly forty years of experience as an environmental scientist. He previously served as Science Director of the Clean Water Fund, and senior scientist and section chief with U.S. EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning.  During the 1970’s he taught environmental earth sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, organized some of the first Earth Day conferences and founded the Racine Area Clean Air Coalition He also served as a member of the Wisconsin State Air Pollution Control Council.


Awards: Dr.  Cole has won numerous achievement including:

  • Co-recipient of U.S. EPA’s residential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his scientific work in support of for ACQ a wood treatment product which replaced standard pressure treated wood preservative based on highly toxic chemicals arsenic and chromium.
  • The Clean Water Fund’s  Peoples Scientist Award for outstanding research and advocacy on behalf of the successful effort to strengthen the nation’s Superfund Law
  • The 2011 ACE Award for his scientific advocacy  for the remediation of the Occidental Chemical Petroleum Superfund Site (Pottstown, PA)
  • Heart of Illinois Sierra Club’s Environmental Hero Award “for exceptional efforts and dedication.”

Local Activism: Dr. Cole has a long history of  involvement in environmental issues affecting his own communities. He serves as a leader and expert in the opposition of two gas fired power plants proposed for southern Maryland and a Board member of the Chesapeake Sustainability Institute and Patuxent Riverkeeper.

Professional Organizations: Dr. Cole is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Meteorology Association, and the American Chemical Society.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bob Garcia permalink
    May 22, 2011 6:44 pm

    Hi Otis,
    The class reunion is scheduled for sometime this September. As I don’t have the information handy at this time, I can get more specific and get you contact information in a later email after you reply to this. It will be good to see you again after all these years!

  2. Henry S. Cole, Ph.D. permalink*
    December 9, 2010 10:20 am

    Jeff, there is a great article that cuts to the heart of the matter; written by Chris Lang it appears in the REDD Monitor. Check it out.


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