Sustainable Development Extension Services: Empowering Communities to become their own agent of change to proactively determine and achieve sustainable self sufficiency.

Statement of Qualifications
 Founder and Executive Director -- Stephen Forbes PhD, P.E., P.G. 

Dr. Stephen Forbes is registered professional engineer (P.E.-environmental) and hydrogeologist (P.G.-hydrogeologist) with 35 years  of experience in the environmental field.  He founded Forbes Environmental Engineering in 1984 and has been in private practice since, specializing in resolving environmental problems mitigating environmental concerns, and assessing water resources. Conducted environmental site investigations, ground water and risk assessments, remediation oversight, and regulatory compliance audits, and served as project engineer and manager for projects ranging from $15,000 to $5,000,000. Clients included small businesses, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies, with projects located throughout the western United States, Alaska, Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, and New York as well as Costa Rica and Mexico.  

His environmental management experience covers a wide range of  industries including:  mining, energy, oil refineries, smelters, uranium processing, manufacturing plants, hospitals, as well as Superfund sites,  municipal landfills  and underground storage tanks (hazardous waste, gasoline and diesel), including environmental audits, management systems, and liability risk management. Through this broad background Dr. Forbes has attained an expert status in environmental and hydrogeology fields.

He has over 10 years of  (intermittent) experience in developing countries including India, Cambodia, Ghana, Mexico, Thailand and Uganda working with com munities to prepare and implement their own sustainable development extension plans to eradicate extreme poverty through proactive participatory community mobilization and capacity building to ensure self reliance and continuous improvement (PhD studies)


·     Post Doctorate-implementation of SuDex and application of appropriate technology.                        Ongoing

·      PhD,    Environmental Engineering and Sciences with honors,  Uni. of TX-El Paso;                                      8/00-5/09

·      M.Sc., Environmental Sciences, University of Texas,  San Antonio,                                                             9/79-8/82               

·      B.Sc.,  Mining Engineering (concentration-environmental), UN-Reno, Nevada,                                           1/69-5/73

·      AA.     Engineering technician,   Shasta College, Redding, Calif.                                                                  9/67-5/69

·      Numerous professional development workshops (Certificates available upon request)


·        PhD-Dissertation (5/2009), Sustainable Development Extension Plan (SUDEX): Community mobilization through proactive participation and synergistic alliance to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable self sufficiency.

·         Bryse, Gaboury, et. al. (5/2009) , Providing a reliable irrigation system to support a community in need, American Society of Civil Engineers, Met Section , New York City, NY


·        Forbes, S. and C.D. Turner (publication pending). Sustaining Continuous Increases in the reduction of poverty, Consilience, Columbia University’s Journal of Sustainable Development.

·         Forbes, S. and C.D. Turner (2008). Strategic sustainable development extension plan to alleviate poverty, LBJ Journal of Public Affairs, 19, 93 – 102.


·         Forbes, S. (2007)          Social Responsibility Engineering;  Good water neighbors;  Community Planning Studies Middle East Delegation (Israel, Palestine, Jordan), University of Texas, Austin,  U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs UTEP Grant (PI-Ed Hamlyn, UTEP).


·     Forbes, S. (2006),   Water work in developing countries; National Ground Water Association, 2006 Ground Water Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada.


·         Forbes, S. (2004). Industrial Sustainability as an Aspect of Community Sustainability (In Developing Countries), Air Waste Management Association, 2004 Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.


·         Forbes, S.  (accepted for publication-2010),   Integrated water management resource studies to address drought, famine and floods in Ghana and Uganda (Surface water),  American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental Water Resource Institute, 2010 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Providence, Rhode Island.


·         Forbes, S.  (submitted for publication-2010),   Integrated water management resource studies to address drought, famine and floods in Ghana and Uganda (Groundwater),  National Ground Water Association, Association of Groundwater Scientist and Engineers. 2010 Groundwater Summit, Denver Colorado.


PROFESSIONAL REPORTS (list available upon request)

Authored over a hundred peer and legally reviewed professional technical and regulatory reports most of which are in the 

Federal (EPA) and/or State public records, and all of which are prepared to hold up in a court of law.  The reports addressed

Remedial Investigations(RI), Remediation Feasibility Studies (FS),  Environmental Endangerment Assessments (EA),

Environmental Impact Studies (NEPA, EIS),  Corrective Action Plans, Ground Water Assessments,  Water Availability

Studies, Environmental Site Assessments(Phase 1,2 & 3 ESA), Health and Safety Plans, Risk Assessments (RA and TRRP),

Environmental Management Plans (EMP and EMS), Statistical Analysis and QA/QC, Storm Water Management Pollution

Prevention Plans (SW3P) and Spill Prevention Control and  Countermeasure Plans (SPCCP).


·         Registered Professional Engineer-Texas 58584

·         Licensed Professional Geoscientist-Texas 3181

·         Certified Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Health and Safety Training (HAZWOPER)

·         Corrective Action Project Manager –Texas-00867

·         Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)-Enviromentor (provides pro bono support to small disadvantages businesses to comply with regulations and resolve environmental issues).



·         Outstanding  Environmental Science and  Engineering Graduate Student-UTEP Honors program (5/2009)

·         Engineers Without Borders 2008 Founders Award

·         National Science Foundation Scholarship (2000-2005)

·         1st Phase EPA P3 Grant Award, 2008, $10,000 (Co PI with EWB Columbia for Uganda Project;

·         2nd phase EPA P3 Grant Award, 2009, $75,000 (Co-PI-with EWB Columbia for Ghana Project)

·         2nd Phase EPA P3 Grant Award, 2007, Honorable mention (Co PI with EWB Columbia for Ghana Project)

·         1st Phase EPA P3 Grant Award, 2006, $10,000 (Co-PI-with EWB Columbia for Ghana Project)



·         Engineers Without Borders-Professional advisor

o    Columbia University: Ghana -Public latrine, Rainwater Harvesting,  SUDEX Plan

o    California Polytechnic State University: Thailand-Slow Sand Filter, water resource assessment.

o    NYC Professional Chapter: Cambodia- dam design and irrigation system restoration

o    Uganda and Ghana National Chapter-Founder

o    University of Texas-Mexico

·         Participated in Friends of Earth fact gathering delegation from Israel, Jordan and Palestine to US regarding transboundary cleanup of the Jordan River.

·         Engineering advisor to Colorado Friends of the Lost Boys/Found Men organization. The Lost Boys, now young men, have already built a health clinic for their community and now seek to build a school. 

·         Environmental engineering assistance in India with International Senior Executive Corp.  Assisted in developing an environmental management system for a large cement plant in the remote regions of Rajashathan.

·         AWMA/PTP environmental delegation to China;

·         Volunteers In Probation, working with gang youth in San Antonio



·         Association of Ground Water Engineers and Scientist (NGWA.)

·         Society of Mining Engineers (Environmental)

·         American Society of Civil Engineers (Environmental and Water Resource Institute)

·         Engineers Without Borders-USA and International

·         Member of San Antonio Scientific Advisory Board

·         Texas Commission on Environmental Quality-Small Business Technical Assistance Advisory Board

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (list of projects available upon request) 

·        Advancing Engineering, New York, NY                                                                                                2007-present
Cofounder and Acting Chairman of the Board

Founder and Executive Director

·        FORBES ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, San Antonio, Texas;                                                                10/88-Present   Founder and President –Environmental engineering consultant

·        University of Texas san Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 78249                                                            9/03-12/2003
Adjunct professor - Environmental Science

·         INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CORP., Austin, Texas                                                                               9/87-10/88

      Senior Project Engineer/Project Manager


·         RESOURCE & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES (now Forbes Env. Eng.)                                                          3/84-9/87

       Independent Consulting Engineer & Hydrologist


·        STANDARD INDUSTRIES, San Antonio, Texas                                                                                                 3/83-9/84    Environmental Engineer  (Battery manufacturer)

·         SOLUTION ENGINEERING, Falls City, Texas                                                                                                   6/76-3/83

       Environmental and Hydrogeologic Engineer  (Uranium tailing reclamation)


·         WYOMING MINERALS, Casper, Wyoming (subsidiary of Westinghouse)                                                          3/74- 6/76

        Senior District Engineer (Uranium in situ mining)


·         INTERPACE CORP.,  Willsboro, New York                                                                                                       6/73-3/74

      Mining/Plant & Environmental Engineer


·         College Student- part time and summer jobs; Nevada, California, Alaska                                                              1967-1973

·         Surface and underground miner-magnesite, copper, gold, silver; Nevada                                                               1964-1967

·         Viet Nam Era Veteran (USAF)-Crash rescue. Honorable Discharge                                                                     1960-1964

·         Ranch hand-Colorado and Nevada  (Born NYC; left 1956)                                                                                 1956-1960