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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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Tom Easterly has worked on environmental issues in both government and business for nearly 40 years. He was appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 and reappointed by Governor Mike Pence in 2013.

After obtaining his MS in Urban-Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, Tom joined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation where he held various engineering positions in the Air and Solid and Hazardous Waste Divisions. Tom then joined Bethlehem Steel Corporation as their corporate air pollution expert. Tom later was promoted to Superintendent of Environmental Services for Bethlehem Steel’s Burns Harbor Division in Northwest Indiana. As Bethlehem was approaching bankruptcy, Tom joined NiSource (a utility holding company) as Manager, Environmental Planning & Improvement and later served as President of Environmental Business Strategies, Inc., an environmental consulting firm he started in 2002.

He is a past chairman of the Air and Waste Management Association’s Iron and Steel Committee and a past President of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center. Tom has earned the designations of: Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) from the American Academy of Environmental Engineering; Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice; and Professional Engineer from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York.

Tom walks to work from his downtown Indianapolis home to avoid contributing unnecessary emissions into the atmosphere.

Detailed biography on Commissioner Thomas Easterly

Commissioner's Speeches

Commissioner Easterly's Hoosiers Care Video Message

Earlier presentations may be found in the speeches archive.