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Mary Bean - Vice President, FirstCarbon SolutionsRGB

Mary Bean
Director, Environmental Services, FirstCarbon Solutions, an ADEC Innovation

Mary brings 24+ years of experience in land use planning, with considerable experience leading and facilitating complex projects.

She specializes in developing streamlined approaches to environmental analysis to satisfy requirements at the local, state, and national levels.

Mary started her career at Santa Barbara County Resource Management Department, evaluating the environmental effects of development projects throughout the County, and helping to implement the County’s mitigation monitoring program.  She worked as a planner in South Africa for three years under a Grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), evaluating growth in rural townships, creating a plan for township redevelopment in the Eastern Cape, and assessing the volume of families eligible for a government stipend for housing following the election of President Nelson Mandela. 

For the past 20 years Mary has been based in the San Francisco bay area, where she focuses on making land use more sustainable and resilient.  Mary leads a team of planners and archaeological, biological, noise, air quality, and greenhouse gas technical staff in evaluating land development projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  She also leads teams in the development of web-based tools used to monitor and report on progress towards sustainability goals.