Henry S. Cole, Ph.D., the President of Henry S. Cole & Associates, Inc. (founded 1992), is an environmental and atmospheric scientist with more than 40 years of experience in academics, government, environmental organizations and business. He has provided scientific and strategic support to numerous legal, environmental and
community organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Areas of expertise include:
- Air pollution and odorous emissions from a variety of sources including landfills, incinerators, power plants, cement kilns, and industrial plants.
- Air pollution meteorology, air quality modeling, and exposure assessments.
- Environmental impacts of solid waste landfills
- Hazardous waste site cleanup
Major Award: Dr. Cole was awarded EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2002) for his scientific support for environmentally safe, arsenic- and chromium-free wood preservatives treatment alternatives.
Education: Cole obtained his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin in 1969. He earned a BS with high honors at Rutgers University (1965) with majors in soil science and meteorology.
Faculty research and teaching: As an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1969-1977)
- Cole conducted EPA-sponsored research on the air pollution problems affecting the Chicago-Milwaukee L,
- Michigan shoreline corridor. He co-authored numerous articles and reports including some of the earliest and most referenced journal articles on the air quality impact shoreline sources (e.g. power plants, urban emissions).
- Cole served as a member of the Wisconsin State Air Pollution Control Council during the 1970’s. Cole teaching
- included courses in meteorology, geology, environmental science, and air pollution meteorology.
U.S. EPA Senior Scientist: During the period 1977-1983, Dr. Cole served as a senior scientist at U.S. EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. Cole directed a section dealing with the application of point/stationary source, urban, and regional modeling to develop emission limits and ambient air strategies as part of the regulatory process.
Clean Water Fund/ Clean Water Action: From 1983-1993, Cole served as Science Director of Clean Water Fund a national environmental organization. Cole authored studies on EPA’s Superfund program, the impacts of municipal waste incinerators and mercury emissions and frequently testified before Congressional committees on issues pertaining
to Superfund cleanups, mercury emissions, solid waste management policies, and pollution prevention (e.g. alternatives to PCE-based dry cleaning).
Professional Associations: American Meteorological Association, the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.