For Immediate Release - June 29, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Oceans Management Leader Honored by National and Regional Organizations

Two awards honor government service, coastal and marine management

BOSTON - June 29, 2010 - Energy and Environment Secretary (EEA) Ian Bowles today announced Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Zone Management Deerin Babb-Brott received two honors this month for his work as the administration's top ocean policy representative.

"We're fortunate to employ such a talented and dedicated public servant," said Secretary Bowles. "As part of Governor Patrick's support of strategic and comprehensive environmental planning, Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation ocean management plan has Deerin's fingerprints all over it. His work to protect our coastal waters is an excellent example of environmental stewardship for this and future generations."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored Babb-Brott with the 2010 Susan Snow-Cotter Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Resource Management for his work to protect and preserve coastal resources.

Assistant Secretary Babb-Brott was also honored by the Environmental Business Council of New England with the 2010 Paul Keough Environmental Award for Government Service. The award recognizes leadership and dedication in government service that has contributed to the enhancement of the environment in New England.

An Ipswich resident, Babb-Brott has worked in the environmental field for 20 years specializing in coastal management issues and environmental impact review. As Assistant Secretary, he is managing the development of an ocean management plan for Massachusetts waters under the Oceans Act of 2008. Babb-Brott previously served as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), managing the environmental review of major development projects in the Commonwealth. Before joining MEPA, he worked in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, serving most recently as the Assistant Director for Planning and Coastal Development. He earned a bachelor's degree in government and environmental studies from Bowdoin College.