For over a quarter century, G .Scott Deshefy served the citizens of Connecticut as a supervisory environmental analyst in the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. In that capacity, Scott developed and supervised enforcement and environmetnal clean-up programs pertaining to underground storage of petroleum and other hazardous chemicals as well as the monitoring and regulation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB'S) and other toxic substances, including asbestos. Additionally, Scott served as a scientific support coordinator during environmental emergencies including chemical releases to Long Island Sound and estuarine environments. In those capacities, he gained a national reputation for innovative, no-nonsense approaches to environmental enforcement, helped effect the removal of over 27,000 leaking and antiquated underground storage tanks and prepared with the Office of CT Attorneys' General and CT State's  Attorneys dozens of civil and criminal cases, including Connecticut's first type A ecological damage assessment claims.

As a state official, Scott prepared dozens of federal grant requests to EPA to support environmental enforcement programs and over 26 years, never failed to meet the program goals for which those EPA grants were approved.

        

        Scott received the Briarwood College Enviromental Educator Award in 2002 and was named by Governor Lowell Weicker as Connecticut's Natural Resources Trustee for environmental damage assessment claims pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In 2005, Scott was awarded The Medallion of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his role in helping prepare DEP's environmental impact statement. Scott was also instrumental in deferring the proposed BRAC closure of the U. S. Submarine Base in Groton.

        A resident of Lebanon and native son of Uncasville, Scott graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in literature, putting himself through college in 3 1/2 years with the help of CT State Scholar and R.P.I. academic scholarships. Conducting graduate studies in biological sciences at the University of Montana, UCONN and Southern Connecticut State University, Scott completed his Master of Science degree in zoology in 1978 at Clemson Univesity, where he also conducted another four years of doctoral work and research in zoology and behavioral-ecology. As a Clemson graduate, teaching assistant and part-time lecturer at Middlesex Community College, Scott has taught college courses in general biology, vertebrate zoology, human and comparative anatomy and physiology, environmental science, astronomy and geology. Scott was nominated for a Dansforth Fellowship in 1982, and Scott is a proud alumnus of Montville's school system and St. Bernards High School.

        During breaks in collegiate studies, and to pay-off student loans, Scott worked at the U. S. Submarine Base, (Special Services Division) and as a cutter-packer for Dow Chemical Corporation, Gales Ferry, CT. He worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Groton CT from 1973 - 1975 as a shipfitter and radiation control monitor, receiving high security clearances for his work with nuclear submarine reactors, radioactive waste and submarine construction and overhaul.  To work his way through college, Scott also worked as a landscaper, cemetary worker, and restaurant cook. A champion of the blue collar laborer, Scott knows what it is like to earn wages under hazardous and physically demanding conditions. From 1982 - 1987, Scott served on Montville's Board of Education, including chairman from 1985 - 1987. Under his chairmanship, starting teacher salaries were increased in Montville to a living wage, enhancing both the quality and number of individuals seeking employment in the school system.

        A lifelong advocate for ecological preservation, peace and economic justice, Scott was the first Green Party candidate to run for congress in the history of the 2nd Connecticut Congressional District when he first campaigned in 2008. He finished a strong 3rd and with enough votes to secure ballot access for the Green Party in 2010. During 2009, Scott was appointed Justice of the Peace for The Green Party in Lebanon, and has served on the Town of Lebanon Ethics Code Drafting Committee.  He has written two books of poetry and edited a third. A past nominee for CT Poet Laureat, Scott was the last Hartford Advocate poetry award recipient and has published articles in various scientific journals, including Animal Behavior. Scott has also hosted a radio show at WWUH 91.3 FM called Heroic Overtures, for 14 years. Scott and his wife Nancy have been married for 34 years and take great pride in their 17 year old daughter Alea.

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