Gary Flentge, LEHP, MPH, REPA, CESCO
Gary came to EDI in 2008 with more than 20 years of experience managing multifaceted environmental and public health and safety regulatory programs. His background includes regulatory compliance for diverse environmental laws and regulations for airborne toxins and other environmental contaminants; hazardous substance abatement at hazardous waste and construction/ demolition sites; environmental health assessments; and Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
Prior to joining EDI, Gary directed and managed statewide environmental health programs for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) including asbestos and lead activity in Illinois, along with private water and wastewater, vector control, plumbing, toxicology, swimming facilities, and an assortment of additional environmental programs. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of the regulatory standards and practices ensure quality compliance for EDI clients.
In September 2019, Gary was named Vice President, Business Development and is involved with the firm’s business development efforts across all business units, while maintaining technical review for EDI’s Industrial Hygiene clients.
Gary has worked on several exciting and memorable projects at EDI. One of them was a major roof rehabilitation project at the largest capacity potable water treatment facility in the world (Jardine Water Treatment Facility). EDI handled the assessment, survey, design and remediation oversight of hazardous and toxic materials over the water filtration gallery. Gary also had the opportunity to work on a project where EDI provided environmental assessment, design, and remediation oversight in a fully operational US Federal district courthouse in Chicago (Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse). Both projects provided Gary with great experiences and memories of project challenges and success.
Gary participates and supports several not-for-profit groups targeted at fund raising for cancer awareness and treatment. Gary is a member of the Illinois Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Gary is a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP), Registered Environmental Property Assessor (REPA) and a Certified Environmental Safety Compliance Officer (CESCO). He also holds industry-specific asbestos and lead licensure in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, along with past licensure in California, Maryland, Minnesota and Texas.
- Master of Public Health, University of Illinois
- Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design, University of Oklahoma
Gary’s career advice:
“Seek out a career or trade that you are happy in and can provide a learning experience each day. Every day and every challenge is a new opportunity to grow and learn. Understand that there are no ‘dumb’ questions. Each question is a learning opportunity and should be considerate of your need to learn and grow. Know your audience and be prepared to present your understanding of a task or job assignment before asking, “how do I do that?”