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Sunila Gupta
Sunila Gupta

Program Manager
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

Sunila Gupta is a Program Manager at Haley & Aldrich, Inc. with more than 26 years of experience providing strategic environmental consulting and leading all phases of clients’ projects. Sunila specializes in managing multidisciplinary teams and contractors to achieve client-goals in a cost-effective manner. She brings systems thinking, including her experience with lean principles, to help clients manage, plan, and mitigate their environmental liabilities. Sunila has led development of remedial strategies, technology selection, and implementation of innovative remediation technologies in various challenging site settings. Ms. Gupta is recognized by clients for her program management capabilities, with a strategic, closure-driven mind-set and assembling the right team to execute the project strategy. She works with her project teams to effectively utilize data interpretation and analytical tools, including statistical evaluation, plume modeling, data visualization, and contaminant degradation modeling, to achieve successful outcomes for her clients. Sunila also serves as the Program Chair for the Air & Waste Management Association – North & Central NJ Chapter.


Managers and decision-makers are increasingly expected to make effective decisions under time pressures and to deliver results with fewer resources (time, staff, and funding). These decisions can influence the short- and long-term management of a company’s environmental liabilities, with potential impact on the company’s brand and bottom line. An absence of common definition of “risk” and lack of shared understanding of conditions that drive risk can hinder organizations from being strategic about their compliance decisions. In the manufacturing industry, application of Lean thinking is well known to improve assembly line output by streamlining operations. A facilitated approach utilizing Lean principles and tools can also be applied to managing risks and costs. The goal of the presentation is to highlight the benefits, process, and tool(s) for building consensus among diverse internal stakeholders for environmental liabilities portfolio. Benefits include streamlined and strategic decision-making and effective management communications and reporting.

Remedy evaluation and selection is primarily driven by technology considerations; however, technical and technology considerations are only some of the factors in remedial strategy development for closure. This presentation will discuss considerations at a large university campus that led to selection of thermal technology for source area remediation under challenging geologic and logistic constraints, with bio-remediation as an additional polishing step to meet business goals and regulatory timeframes. Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) was the contaminant of concern at the highest groundwater concentrations with baseline concentrations exceeding the water solubility limits for PCE. Through this case study, the presentation will also discuss a proactive approach for conducting microbiological studies for implementing post-thermal bio-enhancement. Finally, the case study will also present the results and the lessons learned in the thermal treatment and bio-remediation implementation.

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