DEEP: Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen

Susan Whalen
Deputy Commissioner - Environmental Conservation
 
{Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen} Susan K. Whalen serves as Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Conservation at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), a position she has held since April 2008.
 
As Deputy Commissioner, Susan is responsible for the work of CT DEEPís Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and Bureau of Natural Resources.  These bureaus are charged with promoting and protecting the natural resources that contribute greatly to quality of life for Connecticut residents.  Specific responsibilities include leading the extensive system of 139 state parks and forests; wildlife management; inland and marine fisheries; boating; environmental education; and oversight of the Environmental Conservation Police force.
 
Susan also plays a key role in implementing CT DEEPís No Child Left Insideģ initiative, a nationally recognized program that fosters greater appreciation and understanding of nature by connecting families and children with the outdoors.
 
Susan is a veteran environmental conservation official with more than two decades in senior level positions managing state parks and natural resources.
 
Before joining CT DEEP, she had previously held a number of senior positions with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.
 
During her career, Susan also has served as a senior policy analyst for the Product Stewardship Institute and a consultant to Durand and Anastas Environmental Strategies, both based in Boston. She also ran her own design business for a number of years, specializing in historic landscape restoration.
 
Whalen holds a bachelorís degree from Colby College, Waterville, Maine. She also studied landscape design and landscape history at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA.