The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division has a new person at the helm. Environmental Services Manger Angelica Gurule came onboard the end of June.
Gurule has a Bachelors of Science and Environmental Science degree from the University of New Mexico, as well as dual masters in information, science and technology from James Madison University and sustainable environmental resource management from the University of Malta, a study abroad program offered through James Madison.
“(The Malta program) focused on wastewater, energy, agriculture, beach management–since there are lots of beaches on Malta. So I was able to see from a global perspective how different regions manage their resources, including waste and recyclable material,” Gurule said.
As a student in Malta, Gurule helped with cleanup events sponsored by the U.S. Embassy (she was shocked to see the lack of consciousness about throwing trash such as cigarette butts on beaches) and on raising awareness about issues like recycling.
Gurule was employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Environmental-Risk Reduction Office from 2003 through 2012.
“It’s really at the lab that I gained all my experience and love for sustainability and waste reduction, pollution prevention and environmental stewardship,” Gurule said.