Gabrielle, left, and Rachel

December 4, 2017: We're Growing Here at Lotus!

This fall, Lotus Environmental Consulting, LLC welcomed two new employees, Gabrielle and Rachel. Gabrielle Vicari, our new Architectural Historian, will be working in our Cultural Resources department, with a focus on above ground historic structures.  Our new Marketing Coordinator, Rachel Weaner, will be focusing on our marketing outreach efforts, as well as internal technical editing support for proposals.

"We're excited to announce that we've expanded both our Cultural Resources and Marketing departments with the addition of Gabrielle and Rachel to the Lotus team!"  Katherine Farrow, President of Lotus, said.

Gabrielle is a graduate of the University of Delaware, with an M.A. in Historic Preservation, and a B.A. in History.  Prior to joining Lotus, Ms. Vicari worked as a Community & Preservation Planner in Wilmington, Delaware.  Gabrielle was responsible for conducting community outreach, as well as networking with other professionals, in order to foster successful land and cultural resource preservation efforts at Delaware Greenways.  She also worked closely with state agencies and various contractors to develop and implement detailed maps and multimodal transportation design options.

Our Marketing Coordinator, Rachel, is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a B.A. in Print Journalism.  Prior to joining Lotus, Ms. Weaner served as a Marketing and Event Coordinator for an at-home care organization in Northeast Philadelphia. Rachel was responsible for planning and attending events, writing and publishing monthly newsletters and brochures, and updating and maintaining the firm’s social media channels.

In addition, Rachel also worked as a Newsroom Editor for two years for Business Wire, an online news wire service.  Rachel’s editorial history includes editing a wide variety of press releases for a diverse range of clients, as well as professionally editing two novels, one of which was published in October 2017. 

With both of their backgrounds, we’re sure they’ll be a great fit and will be able to grow here at Lotus!

Sept. 8 2017: Grass Roots: Introducing Lotus U

Friday, September 8 marked the first session of Lotus University (Lotus U), a series of botany training sessions led by Andrea Finn, P.W.S., Senior Project Manager at Lotus Environmental Consulting.  Andrea launched this initiative to educate the other Lotus staff members in her botanical and wetland expertise.  She has over 25 years of experience in wetland delineation and mitigation, and her expertise extends far into both the public and private sectors. 

Andrea has been a certified Professional Wetland Scientist since 1998.   “I will be submitting my qualifications for recertification of my Professional Wetland Scientist designation,” Andrea explained. “And I thought that I could use my teaching skills as a scientist to train our staff in plant identification and provide some extra credit hours that I could apply towards that recertification.”

As some of the best-preserved grasslands in the Philadelphia area are located about 5 miles from the Lotus office, in Valley Forge National Park, Andrea and a few other members of our staff ventured out in the field to collect and examine samples of wildflowers and wild grasses.  With the upcoming fall season, she decided to put the group’s focus on native grasses and wildflowers so that they could be more easily identified while working in the field. 

Using plant keys and identification guides such as Lauren Brown’s Grasses, our environmental scientists were able to identify each of the 6 samples of grasses they had found in the grasslands at Valley Forge.  While Andrea is conducting these training sessions with Lotus Environmental staff only, she wants to one day extend this program into the community, with the hopes of educating others about plants and their native environments.

The Lotus U Botany Training Series will continue into the fall of 2017, featuring Goldenrods and Asters, as well as a Winter session in early 2018 focusing on trees and shrubs and hardy perennial herbs.