“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

–Jalāl ad–Dīn Muhammad Rūmī also known as Jalāl ad–Dīn Muhammad Balkhī; Source: Wikiquote page on Rumi; License: Attribution–ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY–SA 3.0)

Photograph of Irucka Embry

Irucka Embry, E.I.T. (Engineer–in–Training) is the Principal of EcoC²S. He started Eco–Creative Consulting Services (and later shortened to EcoC²S [1]) in October 2007 in response to being laid off from his position as the Rutherford County Landfill Project Engineer.

Irucka educates and inspires positive changes locally and globally through EcoC²S. In addition to the services that EcoC²S offers, Irucka has written various articles in his goal to educate people on a variety of topics.

Irucka holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Civil Engineering with Minors in Environmental Engineering and Spanish & a Master of Engineering (M.E.) with a Concentration in Environmental Engineering. Irucka has computer modeling (MATLAB®/GNU Octave and R), landfill, and stormwater experience as an E.I.T.

My first position was as a Landfill Project Engineer where I worked on a variety of projects, including helping to establish native plants in an old borrow area, stormwater management using Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Measures, daily operations management of a Class III/IV landfill (construction/demolition and landscaping debris), and the closed operations of a Class I landfill (general solid waste). In my 2nd position, I was involved more directly with the wider general public as I was interviewing people about their stormwater issues and recommending ways that we could solve their problems. The major problem was that many people were on a waiting list for, in some cases decades, a long time with no remediation still. In my 3rd position, I worked for the United States Geological Survey in a variety of capacities. I became a R programmer because of that job doing a variety of computational and graphical analysis dealing with various water projects. I also worked on a project to use bioremediation to aid in the clean-up efforts at an unlined landfill that had stored various chlorinated products. I also worked on background work for the southeast portion of the SPARROW model which looks at nutrient cycling and how it impacts water quality and human health. Lastly, I worked on a project to turn a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet into an R program that dealt with the power consumption of thermoelectric power plants throughout the nation. In my 4th position, I am still with TDOT. I work on getting water quality and stormwater Permits for our transportation projects. In addition to those jobs, I have a ME in Engineering with a Concentration in Environmental Engineering. Some of the materials learned in classes at the undergraduate- and especially the graduate-level have been a large influence in how I approach the work that we are doing on the 2 acres of land. Also, I was influenced by my work to help to establish the native grasses at the landfill which was brought about by my ecological activism at the undergraduate level.

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EcoC²S is pronounced ˈiːˌkəʊ siː skwɛə(r)(ed) ɛs in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

Sources (Wiktionary, the free dictionary):

eco– c square S