“Visitors are welcome at the Everett Facility and the company has had more visitors than any other composting facility in North America, with over 5,000 people from 17 countries touring our operation."
Lawrence Klein, with Cedar Grove since 2008, is the facility manager at the Everett location, a state-of-the art facility located on the city’s Smith Island which opened in 2004. At this facility, GORE® Cover and the OdoWatch™ system are used as Cedar Grove continues to lead the way in waste recycling, odor management and the creation of renewable products.
Cedar Grove’s Everett facility is permitted for up to 228,000 tons of material per year and Klein directly manages more than 20 employees. Klein’s extensive technical knowledge and leadership qualities contribute to this facility’s success. Klein oversees permitting and financials for the facility.
Visitors are welcome at the Everett Facility and the company has had more visitors than any other composting facility in North America, with over 5,000 people from 17 countries touring our operation.
Cedar Grove’s presence in the Everett region is not limited to recycling much of Snohomish County’s organic material but extends to support of the public school system through the Everett Schools Foundation and its new “Seeds for Scholars” scholarship; a $2500 annual scholarship for a graduating senior from Everett High School with an interest in sustainability. Additionally, Klein’s facility donates hundreds of yards of compost every year to local schools and non-profits including Everett Community College, Snohomish County Master Gardeners, and the YMCA.
Prior to Cedar Grove, Klein worked as fisheries biologist and consultant to Hydroacoustic Technology, Inc. in Seattle, Wash. He conducted hydroacoustic research in rivers and at hydropower dams to assess fish abundance and fine scale behavior. For both the 2006 and 2007 field seasons, he worked on a project in Chelan County, working with a construction crew, managing technicians, and troubleshooting satellite and data transfer software systems. During the 2008 field season, he was redeployed to a similar project in Grant County and became lead scientist in charge of Priest Rapids Dam logistics.
Prior to that, Klein worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Response and Restoration, Coastal Protection and Restoration division in both in Dallas, Texas and Seattle, Washington. His primary role was to conduct high-accuracy field elevation surveys of wetlands and, in turn, design computer-driven, three-dimensional hydrological models of the systems.
When he’s not busy running the Everett facility, Klein enjoys kite boarding and other outdoor adventures year round on the Puget Sound. He also enjoys tinkering around with his stock 1967 Toyota Landcruiser. The father of two boys, Klein keeps his hands full both at work and at home.
Klein earned a Master’s of Science in oceanography from the University of Maine. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Middlebury College.