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Borough  of Ambler
122 East Butler Ave
Ambler, PA    19002




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The Ambler EAC represents a dedicated group of seven Borough residents, working to initiate and sustain projects that improve Ambler's ecological assets, reduce the total environmental & carbon footprint in Ambler, and build awareness of environmental issues in the region.  We write grants to obtain funding for projects and work with the Borough to fulfill grants when awarded.

Borough Council appoints selected residents to serve a 3 year term as EAC Members.  We benefit from the additional support of committed Associates (not appointed by Council) who volunteer to help with our initiatives.


Stephen Maakestad , Chair of EAC

Stephen Maakestad is a Project Manager with Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM), a civil engineering consulting firm in Philadelphia. His experience is focused on the planning and design of water, sewer and stormwater systems with a specialization in flood relief and green stormwater infrastructure projects. He also has experience in the Green Building Sector and serves on HMM?s Sustainability Steering Committee. Stephen holds a Bachelor?s Degree from Penn State University in Civil Engineering and a Master?s Degree from Villanova University in Civil Engineering. He moved to Ambler Borough in 2009 where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Stephen looks forward to supporting the EAC?s initiatives and serving the Borough. In his free time, Stephen enjoys traveling, golf and spending time with his family and friends.

Susan Johnsson

Susan Johnsson majored in Zoology and then became an accountant.  She loves watching the many different kinds of fish in Rose Valley Creek, which runs alongside her back yard.  Susan has been a member of Ambler EAC since December of 2007.  She works to support clean, healthy water, and enjoys the diversity of projects initiated by the Ambler EAC.

Matt Cooley

Matt Cooley has lived in Ambler Borough since 2004, and he joined the EAC in 2014. Matt has a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, and an M.A. in Professional Communication from La Salle. Matt and his family have made a conscious decision to be as environmentally responsible as their budget will permit. They have solar panels on their roof; they drive a hybrid car; they compost, and they have a rain barrel; and their home is almost completely outfitted with energy-efficient, LED lighting. Matt does not enjoy referring to himself in the third person.

Stephanie Figary

Stephanie Figary moved to Ambler and joined the EAC in 2014. She works for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association as the Water Quality Program Manager. Here, she manages a program aimed at improving water quality in the Wissahickon Creek through long-term water quality monitoring, restoration projects, a citizen scientist program, and education and outreach. She has experience studying and researching freshwater systems, including a Master of Science in Aquatic Ecology from SUNY ESF and a Master of Public Administration (Environmental Policy and Economics) from Syracuse University. She has always been interested in environmental issues and spends her spare time hiking and running.

Associates of Ambler EAC:

Susan Curry

Susan Curry has been a member of the Ambler EAC since 1999. She is the former EAC chair; former president of the Alliance for a Sustainable Future; founded Pennypack Farm & Education Center in 2003 (an organic CSA farm); received grants to reduce lawn chemicals in Ambler vicinity, increase best stormwater management practices on streamside properties, plant 100s of trees, restore riparian buffers beyond 50' in Borough Park; install rain gardens all over town, develop a downtown tree management policy. Active advocate for natural resource protection ordinances, and served on BoRit asbestos citizen advisory group.

Christine Raines

Christine Raines has liven in Ambler Borough since 1994 and joined the EAC as an associate member recently. She has a B.S. from Temple University and works as Information Systems Manager, Web Site Administrator and Research Associate for Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, PA. Chris is interested in environmental issues and prioritizes maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle by recycling and composting.

Other Associates of Ambler EAC:
Mary Margaret Monser

Daniel Brouse



Ambler's EAC currently has a vacant seat and is looking for more associates.  Please contact chairperson if you are interested at

We welcome the public to attend our monthly Ambler EAC meetings!  You do not need to live within Borough limits to volunteer, participate, or attend meetings.




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