Marian Young is the President of BrightFields, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware. She received her B.S. in Agronomy from Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture and continued graduate studies in Hydrogeology and Soil Chemistry at the University of Delaware.
Marian was employed for 15 years by Roy F. Weston, Inc., headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she performed and managed remedial investigations nationwide. A large portion of her brownfield investigation and remediation experience was gained from the Federal Government’s Base Realignment Program, which converted Army, Navy and Air Force Bases into commercial and industrial uses. During her subsequent 9 years at WIK Associates, Inc., she managed site investigations and remediation projects for contaminated commercial, industrial and residential properties in Delaware and neighboring states.
In 2003, Marian and her partner, Mark Lannan, formed BrightFields, Inc. and purchased WIK Associates. In 2005, BrightFields built and moved into a new office building on a former Wilmington landfill, bringing this brownfield site into productive use. For the past 24 years, Marian has worked closely with the State of Delaware, the City of Wilmington, and private sector clients to investigate, manage and remediate contaminated soil and groundwater during the construction of roads, utilities and commercial and residential developments in the Christina Riverfront.
Marian is involved in the Delaware State and New Castle County Chambers of Commerce and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She serves on Delaware’s EPSCoR State Committee (the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), on New Castle County’s Resource Protection Area Technical Advisory Committee, and on the board of the non-profit Delaware Nature Society. She is working closely with Christina Conservancy, the State of Delaware and American Rivers on the CBR4 Project (Christina & Brandywine Rivers Remediation, Restoration and Resilience) to clean up contaminated river sediments, restore ecology, and create swimmable, fishable rivers in the shortest time possible.