Larson Wolfe

Environmental Consultant

Larson Wolfe originally planned to be an engineer but discovered the Integrated Science and Technology major at James Madison University. The combination of sciences and critical thinking appealed to him and laid the foundation for the Environmental Consultant position he accepted at ONE Environmental Group in April 2022.

Larson grew up in Chesterfield County in suburban Richmond, where, as a three-sport athlete, he starred in football, wrestling and lacrosse. He visited multiple schools and attracted Ivy League interest before deciding on JMU, following in the footsteps of his brother, Logan.

“I always wanted to go to JMU, and I really liked the major because it’s not just focused on one area. You got exposed to the science and the tech world,” Larson said. “It creates these broad problem solvers.”

Larson works remotely based in ONE’s Richmond location, focusing on the environmental side of the energy industry. He spends roughly half of his time in the field developing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans and ensuring hazardous materials meet Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and EPA safety standards.

“Everyone at ONE has been super helpful,” Larson said. “There’s not any closed doors. Everyone helps everyone else, true to the ONE team theme. I also like the diversity of industries and sectors I’ve been exposed to.”

Outside of work, Larson loses himself in electric guitar, which he has played for years, and is a gym rat who enjoys fishing and golf.

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Radiation Services: Addressing the Invisible Hazard Around Us

Radioactive material is fairly common in nature, and it is usually harmless in that state. In fact, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) exist all around us at harmless doses. However, when NORM becomes concentrated due to human activity, it is called Technologically Enhanced NORM (TENORM), and it is often subject to government regulations.

For example, most all earth moving, mining, and drilling activities involve NORM and the build-up of this material creates TENORM. Many other industries and processes are affected by TENROM as well, such as pulp and paper, phosphate fertilizer production, coal combustion, water and sewage treatment, and the medical industry. It is likely that more industries will be impacted by radiation regulations in the future.

Facilities must be safe and comply with myriad radiation regulations, standards, and practices. This can be a challenging and extremely complicated undertaking. Radiation sources must be monitored and handled properly, something that is best left up to experts.

The ONE Environmental team provides a variety of radiation safety, assessment, monitoring, and compliance services in accordance with NRC, OSHA, EPA, DOT, and applicable state regulations.

ONE Environmental has vast experience providing radiation management services. These include comprehensive radiation survey programs and monitoring and the disposal of construction materials, such as the fire brick used in furnaces and certain types of ceramics, to ensure site compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations while helping to protect workers and the environment.

ONE also provides nuclear gauge services, including required leak tests, shutter tests, and inventory audits for compliance and reporting purposes. The ONE team can facilitate maintenance and service on variety of gauge models, ensuring they meet operational and safety requirements.

For organizations required to monitor their employees’ exposure to radiation, ONE can help establish and implement dosimetry monitoring programs. ONE can also conduct equipment and personnel contamination surveys.

Phase I Environmental Assessments are also part of ONE’s radiation services portfolio, helping organizations confidently evaluate the environmental risk or liability associated with a real estate transaction to avoid costly mistakes.

By offering radiation services backed by years of experience and best practices, ONE Environmental is able to help clients minimize costs, maintain compliance, and maximize safety – bringing peace of mind during increasingly challenging regulatory climates.

Supporting Cancer Research and Remembering a Special “Irish” Dad

Bob Van Shura was all about Notre Dame.

Imagine his joy when his daughter, Kerry, was recruited to play lacrosse there.

Kerry McAvoy, Principal at ONE Environmental Group, was part of a nationally ranked Fighting Irish lacrosse team while earning her undergraduate degree in environmental science. While there, Notre Dame made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 in 2004 followed by a first-ever appearance in the Final Four in 2006.

Bob Van Shura, or “Pops,” as Kerry called him, never missed a game despite living halfway across the country in Bel Air, Maryland.

Bob Van Shura passed away on January 13, 2021, a loss still fresh for Kerry, who is participating in the Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse Daughters for Dads fundraiser, a virtual 5K held throughout the month of March with proceeds benefitting the Harper Cancer Research Institute. Kerry did not lose her father to cancer, but in addition to believing in the cause, she values its mantra stated by another former player, “Dollars Lead to Research; Research Leads to more Time; More Time is priceless.”

“There’s never enough time with those we love,” she says. “You never think it’s going to happen to you. It might sound cliché, but it’s true.”

Bob Van Shura wasn’t in any way a sad man, so Kerry strives not to be in remembering her dad, who said “every day is Saturday” after retiring from medical sales. He enjoyed golf, showing off his singing and dancing talents, and spending time with his family, both human and canine. 

“He bought his granddaughter a lacrosse stick for Christmas last year; the lacrosse tradition lives on.” “He was my number one fan, and we are all so lucky to have had him as our Pops,” Kerry says.

To register for the Daughters for Dads 5K or to access the donation page, click here.

It’s Always a Good Day When You’re Supporting a Great Cause

ONE Senior Project Manager Brad White weathered wicked temperatures and a cold rain at the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon to support a worthy cause, the Kyle Pease Foundation.

The foundation creates awareness and raises funds to promote success for people with disabilities by helping meet their individual needs through sports.

White was among a four-person team that competed in the 13.1-mile event on Feb. 27, a wet, 45-degree morning. Each of the men took turns pushing the wheelchair of 10-year-old Kaitlyn Wright, the daughter of Jeff Wright, a longtime friend of White’s.

Team Kaitlyn raised $1,350 for the Foundation, far exceeding their goal of $700. Several of White’s friends, family, and coworkers at ONE contributed to the fundraiser.

“It’s truly special when your coworkers get involved like that,” White said.

White is an avid runner who often competes in Tough Mudder events but pushing the wheelchair three separate times for a mile, including mile 12, made for a rigorous morning.

“The worst weather I’ve ever run in,” he said. Rain rarely let up during the two hours and 10 minutes it took to complete the race. Pushing the wheelchair was especially challenging on the hills, which often required the four men to work as one unit.

Despite the conditions and clothing that felt as if it weighed 100 pounds by the end of the morning, White left the race inspired by the heavy participation and those who lined the sidewalks to cheer on the runners.

“It was great to see so many people come out with umbrellas and signs,” he said.

The flagship event exceeded its goal, raising $107,369 thanks to 483 donations.

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ONE Team in Charlotte Office Embraces Cancer Fundraiser Together

When ONE Environmental Consultant Kaitlynn Bryan-Scaggs took on the Southeast 40 Mile Colorectal Cancer Challenge that benefits the American Cancer Society, it was in honor of her grandmother, Linda, who beat the disease decades ago.

The fundraiser called for walking, running or cycling 40 miles during March 2022. March is Colorectal Cancer Month, which calls attention to the third most common cancer in the United States. Casual conversation among Bryan-Scaggs and her co-workers in ONE’s Charlotte office sparked an idea.

“Why don’t we make it a group thing?” Environmental Consultant Austin Meyer suggested.

The ONE team in the Charlotte office — Meyer, Jenny Tang and Elli Woodward, also environmental consultants; and Founding Principal Eli Holland —joined Bryan-Scaggs, each working to compile 40 miles and soliciting donations to support the cause. Members from ONE’s other offices have contributed.

“We’re keeping each other accountable, and there’s a little friendly competition, too,” said Bryan-Scaggs, who has reached the 16-mile mark by jogging through her neighborhood.

Bryan-Scaggs visits her grandmother, 75 today, several times a month. She’s grateful to have a grandma who beat cancer, and she appreciates the support she received from everyone at ONE.

“We’re a close knit group,” she said. “It makes you feel good when other people have the same idea as you. It adds to the feeling of camaraderie we have here in the Charlotte office.”

To support the fundraiser, visit this link.

Jason Volker

PE, LSS, Project Manager

Jason Volker brings 16 years of environmental management and regulatory experience to ONE Environmental Group’s expanding Raleigh, North Carolina, office. He is a Professional Engineer, a Licensed Soil Scientist, a certified Land Application of Residuals Operator and a Surface Irrigation System Operator.

Jason started at ONE in January 2022 and appreciates the culture of teamwork the company fosters. “Folks here are really dedicated and capable, and you’re afforded flexibility in your work and pursuit of business development opportunities,” he said. “It’s a great work environment.”

Jason grew up in Kansas and initially moved to North Carolina to attend college at Appalachian State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Industrial/Organizational) but discovered along the way to that degree that the hard sciences interested him more. He returned to Kansas to earn a Bachelor of Environmental Chemistry from Emporia State University and later was awarded a Master of Soil Science from North Carolina State University, where he graduated with honors.

“I was interested in water quality when I was pursuing my chemistry degree,” Jason said. A job as a wastewater laboratory analyst at Johnston County Public Utilities piqued his interest in land application of residuals and contaminant fate and transport. “During that time, I decided to get my master’s in soil science. I wanted to study the mechanisms in soil that mitigate risks to people.”

An outdoor enthusiast, Jason hiked more than 2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail over two summers before starting a family. One day he hopes to return to Maine to finish the last part, but for now, he enjoys the North Carolina mountains and beaches with his wife Jennifer, and their sons — Max, 9, and Ellis, 6.

Jason also enjoys playing acoustic guitar and taught himself to play fingerstyle with the help of John Prine CDs.