Shandor Szalay is an innovator, thought leader, and business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. As a principal and practice lead for AKRF, Inc, Shandor’s professional focus has been working with cities to implement equity- focused approaches to delivering large-scale water quality, resiliency, and ecosystem restoration programs. Most notably, Shandor has made significant contributions to the development and success of Green City, Clean Waters Philadelphia’s nation-leading program for combined sewer overflow mitigation using green stormwater infrastructure. Connected to this work, Shandor was the founder of GreenUp, a Philadelphia-based local business dedicated to providing living wage jobs for Philadelphians in the field of green stormwater infrastructure. Shandor has also worked with many other notable water quality programs including D.C. Water’s Clean Rivers Program, NYCDEP’s Green Infrastructure Program, and Pittsburgh’s Green First Program.
Shandor was the lead for the design/build team for the Well Farm at Voris Field, which was awarded the U.S. Water Prize in 2019. Shandor is also a long-time collaborator and supporter of the Sustainable Business Network and an adjunct professor at Villanova University, where he teaches a course on River Mechanics and Engineering.