Energy & Environmental Affairs

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Amesbury through the protection of our environment and to promote efficient use of our energy resources.  The Department implements strategies developed with the Mayor, and City Council that comply with all applicable regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Government.  The goals of the department include the redevelopment of environmentally impaired property, energy use reduction, adoption of renewable energy technology, and the protection of our community’s natural resources. 


  • Green Community
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy Development
  • Brownfields
  • Remediation
  • Wetlands Protection
  • Flood Mitigation
  • Stormwater Management

Department Key Personnel:

Director Thomas Barrasso - Mr. Thomas Barrasso is a geologist and chemist with more than 29 years of experience with environmental issues in both the public and private sectors.  He is responsible for overseeing policy and programs related to energy efficiency, renewable energy development, environmental investigations, remediation, and conservation. 

Conservation Agent John Lopez – With more than 20 years of experience at the legislative, federal, state and local levels of government, Mr. Lopez brings a comprehensive background in natural resource management, policy and planning.  As conservation agent, he provides technical assistance to the conservation commission in issues of regulatory review and permitting as well as best management practices.  He, along with the volunteers who comprise the conservation commission, help to ensure that Amesbury’s natural beauty will be enjoyed by future generations through careful planning, preservation and sustainable development.


Although comprised of local residents, the Amesbury Conservation Commission is a state regulatory review commission which serves as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s local representative.  The Conservation Commission manages open space and natural areas in Amesbury with its focus on living and non-living wetland resources.  It reviews projects that occur within its jurisdiction using a defined pipeline process as provided under the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act; Rivers Protection Act; the Conservation Commission Act; and the City of Amesbury Wetland Protection Ordinance. Our natural and wetland resources are vital to the City’s health and natural environment providing habitat, maintaining water quality, and mitigating flooding, and pollution.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Thomas Barrasso Director of Energy and Environment (978) 388-8110 x314
John Lopez (978) 388-8110 x317