Environment & Conservation
Robert “Bob” Martineau was selected seventh Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011. Martineau’s intellect, drive, commitment and affinity for Tennessee are evident in his work as commissioner. He leads TDEC with a results-focused approach emphasizing:
- outstanding customer service,
- outreach and proactive education, and
- effective partnerships to strengthen environmental protection in Tennessee.
His environmental leadership at TDEC has been recognized at the national level as he was elected by his peers as President for the Environmental Council of the States, the national association of state environmental officers. This is the first time a head of TDEC has been elected to any top leadership post at ECOS. As a respected voice, he has testified before Congress, sharing the states’ perspective on emerging environmental issues like modernizing the Clean Air Act, regulation of coal ash, and the balance of responsibilities between states and federal government in environmental management.
Commissioner Martineau has spent more than 30 years as an attorney in the field of environmental law. This includes seven years of service in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. (1988-1994) and 16 years as a partner in private practice at the Waller law firm in Nashville where he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA for his expertise in environmental law. In private practice, Martineau helped clients, including business and local government, anticipate issues proactively, navigate permit processes, solve problems and establish effective environmental management programs. He was co-editor of American Bar Association’s The Clean Air Act Handbook and has authored a variety of substantive articles on critical environmental topics. He also co-authored a newly published book “Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules.” In October 2014, he was also recognized by his peers in the environmental law world when he was named a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Martineau is a former council member of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and also active in the community, currently serving on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. He is past president of the Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and First Steps. In November 2013, the Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee honored Commissioner Martineau by officially naming him a recipient of their annual Good Guy Award due his outstanding advocacy of women, women's issues and the community. In October 2014, the Nashville Business Journal named him one of the "Most Admired CEOs" in the region.
Commissioner Martineau earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University (Minnesota). He enjoys an occasional round of golf at any of the Tennessee State Parks’ golf courses, sharing his popular "Where to Eat in Nashville" guide and entertaining friends and family with his wife, Pamela Eddy.