David Plante, AICP CEP, Energy and Environment Practice Leader at national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann, was selected as one of this year’s Forty Under 40 by the Rochester Business Journal. In choosing the winners, the panel of judges – consisting of previous Forty Under 40 honorees – recognize 40 men and women in the Greater Rochester community who have achieved professional success and who make significant civic contributions to the community.
“I have watched David develop as a professional planner over the last ten years. He is not only a technical expert in our profession with national recognition as a leader in renewable energy and environmental permitting, but David has proven to be a dedicated community volunteer as well,” said Andrew Raus, Senior Vice President Bergmann, RBJ 40 Under 40 Class of 2008. “I am proud of David’s accomplishments and look forward to watching his career grow over the next ten years.”
As the leader of Bergmann’s Energy and Environment Practice, which specializes in providing ecological, environmental contamination, civil engineering and environmental permitting services to energy and non-energy sector clients throughout the firm, Plante has spearheaded the strategic growth of the group since 2016, bringing in key talent and carving out discipline opportunities, including the diversification into solar to serve expanded client needs. Over his 15 years in the field, Plante has supported a variety of key projects, including environmental permitting for community solar projects throughout New York State with Delaware River Solar, the Albion waste gate repair project, and the environmental impact assessment process for the proposed statewide Embankment Integrity Management program through New York State Canal Corporation/Power Authority of New York.
Outside of his role at Bergmann, Plante is highly involved in organizations that are making a direct impact on the community in which he lives, including Farmington-Victor Kiwanis. Plante serves as president of the Ontario County charity which focuses on improving the lives of children and families in need. In his role, he oversees the operations and finances of the organization, organizes events and programs, instituted a COVID-19 emergency relief fund, and more. Plante is also president of the South Farmington Friends Cemetery Foundation, an organization with the goal of restoring the historic South Farmington Friends Cemetery Chapel, and a board member of The Spot Canandaigua, a charity Plante’s wife Sarah founded in 2016 to provide free school supplies, clothing, shoes and food support to children in need in the Canandaigua City School District. Plante’s is also involved with the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, the Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan Update Committee and the Town of Farmington Solid Waste Reduction Committee.
Plante, and all members of 2020 Forty Under 40 class, will be honored via a virtual ceremony on November 12, 2020 at 5:30pm.
For four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 450 professionals spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning. For more information, visit www.bergmannpc.com.