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Trust Management

Responsibly managing complex sites

As a court-appointed trustee of multiple environmental and custodial trusts, PathForward is responsible for the remediation and reuse of hundreds of acres. We have a diverse portfolio of sites and properties range from former chemical sites, copper smelters, and manufacturing facilities.


Based on our extensive experience, we have identified certain subtle elements that play a crucial role in achieving success when establishing and implementing trust. When assessing a new site, we possess a vast reservoir of knowledge that we bring to the discussion.


Our commitment is to surpass the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in every aspect of our work. We are dedicated to a unique blend of innovative thinking, disciplined methodologies, and environmentally-conscious approaches to address both environmental remediation and economic development challenges. Our track record demonstrates our ability to assist our clients, and also businesses and communities, by generating new employment opportunities, increasing tax revenues, and enhancing both livelihoods and the environment in the areas where we have the privilege to operate.

Core capabilities include:

  • Delivering fully integrated, technical solutions

  • Integrating Remediation and Redevelopment Strategies

  • Experts in Site Management and Finance

  • Procurement of the Right/Best Resources  

  • Subcontractors & Construction Oversight

  • Establishing Priorities – Weighing, Ranking, and considering all issues

  • Customized Stakeholder Engagement to Reduce Conflict and Cultivate Relationships of Trust

  • OM&M and Institutional Controls and Compliance 

  • Diligently controlling project schedules, deliverables, performance, and compliance, with unmatched attention to detail.

  • Creatively Marketing Properties and Bringing Sites to Beneficial Reuse


Former ASARCO Smelter Site, El Paso, Texas

In 2009 Roberto Puga, President of PathForward Consulting, was appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to serve as Environmental Trustee for the Former ASARCO Smelter Site. He successfully managed a highly contentious $52MM remediation, which included the tallest chimney demolition event in U.S. history.  The Site required significant coordination with public and private entities from the local, state, federal and international level due to the site’s location on the US-Mexico border. Additionally, the PathForward team creatively identified, marketed, and sold an additional $25.4 million in assets. This increase in revenue allowed the Trust to enhance remedial actions to further increase the development potential of the property.

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