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500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Call for Presentations for 2016 - Now Closed

Virginia's Environment: Change, Challenge and Opportunity

We invited submissions from business, government, academia, and non-profit organizations.  This is a conference where the regulators meet with the regulated as well as industry and non-profits who are solution providers to discuss best practices, policies and regulations - including preparing for changes. For questions, please contact MAJ Kim Connolly connollykv@vmi.edu 

2016 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Topics:  

AIR QUALITY, REGULATION AND POLICY

  • New permitting opportunities
  • Coal plant impacts
  • Legal developments
  • Regulatory impacts
  • Ozone, methane, air toxics, mercury
  • Success stories/case studies/ innovations from industry, nonprofits and government


CAREER DEVELOPMENT 

  • Current employment opportunities in environmental fields in government, industry, nonprofits and academia
  • Career development
  • Environmental career opportunities of the future
  • Virginia Sea Grant and other opportunities

 
CHESAPEAKE BAY

  • 2017 Re-evaluation, Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) and verification
  • Management strategies developed under 2014 Chesapeake Bay agreement
  • Status of Virginia’s Point and Nonpoint Nutrient Trading Program
  • Stormwater and verification of BMPs
  • Planning and development
  • Industry BMPs
  • Success stories/case studies/innovations/best practices from industry, nonprofits and government

 
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS IN VIRGINIA

  • Governor’s commission – recommendations and next steps
  • Hampton Roads intergovernmental pilot project
  • Aging infrastructure retrofits to accommodate climate change
  • Resiliency planning and collaboration opportunities for regulators, communities and industry
  • Local government approaches
  • Changing weather patterns
  • Success stories/case studies/innovations from industry, nonprofits and government

 
ECONOMICS AND FINANCING

  • Creative economy
  • Nutrient trading credits
  • Public/Private partnerships and opportunities
  • Innovative financing
  • Pollution credit trading
  • Success stories/case studies/innovations from industry, nonprofits and government


 ENERGY

  • Clean Power Plan
  • Proposed Pipelines
  • Sustainability
  • Coal Combustion Residuals
  • Regional Opportunities
  • Utilities
  • Renewables – wind, solar etc.
  • Success stories/case studies/ innovations from industry, nonprofits and government

 
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY

  • Best practices in environmental training in all sectors
  • Governor’s Executive Order 42 on Environmental Literacy and next steps
  • Formal K-12
  • Non-formal community-based education
  • Meaningful watershed educational experiences
  • Environmental education through Job Corps


ENVIROMENTAL MANAGEMENT

  • Balancing corporate objectives with environmental stewardship
  • Environmental Ethics – what does it look like?
  • Ethics of Environmental Advocacy
  • Voluntary Programs – VEEP and others
  • Community Engagement
  • Employee Participation
  • Success stories/case studies/innovations from industry, nonprofits and regulatory agencies  

RECREATION AND LAND CONSERVATION

  • Crediting land conservation in the Bay model
  • Land trusts
  • Virginia Treasures program
  • Planning and developing
  • Water access
  • Economics
  • Success stories/case studies/innovations from industry, nonprofits and government

 
VIRGINIA GROUNDWATER AND WATER RESOURCES

  • Water supply
  • Regulations impacting industry allocations
  • Karst aquifers
  • Groundwater protection
  • Stabilization of the coastal aquifer
  • Fracking
  • Virginia river issues
  • Water quality
  • Success stories/case studies/innovations/best practices from industry, nonprofits and government