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Kathy Wirtanen
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
F: (540) 464-7396

Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

2015 Program - Tentative Schedule

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March 31, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop

4-VA Water Nexus description pending...

March 31, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop

Karst/Cave Workshop Description:


Hostedby the Virginia Cave Board and the Department of Conservation and Recreation,this workshop addresses the unique challenges that consultants, developers,localities, planners, and regulators face when working in karst landscapes. Asawareness of the peculiarities and environmental sensitivity of karstlandscapes has grown, it has become increasingly important to address karst-specificconcerns during land use planning, management and development projects inWestern Virginia.   

Karstpresents unique geotechnical challenges, including risk of sinkhole formation,difficulty in siting septic systems, and the management of stormwater runoff.Water passing through karst supports the base flow of most rivers in WesternVirginia, and is tapped by wells and withdrawn from springs for domestic,agricultural, and industrial uses. Protection of both the quantity and qualityof karst water is critical for the health of both Virginia’s environment andits economy. Virginia’s karst is biologically rich and characterized by a highdegree of endemism, with nearly 200 cave-limited invertebrate species, manyknown from only a handful of caves. Several of these species are legallyprotected. In addition, Virginia's caves are home to eight bat species, threeof which are federally endangered. The importance of protecting Virginia’sunderground bat habitat has increased dramatically in the last few years, dueto a disease called White Nose Syndrome that has decimated populations ofseveral species.

Workshop Topics

Specificaspects of working in karst that the workshop will address include:

  • Karst information: obtaining and analyzing karst data
  • Performance of site assessments in karst
  • The legal framework of karst
  • Best practices for development in karst, including stormwater management
  • Case studies

Expert presentations on these topics will be followed by a paneldiscussion led by the speakers. The goal is a collegial exchange of informationthat will make it possible for all parties to work more efficiently andeffectively to conserve Virginia’s karst resources.

Tentative Schedule for Tuesday, March 31

8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.Registration
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Pre-Conference Workshops/Meetings
  • 4-VA Water Nexus
  • Karst/Cave
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Set-up
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Reception


Tentative schedule for Wednesday, April 1

7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Registration
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Buffet Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.Opening Ceremony
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Keynote Speaker - Sandra Postel
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Coffee (snacks)/Networking in Exhibit Hall
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Breakout Session A
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Breakout Session B
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Lunch - Special Presentation by COL Keith Gibson (12:30 p.m.)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Breakout Session C
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.Breakout Session D
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.    Coffee (snacks) / Networking in Exhibit Hall
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.Plenary Speaker - Rob Watson, Father of LEED
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.5-Star Reception by invitation only
 Dinner on your own

Tentative Schedule for Thursday, April 2

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Registration
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.5K Run and Walk (VMI North Post/Jordan Point Park)
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Breakout Session E
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.Breakout Session F
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Environmental Crisis Management Panel: Lynchburg Oil Spill
Information coming soon on the Environment Virginia Symposium awards, Five Star Reception and Fun Run and Walk.