The 14th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference Steering Committee is currently developing the GEC 2019 topical program. If you wish to submit a topic for consideration, please use the submission form on the home page or contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reference, the following topics were presented for the GEC 2018 program:
Topics by Breakout Session
ID# Breakout Session 1: 1:15-2:30 p.m.
ID# Breakout Session 2: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
ID# Breakout Session 3: 4:30-5:45 p.m.
ID# Breakout Session 4: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
ID# Breakout Session 5: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
ID# Breakout Session 6: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
ID# Breakout Session 7: 3:45-5:00 p.m.
ID# Breakout Session 8: 9:45-11:00 a.m.
ID# Breakout Session 9: 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Topic Descriptions by Category
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Agriculture / Forestry” email=”email@example.com” cname=”Camilla Warren”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”two” numbertext2=”six” number1=”2″ number2=”6″ title=”Soil and Watershed Resources”] NRCS helps all types of land owners and their managers and consultants assess and manage soils and watersheds. Learn about NRCS tools, data, and programs for use in everything from urban agriculture to watershed management, from small and large farming operations in rural and urban areas to management of natural habitats and forests for a variety of purposes. Features a live demonstration of Web Soil Survey, the largest natural resource information system in the world. National Resource Inventory (NRI) results will be highlighted using the recent publication Georgia’s Land: Its Use and Condition. Soil health management systems, the cutting edge of soil conservation, will be explained. Moderator: Terrance Rudolph, State Conservationist, USDA Speakers: Dan Wallace, Jim Lathem and Tina Jerome, NRCS Topic Coordinator: Terrance Rudolph
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”four” numbertext2=”five” number1=”4″ number2=”5″ title=”Hydrologic Models Go Financial”] See the US Forest Service itree model and its implications for managing storm water with green infrastructure. Other models will be identified. These models, when employed, help communities invest in green infrastructure as an alternative to more expensive stormwater management systems. Moderator: Beth Blalock, Gilbert & Harrell, LLC Speakers: Todd Boatman, Mobile District, US Army Corps of Engineers; Kent Spencer, Invest Atlanta; Eric Kuehler, US Forest Service Topic Coordinator: Camilla Warren
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”five” numbertext2=”five” number1=”5″ number2=”5″ title=”Working Land Conservation Easements”] What are Land Conservation Easements? Who uses them? How do they work? Why are they important? Sharon Swagger, Conservation Easement Specialist, presents a panel that includes the major conservation easement players in the land trust community, the wildlife community, the forestry community, and the federal government, which will all include information on agricultural lands as well. Moderator: Robert Ramsay, Georgia Conservancy Speakers: Sharon Swagger, NRCS; Steve Friedman, GA Dept. of Natural Resources; Buford Sanders, Georgia Forestry Commission; Krisztian Varsa, Athens Land Trust Topic Coordinator: Sharon Swagger
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”six” numbertext2=”five” number1=”6″ number2=”5″ title=”Watershed Rehabilitation and Assessment Programs”] The USDA NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation Program helps project sponsors rehabilitate aging dams that are reaching the end of their 50-year design lives. This rehabilitation addresses critical public health and safety concerns. Since 1953, NRCS has assisted local sponsors in constructing more than 350 dams in Georgia. Panel members will present information about dam safety and how these dams serve community needs. Additional watershed topics of interest will be presented as well. Moderator: NRCS Engineer Speakers: Eric Harris, NRCS; George Skovran, NRCS Topic Coordinator: Terrance Rudolph
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”seven” numbertext2=”five” number1=”7″ number2=”5″ title=”Keeping it Clean”] The Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSAA) created a BMP template for individual states to use in the process of creating BMPs for golf courses around the country. The Georgia Golf Course Superintendent’s Association is working with the GCSAA on the BMP project covering 12 different focus areas for golf courses in Georgia. They include Irrigation, Surface Water Management, Water Quality Monitoring and Management, Integrated Pest Management, Pesticide Management, Pollinator Protection, Maintenance Operations, Landscape, Energy, Planning, Design and Construction, Nutrient Management and Cultural Practices. The Georgia GCSA is taking these templates and tailoring it to the specifics needs of the 400 Georgia Golf Courses. The goal is to have golf courses in Georgia not only adopt the BMPs, but possibly obtain a certification of understanding through a testing process. Our presentation will encompass the process to create the BMPs and how the BMP template was created to cover the 12 areas of golf course management. The speakers will walk the participants through the BMP document creating a thorough understanding of the project. Moderator: Cliff Lewis, Georgia EPD Speakers: Scott Griffith, UGA Golf Course; Mark Johnson, Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA; Gary Hawkins, UGA Topic Coordinator: Cliff Lewis
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Air / Climate” email=”firstname.lastname@example.org” cname=”Laurel Royer”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”one” numbertext2=”two” number1=”1″ number2=”2″ title=”EPD Air Protection Branch Update”] This panel of EPD Air Protection Branch leaders will provide a wide ranging discussion of current issues and events, including but not limited to regulatory issues, permitting updates, modeling issues, and regional haze. Moderator: Max Zygmont, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP Speakers: Dika Kuoh, Eric Cornwell and Jim Boylan, EPD Air Protection Branch Topic Coordinator: Max Zygmont
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”two” numbertext2=”two” number1=”2″ number2=”2″ title=”Impacts of Climate Change in Georgia”] A group of experts will discuss the interplay between urban and rural areas (particularly agriculture) in context of changing climate and the associated activities that have been identified as contributors to changing patterns (including but not limited to hotter/colder days, heavier rains, longer drought periods, etc.). The panelists will discuss the strategies proposed or implemented to address the resulting challenges but also how many of these challenges may be framed from an opportunity perspective. Moderator: Laurel Royer, Exponent Speakers: Robert Ramsay, Georgia Conservancy; Jill Gambill, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Topic Coordinator: Laurel Royer
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”five” numbertext2=”two” number1=”5″ number2=”2″ title=”Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act”] A 1995 EPA guidance memorandum had taken a position setting forth a policy commonly known as “once in, always in” (OIAI) under which “facilities that are major sources for hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emissions on the ‘first compliance date’ are required to comply permanently with the maximum available control technology (MACT) standard.” In other words, the 1995 policy meant that a facility was to comply with the requirements of a major source MACT standard regardless of changes the facility may have made after their compliance date to reduce HAP emissions below the 10 ton/yr (single HAP) or 25 ton/yr (aggregate HAP) major source thresholds. There have been proposals following the 1995 guidance that attempted to reverse, or bring clarity to, the OIAI policy, however these were never finalized. In an EPA memo dated January 18, 2018, the OIAI policy no longer applies such that when a facility takes an enforceable limit on its potential to emit HAP below major source thresholds, it will no longer be subject to its applicable MACT standard. Moderator: Keith Ziobron, Cardno Speakers: Gary Yoder, ClimeCo; Cliff Stanley, General Dynamics; Eric Cornwell, GA EPD Topic Coordinator: Keith Ziobron
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”seven” numbertext2=”three” number1=”7″ number2=”3″ title=”CANCELLED-Asbestos NESHAP”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”eight” numbertext2=”two” number1=”8″ number2=”2″ title=”Air Pollutants: Expectations vs. Reality”] Presenters will discuss the nature of air pollutants, the value of selecting the proper evaluation methods and models, successful strategies to achieve emission control benchmarks. In addition, a regulatory perspective will be presented. Moderator: Brad James, Trinity Consultants Speakers: Beverly Banister, EPA Region 4; Brad Arnold, SLR; Barry Andrews, Enercon Services Inc. Topic Coordinator: Laurel Royer
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”nine” numbertext2=”one” number1=”9″ number2=”1″ title=”Shining a Light on Smart Solar Energy Zoning”] Georgia is the third fastest-growing producer of solar energy in the United States. The rapid expansion of solar development is an exciting break from traditional, greenhouse gas emitting sources of power. Even so, challenges exist and appropriate siting is important for many reasons, including maintaining community character, optimizing land use, and ensuring environmental integrity. To support the smart growth of solar in Georgia, balancing competing interests to best protect the environment while increasing installed capacity of solar power across our state, representatives from Emory Law School (Turner Environmental Law Clinic), Georgia Institute of Technology (Strategic Energy Institute), and University of Georgia (Extension) published a model zoning ordinance. The ordinance is based on information gathered through stakeholder meetings and research, drawing on each university’s unique set of skills and expertise. The model zoning ordinance takes a comprehensive approach by considering relevant zoning aspects for a range of project sizes, from rooftop to ground-mounted utility-scale. With this ordinance, we hope to provide county and city officials with a set of best practices, ensuring that communities across Georgia work from a common baseline and benefit from the lessons learned by others. This panel will have representatives from the three universities present on the model ordinance itself, discuss lessons learned over the year-long course of drafting the ordinance, and provide an outlook for its implementation in Georgia. Speakers: Daniel Geller, University of Georgia; Mary Hallisey, Georgia Tech; Caroline Reiser, Emory Law School Topic Coordinator: Mindy Goldstein
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”nine” numbertext2=”two” number1=”9″ number2=”2″ title=”Adaptation to Rising Sea Levels”] The panel, comprised of local government representatives and academics, will review the current understanding of sea level rise in coastal Georgia, discuss hazards of rising sea levels, and discuss the efforts of various coastal communities to respond to rising sea level. Moderator: Jim Renner, Southern Ionics Minerals, LLC Speakers: Timothy Chowns, University of West Georgia; Alice Miller Keyes, One Hundred Miles; Shawn Gillen, City of Tybee Island; Jill Gambill, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Topic Coordinator: Laurel Royer
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Brownfields / Land Use” email=”email@example.com” cname=”Adam Hayes”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”one” numbertext2=”one” number1=”1″ number2=”1″ title=”Brownfield Programs Outside Georgia”] Join this panel of regulatory leaders to learn about the Brownfield and Voluntary programs available in these Southeastern states. Panelists will share updates and trends in their programs, funding opportunities, potential challenges, and how their programs account for vapor intrusion concerns. Moderators: Jordan Kleine, Land Science; Russ Griebel, United Consulting Speakers: Haley Kelley, ADEM; Robert Hodges, SCDHEC; Evan Spann, TDEC Topic Coordinator: Jordan Kleine
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”one” numbertext2=”seven” number1=”1″ number2=”7″ title=”Environmental Case Studies with Georgia’s Film Industry”] Discussion of various industry projects and integration with Georgia Brownfields and other regulatory programs. Examples will also discuss project aspects and challenges. Moderator: Kimberly Sanders, Wenck Speakers: Len Diprima, United Consulting; Andrea Rimer, Troutman Sanders; Scott Samples, TerraGroup; Steve Hart, Peachtree Environmental; Shannon Ridley, GA EPD Land Protection Branch Topic Coordinator: Kimberly Sanders
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”two” numbertext2=”one” number1=”2″ number2=”1″ title=”Emerging Best Practices and Technologies for Remediation”] This session will focus on the latest emerging best practices and technology solutions in remediation. First, Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy (ESS) is the subject of a recently published US EPA Technical Issue Paper and will be presented by the developer of the practice. The US EPA and US Air Force have identified ESS as an emerging best practice for improved Conceptual Site Models (CSMs) for complex contaminated groundwater sites. The technology focuses on optimizing existing subsurface/geologic data to create a detailed geologic framework that is the primary control on groundwater movement and contaminant migration. We will discuss the 3-step ESS process and demonstrate how the outcome results in a more effective site management strategy. Second, we will discuss a case study of the implementation of a NASA-developed remediation technology to extract and destroy PCBs and other toxins from contaminated soil, sediment, and groundwater. The receiving waters impact by the plume at the subject site sustain local populations, making success crucial for the area. Results from early batch treatment runs will be discussed along with eventual full-scale impacts. Moderator: David Gillay, Barnes & Thornburg Speakers: Rick Cramer, Burns & McDonnell; Phillip Reagin, ecoSPEARS Topic Coordinator: Tara McCullen
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”three” numbertext2=”one” number1=”3″ number2=”1″ title=”GIS and GPS Tools for Environmental Projects”] This session will provide an update and overview of the state of science relating to modern GPS and GIS “real-time” applications. Hear about real-time mapping and networking, and applications from academic to industrial settings. Moderator: Scott Anderson, HRP Associates Speakers: Mark Russell, Duncan-Parnell; Stephen Moysey, Eastern Carolina University; Katie Ross, Wenck Topic Coordinator: Scott Anderson
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”three” numbertext2=”seven” number1=”3″ number2=”7″ title=”Positioning for Redevelopment: EPA Grant Successes and Lessons Learned”] This session will cover the highlights and obstacles encountered from assessment to redevelopment of sites, including the importance of agency relationships, client expectations, performance of subcontractors, and permitting hurdles. Moderator: Keith Ziobron, Cardno Speakers: Beth Norman; Cardno; Ric Geyer, 787 Windsor Topic Coordinator: Keith Ziobron
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”four” numbertext2=”one” number1=”4″ number2=”1″ title=”Healthfields Redevelopment: Opportunities for Communities in Need”] “Healthfields” refers to the transformation of brownfields sites into viable projects that improve access to health and healthcare of the community through brownfields redevelopment, principals, tools and resources. Healthfields redevelopment has the potential to improve local access to care and reduce Health Disparities through redevelopment. Health centers can also create jobs and bring other benefits. Moderator: Keith Ziobron, Cardno Speakers: MaKara Rumley, Hummingbird Firm; Cynthia Edwards, EPA; Erin Lebow-Skelley, Emory University Topic Coordinator: Keith Ziobron
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”five” numbertext2=”one” number1=”5″ number2=”1″ title=”Beltline Case Studies”] The Atlanta Beltline is one of the most ambitious redevelopment projects undertaken in the United States. The Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina is a multi-use trail along the Reedy River. The leaders of these transformative projects will share how they positively impact the environmental, social and economic fabric of the communities that they are reconnecting. Moderator: Catherine Owens, Atlanta Beltline Speakers: Camilla Warren, US EPA; Shannon Ridley, GA EPD; Michael Williamson, City of Greenville, SC; Dustin J. Heizer, Wood Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. Topic Coordinator: Catherine Owens
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”six” numbertext2=”one” number1=”6″ number2=”1″ title=”Land Protection Branch Update: HSRA, Brownfield and VRP Programs”] Leaders of Georgia’s EPD Land Protection Branch will give updates on rule revisions made in the last year as well as other important changes to regulations and processes that may affect Georgia property and industry stakeholders. Moderator: Kimberley Hale, KMCL Law Speakers: Jeff Cown, Jason Metzger, Sarah Visser, and David Hayes, Georgia EPD Topic Coordinator: Kimberley Hale
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”seven” numbertext2=”one” number1=”7″ number2=”1″ title=”Not-for-Profits Leverage EPA’s Brownfield Grant Programs”] This session will focus on two not-for-profits in various stages of development. Each of these organizations has or intends to develop their facilities on Atlanta Brownfield properties. To date, two of these organizations have leveraged previous EPA Assessment grant dollars to complete the due diligence work required to facilitate the purchase of their properties. One organization, Lifecycle Building Center was also awarded an EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant that will be used to move the organization forward. The balance of the session will address changes to EPA’s Brownfield Program as it relates to no-profits that have been brought on by the recently authorized BUILD Act. Moderator: Keith Ziobron, Cardno Speakers: Shannon Goodman, Lifecycle Building Center; Becky O’Mara, Bearings Bike Shop; Darlene Hawksley, Hawksley Consulting Topic Coordinator: Keith Ziobron
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”eight” numbertext2=”one” number1=”8″ number2=”1″ title=”CANCELLED-Loan, Grant and Cost Recovery Options”]
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Energy / Transportation” email=”firstname.lastname@example.org” cname=”Kristofor Anderson”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”one” numbertext2=”three” number1=”1″ number2=”3″ title=”Renewable Fuels”] The demand for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and other renewable transportation fuels such as Renewable Diesel and Biodiesel has continued to grow in the US, driven by the requirement for low-emission fuels under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, state Renewable Energy Portfolios, and the consumer demand for sustainably sourced goods and services. This panel will discuss the technologies employed in the production and use of these renewable fuels, the RFS program and other available incentives, and opportunities for new project development. For Biodiesel/Renewable Diesel, currently state programs like the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard provides the best incentive. Conventionally, municipal wastewater plants, smaller landfills, and industrial facilities have been precluded from participation in these markets due to the barriers of cost and relatively small size (as measured by biogas production). This presentation will also include a system now in operation in North Carolina that aggregates biogas from five source farms piped to a centralized biogas refinery where it is upgraded to pipeline quality specifications and injected into the existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure. This combined biogas flow yields a volume of biogas that overcomes these market barriers, and provides market access for previously stranded biogas sources. Moderator: Scott Tolleson, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia Speakers: Gus Simmons, Cavanaugh & Associates; Ernie Pollitzer, Clean Energy Consultants; Harry McGowan; Southern Company Topic Coordinator: Ian Skelton
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”two” numbertext2=”three” number1=”2″ number2=”3″ title=”ABCs of AFVs”] Have you ever wondered what types of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) are available and how to compare them to gasoline in terms of miles per gallon? Or how many kWh it takes to charge a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)? Or how to evaluate which Autogas (propane) vehicles are right for your fleet? This panel of speakers will provide a concise, practical overview of the fundamentals of various types of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs). Get the basic information you need to understand the AFV technologies available, how to evaluate the benefits, and where to go next for help evaluating the feasibility for your fleet. Moderator: David Jaskolski, Pivotal LNG Speakers: Ian Skelton, Southern Company Gas; Diane Harris, Georgia Power; Bill Moore, Conger LP Gas Topic Coordinator: Ian Skelton
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”three” numbertext2=”three” number1=”3″ number2=”3″ title=”Port Electrification”] Both sea ports and airports are rapidly changing from gasoline and diesel powered equipment to electricity to move freight in and out of their operations. This is dramatically cutting petroleum consumption but also improving air quality at this emission hot spots. Both the Georgia Power Authority and Delta Air Lines have converted a lot of their existing equipment to electric and with the eTru project (electric truck refrigeration units). Georgia Power is moving this application to electric as well. Moderator: Don Francis, Clean Cities-Georgia Speakers: Mark King, Georgia Power; Paul Harkness, Georgia Ports Authority; Jim Heinzel, Delta Airlines Topic Coordinator: Don Francis
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”four” numbertext2=”three” number1=”4″ number2=”3″ title=”Transportation in Sustainable Cities (Part One)”] This is the first of a two-part session series on the impacts transportation has on a sustainable and resilient city. Basic concepts including the issues of universal access and social equity will be discussed. Additional case studies and speakers will illustrate concepts. Moderator: Catherine Owens, Atlanta Beltline Speaker: Tracie Sanchez, Georgia Department of Economic Development Topic Coordinator: Catherine Owens
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”five” numbertext2=”three” number1=”5″ number2=”3″ title=”Transportation in Sustainable Cities (Part Two)”] This is the second of a two-part session series on the impacts transportation has on a sustainable and resilient city. Within each session the issues of universal access and social equity will be discussed. This session will include interactive discussions and special presentation by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols on the role of electric vehicles for transportation in sustainable cities. Moderator: Catherine Owens, Atlanta Beltline Speakers: Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission; TBD Topic Coordinator: Catherine Owens
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”nine” numbertext2=”three” number1=”9″ number2=”3″ title=”Wind Energy on the US East Coast”] The wind industry is experiencing rapid growth in the U.S. as a viable form of renewables that represents a financially sound and technically attractive energy source at grid scale. Onshore wind is already enjoying exceptional growth, and now offshore wind is coming of age in the U.S. and promises to dramatically expand the horizon of wind energy in the U.S. Experts from the wind industry will present a discussion of the current industry trends, achievements, and challenges related to expanding this alternative energy source to the Southeast. Moderator: David Lis, Ramboll US Corporation Speakers: Jay Borkland, Ramboll US Corporation; Liz Burdock, Business Network for Offshore Wind; Andy Geissbuehler, BVG Associates Topic Coordinator: Keith Cole
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Natural Resources / Coastal / Wetlands” email=”BaileyS@pondco.com” cname=”Stephen Bailey”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”one” numbertext2=”six” number1=”1″ number2=”6″ title=”Lessons Learned from Hurricane Seasons”] Policies on emergency management, coastal armoring, vulnerable structures, dune restoration, and marine habitat were all significantly impacted in the aftermaths of the 2016 and 2017 hurricane seasons. This discussion will cover lessons learned, including the USGS Storm Tide program and recent storm data, an examination of Florida’s emergency orders, how property owners, local governments and states move forward in reacting to and preparing for upcoming active hurricane seasons, and a case study project on Jekyll Island restoring the functionality of an existing, damaged, beachfront rock revetment. Moderator: Scott Anderson, HRP Associates Speakers: Patrick W. Krechowski, GrayRobinson; Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority; Brian McCallum, USGS Topic Coordinator: Scott Anderson
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”three” numbertext2=”six” number1=”3″ number2=”6″ title=”USACE Update”] The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, Regulatory Branch will provide updates on Expedited Permitting, Tribal Coordination, and the 2018 Mitigation Standard Operating Procedure. Moderator: William Rutlin, USACE Speakers: Kim Garvey, Richard Morgan, Rodney Parker, and Adam White, USACE Topic Coordinator: William Rutlin
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”four” numbertext2=”six” number1=”4″ number2=”6″ title=”Strategies for Coastal Resilience in Georgia”] Coastal areas are particularly vulnerable to emerging threats such as sea level rise, extreme weather events, and amplified storm surge which threaten natural resources, developed infrastructure, and human populations. Innovative approaches are necessary to protect the natural and built environments from these hazards. Join leaders from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, and local government as they discuss the challenges facing coastal Georgia and the unique partnerships and strategies being used or developed to mitigate adverse effects and protect natural resources as well as our communities. Topics include land protection, living shorelines, oyster and saltmarsh habitat restoration, community vulnerability assessments, flood risk awareness, and land use planning. Moderator: Glenn Martin, Pond Speakers: Jan MacKinnon, Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Ashby Worley, The Nature Conservancy; Scott Brazell, Camden County Topic Coordinator: Stephen Bailey
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”four” numbertext2=”seven” number1=”4″ number2=”7″ title=”UAVs in the Environmental Profession”] This session will consist of a panel of technical experts who will provide the current state of the practice of UAVs (drone) technology to assist the environmental professional in daily work. Discussion of general regulations for drone usage, various technologies available, and examples of how technology is applied to environmental projects. In addition to capturing high resolution images and sweeping video, UAVs use various remote sensors that focus on specific parts of the light spectrum to collect valuable data that can identify vegetation health, wetland areas, surface temperatures and more. That information can help produce detailed design, construction and planning aids from 3-D modeling and thermal imagery to wildlife and cultural monitoring. A case study will be presented where UAVs were used when installing more than 200 miles of transmission lines through extremely rugged terrain and brutally cold temperatures. Moderator: Christine Mayo, Burn & McDonnell Speakers: Steve Santovasi, Burns & McDonnell; Jesse King, Ramboll Topic Coordinator: Keith Cole
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”five” numbertext2=”six” number1=”5″ number2=”6″ title=”NEPA Processes from Federal Agencies”] National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA, requires environmental review of government funded construction projects: such as highways, dams, bridges. NEPA applies to all federal agencies and their actions. Actions have a wide definition and this can include regulations, policies, projects, licensing and permitting. Depending on the environmental impacts involved in the federal undertakings, different agencies have varying responsibilities in the NEPA review process. This panel features different Federal Agency representatives who participate in NEPA reviews and will discuss NEPA from their agency perspective. Moderator: Charlotte Weber, HNTB Speakers: Jim Lathem, USDA NRCS; Ntale Kajumba, U.S. EPA-NEPA Program; Joyce Stanley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; William Rutlin, USACE Topic Coordinator: Michelle Andotra
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”six” numbertext2=”six” number1=”6″ number2=”6″ title=”Pipeline Permitting in Georgia”] This presentation will discuss methods of permitting pipelines under FERC jurisdiction (interstate natural gas pipelines), state jurisdiction (intrastate natural gas distribution pipelines), and petroleum pipelines. The discussion would focus on eminent domain and the right of condemnation for constructing pipelines on private property. Moderator: Will Roddy, Kinder Morgan Speakers: Patrick Winnubst, Southern Company Gas; Dave Thomas, Burns & McDonnell; Robert Ramsay, Georgia Conservancy Topic Coordinator: Tara McCullen
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”eight” numbertext2=”five” number1=”8″ number2=”5″ title=”Conservation and Restoration of Southeastern Grasslands”] Southeastern Grassland communities have only recently begun to attract attention for the environmental community, but have tremendous potential to drive conservation successes or failures. There are numerous different types of grassland communities native to the Southeastern United States, and nearly all of them have severely declined over the past century, being displaced by development, agriculture, or unmanaged, unburned, mature forest. All of these uses have value, but the values of native southeastern grassland communities in supporting tremendous biodiversity and productivity are being lost. As a result, species of plants and wildlife that depend on grasslands are being lost. This session will address this emerging area of focus for the environmental community by drawing on panelists across sectors of our industry. Because of the early successional nature of grassland communities, many opportunities exist to promote these tall grass habitats within the context of development uses, such as golf courses, utility right of ways, and recreational green space. Moderator: Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority Speakers: Dwayne Estes, Southeastern Grasslands Initiative; Joseph Colbert, Jekyll Island Authority; Alfie Vick, UGA College of Environment and Design Topic Coordinator: Ben Carswell
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”nine” numbertext2=”four” number1=”9″ number2=”4″ title=”Mitigation Panel”] Georgia’s compensatory mitigation banking industry is one of the more sophisticated and advanced programs in the Country. This panel will explore key issues related to how mitigation is quantified under the Corps proposed Standard Operating Procedures and unique challenges associated with Georgia’s coastal mitigation program. Moderator: Byron Kirkpatrick, Troutman Sanders Speakers: Justin Hammonds, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Eric Somerville, U.S. EPA Region 4; Matt Peevy, Mitigation Management Topic Coordinator: Byron Kirkpatrick
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”nine” numbertext2=”five” number1=”9″ number2=”5″ title=”CANCELLED-Creating Protected Greenspace at the Local Level”]
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Sustainability” email=”email@example.com” cname=”PJ Newcomb”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”two” numbertext2=”seven” number1=”2″ number2=”7″ title=”Got Glass? (Or Other Recycling Challenges?)”] A look at the sustainability of the glass recycling industry, viability of single stream glass recycling, and the impacts on Municipalities in the Southeast from the perspective of a recycler, glass manufacturer, glass consumer, and municipality. Moderator: TBD Speakers: Bill Clark, Strategic Materials, Inc.; Jim Nordmeyer, Owens-Illinois Topic Coordinator: Scott Anderson
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”three” numbertext2=”two” number1=”3″ number2=”2″ title=”Environmental Management Systems: Driving Value and Sustainability”] As organizations are becoming leaner, environmental management across multiple facilities and geographies becomes more challenging. What’s more, most companies are no longer satisfied with simply compliance to the law; they also want to show value, corporate responsibility, and risk reduction through sustainability programs. In this session, presenters will share success stories and lessons learned related to the strategic development and implementation of corporate-wide environmental management systems (EMS) to help drive value. This value is evidenced through improved efficiency, consistency, continuity, compliance, and sustainability across the company. We will discuss how to get the most value out of your EMS by employing a balanced approach, centralizing efforts, and focusing on the highest payoff activities. Moderator: Blayr Burcy, Coca-Cola Speakers: Peter Cormier, McCain Foods; Tara McCullen, Burns & McDonnell; Charley Kubler, CHS Topic Coordinator: Tara McCullen
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”four” numbertext2=”two” number1=”4″ number2=”2″ title=”Data Systems Integration for Management”] Business and environmental data can be found in various formats and locations across an organization. Integration of existing systems can provide better analysis across sustainability and resiliency as it relates to operations and external factors. This panel will discuss challenges and solutions to integration of existing data systems and applicability to sustainability and resiliency. Moderator: Mike Shoemaker, Wenck Speakers: Colin Block, Racetrac Petroleum; John Niemoller, Perillon Topic Coordinator: Mike Shoemaker
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”six” numbertext2=”two” number1=”6″ number2=”2″ title=”Georgia Industry Environmental Business Challenges and Sustainable Solutions”] Norfolk Southern Corporation, Shaw Industries, Inc. and Cox Enterprises are leading transportation, manufacturing and communications, media and automotive services companies with major operations in Georgia and contribute significantly to the economy of the State. They also lead within their respective industries with their sustainability and environmental programs. Hear leaders from each of these companies present on their perspectives on environmental topics that affect their businesses. This will include their business sustainability and environmental initiatives and how these initiatives affect decision making and risk management within their organizations. Moderator: Dustin Heizer, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. Speakers: Kellie Ballew, Shaw Industries, Inc.; Steven Aufdenkampe, Norfolk Southern; Robert Fairey, Cox Enterprises, Inc. Topic Coordinator: Dustin Heizer
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”seven” numbertext2=”two” number1=”7″ number2=”2″ title=”Approaches to Product Stewardship”] There is increasing pressure for transparency in products, whether as a part of TSCA, state regulations or even consumer demands for safer, lower-impact products. This is leading companies to find ways to bring products to market that are “greener”, safer, and compliant. Tools range from Life Cycle Assessment to policies such as Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Moderator: Mike Shoemaker, Wenck Speakers: Bob DeMott, Ramboll; Rami Vagal, Mohawk Industries; Mike Shoemaker, Wenck Topic Coordinator: Keith Cole
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”eight” numbertext2=”six” number1=”8″ number2=”6″ title=”Liveable Cities”] This panel brings together three perspectives on Blue/Green Infrastructure: an academic point of view focusing on tools for evaluation of public health benefits; a view of the local practitioner, engaged with Georgian coastal communities; and a view of an urban planner engaged in transferring international practice to the North-Eastern U.S. Following presentations of tools and actual cases, the panel will focus on identifying research gaps and obstacles to implementation of green infrastructure in the U.S. Moderator: Keith Cole, Ramboll US Corporation Speakers: Nadya Nilina, Ramboll US Corporation; Jessica Brown, UGA Marine Extension and Sea Grant; John Steward, Georgia State University Topic Coordinator: Keith Cole
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Waste” email=”firstname.lastname@example.org” cname=”Keith Cole”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”one” numbertext2=”five” number1=”1″ number2=”5″ title=”New Contaminants, Emerging Understanding”] Emerging contaminants are chemicals or suites of compounds that are gaining closer attention from the environmental community over concerns or new information about their potential toxicity and adverse effects to human health and the environment. If there’s one thing businesses and markets dislike, it’s uncertainty. That’s why the concept of emerging contaminants can be a little unsettling. But this is a challenge that usually can be addressed and mitigated with the right care, attention and planning. Moderator: Laurel Royer, Exponent Speakers: Chad Northington, REGENESIS; Timothy Richards, Golder Associates; Timothy Fitzpatrick, AXYS Topic Coordinator: Laurel Royer
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”two” numbertext2=”five” number1=”2″ number2=”5″ title=”Disposal Options for PCB Remediation and Related PCB Matters”] Review of the regulatory foundation under 40CFR761.61 and 40CFR761.62, and the disposal options accorded from the Mega Rule. Moderator: Holly Hill, Troutman Sanders Speakers: Steve Cross, Heritage Environmental; Kirk Kessler, EPS; Chris Saranko, Geosyntec Consultants Topic Coordinator: Keith Cole
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”five” numbertext2=”seven” number1=”5″ number2=”7″ title=”Solid Waste Reduction Strategies and Achieving Zero Waste”] There are many programs that can be employed to assist with achieving zero waste. Whether the next program will target food scraps, construction and demolition debris, textiles or other materials varies from organization to organization. Panelists will present case studies of successful waste reduction and diversion efforts to work toward a goal of zero waste. Moderator: Maury Wolfe, Cox Enterprises, Inc. Speakers: Kelly Weisinger, Emory University; Veronica Roof, Burns & McDonnell; Aleks Poldma, Enviro-Stewards Topic Coordinator: Tara McCullen
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”six” numbertext2=”three” number1=”6″ number2=”3″ title=”Tackling Marine Debris”] Marine Debris is gaining a lot of focus, with some predicting there will be more tons of plastic than marine life in the world’s oceans by 2050. Speakers will outline the scope and scale of the issue as well as programs and activities designed to tackle the challenge. Moderator: Sarah Dearman, Coca-Cola North America Speakers: Jason Locklin, UGA New Materials Institute; Eric DesRoberts, Trash Free Seas Program, Ocean Conservancy; Mark Risse, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Topic Coordinator: PJ Newcomb
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”seven” numbertext2=”six” number1=”7″ number2=”6″ title=” Innovative Technologies for Biotic and Abiotic Groundwater Remediation”] A case study presentation involving the application Bioavailable Media (BAM) for remediation of a high level chlorinated groundwater plume in Georgia will be presented as a viable technology for the treatment of contaminated groundwater. This discussion will be presented in conjunction with another innovative technique using the latest, highly dispersive colloidal reagents for the sorption and destruction of various contaminant classes, ranging from chlorinated solvents to emerging contaminants. Moderator: Jordan Kleine, Land Science Technologies Speaker: Larry Kinsman, ORIN Technologies; Chad Northington, REGENESIS Topic Coordinator: Keith Cole
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”eight” numbertext2=”four” number1=”8″ number2=”4″ title=”Environmental Agencies: Are They Really Protecting Us?”] This session will explore the activities (regulations, guidance, policies, etc.) that state and federal agencies undertake in the pursuit of protecting human health and the environment and whether they are effective in achieving the desired result – in essence, a gap analysis of environmental regulations. Our three panelists, each with varied perspectives (sometimes referred to as “lenses”) on the topic of environmental policy, will offer their insights into such issues as cost/benefit analysis in remediation, resiliency, and citizen participation in the rulemaking and enforcement processes. Adam Sowatzka, a Partner with King & Spalding, is an attorney and will focus on the legal aspects. Jeff Margolin, a Principal with Ramboll, is a consultant and will focus on the technical aspects. MaKara Rumley, the founder and CEO of the consulting firm Hummingbird, is an attorney and expert on environmental justice issues and will focus on the policy aspects. Attendees should expect a spirited debate and plenty of audience participation. Moderator: Jeff Margolin, Ramboll Speakers: Adam Sowatzka, King & Spalding; Jeff Margolin, Ramboll; MaKara Rumley, Hummingbird Topic Coordinator: Keith Cole
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”eight” numbertext2=”seven” number1=”8″ number2=”7″ title=”RCRA Rule Changes: a Program in Flux”] This session will address a series of topics including: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, E manifesting, and solvent wipes. Panelists include representatives form Industry, the legal community, and a national waste management company. Many states will be adopted the 2017 rule and have or are in the process of revising their regulations. Our goal is help you understand how recent RCRA changes impact to your organization. Moderator: Keith Ziobron, Cardno Speaker: Brett Owen, Shaw; Brooke Dickerson, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP; William F. Connors, Clean Harbors Topic Coordinator: Keith Ziobron
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”nine” numbertext2=”six” number1=”9″ number2=”6″ title=”HSRA Rule Amendment Update – Hot off the Press!”] This session will provide a timely update and discussion of the amendments to Hazardous Site Response Act (HSRA) regulations that are scheduled to be considered for adoption by the Board of Natural Resources on August 22, 2018. The majority of the amendments involve adjustments to methodology used to derive risk reduction standards (RRS) for soil and groundwater; however, there are also some changes that are intended to bring the HSRA program more in line with the Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP). The speakers will summarize the recent Board meeting, provide an overview of the rule changes with insights on how the changes are likely to impact HSRA-regulated sites, and discuss other issues that may be considered in another round of HSRA rule updates on the horizon. Moderator: John Spinrad, Arnall Golden Gregory Speaker: Chris Saranko, Geosyntec Consultants; Steven Aufdenkampe, Norfolk Southern; Jason Metzger, Georgia EPD Topic Coordinator: Keith Ziobron
[sc name=”category-title” category=”Water” email=”Nils.Thompson@ntgeologicalsolutions.com” cname=”Nils Thompson”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”one” numbertext2=”four” number1=”1″ number2=”4″ title=”Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the Brunswick Area”] The US Geological Survey has recently completed groundwater modeling, using MODFLOW, of various scenarios to better manage groundwater resources in the Brunswick, GA area. Included are results of particle-tracking near public-supply wells located adjacent to portions of aquifers impacted by saltwater intrusion to determine groundwater-flow directions under various pumping conditions. Moderator: Suzie Grams, USGS Speakers: Gregory Cherry, USGS Topic Coordinator: Nils Thompson
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”two” numbertext2=”four” number1=”2″ number2=”4″ title=”Clean Water Act Panel”] This popular panel discussion will focus on key Clean Water Act case law developments that could have significant implications for Georgia or nationally. Key subtopics are expected to include: scope of federal jurisdiction under the CWA; the “groundwater conduit” theory of CWA liability; NPDES permitting and the scope of the “permit shield”; and 404 Corps permitting (including judicial review of final agency actions). Moderator: Byron Kirkpatrick, Troutman Sanders Speakers: Christine Boucher, Delta Air Lines; Gil Rogers, Southern Environmental Law Center; Fitzgerald Veira, Troutman Sanders Topic Coordinator: Byron Kirkpatrick
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”three” numbertext2=”four” number1=”3″ number2=”4″ title=”Groundwater Quality Issues in the Georgia Coastal Plain”] This topic presents several case studies where groundwater quality played a pivotal role in the use of groundwater as a sustainable resource. Studies presented include low pH groundwater complications for public-supply wells in the Perry, Ga. area; overall groundwater efficiencies associated with industrial-supply wells in the 24-County Georgia Coastal Area; and the use of naturally-occurring trace elements/compounds in groundwater. Moderator: Alice Keyes, One Hundred Miles Speakers: Stephen Wilson, Resolute; Robert Brown, Ecological Planning Group Topic Coordinator: Nils Thompson
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”three” numbertext2=”five” number1=”3″ number2=”5″ title=”CANCELLED-ACF Legal Challenge Updates”]
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”four” numbertext2=”four” number1=”4″ number2=”4″ title=”EPD Watershed Protection Branch Update”] This EPD Branch Update will cover a wide range of current events and issues, including recent EPD Watershed Protection Branch permit appeals, revised antidegradation procedures, and industrial stormwater permitting and compliance. Moderator: Max Zygmont, KMCL Speakers: Jac Capp, Watershed Protection Branch; Anna Truszczynski, Watershed Protection Branch Topic Coordinator: Max Zygmont
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”five” numbertext2=”four” number1=”5″ number2=”4″ title=”Savannah Harbor Expansion Project Update”] The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is a $700 million project to deepen the Savannah River to accommodate larger shipping vessels and vessels with heavier loads. The benefit to the national economy is expected to be more than $174 million per year. This session provides the latest updates on the project from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, and Georgia Ports Authority, along with an overview of the environmental monitoring in support of the project conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Moderator: Suzie Grams, US Geological Survey Speakers: Spencer Davis, USACE-Savannah; Hope Moorer, Georgia Ports Authority; Suzie Grams, USGS Topic Coordinator: Susan Grams
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”six” numbertext2=”four” number1=”6″ number2=”4″ title=”How Ecosystem Services Affect Natural Resource Conservation, Outdoor Recreation & Economic Development”] Continuing the discussion of Session 4.5, Hydrologic Models go Financial, learn more about using publicly-developed models for local natural resource decision making. Learn how natural systems sustain regional economies from local to multi-state, and how Georgia legislators support further opportunities. Conservation Organizations and Municipalities offer their perspectives. Columbus, GA Riverfront and Atlanta, GA Proctor Creek and Chattahoochee River Economic Development and Reuse Strategies will be presented. Moderator: Camilla Warren, EPA Region 4 Brownfields & Land Revitalization Program Speaker: Todd Boatman, Mobile District, US Army Corps of Engineers; Kwanza Hall, Invest Atlanta, Thomas Farmer; Nature Conservancy; David Pope, Saint Simons Land Trust Topic Coordinator: Camilla Warren
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”seven” numbertext2=”four” number1=”7″ number2=”4″ title=”Effective and Sustainable Combined Remedies”] The combined remedy approach to groundwater remediation optimizes contaminated site cleanup as measured by technical efficacy, sustainability and cost to closure. Case studies that demonstrate the value of this combined remedies approach will be presented with supporting conventional and advanced diagnostic data including compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA) and genetic-based molecular biological tools (MBTs). Moderator: John Hollar, Geosyntec Speaker: Matthew Burns, WSP; Greg Roush and Shanna Thompson, Geosyntec; Anna Azimi, Microbial Insights Topic Coordinator: Ganesh Krishnan
[sc name=”topic-title” numbertext1=”eight” numbertext2=”three” number1=”8″ number2=”3″ title=”Georgia Water Supply Reservoirs and Dams Update”] An exciting discussion on dam projects in Georgia that keep people safe and supply water. Moderator: Gregg Hudock, Golder Associates Speakers: Jac Capp, EPD Watershed Protection Branch; Brooke Anderson, Etowah Water and Sewer Authority; Edward Johnson, USACE Topic Coordinator: Gregg Hudock