Jim MillerRoom 11
This topic provides a basic understanding of product sustainability, life cycle assessment (LCA), whole building LCAs, and environmental product declaration (EPDs). The discussion and project examples will be tailored to apply to Georgia and the Southeastern US.
MODERATOR: Jim Miller, WSP
SPEAKERS: Julie Sinistore, PhD, WSP; Debbie Kalish, Ingersoll Rand
Tim FitzpatrickRoom 1/2
PFAS regulatory update from ITRC and discussion on EPA's new PFAS Action Plan.
MODERATOR: Tim Fitzpatrick, SGS Axys
SPEAKERS: Aaryn Jones, EPA R4; Dan Bryant, Woodard Curran
Brian McCallumRoom 4/5
The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is one of the largest mitigation projects in US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) history and a major driver for the economy of Georgia and the Southeast United States. In cooperation with numerous other stakeholders, the USACE Savannah District has reached critical milestones that help continue to guide the project towards completion. Speakers from USACE, the Georgia Ports Authority, and other partner agencies will provide the latest of this crucial infrastructure investment for Georgia, how potential environmental impacts are being mitigated, and what's on the horizon.
MODERATOR: Brian McCallum, USGS
SPEAKERS: Spencer W. Davis, USACE-Savannah District; Hope Moorer, Georgia Ports Authority; Elizabeth Booth, Georgia EPD
Ganesh KrishnanBen Porter Room
This session will provide information on a number of topics relevant to sites being addressed under Georgia EPD’s Land Protection Branch remediation programs. Speakers will provide updates on several technical guidance documents, including soil-to-groundwater migration (leaching) guidance, area averaging guidance, and vapor intrusion guidance. The session will also provide a review the cooperative guidance development process being carried out by the Vapor Intrusion Technical Advisory Committee.
MODERATOR: Keith Ziobron, Cardno
SPEAKERS: Chris Saranko, Geosyntec Consultants; David Hayes and Sarah Visser, Georgia EPD
Stephen BrooksRoom 9/10
Recycling programs can be both resilient and sustainable. This is critical in today’s rapidly changing environment and fluidity of the global market place in order to be successful with your program. This will allow your program to not only survive but flourish during austere economic times.
MODERATOR: Janet Wyche, one world learning
SPEAKERS: Stephen Brooks, FLETC
Ian SkeltonRoom 3
An overview of the current state of Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) technologies, fueling infrastructure development, and incentives. This panel will also focus on the emissions reductions benefits of NGVs and the increasing availability of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). RNG is being introduced into natural gas pipeline systems from sources such as landfills, waste water treatment facilities, and agricultural waste digesters. Fleets can now purchase RNG to fuel their vehicles, thereby further reducing their carbon footprint and generating credits under various federal and state programs that encourage the development of renewable transportation fuels. This panel will also include an assessment of the potential opportunities to develop RNG projects here in Georgia from the agricultural sector.
MODERATOR: Sean Register, Port Fueling Center
SPEAKERS: Gary Hawkins, University of Georgia; Keith Henn, Tetra Tech, Inc.; Ian Skelton, Southern Company Gas; Bob Bonelli, ANGP
Janet WycheRoom 11
John Noel, President, Energy + Environment LLC and former Natural Resources and Environment Committee Georgia Legislator, and Stephen Brooks, FLETC, Chief, Assets and Logistics Division and builder of the award winning recycling and sustainability initiative, discuss their sustainability programs, goals, and challenges. "Sustainability is the challenge of our time. To be greener, smarter, and less polluting than any modern generation before us - for our survival,” states John Noel. Join John and Stephen Brooks, who has produced an award winning video teaching institutions to turn their trash into cash nationwide. You just might return to work with an idea or initiative that could save your organization thousands.
MODERATOR: Janet Wyche, one.world.learning
SPEAKERS: John Noel, Energy + Environment LLC; Stephen Brooks, FLETC
Ganesh KrishnanRoom 9/10
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a broad class of fluorine-containing synthetic chemicals that are part of a growing list of “emerging contaminants,” which have recently received increased regulatory and public attention, including in the southeastern United States. Manufacturers and utilities in northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, Air Force bases throughout Georgia, and manufacturers and utilities in North Carolina are all faced with a multitude of challenges related to PFAS compounds. This session will present an overview of these challenges, including a presentation about proper sampling techniques and laboratory analytical methods, an overview of applicable remediation/treatment technologies with a focus on water and wastewater treatment, and a discussion about legal challenges related to legislation, regulatory actions, litigation, permitting, and property transactions.
MODERATOR: Shanna Thompson, Geosyntec Consultants
SPEAKERS: Tim Fitzpatrick, SGS Axys; Rich Murray, Geosyntec Consultants; Jonathan Wells, KMCL Law
John SpinradBen Porter Room
This session, which will in include a timely case study, will cover issues typically encountered by those redeveloping Brownfield sites with PCBs. Topics include the interaction between state Brownfield and federal TSCA regulators; recommended due diligence for PCBs in building materials; and key disposal rules that can dramatically affect the cost of a PCB cleanup project. The panel will also address EPA’s current regulatory reform efforts designed to streamline PCB remediation.
MODERATOR: John Spinrad, Arnall Golden Gregory
SPEAKERS: Ken Feely, US EPA Region 4; Steve Cross, Heritage; Shaun Malin, P.G., HRP Associates
Laurel RoyerRoom 4/5
A discussion focused on state of the science of our understanding of the potential for chemical exposure from the environment and everyday use of chemicals; assessment of exposure outcomes e.g. cancers; and ongoing biomonitoring studies.
MODERATOR: Laurel A. Royer, Ph.D., Exponent
SPEAKERS: Carmen Marsit, Ph.D., Emory University; Jennie Ward Robinson, Ph.D., Institute for Global Health, University of Massachusetts and Alliance for Global Health Innovation
Tara McCullenRoom 7/8
Governments, institutions, businesses, and individuals expend significant efforts and funds to address litter in our communities and keep it from ending up in the waterways. The majority of costs incurred are spent on abatement and enforcement efforts, which places us in a reactionary mode. The session will provide an understanding of the quantity and cost of litter. In addition, our panelists will highlight recent developments of more effective prevention and education and outreach programs advancing a more proactive approach when addressing litter.
MODERATOR: Laurene Hamilton, Cox Enterprises
SPEAKERS: Natalie Johnston-Russell, Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation; Veronica Roof, Burns & McDonnell; Jon Radtke, Coca-Cola
Stephanie StuckeyRoom 1/2
Updates on the latest in electric fleets.
MODERATOR: Andrea Pinabell, Southface
SPEAKERS: Brad Norman, Georgia Power; Nick Deffley, City of Savannah
David BellRoom 4/5
This panel will explore how different organizations in Georgia are tackling building sustainability, including the living Georgia Tech Kendeda Building (new build), and how the state and other large institutions are incorporating efficiency and renewable energy into their facilities. The focus is on the latest sustainable use of water, energy, materials, and waste. Panel includes representatives from Georgia Tech, state agencies, and retrofit companies.
MODERATOR: David Bell, Jacobs
SPEAKERS: Tim Trefzer, Georgia World Congress Center; Nazia Zakir and April Kelly, Georgia Tech; Whitney Ashley, Lord Aeck Sargent
Ellen HancockBen Porter Room
Expert panelists will examine innovative vapor mitigation techniques that assisted with the reinvigoration of two cities: Raleigh, NC and Charleston, SC. This before and after look on brownfield redevelopment will discuss the technologies used, the positive effect on the environment, and lastly how it impacted economic growth, created jobs, and revitalized communities.
MODERATOR: Zarah Thanasides, EAI South
SPEAKERS: Stanford Lummus, S&ME; Matthew Jenny, Geosyntec; Matt Geary, Minerals Technologies
Brian McCallumRoom 1/2
The use of microbial source tracking field sampling and data analysis techniques are a new frontier for the identification of watershed impacts by trying to determine the class of impact source, or more directly the source itself, to aid water resource managers with implementing more specific remediation efforts. But user beware! These new techniques have limitations that must be clearly understood. When applied appropriately, microbial source tracking has great potential to impact field and policy applications. Speakers will present the potential and limits for this exciting new approach to watershed management.
MODERATOR: Brian McCallum, USGS
SPEAKERS: Dr. Anna McKee USGS; Marirosa Molina, EPA; Heather Gacek, Gwinnett DWR
William RutlinRoom 7/8
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District Regulatory Branch will provide a regulatory update on topics including Section 7 Consultation Procedures, Waters of the United States rule, Compensatory Mitigation initiatives, Regional and Nationwide Permits, and "E-Permits."
MODERATOR: William Rutlin, USACE
SPEAKERS: Dale Beter, Philip Shannin, Brian Moore, Justin Hammonds, and William Rutlin, USACE
Gary HawkinsRoom 11
This session will provide information on the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves an important environmental role worldwide. Audubon International has developed Standard Environmental Management Practices that are generally applicable to all golf courses. These standards form the basis for ACSP for Golf certification guidelines. The speakers will explain the program from the National Organization and three course superintendents will explain some of the aspects of becoming certified and how does management of a course look on a daily basis.
MODERATOR: Gary Hawkins, UGA
SPEAKERS: Buck Workman and Savannah Schell, Cateechee Golf Club, Hartwell, GA; Chris Steigelman, The Landings Club, Savannah, GA; Frank LaVardera, Audubon International
Ganesh KrishnanRoom 9/10
The speakers will discuss recent rule changes impacting Georgia industry, permit modeling and current EPA guidance; provide a practical legal review of new air rules and policy decisions; and discuss the challenges in planning for capital projects and evaluation of factors such as baseline actual emissions, projected actual emissions, routine maintenance/repair/replacement, management of change, and new chemical introductions.
MODERATOR: Marty Jones, Geosyntec Consultants
SPEAKERS: Eric Cornwell, Georgia EPD; Mack McGuffey, Troutman Sanders; Hari Krishna, McWane, Inc.
Scott RoisRoom 1/2
Entities, including businesses, governments and non-profits, face an evolving landscape of environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related risks that can affect their profitability, success and even survival. Greg Koch of ERM and Lawrence Heim, author of Killing Sustainability, will offer differing viewpoints on how Sustainability is being used and how it can be used more successfully. Eric Reynolds, Director of Sustainability at JM Huber, will speak on his company’s vales and vision for Sustainability.
MODERATOR: Scott Rois, ERM
SPEAKERS: Greg Koch, ERM; Lawrence Heim, Killing Sustainability; Eric Reynolds, JM Huber
Patrick KrechowskiRoom 11
Florida is home to thousands of miles of ocean, gulf, and tidally-influenced shorelines that are constantly impacted by change. From major storm events to the daily forces of nature and the public’s need and desire to protect upland property, Florida’s varied coastlines can often be subject to some form of armoring. This session will examine the wide spectrum of armoring types and their effects and impacts, including living shorelines, emergency actions and their unintended consequences, sea level rise implications, and public access.
MODERATOR: Patrick Krechowski, Jimerson Birr
SPEAKERS: Danielle Irwin, Cummins Cederberg; Patrick Krechowski, Jimerson Birr
Scott AndersonBen Porter Room
Voluntary cleanup programs vary from State to State within Region IV. Some states regulate voluntary cleanup actions under a unified Brownfields program, while other states have an independent regulatory approach. This panel discussion will look into the advantages and challenges associated with their State’s voluntary cleanup regulations.
MODERATOR: Jordan Knight, Land Science
SPEAKERS: Shannon Ridley, GA EPD; Mark Berenbrok, SC DHEC; Miles Ballogg, Cardno
Keith ZiobronRoom 4/5
Using EPA funds, the City of Greenville, MS has established a dynamic Brownfield Program in part to address job loss and crumbling infrastructure. The program characterized multiple shuttered industrial facilities, and provided the due diligence necessary to facilitate the acquisition of one of these blighted properties by an agribusiness enterprise that will bring a number of good paying jobs into the community. Based on the success of the program, the city has applied for one cleanup and an additional assessment grant that will focus on the revitalization of its downtown entertainment district.
MODERATOR: Keith Ziobron, Cardno
SPEAKERS: Errick Simmons, City of Greenville, MS; Will Coppage, Washington County Economic Alliance; Derek Street, EPA
Max ZygmontRoom 7/8
This EPD Branch Update will provide a general update on the activities of the Air Branch, with particular focuses to include permitting and enforcement updates, regional haze, and the potential for and impacts from NAAQS revisions.
MODERATOR: Shelly Ellerhorst, KMCL Law
SPEAKERS: Eric Cornwell and Jim Boylan, EPD Air Protection Branch
Keith ColeRoom 9/10
This presentation is on navigating the disposal options and regulatory requirements of RCRA. There is a focus on landfill disposal (LDR) and options available to reduce costs with remediation projects.
MODERATOR: Larry Lamberth, US EPA
SPEAKERS: Steve Cross, Heritage Environmental
Keith ColeRoom 3
Resiliency, sustainability, decarbonization, electrification, microgrids, renewables, alternative energy. There are but a few instances in our 100+ years working within an organized energy sector that we have been confronted with so many technologies and approaches in this industry and as a consumer. The pace of this changing landscape is impressive and accelerating in what has long been thought of as an industry full of marginal adopters. Our breakout session will discuss emerging trends, policies and implications in the clean(er) economy movement, and highlight examples under the goals of resiliency, sustainability, and decarbonization that are beginning to take root and advance today.
MODERATOR: Russell Kemp, Ramboll
SPEAKER: Neil Webb, Ramboll
Scott AndersonRoom 1/2
How can we leverage and strengthen partnerships to support the achievement of a healthier environment to ensure a cleaner environment and better future? Team members from NASA, ecoSPEARS, WAWA, and Coca-Cola will discuss the importance of implementing sustainable practices within their organizations to help accomplish the goals of: improving local food, water, and air quality; delivering clean water and sanitation to impacted communities; implementing sustainable green environmental technologies; and ensuring and protecting human health and well-being. The panel will provide dialogue on how their organizations are working together in Atlanta via sustainable technologies to clean and protect water quality in Proctor Creek and its surrounding communities.
MODERATOR: Scott Anderson, HRP Associates
SPEAKERS: Jim Nichols, NASA; Phillip Reagin, ecoSPEARS; Darryl Haddock, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA); TBD, Coca-Cola
Stephen BaileyRoom 4/5
Join passionate experts in the fields of aquatic connectivity, fluvial engineering, and river and coastal ecology as they discuss and present success stories of the practice and national movement to free our rivers, restore wetlands and coasts, and discuss solutions that create a more resilient natural and built environment. Speakers will discuss dam removal, river channel restoration, coastal resiliency and wetland restoration while highlighting the many benefits of restoration projects in regulated river systems, wetlands, and coastal areas.
MODERATOR: Stephen Bailey, Pond
SPEAKERS: Dr. James Shelton, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, UGA; Sara Gottlieb, The Nature Conservancy; Robin Armetta, US Army Corps of Engineers
Jordan KnightBen Porter Room
Georgia EPD is in the process of developing a state-specific Vapor Intrusion Guidance document and has assembled a Technical Advisory Committee to assist in the development of this document. In this session, you will hear from GA EPD and TAC members regarding the contents of the Guidance, the anticipated timeline for issuing the Final Guidance, and the possible implications of the Guidance for site assessment, real estate transactions, and the Brownfield redevelopment process.
MODERATOR: Jordan Knight, Land Science
SPEAKERS: David Hayes, GA EPD; Jim Fineis, Total Vapor Solutions; Chris Saranko, Geosyntec
Max ZygmontRoom 7/8
This EPD Branch Update will focus on the status and progress of EPD’s nutrient trading stakeholder process, as well as next steps for rulemaking and regional water planning.
MODERATOR: Helen Barnes, KMCL Law
SPEAKERS: Anna Truszczynski and Jennifer Welte, GA EPD
Scott ThackstonRoom 3
The GFC has handled BMPs for forestry under “319 Nonpoint Grants” passed down from GA-EPD for many years. Basically, GFC acts as an arm of GA-EPD for true forestry operations (not land conversions). The BMPs are designed to protect water and land resources during true forestry operations. We have data going back for nearly 30 years on those BMP Surveys. Those surveys are general done now every other year. Those surveys (actual randomly selected statewide site inspections) act as monitoring for BMP implementation/compliance, along with BMP Assurance Exams which are done continuously to address complaints and/or requests the can come in at any time. We provide education and advice for loggers, foresters, landowners, government agencies, NGO, etc… on forestry and BMPs. We handle mediation of forestry water quality complaints as mentioned already. We work with many other natural resource/environmental agencies including the GA-EPD, as well as the US-EPA, US-ACE, USFS, NRCS, etc…. on forestry topics concerning water quality. Very similar work is done in most of the 13 southeastern states.
MODERATOR: Cliff Lewis, GA DNR
SPEAKERS: Scott Thackston, Georgia Forestry Commission
Peter FleuryRoom 9/10
This topic will explore how environmentally impacted sites can achieve compliance and reuse by the application of multiple regulatory programs. A panel will discuss the project level, regulatory and legal aspects of sites in RCRA and Brownfields programs achieving compliance by entering the Voluntary Remediation Program.
MODERATOR: Holly Hill, Troutman Sanders
SPEAKERS: Adam Hanley and Michael Smilley, GA EPD; Katie Ross, Wenck; Adam Sowatzka, King & Spalding
Michelle AndotraRoom 11
A dynamic panel of experts will discuss initiatives in the Atlanta area for building beautiful greenspace over existing highways. A representative from Central Atlanta Progress will discuss The Stitch, a very exciting proposal for the downtown area of Atlanta, and a representative from Buckhead CID will talk about The Park Over 400 effort.
MODERATOR: Janet Wyche, one.world.learning
SPEAKERS: Audrey Leous or Jennifer Ball, Central Atlanta Progress; Jim Durrett, Buckhead CID
Ganesh KrishnanRoom 1/2
Changes in climate are having noticeable effects that include increased likelihood of weather-related natural disasters and sea level rise. To improve community resiliency to weather-related natural disasters and sea level rise, it is critical to understand and identify risks to coastal communities, as well as inland communities susceptible to flooding. This session will begin with a discussion of risks, including risks to residential communities, public and private entities, and infrastructure. The panel will elaborate on trends in risk assessment for private and public entities. Legal, planning/policy, engineering, and insurance perspectives will provide a well-rounded dialogue regarding climate change risk and solutions. The panel will assess the degree to which communities are susceptible to climate change risks and what tools are available to enable communities to adapt and respond to extreme events. Answers to several questions will be explored. What solutions are being developed in the private sector and how can the public sector apply those solutions? What are community resources paying for? What resources are readily available? What’s the future cost of doing nothing? This session will present a holistic approach to community resiliency – knowing, managing, reducing, mitigating and transferring risks.
MODERATOR: Nandra Weeks, Geosyntec Consultants
SPEAKERS: Jack Smith, Nelson Mullins; Shana Jones, UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government; Paul Tschirky, Geosyntec Consultants; Carl Schneider, Schneider Insurance
Keith ColeRoom 4/5
This presentation will feature the unique challenges and issues for rebuilding coastal communities following major natural disasters. John Hebert will provide insight on “what’s missing” in the current NEPA process as well as a number of “lessons learned” to maximize coastal resiliency in light of modeled predictions of relative sea level rise. Case studies from past storms will be presented that demonstrate forward looking coastal planning including an ongoing project of resettling an entire coastal community of native American Indians further inland, referred to in media as “the first climate change refugees” as well as examples from Denmark. The Corps has developed risk assessment tools and management measures to evaluate coastal risk that Georgia coastal communities, local and state governments, Tribes, Federal agencies, and others, to use in developing implementable strategies to reduce coastal risk and resilience. April Patterson will present the Tier 1 Risk Assessment tool, management measures, and future study efforts to develop a Tier 2 Risk Assessment for the Georgia coast.
MODERATOR: Keith Cole, Ramboll
SPEAKERS: John L. Hebert, Ramboll; April Nudo Patterson, Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kimberley HaleBen Porter Room
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 LLP
SPEAKERS: Jason Metzger, Chuck Mueller, and Laura Williams, Georgia EPD
Jennifer WelteRoom 7/8
This panel discussion will include experts from the Regional Water Planning process, including Council members, EPD staff and Metro North Georgia Water Planning District staff to discuss recent updates to the Regional Water Plans (RWPs), highlight recent outreach and education activities and overview several of the important implementation items from the RWPs. The panel will include a facilitated discussion to highlight recent successes and on-going collaboration, plus discuss future challenges and opportunities the panel sees as Georgia moves into the next plan update cycle.
MODERATOR: Shayne Wood, CDM Smith
SPEAKERS: Danny Johnson, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District; Jennifer Welte, Georgia EPD; Benjy Thompson, Coastal Georgia Regional Water Planning Council; Ed Jeffords, Altamaha Regional Water Planning Council; Gary Hawkins, UGA; Danielle Honour, CDM Smith
Byron KirkpatrickRoom 9/10
While many of the Obama Administration climate regulations have been rolled back, the Trump Administration is issuing its own version of the regulations which will require implementation in Georgia. In 2019, EPA will be issuing final CO2 regulations for new, modified and existing electric generating units and plans to revise methane regulations for municipal solid waste landfills. From power plants to landfills, these regulations will impact new and existing sources statewide and may serve as a template for regulation of other source categories in the future. This panel will discuss the current state of play on these emerging greenhouse gas regulations, implementation in Georgia and implications for other sectors.
MODERATOR: Margaret Campbell, Troutman Sanders
SPEAKERS: Eric Cornwell, Georgia EPD; Ken Mitchell, EPA Region 4; Mack McGuffey, Troutman Sanders
Kathleen BowenRoom 11
The discussion will include a history of the Laurens County Solid Waste Management Authority’s composting operation from its beginning in 2008 as the first biosolids composting operation located at a landfill to present. Along the way, it has expanded its program to include animal mortalities, food residuals and sawdust with great results, but has also experienced some unforeseen “headaches.” This session will focus on the issues that have caused the problems and how easily most of these can be remedied with good partners.
MODERATOR: Kathleen Bowen, ACCG
SPEAKERS: Michael Snipes, Laurens County Solid Waste Management Authority
Tara McCullenRoom 3
Presentation will include a brief summary of the process required to get a project approved by FERC (using a recent 2018 case study) and the obligations the NG company must meet during operations and modifications.
MODERATOR: Jesse Brown, Golder
SPEAKERS: Blake Amos, Kinder Morgan; Robyn Susemihl, Burns & McDonnell
Stephen BaileyRoom 1/2
Communities and State governments are increasingly utilizing living shorelines and bioengineering solutions. Georgia DNR Coastal Resources Division will give an in depth presentation of the engineering, permitting, and coordination with stakeholders required to implement these projects.
MODERATOR: Glenn Martin, Pond
SPEAKERS: Jan Mackinnon, Georgia DNR; Scott Coleman, Little St. Simons Island; Tom Havens, Coastal Civil Engineering
Dustin HeizerBen Porter Room
The Koppers Superfund Site is an EPA National Priority List Site (due to prior wood treating operations) and is the 60-acre center portion of a larger overall proposed mixed use development known as the Magnolia Redevelopment in Charleston, SC. The property is located on the Ashley River in Charleston just north of the Citadel. The purchaser (a subsidiary of Highland Resources, Inc. of Houston, TX) and EPA have collectively developed a remedial approach that would allow removal of a vast majority of the site from the NPL (thus allowing it to proceed through South Carolina’s Voluntary Cleanup Program) based on technical impracticability. The agreed upon remedy, which must be implemented prior to removal of the site from the NPL, also involves the implementation of approximately $30 million of cleanup. Speakers include Gerald Pouncey (lead counsel for the purchaser), Craig Zeller (EPA response officer at the site), and Dan Grogan (principal of Wood, LLC, the environmental remediation company involved in the assessment and cleanup).
MODERATOR: Dustin Heizer, Wood
SPEAKERS: Gerald Pouncey, Morris, Manning & Martin; Craig Zeller, US EPA; Phil Pauquette, Wood
Kimberly SandersRoom 9/10
This topic will explore reuse as a management technique for wastewater and stormwater. A panel of experts will discuss municipal wastewater technologies and local reuse practices, a higher-education/private-sector example of stormwater reuse at Georgia Tech’s Engineered Biosystems Building and Commons Building, and the legalities associated with reuse versus traditional management methods.
MODERATOR: Kimberly Sanders, Wenck Associates
SPEAKERS: Nazia Zakir, Georgia Institute of Technology; Rasheed Ahmad, PhD, P.E., WSP; Adam Sowatzka, King and Spalding
Jonathan WellsRoom 7/8
After years of development, US EPA has issued a final rule to manage hazardous waste pharmaceuticals generated by healthcare facilities (hospitals, clinics, and retail pharmacies) and reverse distributors of pharmaceuticals. While much of the new rule brings welcome regulatory relief to the healthcare industry, other aspects of the rule will require extra vigilance and new waste management policies. This panel will provide an overview of the rule as well as EPA’s policy rationale for developing the rule and will discuss some of the challenges that certain healthcare sectors will face when the rule is implemented.
MODERATOR: Jonathan Wells, KMCL
SPEAKERS: Alan Annicella, US EPA Region 4; Elise Paeffgen, Alston & Bird; Selin Hoboy, Stericycle, Inc.
Len DiprimaRoom 4/5
Electric utilities are working to comply with CCR regulatory requirements, to retrofit existing generation with upgraded compliance technologies, to convert more of generation capacity to renewable energy sources, and to decommission older, less efficient generating facilities. This effort requires closing of ash ponds and management of their fuel sources, coal piles. This is a costly endeavor, and utility companies are working diligently to meet these challenges while trying to reduce the cost of these efforts to maintain low, competitive rates for their customers. Learn about the technologies being developed and employed, and how utilities across the US are solving this challenge.
MODERATOR: Leonard Diprima, United Consulting
SPEAKERS: Brett Mitchell, Southern Company; Timothy Richards, Golder Associates; Lynn Williams, RPM Solutions
Kristofor AndersonRoom 11
Renewable energy is growing and evolving quickly across the country, including in the Southeast. This panel will focus on renewable energy trends and innovations at the national and regional level. The session will also highlight significant recent solar development undertaken by the Jacksonville Electric Authority.
MODERATOR: Kristofor Anderson, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
SPEAKERS: Deb Luchsinger, Enercon; Steve McInall, Jacksonville Electric Authority
Ben CarswellRoom 1/2
The range of wildlife conservation efforts in the southeast is matched only by the astounding diversity of wildlife in our region. In this session we will explore successes, challenges, commonalities, and contrasts across a range of species, native and exotic. We’ll learn about huge right whales, among the most precariously endangered animals in the world, as well comparatively tiny shorebirds, both pressured by a multitude of threats as they migrate great distances. We’ll also hear about research taking place on Jekyll Island studying the unfairly feared and persecuted eastern diamondback rattlesnake, and a unique facility in Louisiana that provides sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from medical research.
MODERATOR: Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority
SPEAKERS: Clay George, Georgia DNR; Collin Richter, Jekyll Island Authority/Americorps; Abby Sterling, Ph.D., Manomet; Ellen Brady-McGaughey, Chimp Haven
Jimmy ThomasRoom 3
The topic covers the effects of soil excavation on groundwater geochemistry and concentrations. One panelist will discuss groundwater modeling of radionnuclides using two different programs to identify pathways from a release to a potable water source. The other panelist will present case studies in which soil excavation to groundwater resulted in changes to aqueous geochemistry that caused further releases to groundwater.
MODERATOR: Jimmy Thomas, ENERCON
SPEAKERS: Gerald Williams, ENERCON; Stephen Wilson, Resolute
Michelle AndotraRoom 4/5
Representatives from the Federal Highway Administration and the Atlanta Regional Commission will discuss current and new strategies to implement sustainability into transportation decision-making. The discussion will highlight and focus on FHWA’s INVEST self-evaluation tool, how it is used, and what it can do for sustainability planning within your organization.
MODERATOR: Timothy Richards, Golder Associates, Inc.
SPEAKERS: Constance M. Hill Galloway, Ph.D., FHWA; Kofi Wakhisi, Esq., AICP, ARC
Kimberly SandersBen Porter Room
This panel will discuss how multi-family developers planning to utilize low-income housing tax credits meet the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Federal Department Housing and Urban Development environmental requirements. These requirements play a large role in making a complex housing finance deal possible in order to bring under-utilized sites back for reuse.
MODERATOR: Katie Ross, P.G., Wenck
SPEAKERS: Sherrie Potter, Georgia Department of Community Affairs; Paul Robinson, The Vecino Group; Kimberly Sanders, Wenck
Tim FitzpatrickRoom 9/10
A discussion focused on a pilot study with Florida DEP looking a wide range of emerging contaminants in four major rivers in North Florida using both grab sampling and passive sampling techniques. The NC DEQ will also present on the GenX case study in the Cape Fear River.
MODERATOR: Tim Fitzpatrick, SGS Axys
SPEAKERS: Jade Burtchett, Florida DEP; Julie Woosley, NC DEQ
Camilla WarrenRoom 11
Feral swine have become a threat to agriculture, native ecosystems, and human and animal health. NRCS and APHIS-Wildlife Services have partnered together in the 2018 Farm Bill to assist producers through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP.) Pilot projects will consist broadly of three coordinated components: 1) feral swine removal by APHIS; 2) restoration efforts supported by NRCS; and 3) assistance to producers for feral swine control provided through partnership agreements with non-federal partners. This presentation will cover those coordinated efforts.
MODERATOR: Sharon Swagger, USDA NRCS
SPEAKERS: Tina Jerome, USDA NRCS; Odin Stephens, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services; TBD
Camilla WarrenRoom 7/8
The humble headwaters of Georgia’s second longest river flow around and under the world’s busiest airport. "Finding the Flint" is a vision to reveal these streams in a way that restores healthy river flows and reconnects communities. In this session, the Finding the Flint team will discuss the process for launching this ambitious vision, galvanizing support from diverse airport area stakeholders, and grounding project ideas in authentic community engagement.
SPEAKERS: Hannah Palmer, Finding the Flint; Stacy Funderburke, The Conservation Fund; Danny Johnson, Metro North Georgia Water Planning District (Atlanta Regional Commission)
Patrick KrechowskiBen Porter Room
This session will explore beach and marsh management with an emphasis on resiliency and innovative approaches in both Florida and Georgia. The policies, funding, and success stories of the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Act will be examined in light of Florida's recent change in administration and the impacts of major storms over the past 3-4 years. A case study involving a recent Army Corps project will be presented to show how innovation and forward thinking can address marsh-side resiliency concerns. Finally, the potential benefits of an as-yet implemented proposal for a unique and visionary management project in Jekyll Island will be explored.
MODERATOR: Patrick Krechowski, Jimerson Birr, P.A.
SPEAKERS: Jackie Larson, Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association; Clayton McCoy, USACE; Heath Hansell, Applied Technology & Management; Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority
David MookRoom 9/10
Dave Robau is the CEO & Chief Scientist with National Energy USA. With his unique perspective on resource management, he will discuss some innovative technologies to address the changes in the recycling market. Dave will also discuss how the military is using waste-powered microgrids for energy security at military installations.
MODERATOR: David Mook, Centergy Group
SPEAKER: Dave Robau, National Energy USA (FL)
Camilla WarrenRoom 11
One of Georgia NRCS' top resource concern priorities is water quality. During this session, we will present the programmatic prioritization for funding conservation practices on private farmland for water quality protection, and will provide examples and scenarios for both biological, agronomic and engineering conservation practices.
MODERATOR: Sharon Swagger, USDA NRCS
SPEAKERS: Tina Jerome, Catherine Magee, and Molly Dawson, USDA NRCS
Camilla WarrenRoom 4/5
A fireside chat will be held to discuss EPA’s water quality partnership programs including Trash Free Waters, Urban Waters, and National Estuary Programs. Experts will paint a road map from project ideation to project implementation; how to develop the partnerships necessary to minimize the flow of plastics and other trash into our rivers, streams, and oceans, using the Proctor Creek, Atlanta Trash Trap project as a case study along with a discussion of other project opportunities using private- public- philanthropic partnerships.
MODERATOR: Adam Saslow, Kearns & West
SPEAKERS: Cynthia Edwards, EPA Region 4; Darryl Haddock, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance/Proctor Creek Urban Water Federal Partnership; Brett Howell, Howell Conservation Fund
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