TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 – AGENDA DETAILS

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GUIDE TO SESSION   TRACKS...

Regulations &
Best Practices

General survey sessions for those new to the topic or wanting a refresher.

Advanced Topics
Raising the Bar

Advanced sessions exploring technical topics in greater depth.

Hot Topic
Conversations

Round Table discussions
that take on complex and controversial topics.
Sustainable
Business

Sessions addressing sustainability from a
business perspective.
7:00-8:15

Registration & Continental Breakfast | Networking Breakfast (7:30-8:05)
Network while you eat! The  Networking Breakfast is a hosted event designed to maximize networking with fellow attendees. [Info]

8:15-9:30

SESSION 1 – Concurrent Tracks

 
Regulations & Best
Practices

 

1A   Environmental Forecasting: Clear or Clairvoyant?

Business managers like predictability and certainty – especially when it comes to environmental regulation. Discuss emerging trends in environmental regulations and approaches to managing business operations while ensuring compliance. Learn how one leading technology corporation is predicting and preparing for a cleaner, greener future using Best Known Methods to develop compliance forecasts and mitigation strategies.  

Moderator
- Scott Woerman, Landau Associates, Inc.

Speakers
- Melissa Gresham, Intel
- Shivani Kesar, AECOM


 

 

 

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar

1B   Determining Human Health Risks

Assessing risks to human health is a key factor in deciding whether remediation is required at contaminated sites, and in determining appropriate cleanup levels. This session will provide practical information and case examples on determining human health risks, and how those risks impact cleanup levels and remediation decisions at sites in the Northwest.

Moderator
- Suzanne Lacampagne, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Speakers
- Paul Anderson, Arcadis
- Jeff Peterson, SLR Consulting

-
Mike Poulson, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
 

Hot Topic
Conversations
1C   Carbon Pricing for the Northwest

We have seen unprecedented actions by cities, states, and nations to regulate carbon emissions worldwide in the last year. How will our new President impact carbon regulation efforts in the Pacific NW and associated impacts on businesses? Hear from experts weighing in on trends, policy prescriptions, tools businesses can use, and actions they can take to manage their carbon emissions.

Moderator
- Eric Wohlgemuth, Future 500

Speakers
- Angus Duncan, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
- Sarah Severn, Washington Business for Climate Action

Sustainable
Business

1D   Making the Business Case for Sustainability

While sustainability continues to be viewed as a core driver in organizations today, the business case for sustainability is increasingly integrated, cross-functional, and complex. Come hear industry perspectives and case studies on the challenge (and opportunity) for organizations in understanding the role sustainability plays in the organization, how sustainability can be integrated, and the overall strategic drivers for sustainability programs.

Moderator
- Craig Riley, AECOM

Speakers
- Myron Burr, Siltronic
- Cynthia Figge, CSRHub / Ekos International
- Leslie Stanton, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

9:45-10:45
Welcome & Keynote Panel: Regulatory Update  
- Leah Feldon, Deputy Director, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
- Russell E. Olsen, Director, Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency
10:45-11:15 Networking & Trade Show Break 
11:15-12:30 SESSION 2 – Concurrent Tracks 
Regulations & Best
Practices
2A   Stormwater Permitting Fundamentals
Examine the basic stormwater permitting requirements in Oregon and Washington, along with a step-by-step approach to address the increasingly rigorous standards, including best management practices (BMPs), what to do if your facility fails to meet the discharge benchmarks using passive approaches and how to prepare for inspection.
Moderator
- Nathan Holloway, Clear Water Services

Speakers
- Kurt Baumgarten, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Alan Flemming, Kennedy Jenks Consultants

- Amy Moon, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Joan Snyder, Stoel Rives
LLP

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
2B   Climate Change & Surface Water Resources
Climate change is a reality and has vast implications. Explore the ways that climate change can affect the quantity and quality of our surface water resources and how to account for those impacts when using models for resource planning and management.

Moderator
-
Kavita Heyn, Portland Water Bureau


Speakers

- Robert Annear, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
David Rupp, Oregon State University

Hot Topic
Conversations
2C   When Does Data Become Public Information?
As the ability and expectation to collect more and more data grows, a number of challenges have emerged. Are all types of data subject to public disclosure? How do you ensure transparency while protecting pre-decisional information? Join this panel of public and private sector experts as they grapple with the challenges of collecting and disseminating multiple types of data and educate the regulated community on the perils and pitfalls of Oregon’s public records laws.

Moderator
 - Ray Outlaw, EnviroIssues

Speakers 
- Rob Cowie, Dept. of Human Services & Oregon Health Authority
- Kirk Maag, Stoel Rives LLP
- Ian Whitlock, Port of Portland

Sustainable
Business
2D   Joining the Circular Economy

The term “circular economy” is one of the hottest topics of conversation in sustainable circles. Join a panel of experts as they discuss what the circular economy is, how we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from those resources and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Moderator
- Ed Munro, Sustainability Consultant

Speakers

- Michael Armstrong, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
- Sarah Beaubien, Tillamook County Creamery Association
- Scott Byrne, Tetra Pak


12:30-1:30


LUNCH & Keynote: Our Change The Course (CtC) Campaign
- Jonathan Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director, Coca-Cola North America
- Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
1:30-2:00 Networking & Trade Show Break
2:00-3:15 SESSION 3 – Concurrent Tracks
Regulations & Best
Practices
3A   Air Quality Permitting Fundamentals
In this session, examine the basics of performance source testing from the regulator, tester and industry perspectives and recognize the conditions that trigger the requirement for source testing and learn the various elements of how each party should be involved in their portion of the test program and the responsibilities and potential challenges of each partner. Listen to speakers who will highlight the common places for errors related to source testing and reporting and how to overcome them and share the myriad of resources available to help guide you through successful performance testing in fulfilment of your air quality permit.

Moderator
- Steve Misner, Kennedy Jenks Consultants

Speakers

- Jim Guenthoer, CleanAir Engineering 
- Paul Mairose, Southwest Clean Air Agency
Michael Orman, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

 


Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
3BLessons from the New Industrial Stormwater Standards

Management of industrial stormwater in the Pacific Northwest continues to evolve and challenge the permitted community. In Oregon, the 1200-Z permit is in the process of being renewed and in Washington general industrial stormwater benchmark values may be modified. Panelists will discuss anticipated new regulatory requirements and strategies to achieve compliance at your facility.

Moderator
 
- Charles Esler, Amec Foster Wheeler

Speakers
- Michael Campbell, Stoel Rives LLP
- Michael Johnson, Enpurion
- Michael Nesteroff, Lane Powell PC

Hot Topic
Conversations
3C   Legislative Perspectives on the Environment
The 2016 local, regional and national elections are behind us, so now where will lawmaking bodies be headed. Hear from front row players as to their perspective on environmental issues facing the Oregon and Washington legislatures, as well as the role that may be played by executive actions and citizen initiatives.

Moderator
- Mike Freese, Associated Oregon Industries

Speakers
- Angie Dilkes, Eames Consulting
- Palmer Mason, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Tracy Rutten, League of Oregon Cities

Sustainable
Business

3D   Advancing Green Chemistry
Green chemistry is celebrating 25 years of progress but we are still learning about the negative health effects from toxins in products and new ways how to reduce these toxics. Learn what Oregon, California and Washington are doing, collectively and individually, to advance greener chemistry, from the perspective of business, government, non-profit, and university, as well as what green chemistry programs are available; the research for alternative chemicals; and incentives and the business case for green chemistry.

Moderator
- David Kunz, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

Speakers
- John Frazier, Hohenstein Institute
- Julie Haack, University of Oregon
- Kevin Masterson, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Amelia Nestler, Northwest Green Chemistry Center

3:15-3:45 Networking & Trade Show Break
3:45-5:00 SESSION 4 Concurrent Tracks 
Regulations & Best
Practices
4A   RCRA/Dangerous Waste Fundamentals

Learn the basics of hazardous waste regulation and what it means to generators of hazardous waste in Oregon and Washington, including the underlying RCRA statute, the state regulations, major differences between the two states, and the nuts and bolts of hazardous waste management – including waste identification, generator status, accumulation, labeling, record keeping and emergency preparedness requirements.

Moderator
- David Kunz, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

Speakers
- Brian Allen, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Thomas Cusack, Washington Dept. of Ecology

 
Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
4B   Air Quality - Charting a New Regulatory Course

Cleaner Air Oregon, a new program announced by the Governor to reform industrial air toxics regulations, is led by Oregon Health Authority and Department of Environmental Quality. Listen to experts share the process and intended rulemaking that will result from this effort.

Moderator
- Geoffrey Tichenor, Stoel Rives LLP

Speakers
- Mike Freese, Associated Oregon Industries
- Michael Orman, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Julie Sifuentes, Oregon Dept. of Human Services  & Oregon Health Authority

Hot Topic
Conversations
4C   Community Perspectives on Acceptable Risk
Risk is present in most every decision that is made. Join a discussion with a diverse group of experts about how we analyze risk and determine how much risk is acceptable.

Moderator
- Brien Flanagan, Schwabe Willliamson & Wyatt

Speakers
- Sarah Clark, South Portland Air Quality
- Lisa Corey, Intertox
- Keith Johnson, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Anna Richter-Taylor, ART Public Affairs
Sustainable
Business
4D   Understanding & Managing Business Water Risk
Access and use of water is an essential element of every business. Discuss the implications of water supply and quality issues in the face of competing demands and significant uncertainty.

Moderator
- Kellen Klein, Future 500

Speakers
- Michael Gallagher, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Heather Rippman, Pacific Institute
- Bruce Roll, Clean Water Services

5:00-6:30 Cocktail Reception