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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.

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 to help you
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8:15-9:30 SESSION 5 – Concurrent Tracks 

Regulations & Best
Practices


5A  Managing for Environmental Excellence 
In addition to conforming to environmental laws, regulations and standards, truly environmental conscious companies move beyond minimum regulatory compliance standards to meet a higher bar of environmental stewardship. Managing for environmental excellence is not a destination state but a cultural shift for an organization. Review tools and techniques to move beyond compliance in an organization.
Moderator
- Traci Parker, Daimler Trucks North America

Speakers
- Anisha Ladha, Intel
- Lia Ovelar, Cor Environmental
- Andrea Rayner, Arcadis 


Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar

5B  Latest Perspectives on TCE, Dioxins & 1,4-Dioxane

Learn the latest issues related to TCE, Dioxins and 1,4-Dioxane that create challenges for site assessment, remediation, and closure. New health studies, lower laboratory reporting limits, and regulatory limits in the parts-per-trillion range are changing the way these contaminants are evaluated and addressed through remedial actions.

Moderator
- Heidi Yantz, PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc.

Speakers
- Dan Hafley, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Tiffany Johnson, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Denice Nelson, ERM

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
5C   Environmental Data Management for Facilities
Managing Data is increasingly more complex and sometimes tedious to get it right and data tools are numerous. This session will provide insight on lessons learned and offer insight on how different data is used or could be used by facilities. 

Moderator
- Carrie Andrews, CH2M

Speakers
- Thomas Duong, Intelex
- Kristel Fesler, City of Hillsboro
- Tammie Wilson, Vigor Industries


Sustainable
Business
5D   Management Tools for Advancing Sustainability

Businesses continue to hear about the strategic importance of sustainability, but for many companies the conceptualization and integration of sustainability continues to be elusive. Explore the tools and methodologies that are being used by businesses to develop corporate sustainability programs and how these tools can serve as platforms for innovation.

Moderator
- Dave Harvey, Gunderson

Speakers
- Patrick Cellie, AECOM
- Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors

9:45-10:30 Keynote Address:  Moving Toward a More Sustainable Freight System
David Smat, General Director of Environmental Operations, BNSF Railway
10:30-11:15 Networking & Trade Show Break
11:15-12:30 SESSION 6 – Concurrent Tracks 
Regulations & Best
Practices
6A  Spills & Emergency Response Preparedness
When environmental emergencies occur, they require swift planning and a coordinated response in order to limit damage to the environment. Join this session as speakers address the Geographic Response Plan (GRP) as a part of spills prevention. Learn more about the City of Mosier train derailment response and how advance preparedness influenced the outcome of the emergency.

Moderator
- Iloba Odum, Washington Dept. of Ecology

Speakers
- Jim Appleton, Mosier Fire District
- Harry Chichester, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Bruce Williams, GeoEngineers, Inc.

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
6B   Emerging Contaminants Driving Assessment & Cleanup Technologies
Perfluoro- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, and 1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) each present remediation challenges due to their strong halogen-carbon bonds. The compounds are linked in another way. 1,2,3-TCP has been used as a precursor in the synthesis of fluorinated non-stick polymers. The PFAS are typically strongly water soluble, whereas 1,2,3-TCP often presents as a DNAPL and creates long, dilute groundwater plumes. This session will highlight PFAS fate, transport and treatment discussions, and a discussion of biological and zinc-mediated degradation of 1,2,3-TCP.

Moderator
- Dulcy Berri, PBS Engineering & Environmental, Inc.

Speakers
- Jennifer Field, Oregon State University
- Melissa Schmitt, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
- Jack Spadaro Amec Foster Wheeler

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
6C  Succession Planning  

Succession planning is an important part of nearly every business. And with so many baby boomers nearing retirement, it’s becoming a critical issue for agencies and industry alike. In this session, we’ll listen to speakers consider the benefits of preparing for the planned and unplanned departure of key staff and challenges associated with developing and implementing those plans.

Moderator
- Carol Brown, Portland General Electric

Speakers
- Arya Behbehani, Portland General Electric
- Penny Machinski, West Linn Paper
- Kim Marcus, ERM
Sustainable
Business
6D   Moving Beyond Compliance to Sustainability
Now that your company has met all the required environmental and safety regulations, you are ready to take a closer look at operations and find opportunities to conserve natural resources, enhance community relations, better engage your workforce, and improve your company’s reputation and bottom-line. Learn the basics of discovering and adopting sustainable initiatives which make the world a better place while saving your organization time and money.

Moderator
- Lian Jewell


Speakers
- Maxime Charron, Leading Ahead Sustainability
-
Kristyn Clayton, General Services Administration
- Farhad Ghafarzade, Green Drop Garage

12:30-1:30 Lunch & Environmental Excellence Awards
1:30-2:00 Networking & Trade Show Break
2:00-3:15 SESSION 7 – Concurrent Tracks 
Regulations & Best
Practices

7A   Water Resources in the Northwest 
Providing water involves unique challenges in the Northwest as compared to other regions in the country. Engage with experts as they cover a wide range of water resource topics relevant to the region such as flood mitigation and resource management, aquifer storage and recharge, and emerging pesticide use regulations.

Moderator
- Benjamin Johnson, Anchor QEA, LLC

Speakers
- Lizzi Haas, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
- Beth Moore, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Greg Summers, Anchor QEA, LLC

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
7B   Complex Issues in RCRA & Dangerous Waste 

RCRA and dangerous waste involves an ever changing landscape. Learn advanced topics under RCRA including Land Disposal Restrictions, EPA’s new Wipes rule, EPA's new definition of the Solid Waste rule, EPA’s Contained-In Rule, EPA’s proposed changes to the generator regulations and how these may impact state programs.


Moderator
- David Kunz, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

Speakers
- Thomas Cusack, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Jeffrey Hunter, Perkins Coie LLP

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
7C   Communicating in a Crisis
When a crisis occurs, responses and reactions may vary wildly. Connect with a panel of experts who will discuss communicating in a crisis and how to gain trust and maintain credibility in a situation of imperfect - and oftentimes not positive - information.
Moderator
- Brien Flanagan, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Speakers
- Jessica Applegate, Eastside Portland Air Coalition
- Mark Jockers, Clean Water Services
- Jason Vaillancourt, ERM

Sustainable
Business

7D   Demonstrating Performance Through Corporate Disclosure
A growing number of companies are finding value in measuring their sustainability performance and finding further benefits to use the information to evaluate risks and opportunities in their current business models. Join a panel discussion and learn how organizations use various sustainability methodologies to evaluate corporate, social and environmental performance.
 Moderator
- Morgan Rider, Grady Britton

Speakers
- Guru Khalsa, Columbia Sportsware
- Molly Ono, Impax Asset Management

3:15 Conference Adjourns