WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – 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.
Sustainable
Business

Sessions addressing
sustainability from a
business perspective.

 

7:00-8:15
Registration & Continental Breakfast | Structured Networking (7:30-8:05)
      Network while you eat! The Structured Networking Breakfast is a hosted event designed to help you
      maximize networking with fellow attendees and solution providers. Sign up for one day or both. [Info]

8:15-9:30 SESSION 5 – Concurrent Tracks 


Regulations & Best
Practices


 

5A   Environmental Approvals for Major Projects
Depending on their specific characteristics, large projects can involve a variety of regulatory frameworks and compliance requirements. Learn when various rules and permits come into play for these projects, and how they may trigger local, state, and/or federal processes, including NEPA and Washington SEPA.

Moderator
- Melody Adams, Parametrix
Speakers
- Tony Jaegel, Sierra Pacific Industries, Inc.
- Steve Morrow, Federal Highway Administration


Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar

  

5B   Advanced Remediation Methods
Remediation technologies continue to advance in response to the need to design and implement successful remedies for more complex sites. Increasingly, in situ solutions are the preferred options, whether to reduce contamination or control contaminant migration. Examine the use of new technologies and technology combinations, along with complex case studies illustrating remedies designed for difficult environments.

Moderator
- Dulcy Berri, PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc.
Speakers
- Sean Ragain, Geosyntec Consultants
- Brendan Robinson, ERM
- Jack Spadaro, Amec Foster Wheeler




Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar


5C   Complex Issues in RCRA & Hazardous Waste
Explore some of the more complex issues associated with RCRA, including “point of generation,” sham recycling, and sham evaluations of what is (or isn’t) hazardous waste.  Discuss “permit-by-rule” as the intersection of water quality rules and RCRA, plus “contained in/out” and how RCRA can complicate site remediation.  

Moderator
- Dee Williams, Washington Dept. of Ecology
Speakers
- Deonne Knill, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
- Jim Maul, Maul Foster & Alongi



Sustainable
Business


5D   Using Collaborations & Partnerships to Advance Sustainability
Companies have found that their sustainability initiatives can be enhanced by working with outside partners. Hear how these impartial entities, often non-profits, can both extend the reach of initiatives beyond the company walls, and also provide a useful perspective on your program and your messaging.

Moderator
- Kristen Connor, Pacific Continental Bank
Speakers
- Kellen Klein, Future 500
- Brighton West, Friends of Trees
- Nate Young, Hopworks Urban Brewery



9:45-10:30



Keynote Addres
s: Bruce Piasecki, Consultant & AuthorNew World Companies: The Future of Capitalism (info)

10:30-11:15 Networking & Trade Show Break
11:15-12:30 SESSION 6 – Concurrent Tracks 


Regulations & Best
Practices


 

6A   Workplace Emergency & Disaster Response
Responding to internal emergencies and external disasters requires foresight and planning, as well as compliance with protocols established by OSHA and other agencies. Learn best practices for minimizing the immediate impacts of these situations on your business and its employees, and for ensuring business continuity after a major disruption. 

Moderator
- Iloba Odum, Washington Dept. of Ecology
Speakers
- Scott Gunderson, Oregon OSHA
- Carmen Merlo, Portland Bureau of Emergency Mgmt.



Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar


6B   Project Permitting - Complex Challenges
Large infrastructure projects and linear projects (e.g., roads and pipelines) create highly complex planning and permitting scenarios. Review case examples of tough permitting challenges and how they were managed.

Moderator
- Carrie Andrews, CH2M Hill
Speakers
- Elaine Albrich, Stoel Rives LLP
- Susan Hurley, Tetra Tech
- Irina Makarow, BergerABAM


Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
6C   Surface Water - New Regulatory Developments
Explore the implications of new regulatory actions related to discharge permitting in Oregon and Washington, as well as the potential impact of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) ruling on land use.

Moderator
- Andrew Bauer, NW Natural
Speakers
- Michael Campbell, Stoel Rives LLP
- Deidre Duncan, Hunton & Williams LLP



Sustainable
Business


6D   Waste Innovation - From Liability to Asset
Examine creative ways in which companies have turned unavoidable waste products into opportunities for revenue and reduced environmental impact.

Moderator
- Nathan Karman, Ater Wynne LLP
Speakers
- Bill Edmonds, NW Natural
- Scott Hamlin, Looptworks
- Teak Wall, New Seasons Market


12:30-1:30



LUNCH & Oregon Governor's Sustainability Awards w/ Oregon State Treasurer, Ted Wheeler
 

1:30-2:00 Networking & Trade Show Break
2:00-3:15 SESSION 7 – Concurrent Tracks 


Regulations & Best
Practices


 

7A   Sampling & Testing - Doing it Right
Sampling, testing, and results reporting are at the core of both permit compliance and treatment approaches, whether dealing with air and water emissions or site contamination. Learn about sampling strategies, proper sampling techniques, lab testing, asking for (and getting) the right information from your lab, correct reporting, recordkeeping strategies, and working through issues with analytical data.

Moderator
- Kent Patton, APEX Laboratories
Speakers
- Ann Bernhardt, Amec Foster Wheeler
- James McAteer, QA/QC Solutions, LLC
- Ashley Morris, Empirical Laboratories, LLC


Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar


7B   Impact of Global EHS Standards on Export Opportunities
Multiple regulations address the chemical make-up of products manufactured and sold worldwide, so a thorough understanding of potential limitations are critical to a business looking to sell overseas. Examine the basic requirements of key regulations governing the use and disclosure of ingredients, components, and raw materials; and hear about the potential impacts of the recently announced Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Moderator
- Penny Machinsky, West Linn Paper Company
Speakers
- Scott Goddin, U.S. Department of Commerce
- Tony Kingsbury, TKingsbury LLC
- Borg Norum, Columbia Sportswear
  

Advanced Topics,
Raising the
Bar
7C   Air Quality - New Regulations & Trends in Permitting
Review air quality permitting and regulatory topics of immediate impact to Northwest industries, including Washington’s Clean Air Rule to limit industrial carbon emissions, Oregon DEQ’s approach to the intersection of regulated sources and the public, and construction constraints imposed by the air permitting process.
Moderator
- Geoffrey Tichenor, Stoel Rives LLP
Speakers
- John Browning, Bridgewater Group
- Bill Drumheller, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- David Monro, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality



Sustainable
Business
 

7D   Preparing for 2050 in 2015
While the future is unknowable, sophisticated companies set long term environmental targets and prepare themselves for the various, more foreseeable, issues that may disrupt the path to those targets by using strategies such as backcasting and future proofing. Explore these concepts, plus how a company’s culture plays a vital role in achieving future targets, and how millennial employees will shape the future of business environmental stewardship.

 Moderator
- Jay Letter, Myers Container LLC
Speakers
- Harsha Malshe, Student, Oregon State University
- Bruce Roll, Clean Water Services
- Sarah Severn, Washington Business for Climate Action

3:15 CLOSE