Early Bird Registration For West Virginia Brownfields Conference Ends August 14

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The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers will host its 10th annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference on September 15 and 16 at the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia University. Early Bird registration for the Conference ends on August 14.

“We’re particularly excited this year to reflect on ten years of brownfields redevelopment in West Virginia with a lunch keynote address by West Virginia DEP Secretary Randy Huffman,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University.

“We’re very thankful that several regional EPA representatives will be in attendance again with a keynote by Shawn Garvin the EPA Region III administrator. We’re also excited to host the first-ever conference Redevelopment Expert Exchange, which gives individual community members the opportunity to learn from redevelopment leaders around the state in an experience-sharing exchange. For those needing LRS and LED credits, we’ll have those too.”

This premier redevelopment event attracts 200 stakeholders including regional EPA officials, economic development professionals, real estate developers, lawyers, state and local officials, environmental professionals, entrepreneurs, planners, bankers, investors, and community redevelopment professionals. The Redevelopment Expert Exchange on Wednesday, September 16 will be by appointment only.

The Exchange matches redevelopment leaders from across the state with communities facing similar opportunities and challenges, allowing communities to learn from the best practices and experiences of their peers across the state.

For more information, to register, and to consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2015 West Virginia Brownfields Conference, visit http://wvbrownfields.org/2015-wv-brownfields-conference/.

To sign-up for an Exchange appointment or volunteer as an expert, contact Carrie Staton at carrie.staton@mail.wvu.edu

For more information on the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers visit www.wvbrownfields.org.

West Virginia Water Research Institute to co-host Water Resources Conference Oct. 5-6; announces Call for Abstracts

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University is accepting abstracts through August 14 for the 2015 Water Resources Conference of the Virginias. The West Virginia Water Research Institute and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech will co-host the event, which takes place October 5-6, at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va.

The conference combines exceptional educational programs with opportunities for researchers, policy makers, state and federal agencies, environmental consultants, private organizations and the public to share in the latest information, technologies and research relating to West Virginia’s and Virginia’s water resources.

logo_theme_dateThe theme for this year’s conference is “Water – Energy – Agriculture.” Researchers from colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, private organizations, consulting firms, industry and students are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for oral presentation. Abstracts for basic and applied research papers are being solicited in all areas related to water resources including agriculture, energy, monitoring, policy, supply, technology, water quality and others.

“Agriculture and energy are the two biggest consumers of water in the United States,” said Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. “We need to find technical, management, policy and economic solutions that will lessen the water requirements of the energy and agriculture sectors while finding better ways to treat and use marginal water resources.

West Virginia is the headwaters for many of the nation’s major rivers and WVU is a regional leader in water research. Our goal for this conference is to initiate an open dialogue among policy makers, water users and researchers and move toward solutions that will apply across the country.”

For more information about the 2015 Water Resources Conference of the Virginias, including registration and abstract submission details, please visit www.wrcvirginias.org.

The West Virginia Water Research Institute was established in 1967 and serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. It is the premier water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.

WVWRI’s NBAC to Highlight Collaborative Approach to Community Redevelopment Projects at Upcoming Conference

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The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers will host their 9th annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

This year’s conference will highlight the Centers’ collaborative approach in helping communities throughout the state capture the maximum economic, environmental and social benefits from the remediation and adaptive re-use of brownfields.

Brownfields include all property that is hindered from redevelopment or reuse due to the presence or perceived presence of a hazardous substance or contaminant. The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers were created in 2005 by the West Virginia Legislature to empower communities to plan and implement redevelopment projects.

“Successful projects do not happen without collaboration,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. “We have some of the best resources to advance redevelopment projects right here at WVU through a diverse and knowledgeable faculty and student base.”

Since its creation in 2006, the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center has collaborated with faculty at WVU and Marshall University to provide technical assistance to communities across the state. Since then, the Center has expanded this collaboration to work with professors from a variety of fields at other institutions across West Virginia.

This collaborative work with faculty experts will be highlighted at this year’s conference in a session titled, “Redevelopment University: Collaborating for Project Success.” This session will feature a panel of WVU professors who are actively working on community projects across the state. The session will be moderated by Rocco Fucillo, state, corporate and community relations specialist with WVU, and will feature panelists Tom Bias with the School of Public Health ; Charles Yuill with the Davis College Landscape Architecture Program ; Rita Colistra with the Reed College of Media ; and Steve Cutright with the College of Business and Economics.

“All of these professors are currently working on real community projects with their students,” said Carrie Staton, West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative Coordinator at the Center. “What’s great about these collaborations is that not only are students receiving valuable learning experience, but the communities involved are directly benefiting from the high quality and timely efforts of students assisting in project tasks and objectives.”

Registration for the Conference ends on Sunday (Aug. 31).

For more information about the Brownfields Assistance Centers or to register for the 2014 West Virginia Brownfields Conference, visit www.wvbrownfields.org.

 

Registration for Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference Open Through Aug. 30

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Registration for the upcoming 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference ends on Aug. 30.

The event, co-hosted by the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University, will bring together researchers, policy makers, regulators, agencies and the public to share in the latest information, technologies and research relating to the Mid-Atlantic region’s water resources.

The conference will take place on Sept. 24 and 25 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown and will feature over 50 speakers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Topics will focus on the challenges and solutions facing the future of the Mid-Atlantic region’s water infrastructure.

“Water infrastructure is a vitally important issue moving into the future,” said Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. “January’s chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia highlighted the need to seriously study the Nation’s water infrastructure to find better ways to protect source water and to improve the resiliency of the entire water system.”

The conference program will feature plenary sessions, three tracks of concurrent break-out sessions and several guest speakers including:

• Earl Greene – Acting Chief, External Research and Coordinator of Hydrologic Network and Analysis, United States Geological Survey
• Gerald Kauffman – Director, University of Delaware Water Resources Agency
• John Kennedy – Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Office of Ecology and Infrastructure
• John Unger – West Virginia State Senate Majority Leader
• John Sheehan – Director, Adirondack Environmental Council
• Walt Ivey – Director, Environmental Engineering Division, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

For more information about the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Conference, including a complete list of speakers and to register, visit www.midatlanticwc.org.

The West Virginia Water Research Institute is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University. In existence since 1967, the West Virginia Water Research Institute serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. It is the premier water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.