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KDHE Hosts the 2015 Kansas Environmental Conference

 Ramada Topeka Hotel & Convention Center The 2015 Kansas Environmental conference was held August 18 - 20 at the Ramada Topeka Hotel & Convention Center. The conference, which focused on environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and sustainability, recorded an attendance of 375 individuals participating throughout the event.

On Tuesday, August 18, the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management hosted a Basic Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop and an Advanced Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop. Over 100 individuals attended these workshops to learn more about hazardous waste generator requirements and other topics. The Brownfields Workshop also took place on Tuesday with over 50 in attendance to learn about Brownfields properties and how to fund successful redevelopments through different available resources.

The conference commenced the morning of Wednesday, August 19, with a plenary session on the "Kansas Environment Update" presented by John Mitchell, Director, KDHE Division of Environment. In conjunction with Mr. Mitchell's presentation, KDHE Bureaus provided updates on each of their respective bureaus: Leo Henning/Bureau of Environmental Remediation, Mike Tate/Bureau of Water, Bill Bider/Bureau of Waste Management, and Rick Brunetti/Bureau of Air.

David Cozad, Regional Counsel of EPA Region 7 Following Mr. John Mitchell's and the KDHE Bureau Director's presentations, David Cozad, Regional Counsel of EPA Region 7, gave a presentation addressing the topic of "EPA Enforcement Theory".

The Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards luncheon was also held on Wednesday. Via Christi Health received the Pollution Prevention with Distinction Award. DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport, General Motors Fairfax Assembly, and Sherwin-Williams each received a Pollution Prevention Award.

Ask The Regulators panelistsConcurrent sessions covered various topics related air, water, waste, remediation, sustainability and pollution prevention. Following the concurrent sessions, conference attended a special question and answer plenary entitled "As the Regulators". This Q & A plenary enable conference attendees to ask questions regarding environmental regulations and receive answers from the business perspective.

Mark Baker, Site Engineering Manager of Mars Corporation

The closing plenary session entitled "Mars: Sustainability in a Generation" was presented by Mark Baker, Site Engineering Manager of Mars Corporation. Mr. Baker's presentation reviewed the Mars Topeka building sustainability initiative which enabled LEED Gold certification. In addition, Mr. Baker also discussed the sustainability goals and current practices of the Mars Corporation.

Thirty-three vendors displayed their projects and services at the conference. A vendor reception was held on Wednesday evening. This was a great opportunity to visit with the vendors in a relaxed atmosphere. New to the Kansas Environmental Conference, was poster session held in conjunction with the vendor reception. Kansas college students and Pollution Prevention (P2) interns displayed five poster boards.

If you would like to participate in the planning of the 2016 Kansas Environmental Conference, please email Melissa Hammond at mhammond@kdheks.gov.

Photos courtesy of Diana Lehmann of KDHE's Bureau of Water.

Conference Presentations

The following is a list of presentations given at the 2015 Kansas Environmental Conference.