2019 Kansas Environmental Conference Logo

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) hosted the 2019 Kansas Environmental Conference, themed “Snapshots of Environmental Stewardship in Kansas”, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas, August 13 – 15.

Manhattan, KS

Tuesday, August 13: Pre-conference workshops
Pre-conference workshops and meetings were held consisting of an Environmental Services Contractors meeting, a Brownfields workshop, Basic and Advanced Hazardous Waste Generator workshops, and the Clean Air Act Advisory Group (CAAAG) workshop. Over 175 individuals attended these informative workshops and meetings!

Wednesday, August 14: Conference Kick-off
The Conference kicked off Wednesday, August 14, with a plenary session hosted by conference emcees, KDHE’s Northwest and North Central District Environmental Administrators Dan Wells and Jennifer Nichols respectively. Lee A. Norman, M.D., Secretary of KDHE, gave a general overview of KDHE. Following Dr. Norman was Leo Henning, Deputy Secretary and Director of Environment presenting on the “State of the Kansas Environment”. Guest speaker Ron F. Fehr, Manhattan’s City Manager, spoke on projects and events occurring in Manhattan. Dr.Kenneth R. Burtonconcluded the morning plenary with a presentation on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

Snapshot sessions delivered key issues on conservation, restoration, current compliance issues, bureau updates, new technologies, non- governmental projects and pollution prevention activities. Presentations are available online by clicking on the following link:  2019 Kansas Environmental Conference Presentations

A well-attended vendor reception was held Wednesday evening. Thirty- one vendors participated in the conference providing conference attendees an opportunity to visit with each vendor to discuss their products and services.

Thursday, August 15: Conference Conclusion
Thursday continued with exciting snapshot sessions and concluded with the closing plenary session addressing the Kansas Aquatic Biodiversity Center by Dan Mosier II, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Environmental Stewardship Award Logo

Environmental Stewardship Awards, previously known as the Pollution Prevention, or P2, awards, were presented following the closing plenary session.

KDHE announced the following companies as award recipients.

Please click the name of each company to view pictures of the recipients with their environmental stewardship award, and to read about their project.

To view videos narrated by the award recipients, and to see the facilities where the projects took place, click on the company’s project video line.


Environmental Stewardship Award with Distinction
Company: Ascension Via Christi Health
Project Video: Steam Trap Efficiency Improvement Project


Environmental Stewardship Award
Company: Blizzard Energy, Inc.
Project Video:  Tire Processing and Reclamation


Company: Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. – Wichita
Project Video: Recirculate Cooling Tower Water


Company: Superior Essex
Project video: Optimizing Compressed Air Systems


To discover more about the award program, how to apply to be considered for an award, and to learn about past award winning projects, please click the following hyperlink:   Environmental Stewardship Awards

KDHE wishes to thank the following for their participation in this year's Kansas Environmental Conference:

KEC 2019 Sponsors


To view the agenda, please click on
the following link:
Conference Agenda

Speaker Biographies

Want to learn more about or fantastic
speakers? Click on the following link:
Speaker Biographies


With all the amazing "snapshot sessions" offered, did you have to choose between two and wonder what you missed? Now you can check out all the presentations!

Simply click on the following link: http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/2019_Ka nsas_Environmental_Conference.htm

Konza Prarie Logo

The conference concluded with an optional Bison Loop Driving Tour of the Konza Prairie Biological Station.

The tour was guided by Dr. Eva Horne, Assistant Director. The Konza Biological Station is a field research station whose mission is long-term ecological research, education and prairie conservation.

The tour was a 10-mile excursion in the Konza Bison enclosure which premier bison herd management, survival, and prairie ecology.

Bison and calf

Bison and calf. Photo courtesy
of Mike Robert.

Bison Loop Driving Tour attendees

Bison Loop Driving Tour attendees.
Photo courtesy of Thad Powell, KDHE.

KDHE is excited to announce our current vendors for the 2019 Kansas Environmental Conference!

Blackstone Environmental
GSI Engineering
Burns McDonnell
psi intertek
Mid-America Waste Solutions
Mid-America Environmental Solutions
GREDELL Engineering Resources, Inc.
clean harbors
pace analytical
Underground Cavern Stabilization