2012 Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show Call for Presentations

The Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention invite you to submit a proposal for the 15th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show to be held on September 19, 2012, at Primo West Banquet & Conference Center in Plainfield, Indiana. Organizations that typically attend the annual conference include manufacturers, consultants, not-for-profits, and government agencies invested in promoting pollution prevention efforts in Indiana.

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking presentations from local and national speakers regarding pollution prevention, resource conservation, sustainability, wastewater management, and environmental stewardship. The committee is particularly interested in presentations that highlight specific success stories and/or outline methods and strategies that conference attendees can take back to their organizations for potential implementation. Approval for Wastewater Operator/Apprentice Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be sought, and a portion of the proposals accepted for this conference will have a technical focus on wastewater topics.

The Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to accept or reject proposals. Submission of a proposal does not guarantee participation in the conference program. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on February 24, 2012. See instructions below for submitting proposals. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Harrington at sharring@idem.IN.gov or (317)233-9339.

Selection Criteria

Session proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee for content, presenter’s experience, session description, and how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate well-defined topics with focused objectives.
  • Introduce innovative programs and services that organizations can implement.
  • Inspire and motivate attendees to make positive changes that focus on pollution prevention within their organizations.
  • Share case studies, new technologies, and best management practices for pollution prevention.
  • Demonstrate how pollution prevention focused programs, processes, and/or practices improve human health and the environment.

Please note the following definition of pollution prevention. Presentations that focus solely on recycling will not be considered.

Pollution prevention (P2) means working at the source of pollutants to prevent them from being generated or to reduce the amount generated. It is using materials and energy more efficiently, and conserving natural resources, including water. It is following best management practices, and involving all employees in their implementation, to reduce and prevent pollution. Finally, P2 means also seeing the financial benefits of increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water or other resources.

Instructions for Submitting Proposals

You may submit more than one presentation idea. Please respond to the following questions (for each presentation idea) and submit via email (sharring@idem.IN.gov) or U.S. Mail to the address below. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on February 24, 2012.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance
Attn: Susan Harrington
100 N. Senate Ave
Mail Code 64-00
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251

Presenter(s) (If more than one presenter, please include all of the requested information for each speaker.)








Biography (limit 125 words):

  1. Presentation Title:
  2. Abstract – Please provide a brief description of your proposed session. The description will be printed in the conference materials and included on the conference web site. (Limit 75 words)
  3. Audience – Please describe the intended target audience of the session.
  4. Learning Objectives – Provide three objectives that identify knowledge and skills that attendees will obtain by attending your session.
  5. Has this presentation been given previously? If so, please identify when and where.
  6. Audio Visual Needs – Microphones, screens, projectors, and laptop computers will be provided. Please list any additional needs that you may have.

Examples of potential topics for conference presentations

  • How to gain management support for environmental projects, based on lifecycle cost analysis, environmental benefits, customer related benefits, etc.
  • Effective and efficient fleet management
  • How to implement water saving projects
  • Vendor and contractor pollution prevention requirements
  • New P2 technology
  • How does P2 fit into sustainability efforts?
  • Environmental Management Systems and P2
  • P2 success stories and case studies
  • Energy efficiency
  • Including P2 in your training programs

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Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2012

Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2012

The International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2012 sponsored by the American Academy of Sciences will be held on June 25-29, 2012 in Houston, Texas, USA. The conference will provide a multidisciplinary platform for environmental scientists, engineers, management professionals and government regulators to discuss the latest developments in environmental research and applications. Please visit the conference Website at http://www.AASci.org/conference/env/2012  for more information or send email inquiries to env-conference@AASci.org.