The 2017 CEC offers you the opportunity to learn how to manage environmental requirements — get the information you need straight from industry experts, owners, regulators, and your peers from across the nation. Check out the schedule below or click here for a printer friendly version of the conference schedule and session descriptions.
Why the hold the conference in the Washington, DC area? AGC has invited the following federal agencies to the Compliance Assistance Hour to share their compliance and sustainability tools and resources. We also invited the organizations behind LEED, Envision, Sustainable SITES, and Greenroads! Here’s the invited list:
Coffee & Introductions: Pre-Meeting for In-House Environmental Managers at Construction Firms (separate registration)
Roundtable Discussions: Pre-Meeting for In-House Environmental Managers at Construction Firms (separate registration)
Introduce the Group Exercise for the Conference: “Addressing Environmental Concerns throughout the Life-Cycle of a Project“
Opening Session: Our Changing Regulatory Environment
Planning for the (Im)Probable: When a Construction Site Turns into a Remediation Project – A Case Study – When a geo-technical report indicates contamination is present on our project, we can plan and quantify removal during pre-construction. But what happens when a plume of HVOCs unexpectedly shows up in your dewatering wells, after the geotech report states the groundwater is clean? And excavation already has reached 60′ below grade and the wells cannot be turned off because assets are in place? This in-depth case study will walk through one project’s permitting process for surface water discharge, groundwater treatment, air quality compliance, project team coordination, timing and incremental cost and recovery. This positive-result case study sets the stage perfectly for the 2017 CEC: “Be prepared for the known — and the unknown.”
LIISA DOTY, WATER TECTONICS, INC., EVERETTE, WA
Morning Refreshment Break
Fireside Chat: Putting the “Management” Back into BMPs; Management Practices and Jobsite Plans Made Simple – Top off your coffee and get ready for a fun and interactive session. The moderator will open up the discussion with a short presentation that talks about management strategies for your BMPs, lays out the common elements of jobsite compliance plans, and shares where to find templates and checklists that will make your job easier. The moderator will then get you talking in a guided discussion about the types of plans that are common to construction sites. You can share and hear tips from your peers to get a head start on your plans for: SWPPP, SPCC, EPCRA, ESA, resilience, and sustainability. If time permits, we’ll cover even more.
RUSS FOSTER, JF SHEA, CO., WALNUT, CA
Compliance Assistance Hour – AGC has invited many federal agency offices to attend the conference for a special Compliance Assistance Hour — where they share compliance and sustainability resources with you and answer your questions. AGC also invited representatives from a handful of green infrastructure organizations. (See full list of invited agencies above.)
Breakout Session 1A: Green Infrastructure and the Evolving Standard of Care – Green requirements are finding their way from being voluntary to mandatory as they are being incorporated into various infrastructure projects, regulations, planning codes, and design requirements. This presentation reviews roles and responsibilities in this new environment and the potential impact on the design standard of care and liability implications. The presentation will also discuss the legal difficulties encountered with “green infrastructure” including the obstacles created by the lack of verification standards for green infrastructure, the evaluation time table for such construction, the issues created by the unknown costs of such construction and maintenance, the application of typical contract provisions to green principles, and the strategies to better manage these risks.
JEAN TERRY, MANION STIGGER, LLP, LOUISVILLE, KY
A.J. MANION, MANION STIGGER, LLP, LOUISVILLE, KY
Breakout Session 1B: Innovative Water Solutions from Maximizing Soil Health to Mitigation and Credit Trading (Two Part Session)
Laying the Foundation for Soil Stabilization and Long-term Soil Health – Stormwater controls can be expensive and land-consuming. It can be argued that improving the soil conditions where vegetation will be planted can help improve infiltration rates in the long-run. How do you discuss landscape options with clients? Additionally, you will learn a comprehensive and holistic approach to stabilizing soil and successfully restoring disturbed land with vegetation. The presentation will provide details on the fundamentals along with real world examples of successes and challenges.
MICHAEL ROBESON, PROFILE PRODUCTS, FORT COLLINS, CO
Updates to, and Strategies for, Unavoidable Environmental Impacts – Before you break ground, there are a host of challenges facing today’s construction manager. Learn how to assess and identify what you will need to avoid, minimize and mitigate environmental impacts. Discussion will cover: Protected species (updates, and time-of-year restrictions, including the Northern Long-eared bat; Mitigation challenges… more than just streams and wetlands… species credits, forest credits, nutrient credits; Precedents for offsite mitigation solutions for multiple types of project-specific mitigation; Credit trading as a way to minimize onsite BMP requirements; and how creative mitigation may expedite environmental permitting (design/build projects).
JASON MURNOCK, ANGLER ENVIRONMENTAL, A RES COMPANY, WARRENTON, VA
T.J. MASCIA, RES, RICHMOND, VA
Afternoon Refreshment Break
Breakout Session 2A: Get Involved with Your Local Municipal Stormwater Permitting Process – Lessons Learned – Changes to the permitting process for small city MS4s (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) are making big waves in the way stormwater is handled during and after construction. What is the purpose of this permit? Why is it important? What does it mean for contractors? Session will pull from examples related to linear projects and fixed facilities.
LEO HOLM, RP ALLIANCE, BALSAM LAKE, WI
JENNIFER GOREK, ROCKSOL CONSULTING GROUP, INC., THORNTON, CO
LAUREN LOHN, CIANBRO CORP, PITTSFIELD, ME
Breakout Session 2B: Optimizing Savings and Your Waste Diversion Rates – AGC members share strategies to optimize waste management practices to manifest cost savings. Compare and contrast the potential at vertical and horizontal projects. Learn about the results of one contractor’s waste composition evaluations for their dumpsters for a diverse range of projects, including highway and LEED building projects. Hear examples from Sellen Construction on developing a solid waste management plan, learn how construction and demolition waste related credits may change for LEED projects. And explore trends such as that of certifying recycling facilities.
BRITTANY RUSSELL, SOUTHGATE CONSTRUCTORS, IRVING, TX
JENNIFER FREY, SELLEN CONSTRUCTION, SEATTLE, WA
10-Minute Stretch and Room Transition
Cyber Security in a World on the Go – Environmental managers in the construction industry are on the go. They set up shop anywhere from headquarters to regional offices and remote jobsites — or in their car. They rely on smart phones, laptops and other potentially vulnerable devices. Hear ways you can help keep your company information secure while you’re on the road getting the job done. Discuss what cyber security may mean for online environmental permitting and compliance data.
SPEAKER: JAMES CRIFASI, RED ZONE TECHNOLOGIES, ANNAPOLIS, MD
Group Networking Dinner (Optional).
Environmental Considerations in the Estimating Phase – The presentation will outline current and emerging construction delivery methods, address the increasing complexities encountered during estimating phase, and highlight the importance of involvement from environmental personnel in the early stages of a pursuit. This will provide the Environmental Manager a baseline understanding of what is involved and how they can assist during the bid phase to make sure appropriate environmental related resources and costs are included in the project budget.
ERIC FRIEND, TRAYLOR BROS., INC., EVANSVILLE, IN
Understanding Pollution Liability Exposures and Risk Transfer Solutions – This presentation will outline environmental liability pitfalls contractors can face in the field and provide real world examples of pollution losses on various types of construction projects. The panel will discuss strategies for mitigating or transferring these risks through insurance and their contracts with other parties involved in the project. The limitations and challenges posed by these mechanisms will also be addressed, including through the use of case studies. Lessons learned through the presentation can be incorporated into environmental and risk managers’ environmental and safety policies and procedures.
SHARON BURGER, IMA, DENVER, CO
MILES C. HOLDEN, HANSON BRIDGETT, LLP, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
TUCKER McNULTY, ZURICH CONSTRUCTION, BOSTON, MA
Morning Refreshment Break
The Need for Applying Project Management Strategies to Facility Closures and Acquisitions – Ineffective oversight and the lack of sound project management strategies can result in schedule slippages, cost overruns, and project failures. This session aims to address the need for applying project management strategies against the backdrop of facility closures and acquisitions. These phases of a project are rife with challenges from inventorying underground structures, to assessing hazardous materials, salvaging efforts, and performing Phase II Environmental Site Assessments in order to prepare the site for new construction and revitalization. Applying the management approach to these assessments can help reduce risk and provide a clear path to compliance.
AMIN TEROUHID, THE VERTEX COMPANIES, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY
CHRISTOPHER CARLEO, THE VERTEX COMPANIES, BOSTON, MA
GREGORY SAMPSON, THE VERTEX COMPANIES, WEYMOUTH, MA
Group Exercise Wrap-up/Report Back: “Addressing Environmental Concerns throughout the Life-Cycle of a Project“ – Moderated Discussion; Co-moderators:
JENN BRADTMUELLER, KIEWIT INFRASTRUCTURE, ENGLEWOOD, CO
HAMP STERLING, W.G. YATES, BRANDON, MS
Closing Remarks and Raffle
Main Conference Adjourns
Begin: AGC Environmental Forum Steering Committee Fly-in with the Federal Agencies (closed meeting)
Continued: AGC Environmental Forum Steering Committee Fly-in with the Federal Agencies (closed meeting)
About the AGC Environmental Forum Steering Committee Fly-In with the Federal Agencies
In closed meetings on Thursday and Friday, members of the AGC Environmental Forum Steering Committee will hold their annual fly-in with the Federal Agencies. At these meetings, steering committee members discuss with program office staff from relevant agencies 1) any pending regulatory activity where contractor input is needed as well as 2) possible joint compliance assistance projects on which to collaborate. If you are an AGC member and want to get involved on the steering committee for the Environmental Forum, please contact Melinda Tomaino at firstname.lastname@example.org. Recruitment for new steering committee members kicks off each fall at AGC’s CEC.