Happy September! Welcome to the beginning of the 2017-2018 season of Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals (AAEP). We hope you had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events, listed below. You can always view coming events on our website, www.akaep.org. Keep reading for AAEP news and to learn about our planned events:
Thursday, September 21, 2017:Brown Bag Speaker Series Event: Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management.Janie Dusel, PE is the president and founder of AWR Engineering and is a licensed professional civil and environmental engineer. The presentation will discuss the concept of Green Infrastructure (GI) for managing stormwater runoff, the benefits of GI, how it’s currently being used in Anchorage, and what to expect for GI requirements in Anchorage in the coming year.
Doors open at 11:30, presentation 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. “Spruce and Willow” rooms; BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd., Anchorage. FREE and open to the public.
Wednesday, September 27:Innovations in Environmental Justice Webinar: Within our changing and somewhat uncertain times, there has never been a more important moment to profile innovations in complying with Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations. This webinar showcases Environmental Justice (EJ) successes in transportation and alternative energy projects from Georgia to California in terms of sensitivity in outreach, accuracy in predicting disproportionately adverse impacts, and understanding true equity in investment. The webinar also highlights, through one of U.S.EPA's national experts, the EJ Screen tool which has recently been enhanced. The U.S.EPA representative will also speak to a new EPA publication on best practices and project successes for EJ analysis. U.S.EPA defines EJ as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.
• Tim Hatton, AICP, HNTB Senior Environmental Manager, Georgia DOT's Office of Innovative Delivery/Multi-Modal Program
• Elizabeth Poole, USEPA Region 5, EJ Analysis Specialist, Office of Regional Administrator, NEPA Implementation Section
• Alexandra Thompson, ESA Managing Associate, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission/Community Benefits Program
• Natural Resources Defense Council representative (TBD) will also present their EJ perspective.
The webinar begins at 11:00 am AKST and runs 90 minutes, including Q&A. It will be held at HDR, 4th floor conference room, 2525 C Street, Anchorage. AAEP members attend for FREE; non-members can join by paying $10 by cash, check, or credit card. You can also become a member at the webinar! No need to RSVP – we look forward to seeing you there.
Thursday, October 12: Fall AAEP Networking Social: Come join your colleagues and flex your networking muscles! This informal event is an opportunity to build relationships and learn who’s who in the local environmental professional scene. The first round is on AAEP! Location: Midtown; specifics TBA soon. 4:30 – 6:00 pm.
NAEP National Conference Abstract Deadline: NAEP, AAEP’s parent organization, has extended their abstract submittal deadline for the 2018 annual conference. New deadline is Friday, September 29, 2017. See http://www.naep.org/2018-conference for details about the conference and instructions for submitting an abstract. Type your paragraph here.
AAEP meets at the BP Energy Center
900 E. Benson Blvd., Anchorage.
Please come early so we can begin promptly at 11:45. Doors open at 11:30, presentation 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.
The Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals has provided a forum for information exchange through our regular "Brown Bag" seminars, which are meetings held monthly from September through May, with informal presentations by speakers selected for topics of interest.
Please note: While these events are free and open to the public, we have limited seating capacity. Due to the expected popularity of this event, we will be prioritizing AAEP members for seating. Not a member? You can join online at www.akaep.org or at the door with cash, check, or credit card. Not sure of your membership status? Send an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check for you.