Expired P2E2 Roundtable: Tour of Walmart Distribution Center – Aug. 20, 2015

Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency (P2E2) Roundtable Meeting at Walmart Distribution Center, Tobyhanna, Monroe County.

On August 20th the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) P2E2 Roundtable held its quarterly meeting at the Walmart distribution center in Monroe County. The topic focused on the robust sustainability practices including recycling and energy efficiency of the world’s largest retailer. The company provided a presentation and on-site tour where they explained that over 90% of the waste generated within the facility is recycled.

Walmart has “sustainability stations” strategically placed throughout the building. The company has over 17 miles of automated conveyors that ship over 300,000 cases of freight each day to Walmart stores in four states. The site consists of a 200 acre campus that includes the main distribution center building, which encompasses 1,250,000 square feet of floor space (30 acres under roof). Also housed on the campus is a truck maintenance garage, pump house, waste water treatment plant, and parking for over 2000 trailers.

New members of the Roundtable were welcomed and two have asked to join the Steering Committee. The new members asked many questions to Walmart’s senior management team. More information on Walmart’s sustainability program that focuses on energy, waste, and sustainable products can be found here.

Expired Ultra-Poly and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

Join us and see how Ultra-Poly recovers value from materials that are difficult or even previously impossible to process. Their operations have the potential to save significant natural resources and change recycling in America.

Click here for additional information

Expired P2E2 Roundtable Meeting Announcement

Join us to discuss Geisinger Health System’s sustainability initiatives.  Geisinger’s Sustainability Program works toward improving and increasing environmentally friendly programs and includes a focus on reducing waste, minimizing the use of hazardous materials, reducing energy and water use, preventing pollution of local waterways and increasing recycling efforts.

Expired Central Section – Shippensburg University’s Center for Land Use And Sustainability

Come join your fellow PAEP members at Knute’s Pub in Shippensburg, PA to learn about Shippensburg University’s Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) and hear about some of the exciting projects with which the CLUS is involved. Social networking and Business Card Drawing will be from 5:30-6:00 PM with the presentation from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

There will be no registration fee for the event; however, a head count is needed in advance to provide to the meeting location and to coordinate potential carpooling. Please RSVP to JT Graupensperger @ moc.inonnepnull@regrepsnepuargj or 717-620-5922 by Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Expired 2016 Annual Conference

2016 Annual Conference  2016 PAEP Conference Registration Packet

May 11-13, 2016

Toftrees Resort, State College PA

***UPDATE On-Line Registration and Payment Closes at midnight on May 9, 2016.  Payments Accepted at the Door via CC or Check***

You are cordially invited to participate in the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference at Toftrees Resort, in State College Pennsylvania.

Conference sessions and speakers will cover many subjects relevant to today’s issues, including an update to the FAST ACT, FERC process and regulations, energy independence, wetlands and streams impacts and mitigation, land recycling, public involvement in low income communities, an update tot he PA Conservation Explorer tool, regulatory permitting information, new PennDOT initiatives and mitigation for historic bridges.

Our keynote address will be made by PA DCNR State Secretary Cindy Dunn, a PAEP Karl Mason awardee.  Ms. Dunn has been a supporter of PAEP, and we are pleasedshe can be here to update our members on the path DCNR is taking to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources as well as discuss new DCNR programs.

Expired Strategies for Wetland, Stream and Species Mitigation

A workshop for Environmental Professionals

The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Southeast Regional Office are proud to bring you a Professional Development Training Class:

Strategies for Wetland, Stream and Species Mitigation

(Ecological Offset Solutions)

When there are unavoidable impacts to wetlands, streams and endangered species habitats, those projects may be required to mitigate for the impacts to those natural resources. Whether this is a stand alone project on a single site or a linear project involving miles of potential impacts, planning for mitigation is an important task for the Environmental Professional, Resource Manager and Project Owner.

At our 2016 PAEP Annual Conference members of Resource Environmental Solutions (www.res.us) gave a great presentation on wetland and stream mitigation strategies, as well as the use of species/conservation habitat banking. Although Wetland Banking has been in existence for a long time and is the preferred mitigation strategy, banking use in eastern Pennsylvania is very limited. Both PennDOT and RES have successfully been using banking in central and western Pennsylvania for several years. Conor Gillespie and Jonathan Kasitz of RES will explain some of the available strategies that can be used to mitigate for unavoidable project impacts using a watershed approach, including the integration of wetland, stream and species mitigation.

We are sorry but space is limited to 50 people!

Friday July 29, 2016 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

1st Floor Conference Room

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Southeast Regional Office

2 East Main Street

Norristown, PA 19401

For Directions and Parking information:


The PADEP Office is also conveniently located near public transportation facilities: SEPTA High Speed Line and Manayunk/Norristown Regional Line.

This is a Bring Your Own – Lunch and Learn Event

Expired P2E2 Roundtable: Tour of Fowler Family Southside Center – Aug. 18, 2016

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Place: ETAC/NCC: Fowler Family Southside Center 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Room 605 Phone Number: 610.332.6103

Directions: From East or West: Find your best route to Rt. 22. Take the 378 S. exit. Follow Rt. 378 S to the Third Street exit. Merge left onto Third Street and follow to the 500 block. Click here for map and directions

Attendees Limit 25 attendees (max)

Cost: Free. (Please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be interested.)

RSVP: Mike Parrent (lim.liamnull@vic.tnerraP.L.leahciM Use “P2/E2 meeting” in the subject line. Please provide your name, title, business name, and phone number. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we will be walking for the tour!

Required: Attendees must be 18 years or older, no smoking, and no photographs allowed.

Deadline: Register by Thursday, August 11, 2016

Click here for details

Expired PAEP Western Section: PA Conservation Explorer Lunch n’Learn

PA Conservation Explorer Lunch n’ Learn Event

presented by:  Mr. Kent Taylor

Natural Resource Program Specialist, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry

Kent will give an overview of the new PA Conservation Explorer, an online tool for conservation planning and PNDI environmental review. Participants will learn about the tool’s capabilities and how it has changed from the previous PNDI Environmental Review Tool. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session to help current users learn more about specific topics and issues.

WHEN:   Friday, September 9th 12:00 – 1:30 pm  (Check-in starting at 11:30 am)

WHERE:   Civil and Environmental Consultant, Inc., Seminar Room 2, 333 Baldwin Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

COST:  $10 – Members                           $15 – Non Members

Lunch will  Consist of subs, fruit and various sides.

Register online by Tuesday, September 7th


RSVP attendance to Sarah Lavin at sml104@pitt.edu, and have cash/check payable at door.

We will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful wall art piece donated by one of our members. All proceeds will go towards our PAEP scholarship program.

Event Sponsors:

RHEA Engineers & Consultants, Inc.

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Expired Tour of Upper Dublin Flood Retarding Structures and Wetland Mitigation Sites

Field Trip for Environmental Professionals

The Fort Washington business park and interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County has been subject to significant flooding problems for decades. To help this issue, Upper Dublin Township contracted URS (now AECOM) to design and build two new flood-retarding structures along tributaries to Rapp Run and Pine Run. This project involved an interdisciplinary team of professionals from Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and was successfully permitted and built within 3 years. The challenges to obtain the first regulatory approvals for a new “dam” in Pennsylvania since 1985 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Dam Safety, and Montgomery County Conservation District were discussed at PAEP’s annual conference in May 2016. Archeology, bog turtles, red-belly turtles, legacy sediment, visualization assessments, and the creation of a compensatory wetland mitigation site on a former soccer field were all components to creating structures that successfully control flood waters without adversely impacting the surrounding environment. Come see the structures and wetland mitigation sites in person and hear a synopsis of the project!

FREE for PAEP Members

$5 non-members

BYO Lunch

 We are sorry but space is limited to 25 people!

Questions? Call 610-832-3597 or email moc.moceanull@leppop.harobed

Thursday October 6 , 2016 12:00 PM

McDonald’s Parking Lot

Dreshertown Plaza Shoppping Center

1650 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025

Participants will be contacted in the event of inclement weather to advise if tour will be rescheduled

Expired PAEP’s Lunch n’ Learn and Webinar

Pennsylvania State Programmatic General Permit Lunch n’ Learn and Webinar

presented by:

Mr. Jared N. Pritts

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District

The PASPGP program is a general Section 404 permit issued under the federal Clean Water Act by the Corps   on a Pennsylvania‐wide basis for activities that would cause no more than minimal adverse environmental effects. Jared will give a presentation outlining the significant changes made to the program within the newly enacted PASPGP‐5.

Thursday, October 13th 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch n’ Learn check‐in starts at 11:30 am

Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Seminar Room 2333 Baldwin Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Live Webinar: Online via GoToMeeting.com

$10 – Members;                $15 – Non‐Members

Lunch will consist of assorted subs and various sides.

Register by Tuesday, October 11th ONLINE


RSVP attendance to Sarah Lavin at ude.ttipnull@401lms, and have cash/check payable at door.

NOTE: If you plan on attending the live webinar, you MUST register online.

Event Sponsorships:           

               RHEA Engineers & Consultants, Inc.               

                            Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.                         

Expired P2E2 Roundtable: Tour of Lutron World Headquarters – Nov. 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

PAEP Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency Roundtable (P2E2) Meeting at Lutron World Headquarters, Coopersburg, Lehigh County.

Energy efficiency is an essential element of every home and business. On November 10, 2016, the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) P2E2 Roundtable held its quarterly meeting at the Lutron World Headquarters Experience Center, Coopersburg, Lehigh County. Lutron has been providing energy-saving light control solutions for more than fifty years and offers solutions to reduce energy costs. The Experience Center allows visitors to see first-hand the demonstrated energy savings inherent with lighting control. Lutron offers dimmers, occupancy/ vacancy sensors, light control systems, and shading solutions to reduce lighting energy use, optimize system performance, and enhance the visual environment. Upper Saucon Township Wastewater Treatment Plant participated in the meeting and were encouraged to become energy ambassadors on their Pretreatment Information Exchange Group (a Lehigh Valley group of wastewater treatment plants that share experiences, successes and failures of pollution prevention initiatives in the industry). The treatment plant readily agreed. A lively discussion followed the tour which included state grant programs such as the High Performance Buildings and the Small Business Advantage Grant. Lutron is already researching the viability of the new DEP/DCED Solar Energy Program (SEP) loan program to install a system at their Coopersburg site. Lutron will join the PAEP and participate in future PAEP Annual Conferences and the P2E2 Roundtable. Lutron offered their site for future meetings of the PAEP P2E2 RT and invited the Roundtable back to tour their manufacturing operations! The next meeting of the PAEP P2E2 RT will be held in February 2017. Additional information on PAEP and the Roundtable can be found at www.paep.org.

(Contact: Janet Warnick, NE, 570.826.2475)

Meeting at Lutron World Headquarters

Expired 2016 Western Section Annual Winter Party

It’s back! Join us for a night of fun, food, and flowers at Phipps Conservatory. As a thank you to our members for making this year so great, we’d like to invite you and your family/friends to a tour of the Phipps’ Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. Café Phipps will provide free hors d’oeuvres for the event and a cash bar for drinks.

Networking hour from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, tours start around 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

Click here for further details! 

Expired Winter Solstice at Central PA Networking Night

Please join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice at Central PA Networking Night at Midstate Distillery on December 21, 2016, from 5pm-7pm.

Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Expired Workshop for Environmental Professionals, March 13, 2017

A Workshop for Environmental Professionals

The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP), in conjunction with Normandeau Associates, Inc., is proud to bring you a professional presentation on:


The public in general and even many in the environmental consulting profession know little about the life history and current status of freshwater mussels. Perhaps all of us have walked by these inconspicuous inhabitants of the Delaware River watershed, thinking that what we are seeing in rivers and large streams are merely rocks and cobbles emerging from bottom substrates. Mussel species are diverse and their appearance when out of their native bottom habitat is quite colorful with many shapes and sizes. They have a very unique reproductive strategy. Some may believe freshwater mussels are related to marine and estuarine bivalve counterparts, but their life history and longevity are different.

Mr. Joseph Snavely is a Principal Scientist with Normandeau Associates, Inc., based in Stowe, PA (Montgomery County). He is an expert aquatic ecologist and a US Fish and Wildlife Service qualified freshwater malacologist. Mr. Snavely is approved to survey threatened and endangered mussels in the Atlantic Slope and the Interior Basin, encompassing seventeen states. Joe will present to the group the general life history, diversity, and population range of mussels in our region, including the ecological function they fill, the regulations that govern them, an overview of an approved mussel survey plan and implications to various water users regarding their population numbers and other dynamics.
We are sorry, but space is limited to 75 people!
Reservations can be made by signing up at www.paep.org

Monday, March 13, 2017 – 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This event will be held in the Cushing Training Room at one of our PAEP Corporate Member offices:

625 West Ridge Pike, Suite E-100
Conshohocken, PA 19428

This event is only the beginning. Look for other interesting topics throughout the year!
Certificates of Attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation.

Expired 2017 PAEP Annual Conference


 Sustainability . . . . It’s in the Air

Please mark your calendar now and plan to join PAEP in State College as we celebrate our 32nd Annual Conference. This year we heard your request to hold the conference earlier in the year. Please see the new dates below. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues, hear expert presentations, learn about new industry trends and policies, and enjoy some well-deserved fun!

 April 5 – 7, 2017


Thank you to our sponsors:

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

ACT Engineers, Inc.


Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson

McTish-Kunkel and Associates

Microbac Laboratories, Inc.

Urban Engineers, Inc.

Pittsburgh International Airport

Click here if you need to download the conference brochure.


Expired PAEP-SWEP Networking

PAEP-SWEP Networking Event April 13 2017

Please join us at Duke’s Bar & Grill in Wormleysburg on Thursday, April 13, 2017 after the 11th Annual SWEP Making Environmental Connections Conference, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, for an evening of networking with members from PAEP and SWEP. Appetizers will be provided.

RSVP to JT Graupensperger suggested, but not required.

Click here for details

Expired P2E2 Roundtable: Tour of Weis (Sustainability)

P2E2 Roundtable Meeting Announcement!

We are pleased to announce our next P2E2 meeting. This event will be held at the Weis Corporate Office in Sunbury. The meeting includes tour of Weis’

Grind to Energy System in Selinsgrove.

Attendees Limit: 25 attendees (max)

Cost:           Free. (Please pass this on to anyone else you know who

might be interested.)

RSVP:         Mike Parrent (lim.liamnull@vic.tnerraP.L.leahciM)

Use “P2/E2 meeting” in the subject line. Please provide your name, title, business name, and phone number.

Required:   Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we will be walking for the tour!

Deadline:   Register by Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Click here for additional details.


Expired Workshop for Environmental Professionals

PFAS 101, Fate and Transport, and Remediation


Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of emerging contaminants whose release in the environment has occurred from industrial and firefighting activities.  PFASs are used in a multitude of industrial and consumer products (electronics, aerospace/defense, building/construction, alternative energy, automotive, semiconductors, military, healthcare, outdoor apparel/equipment and chemical/pharmaceutical).  Most notably PFASs are part of aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) used for fire training and firefighting.  PFASs are a class of compounds with carbon-carbon chains of various lengths, varying degrees of fluorine saturation, and organic acid or sulfonate functional groups at one terminal end.  Fluorine-carbon bonds are one of the strongest bonds in nature; therefore PFASs have distinct and unique properties of strength, durability, heat-resistance and chemical stability.  These compounds are also highly soluble in water and persistent in the environment, and as a result PFAS plumes tend to be large, dilute, and represent potentially large financial and environmental risks.  Environmental investigation and characterization for PFASs face numerous challenges, including the potential for cross-contamination during sampling and analysis, environmental ubiquity, the potential for multiple release modes and sources, and multiple transport pathways (air, water, soil and bedrock).  In addition, limited remediation technologies are available.  A discussion of these topics and information on potential for risk to human health and ecological receptors will be presented.

This presentation will be made by Dr. Katherine Davis, Mr. James Fenstermacher, PE, and Dr. Sagar Thakali of AECOM.  Dr. Davis, North America PFAS Lead for AECOM, is a Principal Geologist with over 15 years of experience working on a fluoropolymer manufacturing facility project in West Virginia.  She previously was the AECOM PFAS Technical Practice Group Lead.  Mr. Fenstermacher is a Remediation Technical Lead with over 28 years of experience, and is the PFAS Regional Lead for the North East Region.  He is the portfolio-wide Program Technical Manager for a large, multi-national chemical manufacturing client, and has served in an advisory capacity on numerous complex remediation projects for this and other major clients within AECOM.  Dr. Thakali is a Principal Risk Assessor for AECOM.

Expired PAEP Western Section June 8th

Join the PAEP Western Section for a Special Speaker Presentation on:

Using Citizen Engagement and Stakeholder Input to Inform a

Data-Driven Methodology for revitalizing an Urban Watershed

By: Ms. Lisa W. Brown

Economic Development South / Saw Mill Run Watershed Association

The Saw Mill Run watershed has a history of flooding, water quality impairments, and poorly planned development. This session discusses how citizen engagement and stakeholder input are being used to inform a data-driven methodology for revitalizing the environmental, economic, and social health of this urban watershed and transforming the blighted main commercial corridor into a Green Boulevard. Topics include innovative property evaluation methodologies and digital applications to engage ‘citizen scientists’. Attendees will learn how these tools can be adapted to project needs and participate in a hands-on demonstration of the Water Reporter mobile application.

WHEN:      Thursday, June 8th 12:30 -2:00 pm
Check-in starting at 12:00 pm

WHERE:      Scoglio Restaurant – Greentree

COST:            $20 – Members;  $25 – Non-members;   $10 – Students

Due to having to choose a meal selection please register each person individually not as a group.

Includes a salad, soft drink/coffee, “family style” pasta, and choice of lunch entrée:

  • Chicken Marsala Sautéed with mushrooms, Marsala wine, and a veal demi-glaze sauce
  • Char-grilled Salmon Topped with fresh tomato basil vinaigrette
  • Eggplant Parmigiana Breaded in Panko crumbs, lightly fried and topped with mozzarella, marinara and lemon buerre blanc.

Register by Thursday, June 1st ONLINE

If you have any questions regarding online registration, please email gro.peapnull@ofni

If you have any questions regarding the event itself, email Sarah Lavin at ude.ttipnull@401LMS

Expired PAEP Central Section June 2017


Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers


New Cumberland Borough Park / Nick’s Café


Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meeting Location: New Cumberland Borough Park Entrance

517 Front Street, New Cumberland

Time: 4:30 pm Brisk 45-minute walk on the Paved Park Trail

5:15 pm Social/Happy Hour at Nick’s Café, 114 Bridge Street

Come join your fellow PAEP members and get some exercise walking on the paved trail along the Yellow Breeches. Then we will walk over to Nick’s Café where Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers will provide appetizers for the group. Beverages and other food will be on your own. In the event of heavy rain, we will omit the walk and just meet for happy hour at 5:15 pm.

A head count is needed to estimate the space needed at Nick’s Café. Please RSVP to JT Graupensperger at moc.inonnepnull@regrepsnepuargj or 717-620-5922 by Thursday, June 15, 2017.

New Cumberland Borough Park: 517 Front Street in New Cumberland.

Nick’s Café: 114 Bridge St, New Cumberland (approx. 1500 feet northeast of the park).

Park your vehicle at Nick’s or at the Borough Park.

Click here for New Cumberland Borough Park location and parking map

Expired PAEP Western Section Celebration

Former PAEP President and loyal Western Section member, Eric Buncher of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, was the 2017 recipient of the PAEP Karl Mason Award! Come celebrate with us at Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville with free food, bowling, and shoe rentals, and spend the evening socializing with us and other local environmental professionals.

Where: Arsenal Bowling Lanes
212 44th St, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Friday, July 7th, 2017
5:00 – 9:00pm

Click here for more information: Flyer_July event (pdf)

(Free bowling and shoe rentals available from 5:30 – 8:45 pm)

Members and Non-members are both welcome! Cash bar available.

Non-members who sign up for membership at the event get a free drink of choice on us!

For questions, please email Sarah Lavin, at ude.ttipnull@401LMS

Expired PAEP/P2E2 RT 20th Anniversary!


20th Anniversary (84th meeting)
September 21, 2017  

PAEP P2E2 Roundtable’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency (P2E2) Roundtable (RT) celebrated their 20th Anniversary (84th meeting) on September 21st at the Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD), Monroe County. The first meeting took place at TYAD in 1997. The RT returned to where it all began to thank everyone involved, including our DEP staff, for their years of support! The meeting and tour were also held in celebration of National Pollution Prevention Week!

Presenters included TYAD, General Dynamics and the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT). TYAD is a RT founding member and co-chair and a leader in the sustainability movement in NE Pennsylvania and has launched several P2E2 projects as a direct result of their involvement with the RT. The Depot has also saved the government money by cutting back on energy consumption.  Their 100,000 square foot green roof alone has cut energy expenses by 30%.  Some of the Depot’s sustainability projects include solar tube lighting, green roof design, daylighting, energy efficient lighting technologies, electric vehicle fleets, solar powered lighting, LEED certified buildings, white roofs, ISO 14000 and process pollution prevention projects.  General Dynamic’s Scranton facility is one of the founding members of the RT and one of the top five energy performers in the world since their implementation of ISO 50001. The meeting also offered EP-ACT’s insight into the support of the Commonwealth’s interest in promoting alternative fuel and electric vehicles. Attendees were able to see alternative fuel vehicles. Dr. Marleen Troy’s Certificate in Sustainability Program at Wilkes University was highlighted as Wilkes is a RT Steering Committee member and many in our organization have participated. Dr. Troy also developed a video of past RT meetings that was played during the event.

Several early supporters of the RT including our Regional Director (RD) were recognized for their vision and cohesive support. The NERO RD was specifically recognized for supporting the regional RT in 2005 when funding sources were discontinued and the RT then joined with PAEP. TYAD was presented with an Appreciation Award for hosting the anniversary event and for their numerous P2E2 projects. The Co-chairs were presented with a tree that will be planted on-site at the TYAD Environmental Department and the thoughtful gift of a forest donated in their names through the American Forest Foundation. The RT has formed a network dedicated to helping each other with environmental issues at their workplaces. They have promoted and advanced energy efficiency and environmental stewardship and have opened their doors and minds to great projects and great accomplishments! The next meeting of the RT is tentatively scheduled for November 16. Congratulations to all members on 20 years of sustainability success!

PAEP P2E2 Roundtable’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Sponsored by Urban Engineers and ACT Engineers

  ACT Engineers




Expired FHWA Dinner & Lecture Event

Dinner & Lecture Event

FHWA Update: Regulation and Policy Updates,
Frequent FHWA Comments, and More

presented by: Ms. Camille Otto,
Environmental Program Manager,
FHWA Pennsylvania Division

Cami will discuss Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or “FAST” Act changes to policy and
regulations, from the latest Executive Order on Environmental Reviews to updates on Section
4(f). FHWA has also developed a list of frequent comments made on documents they review,
which will be shared to give preparers the “inside track” on what FHWA is looking for (or not
looking for) on document submissions. Plenty of time will be left for questions. Consider this a
perfect opportunity to ask FHWA what you’ve always wanted to know.

Register HERE

Dinner will be buffet-style; cash bar is available.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26th at 5:30pm
Networking and Happy “Hour” at 5:30 pm,
presentation at 7:00pm

WHERE: Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP)
337 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

COST: $40 – All Registrants

Expired Sustainability at SBC (Water and Energy Conservation)

Roundtable Meeting Announcement!

Come help us celebrate 20 years of sharing lessons learned!

HOST:  Susquehanna Brewing Company

WALKING TOUR:  Sustainability at SBC (Water and Energy Conservation) and mixer afterwards in the Tap Room

 Date:           Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Time:           4:00 – p.m.

Place:          Susquehanna Brewing Company,

Attendees:   Limit 25 attendees (max)

Cost:           $5 registration.  (Please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be interested.)

Register here.  Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we will be walking for part of the tour!

Requirements   Attendees must be 18 yrs or older, no smoking and, no photographs allowed, must wear closed-toe shoes, no high heels permitted

Deadline:     December 7th, 2017 

Please register early!

P2/E2 Roundtable of PAEP AGENDA

December 14, 2017

4:00 pm Registration and Refreshments
4:30 pm Walking Tour
5:15 pm Mixer (pizza and cash bar)

Expired P2E2 Roundtable: Tour of Susquehanna Brewing Company – Dec. 14, 2017

Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency Roundtable (P2E2) Meeting/Holiday Mixer at Susquehanna Brewing Company, Luzerne County.

On the evening of December 14, the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) P2E2 Roundtable held its fourth quarterly meeting at the Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC).  The owner of the brewery is a descendent of the Stegmaier family and personally provided the one hour tour for our group. The production of beer is very energy-intensive and requires significant amounts of water, compressed air, lighting and refrigeration. According to the Brewers Association, refrigeration, packing and compressed air consume 70% of U.S. breweries’ electricity use.  The SBC Pittston-based brewery is very popular in the region and has incorporated water conservation, recycling and energy efficiency practices into their process operations. SBC uses direct injection of pressurized steam at twice the speed of sound for a 3-dimensional boil.  This allows for 100% of heat transfer. SBC also utilzes a heat exchanger to heat the product from 38F to 140F, a one-hundred year old brewing practice that developed to minimize the amount of wood the brewer would have to chop and coal they would need to provide to fuel the process.  SBC is tuned into process efficiency, they are aware that if they can extract 10% more sugar in the process, they can decrease their raw material purchases, chemical purchases and reduce their carbon emissions. SBC is continuously looking for ways to decrease their production costs but will not sacrifice quality.  In addition, Dr. Marleen Troy, Wilkes University, was presented with an award for her 20 years of service to the Roundtable. A holiday mixer hosted by the RT co-chairs followed with pizza, specialty SBC craft beverages and soft drinks. The event lasted from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and everyone had a relaxing time networking in SBC’s tasting room. Raspberry white chocolate beer was the featured holiday brew. The brewing industry is making strides in satisfying beer lovers and energy efficiency enthusiasts alike! Like peanut butter and chocolate for us environmentalists!  Anyone interested in the beer making process can read more at http://blog.beeriety.com/2009/07/06/how-beer-is-made/.  Also, SBC stated that they are very happy to be serving on the PA legislative committee for breweries.  

Expired King’s College and Harsco Industrial

P2E2 Roundtable event

HOST: King’s College
Presentations: King’s College and Harsco Industrial
WALKING TOUR: Sustainability at King’s College with special guest presentation by
Harsco Industrial Jon Hunter (bio below), Director, Corporate Environmental and
EHS and Q&A with a panel of environmental professionals from a broad spectrum of
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: TBD
Place: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre
Attendees Limit 22 attendees (max)
Cost: Free. (Please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be interested.)
Register: below or email Mike Parrent lim.liamnull@vic.tnerraP.L.leahciM Use “P2/E2 meeting” in the subject line.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we will be walking for part of the tour!

Attendees must be 18 yrs or older, no smoking and, no photographs allowed,
must wear closed-toe shoes, no high heels permitted
Registration deadline: February 8, 2018
Read More about King’s College and Harsco Industrial
Please register early!

Harsco is a company that is very committed to Environmental Sustainability and has challenged itself to drive continuous improvement in this area. The presentation will focus on Harsco’s analysis of the current state of the company’s Environmental Sustainability program and key activities that will be used to mature the overall program. In addition to the short and long term tactical actions that will be deployed across all affected sites, the strategy to mature the overall Environmental Culture of Harsco will be discussed.

Jon R. Hunter is the Director, Corporate Environmental and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Metals & Minerals North America for Harsco Corporation. Jon directly reports to Jeremy Zahn, Vice President – Environmental, Health, Safety and Security. In his current role, Jon is responsible for driving EHS initiatives at the Harsco Metals & Minerals North America level and Environmental strategies across the globe. Primary responsibilities include strategic planning associated with EHS, driving continuous improvement in EHS programs, providing regulatory governance, maturing the Corporate Sustainability strategy/programs and supporting the process of developing a Zero Harm EHS Culture within his organization. Prior to joining
Harsco, Jon spent the majority of his career with Eaton Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace and Delphi Automotive Systems with multiple roles supporting EHS at the local, regional and corporate levels. Jon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Westminster College. Jon has also been a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Special Government Employee (SGE) with the US OSHA as part of the Voluntary Protection Program.

Expired SWEP Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Registration is now open for our 2018 Making Environmental Connections Conference on May 1, 2018 at The Conference Center at Central Penn College in Summerdale, PA.  We are excited to host many great panels and speakers this year.  Click the links below for the Conference Agenda, Registration details, Membership forms and a lot of other important information.

Conference Agenda

Conference Registration Form

Scholarship Form

Corporate Membership Form

General Membership Form

PayPal Payment instructions

Sponsorship Form


Expired 2018 PAEP Annual Conference


 Branches of Knowledge


Please mark your calendar now and plan to join PAEP at the Toftrees Golf Resort in State College on

 May 2 – 4, 2018


This year’s conference promises to be a great educational opportunity for our members, with such topics as ‘P3 Bridge Detours and the Plain Communities’, ‘Post Storm Event, Infrastructure, and Stream Restoration Improvements: Three Case Studies’, ‘Classic Soil Science Knowledge and Modern Environmental Practice’, to name just a few. Regulatory updates will be presented, and, for our May 3rd Luncheon and Keynote Presentation, we will have the Honorable Secretary of PennDoT, Leslie S. Richards, Jessica Shirley, PADEP; and possibly, the Honorable Secretary of PADCNR, Cindy Adams Dunn. They will speak on ‘Environmental Partnering’.

(click here to review the Conference Brochure and Schedule)

Besides all of the superb educational sessions, there’s plenty of opportunity for camaraderie and networking with you fellow peers. And, lastly, a special short course educational opportunity will be available Wednesday afternoon, May 2, ‘Soil Science: An Overview of Principles, Practical Field Methodologies, and Applications’ presented by Russell L. Losco, M.A., P.G., C.P.S.S. Delaware County Community College and West Chester University. To register for this session, go to http://pcpg.org/event-2845659. A $99 registration fee is available for members of PAEP and PCPG. Non-member fee is $129.

Thank you to our sponsors:


ACT Engineers, Inc


Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

HDR, Inc


Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery

Michael Baker International

Friends of PAEP:

Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers, Inc

Pittsburgh International Airport


There’s still time for your firm to be a sponsor for the conference.
Click here for more information.

Expired Central Event: PA Game Commission Nature Program

Pennsylvania Game Commission Nature Program

Come join your fellow PAEP members for an opportunity to see and touch skulls, furs, hides and parts from a variety of Pennsylvania wildlife. We will learn basic identification techniques from Pennsylvania Game Commission State Game Warden Chief, Chad Eyler. Chad will teach children and adults alike how to pinpoint common species of wildlife by parts that may be found while afield.

Click here for the Event flyer.

Expired Western Workshop: Freshwater Mussels in the Ohio and Allegheny River Watersheds

The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Normandeau Associates, Inc., is proud to bring you a professional presentation on:

Space is limited to 50 people, so sign up now!

Click here for additional information.

Expired 2018 PA Association of Hazmat Materials Technicians Annual Conference

The 2018 Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians Conference will be held August 23, 2018 through August 26, 2018 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Conference Center at 777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion, Pennsylvania, 15622.

The conference registration site is not currently open but will be soon. A link to the conference registration site will be posted on the Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Material Technicians website at www.PAHazMat.com once available.

While this conference is not sponsored by PAEP, members may still find it useful to attend.

Attendees can refer to the attached brochures: ‘Save the Date‘ and ‘Attendee Information‘.

Interested sponsors can find information by clicking here.

Expired STEM Career Day – Exhibitors’ Registration

STEM Career Day for Middle and High School Students

Interested businesses and organizations wishing to participate will need to complete the on-line form and submit to the email address listed. The form can also be printed and mailed, at your choice.

Booth fee of $28.00 can be payed on-line or by mail-in check.

Click here for the on-line registration form.


Expired STEM Career Day – School Registration

STEM Career Day for Middle and High School Students

National Pollution Prevention Week: September 18, 2018 from 8 AM to 2PM

At the Schaffer Bethlehem Ice Rink (covered, outdoor, cement rink), 345 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA

Students who participate in this event will be able to attend eight demonstrations during the AM or PM session. They will listen to presentations and see demonstrations offered by various businesses and organizations related to STEM careers. Students will come away with an understanding of the exhibit’s key point.

For the on-line registration form, click here.

Expired Webcast: Future of the Interstate

Tune in on December 6: Discussion on the Future of the Interstate

On December 6, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board will host a public release of a consensus study report Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future. The event will begin at 11 AM ET, when the report is released to the public.

The event will take place in person and via webcast.

We encourage TRB staff who are interested in this study to join us on the webcast. Also, please share with your networks on social media using the hashtag #FutureInterstate. Tune in at http://bit.ly/FutureInterstateWebcast – Pre-registration is not required to view the webcast.

The public may register to attend the event in person. Seating is limited, so they should register to attend.

For questions, contact Lisa Berardi Marflak at ude.sannull@kalfraML.

Expired Joint Holiday Networking Social

PAEP will join with other professional associations for a joint Holiday Networking Social on December 19 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Hilton Harrisburg located at 1 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg. Register at https://conta.cc/2DKwXfy for this free event. Do not register on this site. Click here for event brochure.

You are also invited to register for the WTS Rotunda Series “Networking 101”. This will be held directly before the Social from 3 PM to 5 PM at the same location. Cost to WTS and partnering organizations is $30. Register at https://conta.cc/2zvgTLx. Do not register on this site. Click here for event brochure.

Expired 2019 PAEP Annual Conference

Pre-Conference Soil Science Short Course

Understanding the (Soil) Science of the Hydric Soil Indicators

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The use of the Hydric Soil Indicators into three-parameter wetland delineations has raised the bar on understanding the role of soils in wetland determinations. However, like any advancement in scientific application, the divide between intent and application can be wide, as field practitioners struggle to comprehend the intention of the many-nuanced and often-updated hydric soil indicator definitions. In this one-day workshop, we will review the science that drives the hydric soil indicators and then put that knowledge to use in the field, where special attention will be placed on understanding the nuances of the indicator criteria. We’ll also demonstrate a new approach to monitoring reducing conditions in soils, that is both cost effective and easy to deploy. SoilHub instructors include Mike Callahan, CPSS; Gary Jellick, CPSS; Dr. John Wah; Joe Valentine; and Steve Dadio, CPSS.

The cost for this course (including all materials, morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon break) is $99 for PAEP and PCPG members and $129 for non-members. In order to register for this course (it is not included in the PAEP Conference registration fee), please complete the below form. Note:  Registration cut-off date for PCPG or PAEP members is April 25, 2019.  Non-member cut-off is April 23.  We strictly adhere to these cut-off dates in order to adequately prepare for the course.


2019 Annual Conference


May 8-10, 2019   ∙   Wyndham Garden Hotel  ∙   State College, PA

The PAEP Annual Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual Conference will take place Wednesday, May 8th through Friday, May 10th at the Wyndham Garden Hotel located in State College, PA.

The theme for the 2019 Annual Conference is “Growth through Collaboration”.

Click here to review the program brochure and/or to access a manual registration form.

Register Now!

Registration Fees listed below are good until midnight, April 19, 2019.

A $30.00 Late Fee will be required for Member and Non-Member registrations after April 19. Select the Late Fee Ticket in addition to the event(s) you wish to attend.

Sponsors and Exhibitors: Click here for Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities

Thanks to our current list of sponsors:







Expired Eastern Breakfast Event

The Eastern Section of PAEP is holding a Breakfast Learning Session: Streamlining the Beneficial Reuse of Regulated Fill for Transportation Projects on June 12, 2019, from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. The presenter is Jeffrey C. Obrecht, PG, of RK&K. The event will be held at the King of Prussia office of RK&K. Breakfast will be provided. PAEP Members can attend this seminar for free. Non-members will be charged a very small fee of $5.00.

For additional information, please click here.

Thanks to our event co-sponsors: RK&K and Urban Engineers for their generous support.

Hurry! Space is limited to the first 25 registrants. Sign up today!

Expired Darby Creek Cleanup

A joint event of ASHE Environmental Committee and PAEP, Saturday, September 21 from 9 am to noon at Tinicum Park, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Registrations are not required, but it will help event planners have an idea of how many participants to expect. Click here for additional information.

RSVP to moc.latnemnorivnesutol@llienor.

Questions? Call Bob Pope at 267-838-0217

Expired Breakfast Learning Session

Expired Partnering with Your Laboratory for Successful Sample Submissions

PAEP Central Section, in conjunction with ALS Environmental, will hold an educational seminar on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 4-6 pm. The event will be held at the office of ALS Environmental, 301 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, PA 17057.

See the attached brochure for more information!

Expired Eastern Section Winter Social




Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion
8046 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136

Join your friends from PAEP at the
“Thirsty Caterpillar Beer Garden”!
Get out of the cold into a tropical wonderland surrounded by lush vegetation and butterflies!
$10 ticket price covers 1 drink;
additional beverages available at cash bar.


Register through the event organizer above or at:

Expired PAEP/SWEP Networking Luncheon – March 4, 2020

Expired Webinar: Cyanobacteria: Lake Erie Algal Bloom Factors – Aug 4, 2020

NOTE: Sign up by July 30 to receive the log-in link for this informative webinar!

Expired 2020 PAEP Virtual Conference

2020 October Virtual Conference Speaker Series

“35 Years of Connecting the Keystone”


The theme for the 2020 October Virtual Conference Speaker Series is “35 Years of Connecting the Keystone”.

Sessions, as delineated by ticket choices (below), are topic-specific. Each session’s topic is listed here for easy reference when making your ticket selections. Full descriptions can be seen in the full Program brochure (click here).

    • Full Virtual Event: access to ALL fifteen virtual sessions.
    • Oct. 2, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Happy Hour: Greetings, Format Introduction
    • Oct. 5, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Mixing PCBs and Erosion Issues:  A Study and Remediation Strategy for a Complicated Project
    • Oct. 5, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Overview and Demonstration of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ Assisted Determination Tool
    • Oct. 9, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Integrated Environmental and Engineering Planning for the New Decade
    • Oct. 9, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Water and Wetlands Regulations
    • Oct. 16, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Use of the PennDOT Connects System Environmental GIS Data 
    • Oct. 16, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Pennsylvania Climate Action – Leading by Example
    • Oct. 19, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Energy in Pennsylvania: How ESG Factors are Driving the New Wave of Infrastructure Development
    • Oct. 19, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: FHWA Regulation and Policy Updates
    • Oct. 23, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Valuation of Large-Order Floodplain Restoration for Nutrient and Sediment Reduction
    • Oct. 23, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Historic Bridges: Connecting People and Places in the Keystone
    • Oct. 26, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Joint Infrastructure Development & Project Delivery for Pollutant Reduction & Stormwater Compliance 
    • Oct. 26, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Using Science to Conserve Pennsylvania’s Biodiversity
    • Oct. 30, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: PennDOT Update
    • Oct. 30, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Happy Hour: Greetings, Award Winner Presentations, Thank you’s, Conference Adjourns

Register Now!

Registration Fees are listed below. Cut-off for registration is September 25, 2020, at 11:00 PM. DON’T DELAY! We look forward to “seeing” you there.

Sponsors: Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Click here for a registration form. As a sponsor, you will receive:

    • Up to five free employee registrations.
    • Your company logo displayed prior to each session and also during Q & A.
    • Your company logo and recognition on this PAEP web site with a link to your web site.

Thanks to our current list of sponsors:






Expired PAEP- Webinar- February 4, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Wastewater

Thursday, February 4 2021 at 12:00 (Noon) Eastern

As the Covid-19 illness continues to vex our daily lives and economies across the world, governments, health officials, and researchers continue in their efforts to control the spread. Until therapeutic treatments and vaccines are developed to eliminate the threat completely, early identification and containment of individuals that are infected is a critical control measure. One such early detection method that is gaining momentum is the testing of wastewater for the genetic signature of the SARSCoV-2 virus being expelled from the bodies of infected individuals.

Presenter: Ray Martrano, Operations Manager

Mr. Martrano is an environmental chemistry leader and specialist with over 35 years of combined experience in analytical chemistry and environmental engineering. Specific areas of expertise include environmental laboratory management, analytical chemistries and methodologies, sampling, project management, remediation technologies, process engineering, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control.

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2021.

Note: Registration is for one entrant. Any other individuals who would like to join this session are required to complete their own registration forms. The registration fee is set per person, not per connection.

PAEP Members – Webinars are free to current members but you will still need to register.

Non-Members – the fee for the webinar is $10 per person.

Registrants will be sent an email, closer to the event date, providing information on how to join the webinar.

Expired PAEP Webinar – April 14, 2021

Biological & Economic Benefits Estimation under

§ 316(b) of the Clean Water Act 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:00 (Noon) Eastern Time 


Issuance of permits under the Clean Water Act (CWA) requires a carefully balancing of the costs and benefits of the individual permit requirements.  Often this balancing is done in the development of numeric water quality criteria when then can be translated into individual permit limits.  However, for other potential stressors, the water quality requirements are more qualitative leading to a less rigorous assessment costs and benefits.  One example of this occurs with CWA § 316(b) which requires facilities that withdraw cooling water to use “the best technology for minimizing adverse environmental impact”. While this section was part of the CWA since its inception in 1972, regulations on how to select the best technology available (BTA) for each facility were not finalized until 2014.  In issuing these regulations, USEPA allowed an explicit consideration of the economic costs and benefits in making a BTA determination.  In this case, the benefits are economic values of the improvements in the aquatic community in the affected waterbody.  This presentation will discuss the process used to determine how the economic values of aquatic community improvements are quantified.  Further, we will discuss how such cost and benefit comparisons could be incorporated into other CWA permitting issues.

Presenter:  William Dey

Vice President and Senior Principal Scientist at ASA

Registration Deadline:  April 9, 2021. 

PAEP Members – Webinars are free to 2021 PAEP members but you will still need to register.

Non-Members – the fee for the webinar is $10 per person.

Registrants will be sent an email, closer to the event date, providing information on how to join the webinar.

Expired PAEP Webinar – April 23, 2021

The Do’s and Don’ts for Noise Analyses and Reports

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:00 (noon) Eastern Time


FHWA and PennDOT will review requirements for determining when a project qualifies as a Type I noise project, how to complete Type I noise analyses and public involvement, and reporting.  This will include highlighting key elements from the noise policy (PennDOT Publication 24), frequent comments, and tips on procedures including how to handle public involvement during the pandemic, clear writing, and more.

Presenter: Camille Otto (FHWA) and Jim Spatz (PennDOT)

Registration Deadline:  April 19, 2021. 

PAEP Members – Webinars are free to 2021 PAEP members but you will still need to register.

Non-Members – the fee for the webinar is $10 per person.

Registrants will be sent an email, closer to the event date, providing information on how to join the webinar.

Expired PAEP Webinar – May 17, 2021

Indiana Bat and Northern Long-Eared Bat Rangewide Programmatic: Overview and Use of IPaC for Consultation

Monday, May 17, 2021
at 12:00 (Noon) Eastern


Originally executed in 2016, the Range-wide Programmatic Consultation for Indiana Bat and Northern Long-eared Bat has provided consistent, effective, and efficient Section 7 consultation throughout the range of the species. However, even though Pennsylvania has successfully implemented other programmatic consultations for listed species within the Commonwealth, the range-wide programmatic hasn’t been integrated into project development at quite the same level. Therefore, the goal of this presentation is to revisit the purpose of the range-wide programmatic, provide an overview of the processes for informal and formal consultations, and discuss how the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) system is used to process programmatic consultations.

Presenter: Jon Crum, Multimodal Safety & Environmental Specialist, USDOT/FHWA/PA Division

Registration Deadline: May 14, 2021.

Note: Registration is for one entrant. Any other individuals who would like to join this session are required to complete their own registration forms. The registration fee is set per person, not per connection.

PAEP Members – Webinars are free to members but you will still need to register.

Non-Members – the fee for the webinar is $10 per person.
Registrants will be sent an email, closer to the event date, providing information on how to join the webinar

“The purpose of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals is to promote environmental education, research, planning, assessment, review, and management through the formation and operation of a nonpolitical multidisciplinary professional society.” The content of our webinar series is not developed by PAEP, but by the presenters themselves.