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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.orgP.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
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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 email@example.com, 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.
RHEA Engineers & Consultants, Inc.
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
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
We are sorry but space is limited to 25 people!
Questions? Call 610-832-3597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!
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.
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:
FRESHWATER MUSSELS IN THE DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED
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.
32nd 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.
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
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 (email@example.comP.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.
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.
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
PAEP CENTRAL SECTION JUNE 2017 PROGRAM SPONSORED BY
Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers
WALK & HAPPY HOUR
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
Summer Kickoff Networking
Date: June 28, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Café 1500 American Bistro
No Cost to attend. Appetizers provided.
Register by June 23!
Click the link below to register!
Contact Emily at moc.gnemtnnull@ttoznrebe with questions.
Click here for additional details!
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