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
November 10, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
2016 Winter Party
December 9, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Please join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice at Central PA Networking Night at Midstate Distillery on December 21, 2016, from 5pm-7pm.
December 21, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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.
Workshop, March 13, 2017
March 13, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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.
April 5, 2017 - April 7, 2017
2:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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.
April 13, 2017
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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.
May 18, 2017
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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.
PAEP Eastern Workshop 5-24-17 PFAS
May 24, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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 Lunch & Learn June 8
June 8, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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
PAEP Central Section Walk & Happy Hour
June 21, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm