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DON'T JUST "G R E E N W A S H" - Come to the IECA Northeast Chapter's ANNUAL CONFERENCE & TRADE EXPOSITION on Oct 27-30 in South Portland, Maine, and LEARN HOW TO DO IT RIGHT!!
The term ”greenwashing” was coined by suburban NY environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1986, in an essay regarding the hotel industry's practice of placing green placards in rooms promoting reuse of guest-towels, ostensibly to "save the environment." Westerveld noted that, in most cases, little or no effort toward waste recycling was being implemented by these institutions due in part to the lack of cost-cutting affected by such practice. Westerveld hence monikered this and other outwardly environmentally-conscientious acts with a greater, underlying purpose of profit increase as greenwashing.1
As a professional in the erosion control and stormwater management industry, you may have observed greenwashing first hand with respect to projects being promoted as low impact development.
Low Impact Development (LID) is a concept that began in Prince George's County, Maryland, in 1990 as an alternative to traditional stormwater best management practices (BMPs) installed at construction projects. Officials found that the traditional practices such as detention ponds and retention basins were not cost-effective and the results did not meet water quality goals. The LID design approach has received support from the U.S. EPA and is being promoted as a method to help meet Clean Water Act goals. LID techniques can also play an important role in Smart Growth and Green Infrastructure land use planning.2
The Northeast Chapter (“NEC”) of the International Erosion Control Association is a non-profit organization serving the six New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut) and New York. Our mission is to CONNECT, EDUCATE and SUPPORT the erosion control and stormwater management community. Past NEC workshops and conferences have addressed design and on-site practices; this year, we’re adding sessions that focus on business-related aspects of our industry, such as contractual agreements and the cost of improper BMP implementation. We are also presenting numerous LID case studies to help our members and other attendees gain a competetive edge over the greenwashers.
As always, the NEC is offering a SIGNIFICANT discount for government employees. New this year, the discount for IECA members will apply to members of the Soil & Water Conservation Society as well. When you register, be sure to check off the best rate that applies for each session you plan to attend.
BROCHURE and PROGRAM for the NEC's Annual Conference & Trade Exposition - our premier educational and networking event. The Program has links to additional information, such as class outlines and speaker biographies. The BROCHURE includes the Program and fees, Sponsorship Packages and information for Exhibitors.
NOTE: The Keynote Address by US EPA Regional Adminstratior Robert Varney on the evening of Monday, October 27th, is open to all - dinner is optional.
The conference program includes three full-day classes on Erosion & Sediment Control, Storm Water Quality and Site Inspection. Each class provides six contact hours of instruction that can be used as professional development or continuing education credits; the number of credits each class will provide depends on the rating system used by the various certification programs. These classes happen to be the certification exam review classes for three professional certification programs, but they are open to all - we encourage professionals in our industry to become certified but you do not need to be in the certification pipeline to take and benefit from these educational sessions.
The program for Tuesday & Wednesday, October 28 & 29, also includes concurrent presentations in two rooms about low impact development, stream restoration, the business side of our industry, and much more. There will be a Regulatory Roundup (overviews and updates from the six New England states and New York) on Tuesday and an Interactive Mock Project Session on Wednesday in which attendees and exhibitors work together on project plans.
P r o g r a m U P D A T E S:
27 Sept 08 James Houle, Outreach Coordinator and Program Manager for the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, completes the program with a presentation about Pervious Concrete.
19 Sept 08 George Kiem of Shaw Brothers Construction will discuss the Earth-moving Contractor's Role and Responsibilities.
27 Aug 08 John Field, PhD, Fluvial Geomorphologist at Field Geology Services, has joined the program on Wednesday October 29th to talk about Stream Restoration. John will follow Steve Koenig of Project SHARE, who will discuss Culvert Crossings.
22 Aug 08Bob Jontos, CPESC, PWS, a Partner at Land-Tech Consultants, is confirmed for a presentation on Using Water Quality Models on Tuesday October 28th, scheduled to follow Preparation of Pollutant Loading Analysis, presented by Steve Trinkaus, CPESC, CPSWQ, Principal Engineer for Trinkaus Engineering.
20 Aug 08: Jon Languet, Esq., Principal at Languet Law, has joined the program on Tuesday October 28th to talk about Construction Law and Contracts.
EARN CREDITS to maintain your professional certification
Attendance at the Northeast Chapter's Annual Conference can earn you credits to help maintain your professional certification; the exact number depends on the rating system used by the individual certification programs.