Registration Opens in November

March 26-28, 2019

Where Leaders Meet

2019 Marks the 30th Anniversary of The Environment Virginia Symposium. This symposium is the Commonwealth’s premier environmental conference which brings together environmental professionals throughout Virginia from all sectors: government, non-profits, academia, and industry.  Their joint efforts create better results for our environment for our state and region.

Save the date! March 31- April 2, 2020

Registration Opens in November



Capt. Ron Erchul (U.S. Navy, Ret.), a former Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, began the Environment Virginia Symposium at VMI in 1990.

Capt. Erchul’s vision for the Environment Virginia Symposium was to create an event where environmental professionals from across the State of Virginia could come together for a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and information to better our environment.

Captain Ron Erchul


The symposium is produced each year thanks to the collective endeavor of staff at the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics and our Conference Planning Committee.  Together, they combine the expertise of event hosting and environmental program planning and development.

VMI’s Center for Leadership and Ethics hosts the Environment Virginia Symposium along with several other national conferences which tackle complex issues of national urgency.  The Center’s offices are located in Marshall Hall, a certified green venue location.

State Government

  • Sharon Baxter, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Ann Jennings, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Tom Smith, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Ed Zimmer, Virginia Department of Forestry

Federal Government

  • Miranda Ryan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Norfolk District

Local Government

  • Richard Street, Spotsylvania County Government – Zoning Department


  • Tina Bickerstaff, O’Brien & Gere
  • Matt Ledford, Daikin Applied
  • Chris Stone, ClarkNexsen
  • Joe West, AECOM


  • Cathy Taylor, Dominion Energy
  • Ruth Debrito, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • David Gunnarson, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Kateri Shreve, Luck Stone
  • Matt Wells, WestRock


  • Kendal Crawford, Virginia Interfaith Power and Light
  • Harry Godfrey, Virginia Advanced Energy Economy
  • Adrienne Kotula, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Joe Maroon, Virginia Environmental Endowment
  • Peggy Sanner, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Kendall Tyree, VA Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • Tamim Younos, Green Water-Infrastructure Academy
  • Clara Poffenberger, Air and Waste Management Association
  • Mary Rafferty, Virginia Conservation Network
  • Program Chairman: Col. David Gray, Director, Center for Leadership and Ethics
  • Program Coordinator: Maj. Kim Connolly, Assistant Director for Programs and Conferences, Center for Leadership and Ethics
  • Conference Coordinator: Derek Pinkham, Assistant Conference Coordinator, Center for Leadership and Ethics
  • Assistant Planner: Emily Coleman, Assistant Conference Planner, Center for Leadership and Ethics

2018 Think Tank White Paper

2018 Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute Think Tank Event Compilation Paper

2019 Co-Hosts and Supporting Organizations