Environmental Topic Areas Solicited:

  • Agriculture
  • Air Pollution, Regulation & Permitting
  • Career Development
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Environmental Management
  • Forestry
  • Industry Best Practices / Compliance / Sustainability
  • Land Conservation
  • Management Systems
  • Public Sector Best Practices & Sustainability
  • Tourism
  • Transportation
  • Waste/Recycling
  • Water
Submission Period Over

The symposium had a holistic approach to the environment by embracing issues related to policies, regulations, current and projected environmental issues, research, and statistical work, strategies and solutions.

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Reasons to present at 2019 Environment Virginia Symposium

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Each year, the Environment Virginia Symposium features a combination of invited plenary speakers, invited break-out session presenters, and presenters chosen based on abstracts received during our call for presentations.

If you have an idea for a presentation you’d like to share with the environmental professional community, we invite you to submit an abstract.

We invite submissions from businesses, government agencies, academia and nonprofit organizations – as long as your content is relevant to Virginia’s environment.

The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is September 21, 2018.

The Environment Virginia Symposium is a community experience of shared expertise and networking; therefore, accepted presenters are expected to participate in the entire conference as registered attendees.  Presenters will be able to register for the conference at a reduced rate.  We will send information regarding reduced rate registration in an email to accepted presenters.

Additionally, presenters will benefit from the following:

  • Recognition from your peers as an expert in their field
  • Acknowledgement as a presenter on conference website and in program booklet
  • Representation for your organization by discussing current projects and/or research

We will post the full conference schedule in early February 2018.

The nearly 600 attendees include professionals from all over the Commonwealth and from every sector of the environmental community – government, industry, non-profits, and academia who meet to discuss collective issues and exchange ideas, best practices and knowledge.

You must submit your proposal abstract electronically.  It should contain fewer than 250 words.

Indicate the topic area of your presentation in the online form.

You may choose to present your proposal in either a traditional presentation format (15 minutes) or as a panel discussion (45 minutes).

  • For panel presentations, please list each individual with their area of expertise.  Strong panel presentations will include individuals with expertise from a variety of disciplines and organizations.
  • Your presentation should emphasize at least some of the following concepts: Conservation, Regulation, Sustainability, Best Practices, Innovative Ideas, Technology, Case Studies, Success Stories and Challenges
  •  You will need to provide the following:
    • Objectives/Outcomes/Goals (italicized text provides you with an example only)
    • This presentation will … discuss the benefits and implications of implementing the Clean Power Plan for individual consumers, industries and the environment.
    • Conference attendees will be … introduced to the new carbon emission regulations established in the Clean Power Plan.
    • Following this presentation, conference attendees will be able to … evaluate and critique the possible solutions to curb carbon emissions in order to be in compliance with the Clean Power Plan.
    • Challenges and/or lessons learned
    • Successes and/or failures
    • Methodologies
    • Target audience
    • Application possibilities for other professionals and/or organizations

A panel of three to five experts in a blind review process will judge based on the following criteria:

  • Measurable/demonstrated environmental improvement and/or impact
  • Incorporation of research data and/or case studies
  • Significance to environmental professionals from a variety of disciplines
  • Topical – addresses current and future environmental concerns
  • Ability to replicate in other businesses, governments or organizations
  • Relevance to Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states

Only a select number of presentations will be accepted due to limited availability in the conference schedule.

We will notify you by the third week in December concerning whether or not your proposal was selected for presentation at this year’s conference.

If we choose your presentation, you must be available to present on Tuesday, March 26; Wednesday, March 27; and Thursday, March 28.