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2019 FALL CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Economic Growth and Sustainability:  Finding the balance between population growth and environmental stewardship

Tuesday, October 15th, 8am – 5pm, Broncos Stadium at Mile High

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: According to recent census data, Colorado is the second fastest growing state in the nation with several front range cities ranked in the top 100 of fastest growing US cities. This conference will explore past, present, and future threats to Colorado’s environment, focusing on population growth. Presentations will focus on minimizing and mitigating the environmental impacts of land development, use, and natural resource extraction, and maximizing our enjoyment of what many of us consider to be the happiest place on earth.  Keynote Speakers to be announced soon!

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: CEMS is seeking thought-provoking presenters that constructively and critically examine past, present, or anticipated future challenges to and opportunities for the State with respect to environmental stewardship. We are seeking presenters that provide insight on the key(s) to success, and stimulate discussion on how environmental professionals can anticipate, react, rise up to the challenges, and seize the opportunities.  Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

General Conference Themes

 

  • What lessons can we take from the past when our population has grown before?
  • How can we minimize and mitigate the environmental impacts of population growth?
  • What changes have we seen, or anticipate, to environmental regulatory programs as our population grows, and how might they affect environmental work?
  • Economics of environmental stewardship: what are the costs to businesses operating in Colorado to manage environmental impacts, and how do these costs impact Colorado citizens?
  • What consideration should be given to a potential decline in population, and any economic downturn that would result?

Air Quality Focus Areas

 

  • Impacts of new legislation and new administration
  • New owner audit program for O&G operators
  • Managing our energy and transportation systems

Water Quality Focus Areas

 

  • Risks to surface water and groundwater quality and quantity
  • Competing interests of recreation and extractive industries

Waste Management Focus Areas

 

  • Can we increase our population without increasing the demands on our landfills?
  • Barriers and solutions to recycling of water and solid waste (household and industrial wastes)
  • City-scale sustainability policy: What works, what doesn’t, and why

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMITTAL:  Friday, July 12, 2019

Please submit your Title, Abstract/Summary (<500 words), Author(s), Affiliation(s), and
Biography (<200 words)
in a MS Word-compatible format to Erik Gessert at erik.gessert@terracon.com

SPONSORSHIP SIGNUP/QUESTIONS
Contact Michael Whelan at 303-952-4850 / mwhelan@anchorqea.com

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPENS:  August 5, 2019

Additional information at www.COEMS.org or by contacting

Erik Gessert at 303-454-5277 / erik.gessert@terracon.com