Environmental Connection Conference
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Environmental Connection 2017

Cobb Galleria Centre

Atlanta, Georgia
February 21–24, 2017

Environmental Connection is IECA's premier educational event for the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. Environmental Connection combines intense, full and half day training courses with topic-focused technical sessions and the largest expo of its kind.

Over 4 days, Environmental Connection provides peer–reviewed education, products and technology which address four educational tracks:

Opening Keynote Speaker - Jim Cantore

IECA is excited to announce the keynote speaker for Environmental Connection 2017 is Jim Cantore, world renowned meteorologist with the Weather Channel. Cantore will discuss changes in weather patterns, predictions for the future and how these changes will affect our industry. What can we do today to prepare for the weather changes over the next 50 years? Cantore will lend his insights on how our industry can prepare for the future in weather.

Closing Keynote Speaker - Craig Zeller, P.E.

IECA is pleased to announce Craig Zeller, PE, Senior Regional Project Manager with the EPA, as the closing keynote speaker for Environmental Connection 2017. On December 22, 2008 the failure of an ash dike at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, TN caused a monumental environmental disaster where approximately 5.4 million cubic yards (CYs) of coal ash was released over 300 acres that choked the adjacent Emory River, disrupted electrical power, ruptured a natural gas line and water line, and covered a railway and local roadways. Zeller's keynote presentation will provide attendees a look into this disaster and his experience serving as the EPA's on-site coordinator for the cleanup and recovery efforts. While erosion control is a key component to every environmental cleanup project, it was paramount to the success of the TVA ash recovery project. A range of proven and innovative BMPs were applied to not only mitigate off-site ash transport to receiving waters, but to also prevent dust inhalation by on-site personnel and adjacent communities. Six years and $1.2 billion later, the ash landfill has been successfully closed, and hundreds of acres of habitat have been restored for ecological and recreational use.

6 Reasons Why YOU Should Attend Environmental Connection:

  1. Meet new people: There's an expected attendance of over 1,500 of the industry's brightest minds. Connecting with new faces will help you in your career.
  2. Get top-notch education: You can learn from over 130 presentations of the latest case studies and topic-focused technical sessions.
  3. Build business relationships: We have numerous networking and social opportunities so you can make connections with future clients or even connect with potential employers/employees.
  4. Stay credible: Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending technical sessions.
  5. Stay ahead of the curve: Keep up-to-date in today's newest technologies in erosion and sediment control products and services at our two-day expo.
  6. Support a cause: Attending conference helps to show your support for IECA, which is a non-profit organization that provides education, resource information and business opportunities for professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry.

Who Comes to Environmental Connection?

IECA's annual conference draws thousands of professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry from around the world each year, including:

  • Contractors
  • Land Developers
  • Engineers
  • Utilities
  • Manufacturers
  • Contractors
  • Home Builders
  • Landscape Architects
  • Government Agencies
  • Academics

Registration Information

  • Registration will open, Monday, September 26, 2016.

Pre-Conference Pricing

Pricing listed as Member | Non-Member.

Before Dec 12, 2016 After Dec 12, 2016 Onsite
Full Day Course $299| $349 $349 | $399 $419 | $469
Full Day Course includes: training course, training materials, lunch and refreshments.
Full Day Auburn Field Tour $350 | $400 $400 | $450 N/A
Full Day Field Tour includes: transportation, training course, training materials, lunch and refreshments.
Half Day Course $150| $175 $175 | $200 $210 | $235
Half Day Course includes: training course, training materials and refreshments.

Conference Pricing

Pricing listed as Member | Non-Member.

Before Dec 12, 2016 After Dec 12, 2016 Onsite
Full Conference Pass $720 | $845 $820 | $945 $920| $1,005
A Full Conference Pass includes access to all technical sessions, the expo hall, continental breakfasts, luncheons, refreshment breaks and receptions where applicable.
One Day Conference Pass $360 | $425 $410| $475 $460| $505
A One Day Pass includes access technical sessions, the expo hall (on Thursday or Friday), continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment break and reception where applicable only on the day you register for.
Exhibit Hall Only Pass $75 | $80 $80 | $85 $90 | $95
This pass does not include any education or meal functions. It only allows an attendee to visit the exhibit hall while it is open on on Thursday and Friday.
Field Tour $25 | $30 $35 | $40 N/A
This can only be purchased with a Full Conference Pass.
Additional Meal Tickets* $30 $30 $30
*Thursday and Friday meal tickets sold separately.
Additional Closing Bash Tickets $40 $40 $40

IECA Cancellation Policy: Requests for registration refunds must be submitted to IECA in writing. Substitutions are encouraged. For cancellations prior to December 31, 2016 a $100 processing fee will be applied. For cancellations after December 31, 2016 there will be no refund. Changes to your registration are subject to a $25 processing fee.

IECA is the Super Bowl of the Erosion Control Industry. It is a must attend venue for erosion control professionals. — Anonymous, 2015

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