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Call for Abstracts

The Environmental Show of the South invites you to submit an abstract as a proposal for a presentation at our event.

Presentations and panel discussions should be geared towards providing training and education to a broad range of environmental professionals. Selected presentations must have a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge of the audience.  

All abstracts must be submitted on Form CN-0033. Email completed forms to (or fax to 615-532-0938 if absolutely necessary). Abstracts are due by Thursday, January 4, 2018.

This event features concurrent sessions in several three-hour blocks. Time allocated per item may be 20, 40, 60, or 80 minutes including Q&A. 

The following sessions are planned and some topics of interest have already been identified:

There will be three sessions on Materials Management for a total of nine hours of technical content in this area. Abstracts are invited to address the following topics:

  • National Joint Purchasing Agreements
  • Land application and beneficial end use
  • Using local infrastructure to attract industry
  • Panel of large city decision-makers
  • Materials Marketplace success stories
  • 3D printing and solid waste Issues
  • Solid waste in sustainable cities
  • Waste to energy
  • Organics management
  • Better recycling collection strategies
  • Best practices for MRF design and safety
  • Triple bottom line analyses for waste reduction strategies
  • RFID technology and the evolving waste and recycling industry

There will be three sessions on Solid Waste, including one organized by the TN Chapter of SWANA, for a total of nine hours of technical content in this area. Abstracts are welcome, particularly on the following topics:

  • Final Cap Failure
  • GCL Performance with Leachate Impact

A three-hour session on Coal Combustion Residuals will return, and abstracts are welcome. Topics of interest include:

  • CCR Beneficial Reuse
    • Compliance with 2015 Federal CCR rule
    • Research and Development Projects
    • Large Scale Projects
    • Projects associated with Clean Closure
  • Closing Ash Ponds
    • Compliance with 2015 Federal CCR rule
    • Close with waste in place
    • Clean closure
  • Stability of CCR Units and Materials
    • Compliance with 2015 Federal CCR rule/location restrictions
    • Static stability
    • Seismic stability
    • Liquefaction

There will be three sessions on Environmental Law, for a total of nine hours of Continuing Legal Education during the breakout sessions. Three of these hours will focus on Ethics. Abstracts are welcome, particularly on the following topics.

  • Bankruptcy
  • Ethics
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Environmental Case Law Updates

Abstracts are invited for presentations during Hazardous Waste sessions on the following topics:

  • Emerging Contaminants
  • New Hazardous Waste Regulations
  • Industry Response/Adaptations to the New HW Regulations
  • New HW Treatment Technologies
  • HW Management Strategies for Generators
  • “Green” Replacements for HW Materials
  • Hazardous Waste Regulatory, Policy, and Compliance Updates
  • Hazardous Waste Technology Innovations

There will be a three-hour session on Toxic Substances. Abstracts are welcome on the following topics:

  • PCB Storage for Reuse vs PCB Storage for Disposal
  • TN-RCRA PCB Policy
  • TSCA Compliance Requirements for PCB Transporters
  • PCB Certificates of Destructions and Approved Disposal Methods – Why Recycling Is Not An Approved PCB Disposal Method
  • TN Lead-Based Paint Abatement Notification and Re-notification Requirements 
  • Lead-Safe Salvage 
  • Asbestos

Preserving and Enhancing Tennessee’s Water Resources may be the focus of up to three sessions. Abstracts are welcome, and sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Beneficial Re-use
  • Nutrient Reduction
  • MS4 planning and buffer management
  • Groundwater Protection
  • Watershed Management including regional curves/assessments
  • Best Engineering practices

Abstracts are invited on the following topics for a three-hour session on Remediation:

  • Sustainable/ Green Remediation
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • DOE Environmental Restoration/ DOD Remediation
  • New Remediation Technologies
  • Vapor Intrusion Assessment & Characterization
  • Vapor Intrusion Mitigation
  • Chlorinated Solvent Remediation
  • Methamphetamine Hazards and Remediation

Vapor Intrusion will be the focus of its own three-hour session, and abstracts are welcome on:

  • Vapor Intrusion assessment, characterization, and investigation
  • Vapor Intrusion mitigation

A three-hour session on Underground Storage Tanks will be held for the second year running. Abstracts are invited to address:

  • Petroleum Case Studies
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Restoration & Reuse of Underground Storage Tanks Properties

There will be two sessions related to Air: one on Air Quality and one on Clean Fuels/Clean Energy. Abstracts are invited on:

  • Landfill Gas to Energy (LFGTE) Alternative Fuels
  • Renewable Fuels
  • Clean-Fueled Vehicles

Presenters attend the Environmental Show of the South free as fully registered attendees. Once you submit your abstract, please wait to hear back from our Session Organizer. All abstracts will receive a response before the end of January.  For regular attendees (those not selected to present), early bird registration discounts end February 28.  

Those selected to present will be asked to complete a Speaker Profile Form which will allow us to get you registered and list you correctly in the conference program.

Hotel reservations may be made by viewing group rates listed under Location Information.


Rachel Goulet

Division of Solid Waste Management