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Environmental Show of the South: 42nd Annual Solid / Hazardous Waste Conference & Exhibition Slated for April 24-26 in Gatlinburg

Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 10:52am

Represents Largest Comprehensive Environmental Conference in the South

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid Waste Management will host the Environmental Show of the South – the 42nd Annual Solid / Hazardous Waste Conference & Exhibition – April 24-26 in Gatlinburg, Tenn.  Billed as the largest, most comprehensive environmental conference in the south, the annual meeting is designed to provide low-cost training to a variety of environmental professionals ranging from community leaders and regulated entities to researchers and educators to government officials.

“Each year we are joined by a number of professionals, including regulatory experts, to share ideas and best practices for environmental protection,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau.  “There are a number of timely topics being covered this year and an impressive roster of speakers will be on hand to share their expertise and knowledge.” 

The “Environmental Show of the South” is a three-day conference and tradeshow offering an ideal setting for networking and extended educational opportunities.  The Show of the South offers numerous seminars on environmental topics including a Solid Waste Technical Update, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Hazardous Waste Regulatory Training, Innovative Technologies, Remediation, and Environmental Law.  Breakout sessions will be held, featuring experts and exhibitors from across the country – representing emerging or leading industries, environmental agencies, legal representatives and service providers – who will share the latest in environmental information and technology. 

Professional education credits are also offered by the Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Solid Waste Association and for professional engineers and landfill operators. 

Christi Branscom, Knoxville’s senior director of Public Works, will serve as the keynote speaker on April 24. In her experience in both the public and private sectors, Branscom has worked on the development of many projects in the Knoxville area, providing her expertise in sustainable practices, engineering, building plans and codes, and waste disposal.  Dr. A. Stanley Meiburg, deputy regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will also be on hand to share his knowledge and address upcoming changes at the federal level. 

“The Show of the South is a great opportunity for industry professionals to learn the latest trends in environmental protection and solid/ hazardous waste management, while making new contacts and strengthening existing relationships,” added TDEC Deputy Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian.  “This meeting will feature expert presenters in addition to more than 100 exhibitors.”

Registration received by April 12 is $275 per person.  Registration received after April 12 is $350 and may be paid on-site.  A special student fee is available for those pursuing a degree in an environmental discipline (enrollment must be verified).  Registration fees include access to all conference sessions, tradeshow and exhibition areas, in addition to arranged meals (continental breakfasts, lunches and breaks).  Additional fees may apply for continuing education credits. 

For more information about the Environmental Show of the South - 42nd Annual Solid / Hazardous Waste Conference & Exhibition, including a detailed agenda, recommended hotel accommodations, a list of speakers and exhibitors, an official event brochure, event sponsors and online registration, please visit www.tn.gov/environment/swm/conference/.  

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