President's Sustainability Symposium

March 20 Professionals and Local Leaders Sessions

Changing Contexts for Waste Water Treatment and Solid Waste Management
Speakers will address changing environmental regulations, the need for increased reliance on local funding sources, and opportunities to reduce expenses and generate revenue from waste. They will inspire participants to be proactive in the new landscape of decreased federal support and rapidly advancing technology.
David Eberle (Environmental Finance Center, Boise State University)
Rachele Klein (Republic Services)
Karl Englund (Washington State University)
Eric Coats (University of Idaho)
Ignite Presentations: Community Case Studies from Idaho
Using the fast-paced Ignite format (5 minutes, 20 slides), speakers will showcase what they’re doing to manage wastewater and solid waste in a cost-effective way. Presentations include mechanical and non-mechanical wastewater treatment options, regional and locally financed approaches, and recycling.
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Due to technical difficulties, videos of the Ignite sessions at NIC are not available.

Priscilla Salant (UI Office of Community Partnerships)
Hannah Sanger (Portneuf River Constructed Wetlands)
JJ Fenton (DEQ, Land Application of Wastewater)
Mario E. de Haro-Marti (UI Extension Idaho Master Recycler and Composter)
Jackie Fields (Twin Falls Constructed Wetlands)
Mark Mitton (City of Burley Wastewater Treatment)
Brent Crowther (Eastern Idaho Regional Wastewater System)
George ‘LeeRoy’ Perry (Idaho County Volunteer Recycling )
John Wheaton (Nez Perce Tribe-Equestrian Center/Wastewater)
Donna Spier (Plummer Wastewater Treatment Plant)
Allen Dodge (Coeur d'Alene Wastewater / Public Art)

Strategies for Financing Projects
Speakers will review project implementation from concept to construction, including strategies to develop community support, find an engineer, develop a funding package, pass a bond, and secure judicial confirmation.  Together, speakers in this session are knowledgeable about the entire array of financing options available for Idaho communities and have worked on projects across the state.
Looking Ahead Towards New Technologies and Opportunities
Researchers, engineers, and facility operators will share the latest innovations in wastewater treatment and waste management. They will focus on practical ways to save money and generate revenue by thinking differently about waste.
Michele Girts (CH2M Hill)
Armando McDonald (University of Idaho)
Rick Finch (Washington State University Solid Waste)
Matt Neukom and Nathan Stewart (Horrocks Engineering and City of McCall)
Gary Austin (University of Idaho)
Sid Fredrickson (Couer d'Alene Wastewater Treatment)