Save The Dates 2010-2011

The SWEP Capital Chapter has some exciting events coming up, so look at your calendars! As the officers finalize dates and details, you will find updates right here, so check back often!

• November 17 – “Emerging Contaminants” Lunch & Learn; Presentation (PDF)

• December 9 – Holiday Social, HACC Midtown – Thursday December 9, 2010!

• March 3, 2011 – Making Environmental Connections Conference

2010-2011 SWEP Officers


  • Angela Bransteitter, Chair
  • Sara Blascovich, Vice Chair
  • Sharon Hill, Secretary
  • Beverly Reinhold, Treasurer
  • Susan Weaver, Assistant Treasurer


  • Diane Wilson, Co-chair Program
  • Laura Cohen, Co-chair Program
  • Heidi Biggs, Mentoring and Public Service Chair
  • Lyn O’Hare, Newsletter/Website Chair
  • Namita Sinha, Marketing and Public Relations Chair


  • Kim Hummel, Director Emeritus
  • Rhonda Manning, Director Emeritus
  • Denise Brinley, Director Emeritus

SAVE THE DATE – MAY 26, 2010

Hi SWEP Members:

A spring Lunch and Learn will be held May 26 at the Linglestown Giant Food Store. Please save this date in order to attend a presentation about nutrition and Community Supported Agriculture. Space is limited and we will open the event for nonmembers as well. Watch for details soon about this interesting event.


Sharon Hill SWEP Capital Chapter Secretary

5th Annual Making Environmental Connections Conference Presentations

Introduction about SWEP






2010 Membership Year

The Making Environmental Connections conference was another great success! We thank all our sponsors, speakers and participants who contributed to that success.

Our new membership year begins in April. So, it’s time for those of you who couldn’t make the conference or who didn’t become members to join SWEP for 2010.

Please download our membership form under "Membership" on the right sidebar. Your membership in SWEP Capital Chapter means that you are the first to be invited to SWEP events. Also, you will receive complimentary lunches at our Lunch-and-Learns throughout the year. In addition, you’ll be invited to join us at our business and planning meetings and provide your input into our future activities.

An important goal of our group is to encourage students to pursue environmental activities and careers. Your membership dues also go towards supporting student members in SWEP.

Please become a member or renew today!


The Society of Women Environmental Professionals Capital Chapter invites you to its 5th ANNUAL “MAKING ENVIRONMENTAL CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE”!

Date:            THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010

Time:           8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:   HACC Wildwood conference Center, Harrisburg, PA

The conference will feature speakers and panels on the following topics:

  • Public Participation in Environmental Decisions and Environmental Legislation
  • Marcellus Shale Gas – Effective Management
  • Sustainable Waste Management
  • Water Quality Benefits of Forested Riparian Buffers
  • Climate Change – What’s Next?
  • Water Quality – New Regulations and Emerging Issues

Details are available on the attached agenda.  The conference will provide opportunities throughout the day for environmental professional and students to interact, including a session specifically devoted to networking and mentoring.  You will also have an opportunity to enjoy sponsor exhibits, refreshments and a buffet lunch.   Conference Agenda

Registration:  The conference registration form is attached.  Registration for environmental professionals is $50; student attendance is free.  Please send your registration form and check to SWEP by February 18th!!   Space is limited.  Registration Form

Sponsorship:  Please as your company or organization to sponsor the SWEP conference! SWEP’s ability to encourage student participation by offering free registration is made possible by our sponsors.  In addition, our Gold and Silver Sponsors enable SWEP to award a scholarship to a deserving student the day of the conference.  The sponsorship form is attached and should be sent to SWEP with a check by February 18th to allow recognition of your company or organization in the conference materials.  Sponsor Registration Form

If you have any questions about registration or sponsorship, please contact Sharon Hill at

SWEP Reg Seminar Recap

On Nov. 5, SWEP Capital Chapter held a Regulatory Update Seminar attended by staff from Pennsylvania DEP, DCNR, consultants, legal and municipal professionals, non-profit organizers and academia. Speakers from the PA DEP provided information about upcome regulatory and policy changes for various state programs.

Afterwards, SWEP Capital Chapter hosted a Business meeting/luncheon where we officially elected the new slate of officers and discussed plans for the upcoming Making Environmental Connections conference scheduled for early March.

Speakers and panels for this conference are needed. If you would like to speak or to provide us with a tip on whom we might invite to speak on a current topic, please let us know. Comments and suggestions can be sent to

Sponsors are also needed for the conference, which is always a terrific networking event for students and professionals. Consider becoming a sponsor of the upcoming conference to be held at the HACC Wildwood conference center. Sponsors can email for additional information or can contact Kim Hummel if they were a sponsor from prior years. The SWEP board heartily thanks all of the previous years’ sponsors and looks forward to another interesting and successful conference for 2010.

Submitted by Sharon Hill,
Secretary, SWEP Capital Chapter