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 shill@state.pa.us.

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 swepharrisburg@gmail.com.

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 swepharrisburg@gmail.com 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

SWEP Capital Chapter Sponsored PADEP Regulatory Update Seminar – Nov. 5, 2009


9:30 – 10:00 am Registration and refreshments

10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome

10:15 – 10:30 am Climate Change Update
Joe Sherrick, Climate Change Program Manager – Office of Energy and Technology Deployment

10:30 – 10:45 am Regional Office Update
Mike Sherman, Deputy Secretary – Office of Field Operations

10:45 – 11:00 am Brownfields/Land Use Update
Tracey Vernon, Director of Brownfields Action Team – Office of Community Revitalization and Local Government Support

11:00 am – 11:15 am Water Management Program Update
John Hines, Deputy Secretary – Office of Water Management

11:15 – 11:30 am Waste, Air and Radiation Programs Update
Ken Reisinger, Acting Deputy Secretary – Office of Waste, Air and Radiation

11:30 – 11:45 am Mineral Resources Program Update
John Stefanko, Executive Assistant – Office Mineral Resources

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm SWEP Business Luncheon

Where: Susquehanna Room, PADEP South Central Regional Office, Harrisburg

R.S.V.P.: For (i) Regulatory Update session; and
(ii) SWEP Business Luncheon
to Namita Sinha (nsinha@dawood.cc) by Monday, November 2.