Environmental Industry Summit 2011


The Environmental Industry Summit is a national three-day learning event bringing together professionals from the environmental industry. With an ideal setting, ample networking opportunities and presentations and panel discussions from environmental industry executives and analysts, the Environmental Industry Summit offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable perspective on today's environmental industry.

Environmental Industry Summit IX was March 9-11, 2011 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California.

Environmental Industry Summit


The Environmental Industry Summit is a conference program designed for environmental firm owners and managers, including presidents and CEOs, principals and partners, COOs, operations managers, division managers, CFOs, VPs, marketing and business development executives.

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  • The west coast's best networking event in the environmental industry.
  • Keynote presentations by Terry Tamminen, author and former Secretary of Cal EPA, and James Strock, author and former Secretary of Cal EPA and Assistant Administrator for Enforcement at U.S. EPA.
  • EBJ's State-of-the-Industry presentation - all registrants will receive an electronic data set.
  • EBJ's man in Washington Andy Paterson reports on Obama, Congress, 2010 elections, climate & energy policy and their impact on budgets and programs.
  • The annual EBJ and CCBJ Business Achievement Awards banquet and ceremony on Wednesday night.
  • Featured sessions: Buyer panel, global markets, water/wastewater and CEO panel discussions on management and M&A.
  • New: Friday is devoted to EBJ's first Sustainable Cities & Green Jobs Conference for municipalities, non-profits and consultants.

Although 3 days on the calendar, the 2011 Environmental Industry Summit has an executive-friendly schedule starting in the afternoon on the west coast on Wednesday and concluding mid-day Friday with ample opportunity for networking. Sessions are balanced with presentations and discussion panels allowing for audience Q&A and interaction.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Thursday, March 10, 2011 Friday, March 11, 2011

3:00pm - 5:30pm

Welcome by Summit Chairman Grant Ferrier, President, EBI Inc.

Opening Session: Political & Economic Overview by Andy Paterson, EBJ federal analyst; State-of-the-Industry Report by Grant Ferrier, Editor, EBJ

Strategy Brainstorming Session: 3 CEOs debate their responses to scenarios created by 8-10 disruptive market factors (prolonged government shutdown, oil at $150/barrel, spike in interest rates, accelerated recovery, etc.)

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

7:00pm - 10:00pm

EBJ and CCBJ Awards Banquet - hosted by Environmental Business International Inc. and Summit sponsors in the Hotel del Coronado's historic dinning room. Award winners will be presented in small groups by category.

~ All Wednesday events at Hotel del Coronado

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:00am - 9:00am

Award Winners Panel: EBJ Business Achievement winners discuss strategies and tactics that led to their outperforming the market in 2010. Moderator: Grant Ferrier; Panelist are medalists from EBJ and CCBJ awards.

9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Address and Q&A: Terry Tamminen, Cracking the Carbon Code. An architect of California's AB32 when he was Secretary of Cal EPA, Tamminen theorizes how climate policy will shape markets and how companies need to re-position for new opportunities.


10:30am - 12:00 noon

Environmental Infrastructure Finance in an uncertain policy landscape: Beyond Cleanup to Development

With deeper budget cuts at state and federal levels, financing alternatives will be needed to move energy and environmental projects ahead. The President's Executive Order 13514 in October 2009 (for Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance) is now rolling down to federal facilities and procurement efforts. DOD cleanup spending for FY2012 will be flat to down, and Corps of Engineers funding may be cut more. The multi-year Transportation bill will come up for hearings this fall, topping $500 billion. The panels will discuss the latest developments in this emerging theme of "Beyond Cleanup to Development" as federal agencies and governors continue to seek job growth using energy and environmental initiatives:

Panel I: Innovative Approaches, and Approaches for Innovation and Recovery. Moderator: Walter Howes, Managing Partner, Verdigris Capital (former Director of the DOE Loan Guarantee Program, and Contracting Reform; Panelists: Wendi Goldsmith, CEO, BioEngineering Group; Anna Willett, Director, Interstate Technology & Regulatory Cooperation project for the Environmental Council of the States.

Panel II: A Clean Energy Deployment Administration? A partisan Congress will likely be debating agency budgets, loan guarantees, tax policies, and a ¡°Clean Energy Deployment Administration¡± within a larger energy bill. DOE's proposed $29 billion budget has significant boosts for renewable energy but Congress will push back and spending and regulations. Many states are trying many different tools, not waiting for Congress. Moderator: Andy Paterson; David Widawsky, Office of the CFO, U.S. EPA.

12:00pm - 1:00pm


1:10pm - 1:50pm

Keynote Address: James Strock, "It's all about service," says Strock about his 21st Century philosophy and practical advice on Leadership & Sustainability.

1:50pm - 2:30pm

Q&A Panel on California's Clean Energy Economy and Implementation of AB32. California's Global Warming Solutions Act calls for substantial reductions in the state's carbon emissions. The impact it will have on the economy, and particularly on small businesses, was central to attempts at its postponement and will continue to be debated as the law is being implemented.

The panel will explore: Why climate policy initiatives like AB 32 will create jobs; How the implementation of AB 32 will impact California's economy (Winners and Losers); What can California policymakers do to further the job creation, innovation and business opportunity potential of AB 32. Moderator: Chuck Helget, Sector Strategies; Panelists: Jim Strock; Cindy Tuck, Undersecretary Cal EPA.

2:30pm - 3:10pm

Water & Labs: Steve Maxwell offers a strategic overview of the water sector with market & financial trends and near-term opportunities for service and equipment providers, followed by a review of the environmental laboratory business.


3:30pm - 4:30pm

Energy Development: Shale Gas & Renewables. Horizontal drilling and hydrological fracturing has made the exploration and production of "unconventional" gas more cost viable and E&P activity has boomed in the Barnett, Marcellus, and other shale gas formations in the U.S. This activity has given rise to significant environmental activity, including the preparation of EIAs, EIRs, and permit applications, as well as significant wastewater issues, prompting a major new market for environmental companies. Moderator: George Stubbs. EBJ Panelists: Paul Fennelly, global director of sales and marketing, AECOM Environment Troy Vickers, director of the oil and gas sector, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure.

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Environmental Industry Finance and M&A: A summary of transaction and investment activity in 2010 and trends to look out for in 2011-2012; Investor and two bankers discuss what makes investments in environmental companies attractive. Panelists: Craig Korte, Lazard Ltd.; Steve Gido, Rusk O'Brien Gido + Partners; Rahul Vinnakota, Principal, Tailwind Capital Partners.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception and Dinner hosted by Sullivan International Group

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am

Introduction: EBI's 25 years of research has laid the foundation for today's best estimates of the green economy and green jobs. EBI's Grant Ferrier summarizes the economic picture and sets the context for why the economic contribution of our industry is more important today to support future policy and market drivers.

Green Jobs: Who is counting them, how, why and what does it mean? Bureau of Labor Statistics launches a major national survey and state and local programs take hold.

9:00am - 12:30pm

Sustainable City discussion topics include: Smart Growth, Land Use and Urban Design; Energy Efficiency Program Development and Financing; Electrification of Transportation; Infill Land Use, Restoration, Redevelopment and Brownfields; SB375 - Sustainable Communities Strategy requirements; It Takes a Village - Role of Non-Profits, Citizen Groups and Consultants.

Panelists include: John Cowdery, COO, PMC; Mark Laska PhD, President, Great Ecology & Environments; Brian Mooney, Mooney Planning Collaborative; Bruce Reznik, Director, Sustainable San Diego.


Summit Concludes

~ Municipal officials and non-profits may register for a special one-day rate

Friday afternoon

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LogoHotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

Hotel Del Coronado

With a stunning beachfront locale, it's easy to see why The Del has been called one of the top ten resorts in the world.

We have booked a block of rooms at the special rate of $209 per night. February 22nd is the deadline to guarantee our discounted room rate. Please call the Hotel Del Coronado directly and identify yourself as part of the Environmental Industry Summit when making your reservation.

Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite has long been heralded as one of America's most beautiful beach resorts. A pronouncement underscored by its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1977. With the completion of a spectacular $150 million transformation in 2007, the resort now provides an ultra-luxe contemporary vacation experience within the unique charm of the celebrated Victorian landmark.

AECOM Environment
Abscope Environmental, Inc.
American Water Operations and Maintenance, Inc.
Brooks Rand Labs
California Environmental Business Council, Inc.
Chambers Group
COLUMBIA Technologies
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
EcoAnalysts, Inc.
Environmental Business Council of New England
Golder Associates
Great Ecology & Environments, Inc.
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc.
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc.
James Strock & Co.
Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
Kiawah Consulting Group, L.L.C.
Liquid Environmental Solutions
Mabbett & Associates, Inc.
Marstel-Day, LLC
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Microseeps, Inc.
NC A&T State University
O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc.
Pace Analytical Services
Pegasus Capital Advisors
PSC Environmental Services
RGA Environmental, Inc.
Rusk O¡¯Brien Gido + Partners
Sector Strategies
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group
Sovereign Consulting Inc.
SpinTek Filtration, Inc.
Stantec Consulting Corporation
Sullivan International Group, Inc
Tailwind Capital
Texas Molecular, LP
The Gold Standard Foundation
The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
The Shaw Group
Treadwell & Rollo / A Langan Company
UK Trade & Investment, British Consulate-General
W.D. Hall Company and Clean Water Strategies
WSP Environment & Energy
Beazley Sullivan Lazard

For 23 years Beazley has helped thousands of design and environmental firms manage risks that threaten their businesses and reputations. In addition to broad coverage that includes a wide range of technology-related exposures, we provide in-depth risk management advice. Beazley offers coverage to firms of all sizes through Beazley Insurance Company, Inc. on an admitted basis and the Beazley Syndicates at Lloyd's on a non-admitted basis (Both rated A by AM Best).

Sullivan International Group, Inc. is an applied science, engineering, and technology firm that has been serving both the commercial and government sectors since its inception in November, 1998. Sullivan is headquartered in San Diego, California and has regional and project office locations throughout the United States. Sullivan is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business and an SBA 8(a) firm.

Lazard Middle Market LLC, a subsidiary of Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ), provides strategic advice on M&A, restructuring, and public and private capital raising to the middle market. The firm's professionals focus exclusively on mid-cap companies, bringing to bear all the industry expertise, senior board-level relationships and local perspectives of Lazard's bankers in 39 cities across 24 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia , Central and South America.

Columbia UKTI  

Columbia Technologies is a leader in using high resolution direct sensing tools and SmartData Solutions® to map underground contamination in high definition 3D on the web in real time. Environmental, legal and real estate professionals use their services to make faster and better-informed decisions on project risk and remedial design.

UK Trade & Investment is the British Government organization that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally, and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK. Our range of expert services is tailored to the needs of individual businesses to maximize their international success. We provide companies with knowledge, advice, and practical support.

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