KPPC's Calendar of Events

Triple Regional P2 Roundtable — EPA Regions 5, 7 and 8 @ Minneapolis Central Library
May 2 – May 4 all-day

The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) will host the Triple Regional P2 Roundtable for EPA Regions 5, 7 and 8 to be held May 2-4 in Minneapolis. Network and discover new ideas in pollution prevention and source reduction!

Why attend?

Researching on the internet only takes you so far. Meeting in person and talking with other professionals lead to connections and insights that you might not otherwise gain. Serendipitous discoveries made in face-to-face encounters lead to innovation. You will leave with new ideas, connections and tools to move your projects forward.

Who should attend?

  • Technical assistance programs (TAPs), tribal environmental representatives and others working in the sustainability field should attend both full conference days for training, new program ideas and to learn new skills.
  • Those new to pollution prevention/source reduction concepts should attend the P2 101 Preconference workshop on May 2, as well as both full conference days.


Visit the conference website to learn more and to register. The deadline for booking in the hotel room block is April 2.


CleanMed 2017 Conference & Exposition @ Minneapolis Convention Center
May 16 – May 18 all-day

The CleanMed 2017 Conference & Exposition will be held May 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

CleanMed is a national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability who are on the leading edge of greening the health care sector. It’s a time for businesses with environmentally preferable products and services or nutritious, sustainable foods to connect with the health care leaders who make purchasing decisions for their facilities. The conference will connect you with the leaders at the forefront of implementing sustainability projects, green building design and environmentally preferable purchasing.

CleanMed is presented each year by Practice Greenhealth, a membership association for hospitals and businesses engaged in sustainable health care, and Health Care Without Harm, the campaign for environmentally responsible health care and advocate for environmental health and justice across the globe.

Conference information and registration are available online.


Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium @ University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
May 17 – May 19 all-day

The Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium will be held May 17-19 at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Many scholars perform high quality research on matters related to sustainability. Yet, there are relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of research efforts and projects has taken place, and where researchers and scholars from across the spectrum of the social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, research findings or exchange ideas about on-going and future research opportunities focusing on sustainability.

The aims of the symposium are to provide social science researchers focusing on sustainability an opportunity to present and discuss their work (e.g. empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, applied projects, etc.); to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially initiatives that have influenced behavior, decision-making or policy; to discuss methodological approaches and projects that aim to offer a better understanding of sustainability across society and economic sectors; and to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for further cooperation.

A further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on sustainability and social science research. To that end, a peer-reviewed book titled “Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series,” published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers. Following the themes of previous World Sustainability Series events, this event will also have a focus on work in North America but participants from all regions are invited to attend.

Symposium information and registration are available online.


2017 Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Conference & Trade Show @ Lexington Center
May 31 – Jun 1 all-day

SSP-jpeg-KAMlogoRegistration is open for the 2017 KAM Conference & Trade Show. The deadline to register is May 24. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) is facilitating the conference, which will be held May 31 and June 1 at the Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The theme for this year’s conference is “Manufacturing Our Future.” The goal for the conference is for manufacturers to understand and leverage where they are now to influence manufacturing’s future. Trade show and sponsorship registrations must be received by close of business on May 10 to ensure inclusion in all event materials.

The conference offers a full agenda of relevant information from renowned speakers, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who will speak about his new position in Washington, D.C., and his perspectives about energy and the environment. The conference will have 11 sessions over two days, and will include an industry trade show.

Additionally, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) will have a booth at the conference. KPPC helps Kentucky businesses and industries develop environmentally sustainable, cost-saving solutions for improved energy efficiency.

KAM invites manufacturers, suppliers, legislators, educators, policy makers, large energy consumers and key decision makers to join them at the conference for focused discussion on topics such as: The pipeline of qualified and skilled talent; reliable and affordable energy now and into the future; and cybersecurity, hacking and the Internet of Things (IoT).

KAM is focused on giving manufacturers practical, relevant information that can immediately be put into practice to see positive results right away. It is also committed to ensuring Kentucky has a manufacturing-friendly environment now and into the future.

Conference and Trade Show information, the agenda, sponsorship opportunities and registration are available online. Early Bird registration is open through April 15!


Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference @ I Hotel and Conference Center
May 31 – Jun 1 all-day

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) are co-organizing the Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference (ECAEC17), which will be held May 31-June 1 in Champaign, Illinois.

The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and education. In addition, there will be opportunities for discussion with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment.

Who should attend?

Researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, regulatory agencies, policy makers, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, members of the general public, and medical, veterinary, and public health professionals are encouraged to attend the conference.

Keynote presentations include:

  • Contaminants of emerging concern during de facto water reuse (Susan Glassmeyer – Research Chemist, United States Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Microplastic and anthropogenic litter in rivers is abundant, mobile and selects for unique bacterial assemblages (Tim Hoellein – Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago)
  • PAHs and coal tar — old contaminants with emerging concerns (Barbara Mahler – Research Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey)

On May 31, oral sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. CDT, with a reception and poster session following from 4:15 to 6 p.m. CDT. On June 1, oral sessions and a panel discussion will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT. Registration is open until May 12. (Times are subject to change once the agenda is finalized.)

Please note: If you are submitting an abstract for an oral presentation or poster you will need to register for the conference separately.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website. Early bird registration ends April 30.



Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference @ Cobo Center
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

The first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference will be held May 31-June 2 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. This conference will draw more than 1,000 engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials (local, state, provincial and federal), developers, planners, academia, drain and road agencies, conservation and non-profit organizations, and interest groups from around the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S.

The conference will focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting the surface waters in the Great Lakes region. The conference location is in the middle of the Great Lakes chain and at the forefront of many innovative green infrastructure projects.

Conference information and registration are available online.


2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit @ University of Florida, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Evans Champions Club
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

The 2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit (CS3) will be held June 5-7 at the University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

This year’s CS3, co-hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the University of Florida, offers attendees the chance to network, learn and exchange ideas with peers from around the country on ways in which athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically and environmentally responsible.

The summit offers engaging speakers, collaborative round table discussions and breakout sessions that allow participants to dive deeper into topics regarding sustainability.

Who should attend: Faculty, staff, students or professionals researching or involved with: collegiate athletics, recreational sports, campus sustainability, recycling and waste reduction, facility management, food service, behavior change, marketing and communications, psychology, social sustainability, or fan engagement.

Regular Attendee Registration – $200 ($250 after May 1, 2017)
Student Registration – $50 ($75 after May 1, 2017)

Visit the conference website to learn more and to register.


Environmental Leader Conference 2017 @ Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

The conference offers an opportunity for environmental, sustainability and energy professionals to identify new areas in which to work more collaboratively in addressing their organizations’ goals. Designed to help participants improve operations and stay current on the latest advances while also covering future challenges, the conference features case studies, strategies and tactics from organizations that have had success in delivering results that matter. C-level executives, vice presidents, directors and managers responsible for environmental and energy management in multiple industry sectors are encouraged to attend.

Visit the conference website to learn more and to register.


AWWA’s 136th Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) @ Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

Water professionals will convene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the American Water Works Association’s 136th Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE), June 11-14.

This year’s professional program will include more than 900 expert presenters in 16 defined tracks focusing on:

• Infrastructure funding and affordability
• Lead management in drinking water
• Green infrastructure
• Federal regulatory agencies and innovation in the water sector
• Policy and water quality discussions
• Public health issues with source water protection

More than 450 exhibiting companies specializing in engineering, manufacturing, membrane filtration systems, laboratory equipment, security and wastewater will showcase products and services at ACE17.

Come see expanded education on the show floor. Sessions will cover wastewater and collection systems management, poster sessions, entrepreneurial sessions from water start-ups inside the Innovation lounge, and roundtable solution sessions presented by exhibitors.

View the ACE17 Conference Preview [PDF].

Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

IRC 2017 Annual Conference @ Marriott East
Jun 12 – Jun 14 all-day

The Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC) annual conference will be held June 12-14, 2017 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis! You will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments and innovations in waste reduction, reuse, composting and recycling industry.  Get excited to network with professionals in the industry, form new partnerships, and greet old friends!  Exhibitors can look forward to sharing their latest ideas and products with all attendees!

The Conference will feature two days of educational, keynote, plenary and breakout sessions.  The full program will be available soon.

Visit the IRC Conference web site for more information and to register.