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Upcoming Events

Honors and Awards EventMay 7Registration is now open here!
MDEQMECC WorkshopsJune 10, 2014Details.
A&WMAMEGA SymposiumAug 19-22Complete details here.

East Michigan A&WMA's Honors & Awards Event
Program highlights:
  • Local Science Fair Winners
  • Scholarship Awards
  • Future City Winners
  • Chapter Awards
  • Presentation by Kathleen Klein, Community Relations Representative of Waste Management - “Student Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives”
  • Tour of LEED Gold Certified Building
  • Presentation from MSU Student AWMA Chapter
Registration is now open here! We are excited to provide you this unique opportunity to network with current and FUTURE environmental professionals!

The DEQ's Office of Environmental Assistance partners with organizations around the state to promote environmental events in Michigan.
April 23
Clearing the Air: An Overview of Federal, Regional and State Air Quality Issues in 2014
MMA Headquarters, Lansing
9:00AM - 1:00PM

This 5th Annual Conference is co-sponsored by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) and the Air Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and will feature updates on the most urgent environmental regulatory issues facing Michigan companies. Experts from government, industry, advocacy groups, and the legal profession will address the latest developments and what to expect. The DEQ will have a speaker at this event.

Environmental professionals, attorneys, managers with environmental compliance responsibilities, and individuals charged with strategic planning should attend this event.

For more information, go to  http://www.mimfg.org or contact LeAnn Hicks at 517-487-8557 or hicks@mimfg.org.
April 24
West Michigan Air & Waste Management Association Annual Spring Conference
Eberhard Center, GVSU Grand Rapids

The focus of this year's conference is "Environmental Compliance - What you Need to Know and How to Get It Done." The program includes a keynote address on Turning Compliance into an Innovation Platform by Gabe Wing, a panel discussion on communications, updates from the DEQ Chiefs, issues facing the Great Lakes, experiences from the trenches, DEQ tools and resources available to assist with compliance, and advice on effective communications from an expert in the field. For more information contact Jill Kamp at jkwmawma@comcast.net or visit the Website at http://www.wmawma.org/.
April 24
State of the Huron Conference
Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

The State of the Huron conference celebrates the Huron River with a day of talks and workshops that focus on how the river provides residents with a sense of place and drives recreation, eco-tourism, economic development and even education and social culture in our communities. The conference is organized by the Huron River Watershed Council and features keynote talks on outdoor adventure education and economic and environmental opportunities that leverage freshwater resources. Breakout sessions include presentations on the Huron's Blue Economy, Science & Policy, and Managing the River's Future Health. Speakers will include people from the DEQ, local Huron River communities and river-dependent businesses, HRWC, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the National Wildlife Foundation, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Great Lakes climate researchers, University of Michigan, and more. HRWC will present its popular "Volunteer Awards" at lunch. The registration fee is $65 per person ($40 for HRWC members). Advance registration is required at http://www.hrwc.org/sohc2014.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Riggs, Huron River Watershed Council at 734-769-5123 x 608 or eriggs@hrwc.org.
April 29 - May 1
Michigan Recycling Coalition
Annual Conference and Trade Show

This annual, state-wide conference is the place to be to make business contacts, learn about what is coming down the road that will impact your operations, and network with other recycling professionals. Join the many businesses and organizations that showcase their products, programs, services, and support for recycling. The three-day event boasts a variety of tours, training and networking events for anyone interested in learning more about recycling in Michigan. The DEQ is a conference partner and will have speakers and an exhibit table at the event. For further information contact, Kerrin O'Brien at kerrinmrc@gmail.com or 517-974-3672 or visit the Website at www.michiganrecycles.org.
May 1 - 3
Michigan Inland Lakes Convention: Partnering to Protect Michigan's Inland Lakes
Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls

The inaugural Michigan Inland Lakes Convention presents an opportunity for lake enthusiasts, lake professionals, researchers, local government officials and anyone else interested in protecting our water resources to participate in three days of educational presentations and discussion, in-depth workshops, tours, exhibits and much more focused on Michigan's 11,000 inland lakes. Convention sessions will cover a wide variety of topics, including aquatic invasive species management and control, natural shoreline management, Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program training, the latest in lake research, riparian rights and water law, and much more! The 2014 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention is brought to you by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, launched in 2008 to promote collaboration to advance stewardship of Michigan's inland lakes. The Convention is a cooperative effort of all of the Partner organizations, including the DEQ. Additional information is available on the Web at http://michiganlakes.msue.msu.edu/convention.
May 7
Michigan Chamber 15th Annual
Environmental Issues Forum
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Lansing

Dan Wyant, DEQ Director, will speak as part of the Michigan Chamber's 15th Annual Environmental Issues Forum. Topics include water quality & quantity regulations, renewable energy policy & practice, environmental site assessments & continuing "due care" obligations, vapor intrusion closure & mitigation strategies, air pollution regulatory updates, sustainability beyond environmental management. For a full agenda and details, please visit the Michigan Chamber web site at http://www.michamber.com/events/15th-annual-environmental-issues-forum or call toll-free at 1-888-763-0514 or direct at 517-371-7670.
May 22
U.P. Green EXPO
Holiday Inn, Marquette

Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, U.P. Green has partnered with SRG and the Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen Program and the Michigan Green Communities Challenge to deliver programs and resources that help businesses and communities reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner.

Keynote Speakers:

 *   Tom Murray is head of the E3 Program at the EPA for green manufacturing and Chief of the Prevention Analysis Branch in the Pollution Prevention Division of the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.
 *   Mary Ellen Mika, Supply Chain Manager at Steelcase.
 *   Jeff Spencer, Environmental Specialist, Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen Program and facilitator of the Michigan Green Communities Challenge
 *   Bill Stough, CEO, Sustainable Research Group facilitating DOE, EPA and DOC programs.

For more information, go to http://www.upgreenrecycling.com/U-P--Green-Expo.html, email info@UPGreenRecycling.com or call 888-322-1030.
May 22
From the Ground Up: The Business of Urban Agriculture and Food Production in Detroit Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
Bert's Marketplace, Eastern Market, Detroit

Join us as urban growers, food processors, and product distributors from Detroit and southeast Michigan share their stories, challenges - and expectations for the future. Speakers and panelists include entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as a government representative, a nutritionist, and a well known Detroit journalist who will give our Keynote address. They will all give us their perspectives and answer our questions about the future of sustainable urban agriculture in Detroit.The event will also include lunch made from local food and a visit to Detroit Market Garden at Eastern Market.

Registration is available online at http://www.SMSBF.org.

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