SURF 33 :: What We've Learned and Where We're Going

October 19-20, 2016

Boeing Washington DC Office - Long Bridge Building
George Washington Room (first floor)
929 Long Bridge Drive
Arlington, Virginia

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The first day of the meeting will focus on the successes, failures, and improvements of sustainable remediation programs. A panel discussion on this topic will include representatives from industry (Tesoro Companies and ExxonMobil Environmental Services Company) and government (U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Navy).

The second day of the meeting will focus on how sustainable remediation is applied to research and work practices. A panel discussion, "Driving Sustainable Remediation Forward through Technology and Research," will engage participants in discussing research and technology needs for advancing sustainable remediation.



Climate Change and Resiliency within Remediation

Webinar Hosted by EcoAdapt & the Sustainable Remediation Forum
July 27, 2016 :: 8:30-9:30 am PDT

This webinar (first in a series) will feature highlights of the recent Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) conference on Climate Change and Resiliency within Remediation, including a comprehensive overview of challenges and opportunities, with a focus on the legal and insurance implications. We will also introduce the new SURF Technical Initiative that will evaluate the necessary planning, research and activities to ensure the long term sustainability of site remediation, and examine the benefits of rehabilitated land to strengthen community and ecosystem resiliency. 

Lara J. Hanson, EcoAdapt, Executive Director and Chief Scientist
Implications of Climate Change in Contaminated Site Remediation
Lara Hansen thinks climate change is everybody’s problem and she wishes someone would bother to do something about it. Her desire for action led her to co-create EcoAdapt with a team of similarly-inclined folks in 2008, where she serves as Executive Director and Chief Scientist. Lara also serves on the unfairly maligned, vitally important (and Nobel Prize-winning) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and she is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a U.S. EPA Bronze Medalist. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, creating the WWF’s international Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program (2001-2008), and a Research Ecologist with EPA (1998-2001). 

William Wick, founding partner of Wactor & Wick LLP
Summary of the Legal Framework for Contaminated Site Liability
Bill's practice is devoted to environmental counseling and litigation, with a focus on assisting clients with all issues relating to contaminated land. Bill has more than 38 years of experience in prosecuting, defending, and serving as an expert witness in environmental cases. Bill served as an enforcement attorney with the EPA for 13 years. During his last six years at EPA, he was Chief of the Hazardous Waste Branch of the Region IX Office of Regional Counsel, developing enforcement policy and supervising the 30 attorneys enforcing CERCLA, RCRA and TSCA. Bill received a B.A. from Northwestern University and law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. 

Gregory Schilz, JLT Specialty USA, Executive Vice President and Environmental Leader
Insurance Solutions – Environmental
Greg is a specialist in environmental risk transfer and mitigation, and has provided environmental risk consulting for clients for the last 29 years. He works with clients with a wide range of backgrounds from real estate owners and developers to Private Equity firms providing innovative solutions to assist in the development, and acquisition and/or disposition of assets. He is a pioneer in the structuring of long term liability management solutions utilizing trusts and annuity products. Greg placed one of the first at its time EPP programs (finite/funded cost cap insurance programs). He went on to place at least 50 cost cap policies along with over 2000 PLL polices in his 29 year career, all focused on environmental insurance. Greg received a B.S. in Business Administration from San Francisco State. 

Barbara Maco, Vice President, SURF Board of Trustees
SURF Technical Initiative: Climate Change and Resiliency within Sustainable Remediation (Research Proposal)
Barbara supports private and public sector clients with projects focused on sustainable remediation, redevelopment, and renewable energy generation on impaired lands. At the EPA, she served as a Senior Remedial Project Manager and Greener Cleanup Coordinator, and facilitated the first EPA Memorandum of Understanding with a military service. Her projects have included international and U.S. federal and state  Superfund sites, Brownfields, and military munitions response sites. Barbara served on the scientific committees for both the Third and Fourth International Sustainable Remediation Forums. Barbara holds a B.A. in Ecological Systems and a Masters in Business Administration in Sustainable Management.

SURF 32 Webinar – Sustainable Remediation in Action

AGENDA - June 21, 2016

11:00 AM     Introduction :: Kristin Mancini, SURF/Arcadis

11:05 AM     President's Update :: John Simon, SURF/Gnarus Advisors

11:15 AM     Integrating the Social Element in Remedial Decision-Making: State of the Practice and Way Forward :: Melissa Harclerode, CDM Smith

11:45 AM     Beneficial Reuse of Treated Groundwater for Plant Operations :: Bill Butler, ERM

12:15 PM     Wrap-up


SURF 31 :: Climate Change and Resiliency within Remediation

Agenda - March 2-3, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Local Time           Topic :: Speaker

8:00 AM               Registration                                                                   

8:30 AM               Welcome Remarks :: Parsons                                    

8:45 AM               Implications of Climate Change in Contaminated Site Remediation :: Lara J. Hansen, EcoAdapt

9:30 AM               Adaptation of Superfund Remediation to Climate Change :: Anne Dailey, US EPA

10:00 AM             Break                                                        

10:30 AM             USGBC Resilience Tool Development :: Heather Rosenberg, USGBC; Randy Britt, Parsons

11:15 AM             A Framework for Climate Change Resiliency Assessments :: Brandt Butler, AECOM

12:00 PM             Lunch                                                                              

1:30 PM               Introduction of 2016 SURF Board :: Maile Smith, Northgate/SURF Past President

2:00 PM               SURF Planning :: John Simon, Gnarus Advisors/SURF President; Barbara Maco, Wactor & Wick/SURF Vice President

3:00 PM               Panel Discussion: Are you ready for your next disaster? :: Samuel Unger, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board; Bill Wick, Wactor & Wick LLP; Greg Schilz, JLT Specialty USA; Doug Hileman, Douglas Hileman Consulting LLC

4:30 PM               Open Discussion                                                           

5:00 PM               Informal Gathering at AKA Bistro (cash bar)

6:00 PM               Group Dinner at AKA Bistro                                               


Thursday, March 3, 2016                                                                         

8:00 AM               Registration                                                                   

8:30 AM               Welcome Remarks / Day 1 Recap :: John Simon, Gnarus Advisors/SURF President                         

8:45 AM               Sustainability and Resilience Converge :: Nurit Katz, UCLA; John Onderdonk, Caltech

9:30 AM               Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation into Remediation Design and Implementation :: Shannon O'Connell and Carrie Crozier, Parsons

10:15 AM             Break                                                        

10:30 AM             Applications for Microbial Extracts to Address Climate Change Challenges :: Mike Harding, Geosyntec Consultants and Doug Oram, ETIC Engineering

11:15 AM             At the Intersection of Sea Level Rise and Waste Management :: Randy Brandt, Geosyntec Consultants

12:00 PM             Lunch                                                        

1:00 PM               Panel Discussion: Building Resilience into Remediation and Redevelopment Planning :: Dion Jackson and Hilda Blanco, USC; Anne Dailey, US EPA; Mike Antos, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

2:30 PM               Open Discussion                                                           

3:00 PM               Adjourn


SURF 30 :: Exploring the Energy/Water Nexus

Rice University, Houston, Texas
October 6-7, 2015

Agenda (local time)     

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

8:00 AM Registration        

8:30 AM Welcome Remarks/Introduction to SURF (Maile Smith, Northgate Environmental and SURF President)

8:45 AM Keynote (Pedro Alvarez, Rice University)

9:30 AM Sustainable Remediation Meets Climate Change Adaptation (Brandt Butler, AECOM)

10:15 AM Break  

10:45 AM Tesoro’s Sustainable Remediation Program:  Current and Future Sustainability Considerations and Interplays (Kyle Waldron, Tesoro)

11:30 AM In-Situ Activated Carbon Amendment Technology for Sediment Remediation: Status Update and Sustainability Aspects (YeoMyoung Cho, Stanford University)

12:15 PM Lunch  

1:30 PM Remediation Performance and Cost Database: Implications for Improving Sustainability (Travis McGuire, GSI)

2:15 PM Beneficial Reuse of Treated Groundwater for Plant Operations (Bill Butler, ERM)

3:00 PM Break     

3:30 PM Groundwater Conservation and Reuse Update and Panel Discussion (Olivia Skance - Moderator, Chevron; Matt Alexander, Leidos; Bill Butler, ERM; Laura Capper, CAP Resources; Paul Hadley, retired)

4:30 PM Open Discussion, Technical Initiative Updates        

5:30 PM Networking at TBD Location

6:00 PM Group Dinner at Prego


Wednesday, October 7, 2015      

8:00 AM Registration        

8:30 AM Welcome Remarks/Day 1 Recap (Maile Smith, Northgate Environmental and SURF President)

8:45 AM How Can a Green Remediation Project Benefit by Incorporation of Sustainability? (Melissa Harclerode and Mike Miller, CDM Smith)

9:30 AM Water and Waste Treatment Practices in Oil and Gas – Current Practices Technologies, and Opportunities for Improvement (Laura Capper, CAP Resources)

10:15 AM Break  

10:45 AM Management Strategies to Achieve Remedy Complete when Groundwater Concentrations Fluctuate with Water Table Changes and Drought Conditions (Matthew Alexander, Leidos)

11:30 AM An Updated SiteWiseTM Tool for Sustainable Sediment Remedies (Russ Sirabian and Sam Moore, Battelle)

12:15 PM Lunch                

1:30 PM Integrating Sustainability Metrics into Remedial Decision-Making (Erin Healy and Mark Meyers, Anchor QEA)

2:15 PM Assessing the Resilience and Adaptability of Phytoremediation and Enhanced In-Situ Bioremediation under Global Climate Change (Deyi Hou, Parsons)

3:00 PM Sustainability at In-SItu Stabilization Projects (Paul Lear, Envirocon)

3:45 PM Open Discussion and Closing Remarks             

4:30 PM Adjourn