WVDEP sponsoring workshop on sustainability, pollution prevention, environmental management systems


A two-day workshop focusing on Sustainability Awareness, Pollution Prevention and Environmental Management Systems is scheduled Dec. 14-15 at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Charleston headquarters. The free event is sponsored by the WVDEP.


The first day of the workshop will focus on Sustainability Awareness and Pollution Prevention (P2). The second day will feature Environmental Management Systems. Each day begins at 8 a.m. and concludes around 4:30 p.m. The workshop is designed for people who work in schools, government, businesses and other institutions who want to change attitudes and behavior in their organizations in an effort to improve West Virginia’s environment, economy and communities.


“The workshop will focus on the practical applications and best practices of sustainability concepts and principles, pollution prevention, and environmental management to achieve viable solutions to environmental, economic and community challenges,” said Greg Adolfson, sustainability officer with the WVDEP.


Sustainability Awareness Training is designed to challenge individuals to see opportunities in this new economy and to focus on goals of efficient resource use, achieving a low carbon footprint, reducing additions to the waste stream, improving personal health and finding value in “community.” P2 Training provides an introduction and overview of P2, including waste identification and source reduction; Internet resources and computation models; and success stories. Environmental Management System Training provides an overview of an EMS and how an EMS can support environmental improvements at organizations that might or might not be subject to environmental regulations and legislation.


Workshop presenters include the WVDEP’s Adolfson; Matt Earnest, executive director of Workforce Development at Bridgemont Community and Technical College; Jeffrey Burke, executive director of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable; and an environmental engineering specialist from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc.


Workshop participants can register for either the first or second day or both days of the workshop. The registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 6. Registration is available online at http://apps.dep.wv.gov/registration or by calling (866) 568-6649 ext. 1332.


Tom Aluise
304-926-0499, ext. 1338