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Attendeess at the 11th Annual Summer Technical Workshop. Photo courtesy of Adam Heft.
June 14-15, 2022
The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Michigan Section is calling for abstracts for the 2022 Environmental Risk Management Workshop to be held June 14-15, 2022, at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center in Roscommon, Michigan.
The Michigan Section is looking forward to hosting this event in person in 2022! We provide high quality technical training that focuses on practical application and case studies for environmental professionals. We bring together a broad base of topic expertise and perspectives from the consulting, regulatory, academic, and industry sectors. This unique workshop forum promotes collaboration and partnership to solve complex environmental problems in a peer-to-peer learning format.
This year our goal is to start a conversation about the Best Practices for Groundwater Remediation and Management at the workshop. Hazardous substances in groundwater pose a vastly complex set of challenges. Questions about the hydrogeologic setting, contaminant properties and characteristics, risks to possible receptors, and remedial and management options are raised. The standard approach more than 30 years ago was to pump and treat contaminated groundwater to remediate and mitigate the risk. Thanks to innovations applied by scientists and engineers at sites worldwide, whether adapted from other industries or original concepts, there are many more approaches being applied today as each site with groundwater contamination poses a unique set of circumstances and challenges.
Groundwater is a vital natural resource, and trillions of dollars and entire careers are spent on tackling issues related to groundwater contamination. We have learned that thoughtful and intentional approaches or strategic remediation and management are needed to address contaminated groundwater. Strategic remediation and management include a wholistic consideration of the problem evaluating the aquifer system, it’s uses, and groundwater governance when determining what the risks are and how best to remedy them. Calculation of the environmental footprint of remedial alternatives, especially with the environmental, social, and corporate governance is an important consideration for organizations.
We are setting out to discuss the innovations in strategic groundwater remediation and management and best practices at the 2022 AIPG Michigan Section’s Environmental Risk Management Workshop.
The following are some topical concepts for which we are seeking abstracts:
The short courses will be two hours, longer than the standard case study presentations. Standard presentations are 30-40 minutes in length. Abstracts for outdoor demonstrations are also welcome.
June 15-17, 2021
The AIPG Michigan Section is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 10th AIPG Michigan Environmental Risk Management Workshop! This free event is being held virtually on June 15, 16 and 17, 2021 through the Whova App featuring presentations, exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, and meet-ups and networking opportunities.
This year’s theme, The Data Tell the Story, will deliver excellent examples of data tools, data applications and data and remediation applications to solve complex, environmental remediation and risk management issues. Collaboration and partnership are key to solving these problems and are promoted as part of this workshop series with networking opportunities to connect practitioners. Attendees are encouraged to organize meet-ups in the Whova App as well as join in the networking sessions.
See the agenda here: https://whova.com/portal/webapp/aipgm_202106/
Registration link: https://whova.com/portal/registration/aipgm_202106/
This year, out of concern for the health and well-being of our colleagues, we are hosting the event via the virtual Whova and Zoom platforms and appreciate the support of our presenters for the event. We are disappointed that we are not holding the event in person this year at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on the beautiful shores of Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan. We have big plans for next year’s event that we intend to host in person! If you have joined us before, you know that our networking is beyond comparison. If you’re game, we are already planning our networking kickoff for next year that will include attendee’s baby or high school graduation photos. If you have not joined us before, start making plans to come to Michigan in mid-June 2022 or if economic geology and mining are more your interest, the AIPG National 2022 Annual Meeting will be held in Marquette, Michigan in August 2022! Either way, northern Michigan is a win and a great summer destination! Stay tuned.
In the meantime, we invite you to join us this year for the virtual event. We are offering sponsor opportunities which includes placing your company logo on the Sponsor Center in the Whova App, the AIPG Michigan Section website, and in the Michigan Section’s “Geologically Speaking” newsletter for $100. We are offering Exhibitor space on the Whova App that provides greater outreach opportunities including space to set up videos, giveaways, and other informational content to share with attendees and encourage them to visit your space. The exhibitor space is available for $300.
Because AIPG has received such strong support for this event in the past, we feel that during these tough times during the pandemic that it is important to support our community of professionals and students by holding this event for free this year. Proceeds from the sponsor/exhibitor support will cover technology costs and any additional proceeds will be directed to AIPG’s educational support efforts for students in the geosciences. AIPG provides support annually upwards of $20,000 for K-12 education grants, college scholarships, and university student chapter support for learning opportunities.
In addition to sponsor/exhibitor support, the AIPG Michigan Section has also set up a donation opportunity where all dollars donated will be directed to the AIPG Michigan’s educational support funds on our Eventbrite page. AIPG is a non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
Donate to AIPG Geoscience Education funding efforts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aipg-environmental-risk-management-workshop-tickets-154335994113
We appreciate your support of our event, AIPG’s scholarship program, and all who work together to solve complex environmental issues every day.
See you in June!
Sara Pearson, CPG and Tammy Rabideau, CPG
AIPG Michigan Virtual Forum
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