Join Us for the

Florida Section A&WMA

53rd Annual Conference & Exhibition

“Spearheading Change”

Message from the Conference Chair


The conference committee is planning a robust agenda for the Florida Section’s 53rd Annual Conference and Exhibition. We are expecting great turnout and a tremendous agenda packed with speakers from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, academia, and industry speaking about the most recent air, water, and waste issues. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to be part of this year’s conference at Florida State University’s fantastic Turnbull Conference Center. We look forward to seeing everyone in October!


Joe Brown

Conference Chair, Hopping Green & Sams

THANK YOU to all who attended the 2017 Annual Florida Section Conference!

On behalf of the entire conference committee we would like to thank all attendees who were able to participate in the 53rd Annual Conference and Exhibition (ACE) held on October 25-26, 2017 in Tallahassee at the Florida State University’s Turnbull Conference Center. It’s your participation, year after year that makes our event such a tremendous success. As promised, the event provided a number of technical presentations by leaders in their fields, covering a broad range of the hottest issues with participation by representatives from regulatory agencies around Florida, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The conference was specifically designed to enhance opportunities for networking and discussion with experts in air, water, and waste. In addition, our Young Professionals group had a great networking and social event at this year’s conference and our student programs feature the Student Poster and Environmental Challenge competitions.

Please scroll down to see the recently posted conference technical presentations. Again, we thank everyone very much for your participation and look forward to seeing you next year in Southeast Florida!


Have General Conference Questions?

Contact the Conference Chair or Co-Chairs:

Chair, Joe Brown –

Co-Chair, Manita Moutrie –

Co-Chair, Liz Foeller –



Accommodations for this year’s event will be hosted by the Residence Inn by Marriott. Our conference room rate is $132/night plus parking and applicable taxes.  When you contact the hotel, ask for the “Florida A&WMA Annual Conference Rate.” Book your rooms at the link below before October 6th to secure this room rate.

Residence Inn by Marriott
600 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32304
(850) 329-9080

Hotel Online Reservation

Residence Inn by Marriott

Technical Program and Presentations



Technical presentations have just been posted below!

There is a robust technical program planned again for this year with the preliminary agenda taking shape to address technical and regulatory air, water, and waste issues. Topics for this year’s conference will include:

  • FDEP Leadership Roundtable:  Roundtable discussion of key regulatory initiatives at FDEP.
  • Permitting and Regulatory 101: Common mistakes in air permit applications; prevention of significant deterioration basics; notification and discovery of contamination and common mistakes in assessment; NPDES and water quality 101; FDEP e-portals and training; and others.
  • Federal Developments: A broad look at legislative, rulemaking, and policy developments under the new Trump Administration.
  • Florida Legislative Roundtable:  Roundtable discussion around key legislative initiatives affecting Florida industries and agencies.
  • Solid Waste Roundtable:  Roundtable discussion with county, FDEP, legal, research, and private industry participation
  • Air Hot Topics: The latest developments impacting regulation of carbon dioxide emissions; startup, shutdown, and malfunction operations; ambient air quality;  and others.
  • Coal Combustion Residuals:  Presentation of compliance issues associated with implementation of this Rule.
  • Contaminated Media Forum: A regulatory update of 62-780/777, F.A.C.
  • Water Issues Roundtable:  Roundtable discussion about water issues with legal, FDEP, and private industry participation.

Agenda and Technical Program

The 2017 Annual Conference Technical Presentations have just been posted!

Technical Session Chair:

Manita Moutrie –


Please Join Us For The 1st Annual 5K Run / Walk

Interested in learning more about the 2nd Annual YP Networking Event?

Interested in the Modern and Historic Florida Capital Tours?

Please Join Us For The Student-Mentor Breakfast

Interested in Sponsoring This Year’s Event?

As a sponsor, you will ensure valued participation at the ACE, which is important for a robust and meaningful discussion of emerging topics. The Section also uses sponsorship funds to provide scholarships to students who represent the Section at competitions held at the International Conference and for Section leadership training. As a sponsor, you will be given an opportunity to reach out to all of those attending through a display in the exhibition area, and the Section will recognize your company at the conference and through the Section’s website.

Please make plans to participate in the conference this year and to support the Florida Section as a sponsor. The Section sincerely appreciates your consideration of this request as sponsorship opportunities are still available!

Sponsorship Registration & Payment

Sponsorship Form

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:

Joe Applegate –

Nandra Weeks –


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2017 Sponsors

Florida Section & Conference Platinum Partners

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Gold Sponsors

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Student Sponsors/Supporters



Clair Fancy Outstanding Leadership and Service Award

We are accepting nominations for the the Clair Fancy Outstanding Leadership and Service Award now. Nominations for this award are due by October 5, 2017, with the award presented to the recipient during the ACE. For a copy of the nomination form, please click the link below.

Clair Fancy Award Information & Nomination Form


Clair Fancy Award Chair:

Joe Brown –





Past Clair Fancy Outstanding Leadership and Service Award Recipients

2016 – Chris Spire

2015 – Mary Archer

2014 – Mike Markey


2013 – Max Lee

2012 – Liz Foeller

2011 – Dennis Mitchell

2010 – Jordan Haywood

2009 – Bruno Ferraro

2008 – Kathy Lockhart

2007 – Becky Heilman

2005 – Dr. David Cooper

2004 – Karen Mort

Outstanding Young Professional Award

We are now accepting nominations for the the Outstanding Young Professional Award. Nominations for this award are due by October 5, 2017, with the award presented to the recipient during the ACE. For a copy of the nomination form, please click the link below.

Young Professional Award Information & Nomination Form

Young Professional Award Chair:

Joe Brown –






Students….We Need Your Participation!

Your participation is critical at our Florida Section ACE, and the benefits are huge. You will have featured opportunities to present before industry professionals and show-off your skills, participate in young professional events, and network to build your external reputation. If you are not already an A&WMA member, please find information regarding student membership protocol on the Students page.

Student Posters

University/college students are invited to submit abstracts on topics of environmental interest for presentation at a Student Poster Session to be held on October 25, 2017, during the Florida Air & Waste Management Association’s 53rd Annual Conference and Exhibition. New deadline for Student Posters: Abstracts must be received by October 18, 2017

For more information about the call for Student Posters or Student Poster Guidelines, click the buttons below.

Call for Student Posters 

Student Poster Guidelines 


This Just In!

The  Student Volunteer Information and Sign-Up Form includes information on how students can register and attend the conference for FREE, by participating in the conference AND volunteering to help with registration and/or technical sessions monitoring. Click the button below for more information about participating and volunteering in our event this year.

Student Volunteer Form 


Student EC Competition

University students, can you solve… The Environmental Challenge
A Competition for University Students

Attention!  Given the complexity of the problem, we encourage students from both engineering science and law to collaborate to form a stronger presentation. There are no school boundaries meaning your team can be comprised of students from various universities. It is up to you to build the best team (3 to 5 talented students)!



The Environmental Challenge gives student teams the opportunity to develop solutions to an environmental problem and have the experience of presenting their solution to a panel of environmental professionals. We do not give you a lot of numbers to crunch. We are more interested to hear about the issues involved, how you interpreted the problem, how you got to your conclusions, and how well you can communicate and defend your thoughts. We want you to learn and have fun! This exercise gives us all a chance to participate and gets the professionals of tomorrow to interact with the professionals of today.

The Environmental Challenge






Have questions?…contact the

Student Program Chair:

Upasna Rai –