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Energy and Environment Cabinet

2014 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment: The Changing Landscapes in Kentucky

When:     Oct. 7-8, 2014
Where:    Lexington Convention Center

Attendees and exhibitors can register and pay online here:

Conference prices are $200 for the full conference; $125 for day one; and $100 for day two.

The conference accepts the following methods of payment:

American Express
ACH Debit/Credit

There is a $5.25 service fee added if paying by credit card; no service fee if paying by ACH Debit/Credit.

Registration is open at the door; however, credit and debit cards cannot be accepted on site.

Cancellation/Refund Requests
Cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing to by Sept. 22. Organizations can make personnel substitutions for employees who are registered but unable to attend the conference.

Exhibit Hall
Once again, the Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment will host an exhibit hall for vendors wishing to display energy- and environment-related products and services. The $300 exhibit fee includes exhibit space and one full registration.

Hotel Information
Conference attendees can stay at the Hyatt Regency Lexington at 401 West High Street, for a reduced price of $114 for either a single or double room. To get this price, reservations must be made by Sept. 20, 2014. A block of rooms have been set aside for the Energy and Environment Cabinet. 


Day 1, Oct. 7

9-11:30 a.m.
Tour 1: CAER
Tour 2: KY American Water
9-11:30 a.m.
Exhibitor Set-up
10 a.m.
Registration Opens
Kickoff Lunch
Track 1: Water & Energy Nexus
Track 2: Land Utilization & Resource Conservation
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sustainable Waters
Brownfield Successes
2:30-2:45 p.m.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
Stewardship in Agriculture
Urban Forestry and Reforestation
3:45-4:00 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
Cabinet Panel
5-7 p.m.
Networking Reception
Day 2, Oct. 8
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Greenhouse Gas Proposed Regulations
10:30-10:45 a.m.
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Cyber Security Threats
11:45-12:45 p.m.
Award’s Lunch
12:45-1 p.m.
1-2 p.m.
Business Case for Environmental Stewardship
2-3 p.m.
Innovative Communities
3-4 p.m.
Infrastructure Challenges
4-5 p.m.
Closing Remarks with Secretary Len Peters

Presenters will be announced as speakers are confirmed.

Sustainable Waters
Come hear how The Division of Water’s 319 programs and how their response to toxic algae blooms are ensuring the sustainability of Kentucky waterways.
Brooke Shireman
Mark Martin
Garrett Stillings Kelley Dearing Smith
Infrastructure Challenges
Infrastructure is essential to protection our environment, come hear how Kentucky is addressing these challenges.
Greg Heitzman Carey Johnson
Brownfield Successes
Brownfields are properties with potential and Kentucky is turning this potential into reality through the new liability regulations coupled with a new funding mechanism.
Dow Porter Karen Thompson
Urban Forestry and Reforestation in KY
This session will examine small and large urban forestry programs and urban tree canopy assessments. Kentucky Roots, a forestry awareness campaign launched in northern Kentucky that may be funded for a statewide campaign in the future, will be discussed.
Diana Olszowy
Katy Schneider
Jenny Gulick
Sarah Gracey
EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rules and Kentucky
The New Source Performance Standards for new and existing electric generating units will have far reaching impacts both nationally and here in Kentucky. This session will provide an overview of the rules, issues, along with Q&A.
Jason Bailey
Dr. Joe Hoagland
Gabe Pacyniak Carolyn Brown
Bill Bissett
David Crews
Dr. Rodney Andrews
Cyber Security
Utilities are faced with increasing cyber threats that could impact everyone. This session will review how our utilities are meeting these challenges.
Earl Rose IV
Business Case for Environmental Stewardship
Nonprofits, businesses, and institutions are going above regulatory requirements and implementing energy and environmental conservation practices. This session will detail why it makes good business sense to take voluntary actions.
Kim Harmon
Nancy Givens
RJ Dyrdek
Innovative Communities
Communities across Kentucky are innovating to meet the needs of their citizens. From environmental protection to energy conservation, see how our communities are rising to the challenge.
Rhonda Trautman
Steve Connelly
Lisle Cheatham
Roy Silver
Stewardship in Agriculture
This session provides a spotlight on how one sector is transforming how it approaches environmental and energy issues. Come learn about on-farm energy developments as well the local foods movement.
Jennifer Elwell
David Cooke
Bill McCloskey