May 2012 Session – EMA’s New Member Freestyle Session

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  • May 17, 2012
    2:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Chris Reid, Shifting Growth

Interim Land Uses on Vacant Lands & Brownfields: Reducing the Cost of Property Development Delays with Temporary Community Gardens

The current supply of vacant lands and brownfields throughout British Columbia has created an opportunity to temporarily utilize these underutilized lands to benefit the community, reduce landowner carrying costs and revitalize the surrounding neighbourhood. Shifting Growth is a turnkey service provider for establishing, managing and removing temporary community gardens through mobile garden beds. Working with the municipality, landowner and community groups – Shifting Growth provides benefits to all stakeholders involved. This presentation will highlight Shifting Growth’s approach, coordination, benefits and financial savings which are generated from the temporary utilization of vacant lands and brownfields for the purpose of community gardening.

Sarah Buckle, Senior Sustainability Advisor, MHPM Project Managers Inc.

The Next Chapter of LEED

LEED is a living document, and its evolution is critical as more is learned about best practices to reduce the impact of building design, construction and operations on the environment.  The last major reorganization of LEED was in 2009.  LEED 2012 is in the final phase of the program delivery process and is expected to be launched in the US at the GreenBuild conference in November 2012.  This talk will provide an overview on the most notable changes that are being proposed for LEED 2012.

Tom Frkovich  and Michelle Uyeda, Synergy Environmental Strategies, Inc.

Environmental Assessment Challenges at Upstream Oil and Gas Sites –Overestimation of Analyte Concentration in High Moisture Content Soil

Synergy Environmental Strategies Inc. provides environmental solutions for many of its clients that have interests in Northeast BC, particularly the Oil and Gas Industry. Oil and Gas resources have been a significant contributor to the economy of the northeast and for BC as a whole for several decades. Over that time, thousands of wells have been drilled. Synergy helps Oil and Gas clients to bring closure to producing and non-producing well sites along with other supporting Oil and Gas facilities. Various challenges arise when completing environmental assessments and remediation within the Oil and Gas Industry. Synergy’s presentation will highlight some of the logistics with remote site work, and provide strategies to manage high moisture content soils (i.e., muskeg) which is a frequent assessment and remediation challenge at these sites.

Event Pricing:

Member Price: Free, Unlimited Registrants per Active Corporate Membership.

Non-Member Cost: $60 (+HST) per Attendee for Speaker Sessions

For more registration information please contact the EMA


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