ES1. Student Scholarship Poster Session
The finalists for the 2018 GEC Student Scholarship Poster Competition will give brief presentations (@10 minutes each) on their research and posters. Moderator: Ganesh Krishnan, GEC Scholarship Committee Chair. This session will be held from 9:30-11 a.m.
ES2. Participate in Your Own Rescue: You Can Truly Have it All
During this journey, Tommy Breedlove will discuss the three evolutions of his life (from tragedy to triumph) and provide you with the wisdom and tools to rediscover your brilliance, achieve meaning, balance and true happiness without compromising your financial and professional success. His mission in life is to empower humans with the tools and skills to become the person we have always dreamed of being. Tommy chose to leave a lucrative international financial consulting career to follow his calling to help others with the same insecurities and struggles he faces everyday as a leader and a man. At the time, he had achieved financial success and gained business notoriety and prestige. However, Tommy felt unfulfilled and had lost meaning and hope in his life. For 36 years, he felt the choices and decisions he made were out of fear and the judgements and opinions of others instead of from his own values. He took courageous action and chose to make massive changes for and in himself. As a result, he walked away at the top of his professional career. Rather than have a complete meltdown, he regained meaning in his life, rediscovered his brilliance and set out to serve himself and others. Speaker: Tommy Breedlove This session will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. and is sponsored by Centergy Group.
ES3. Resources and Technical Assistance for Brownfields and Rural Development
Imagine the run-down corner gas station as a gardening shop, taco stand or coffee shop. Does that really happen in GA? Yes, it does. What about an old school building or public facility that is no longer in use? These “Brownfields” are opportunities for Community Revitalization and job creation. Experts from USDA Rural Development and US EPA will provide nuts and bolts to help your community address these types of environmental eyesores in your community. Case Studies will be provided and analyzed. Speakers: Camilla Warren, US EPA; Reggie Taylor, USDA-Rural Development Administration; Linda Grijalva, Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission; Shana Jones, UGA Carl Vinson Institute This session will be held from 9-11 a.m.
ES4. Approaches to Coastal Restoration and Resiliency
More frequently occurring extreme weather events are the new drivers compelling communities and agencies to identify effective mechanisms for enhancing resilience. Changing sea levels and storm patterns are affecting coastal areas in the US, including the Southeast. The potential effects on coastal erosion, storm surge and flooding are increasing due to these factors, as the costs to address these challenges continue to increase. New and improved approaches have to be on the forefront to increase resiliency and reduce the risks of coastal hazards. They include natural and nature based solutions, including but not limited to one of the following or in combination thereof; beach replenishment, dune systems, living shorelines, and protected/enhanced wetlands and floodplains, as well as engineered structures, such as levees, groins, sea walls, artificial reefs, and other erosion control and shore protection structures. Furthermore, there is an enhanced need for the consideration of climate change input in future planning.
Implementation of such projects requires compliance with state and federal regulations, to include the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10 Habitat Conservation Plans, and Section 7 Consultation, and the Georgia Coastal Management Program. It takes a team of engineers, scientists, planners, and contractors to successfully design and implement coastal restoration and resiliency projects. This panel includes representatives from each of these groups to provide insight into their individual as well as collective/collaborative roles in Coastal Restoration and Resiliency projects. Each panelist will briefly share their focus in regards to the topic, then the entire panel will participate in a facilitated discussion using actual project examples. Moderator: Lawrence Malizzi, OBG Speakers: Murat Utku, Ph.D, P.E., OBG; Bill Hanson, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC; Shawn Gillen, City of Tybee Island, GA; TBD, USACE; TBD, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) This session will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. and is sponsored by OBG.
The GEC Early Session Workshops above are “sponsored” workshops and are open to all registered GEC Attendees, as well as to the general public, at no charge.
To inquire about sponsoring an Early Session Workshop, please contact David Mook at dmook@CenterygyGroup.com.
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