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Three Keynote Announcements, AFE 2012



Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2012

February 6-10, 2012 - Anchorage, Alaska


Dennis McLerran, US EPA Regional Administrator

Dennis McLerran, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator, was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator (RA) for Region 10, leading a staff of 650 employees, with responsibility for an annual budget of $500 million. He was sworn in on February 22, 2010.

As RA, Dennis oversees the implementation and enforcement of the federal environmental rules and regulations in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, including 271 tribal governments in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Before moving to EPA, Dennis served as Executive Director of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, a state chartered regional agency that adopts and enforces air quality standards that protect the health of 3.5 million Washington residents. As Executive Director, he led the development of an innovative strategy to reduce emissions at the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Metro Vancouver. Prior to that, he served as City Attorney for the City of Port Townsend and Director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Land Use. Dennis has over 20 years experience as an advocate, attorney and administrator. Dennis received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law.

Nancy Lord, Alaskan Author

Nancy Lord, Alaska's Writer Laureate for 2008-10, holds a liberal arts degree from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vermont College. In addition to being an independent writer based in Homer, she fished commercially for many years and has, more recently, worked as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships. She is the author of three short fiction collections (most recently The Man Who Swam with Beavers, Coffee House Press, 2001) and five books of literary nonfiction (most recently Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North, Counterpoint Press, 2011.) She teaches creative writing part-time at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College and in the low-residency graduate writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her awards include fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and residencies at a number of artist communities.John Kozij, Director General - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada



John Kozij, Director General - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

John Kozij is the Director General of the Northern Strategic Policy Branch, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Prior to this, Mr. Kozij worked as the director of the Strategic Policy Integration Division of the Northern Affairs Organization of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and as the director of Aboriginal skills and employment issues at Human Resources and Social Development Canada. He has also worked at the Privy Council Office and at the Canadian International Development Agency as a senior economist; holding a masters degree in development economics. Mr. Kozij's overseas work experience includes directing operations of an American medical NGO on the Afghan border in Pakistan and as an extended volunteer in a refugee camp in Thailand.

AANDC supports Aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to: improve social well-being and economic prosperity; develop healthier, more sustainable communities; and participate more fully in Canada's political, social and economic development - to the benefit of all Canadians. AANDC is one of the federal government departments responsible for meeting the Government of Canada's obligations and commitments to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and for fulfilling the federal government's constitutional responsibilities in the North. Most of the Department's programs, representing a majority of its spending - are delivered through partnerships with Aboriginal communities and federal-provincial or federal-territorial

For more information on our Keynotes including their full biographies, please visit our website.



Film Festival Submissions - Date Extended to January 20th

The Alaska Forum on the Environment is proud to host our 5th Annual Film Festival. We are inviting interested agencies, organizations, as well as individual participants to submit films to be shown at the Film Festival. We must receive your film by January 20th in order for it to be reviewed.  For questions or information on where to send your submissions please visit our Film Festival page.

Poster Sessions - Deadline January 31st


We are happy to announce that we will again accept a limited number of Poster Session projects for 2012.  We invite interested agencies, Tribal governments, organizations, researchers, as well as individual participants to submit their projects to be displayed at the Alaska Forum on the Environment.  For more information, please download our guidelines and requirements.

Award Nominations - Deadline January 25th

Take time to recognize the organizations and individuals that do great work for the environment and your community.  Nominate and individual for the Environmental Excellence Award or an organization for the Outstanding Achievement Award.  Don't hesitate, provide some positive feedback now by making a nomination.  Deadline is January 25th.  Nomination information can be downloaded here.


Registration Services  - Limited Time Discounts Now Available

  Announcing the Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2012 - Registration services are now available for online registration!  We are offering the same registration rates as last year and for a limited time, you can register online for $475 and save $50 off the on-site rate.  So don't wait!  Register online TODAY. 

For more information about registration our our event, please visit our website.



The Anchorage Downtown Marriott will be providing our hotel service for the Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2012.

The Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel is offering a discount rate of $99.00/night (government rate available to all participants) exclusively for the Alaska Forum on the Environment.

To Reserve your room online click here, then

  • Under "Check Rates & Availability" (on the left-hand side of the page) enter your desired arrival and departure dates.
  • Click on the "Special Rates & Awards" Button
  • In the Group Code box, enter your online group code, AFEAFEA.
  • Select the button "FIND"
  • Follow the simple steps to complete the reservations.

or Reserve your room via Phone

  • Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-228-9290.
  • Refer to your Hotel Code "AFEAFEA" and the name of the conference, "Ak Forum".

The Alaska Forum on the Environment 2012 will be held February 6-10, 2012, at the Anchorage Dena'ina Convention Center!  This year we will offer over 80 technical breakout sessions and sensational Keynote Events. For 2012 we will continue to offer a full comprehensive series of sessions on climate change, energy environmental regulations, cleanup and remediation, fish & wildlife, solid waste, and special programs for Alaskan youth. We will be focusing on Alaska talent in our keynote presentations and will be announcing our keynotes and morning speakers in coming weeks on Twitter, by email and on our website.


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PO Box 212409, Anchorage, AK 99521-2409
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