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Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2013


Keynote Announcements:

Julia K. Parrish, Executive Director

Julia started her academic career as a starving artist, only dimly aware of organismal biology and natural history. However, as art is more difficult than science, Julia found herself immersed in marine biology as a visiting student at the Duke University Marine Lab. Since then, it's been science, and particularly animal behavior and field biology, all the way. After coming to the University of Washington in 1990, Julia discovered conservation in the way that most field biologists do, by watching the organisms and habitats she had been working on, and in, disappear and degrade as a consequence of human activities. At the same time, Julia met many people who were watching local resources and ecosystems change, and wondering what to do about it. These experiences led her to create a program for citizens with a strong component of marine conservation, a foundation of basic science, and a healthy dose of enthusiastic teaching and outreach—the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)—of which she is Executive Director. Her current research focuses on physical, biological, and anthropogenic factors affecting coastal seabird population health in the North Pacific, including a long-term study of the Common Murres of Tatoosh Island. In addition to her research, Julia serves as the Associate Director of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and as the Director of the Program on the Environment. 

Dennis McLerran, Regional Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

A popular and involved participant in the Alaska Forum on the Environment, we are proud to announce that Dennis McLerran will return for our 15th year AFE event!  Dennis McLerran 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.

The Alaska Forum on the Environment will be held in Anchorage, Alaska on February 4-8, 2013.   This is a landmark event as we celebrate our 15th year!  You can look forward to inspirational Keynote Events, over 80 technical breakout sessions, new features, contests and special amenities.  You can also look forward to expanded content on Alaska coastal issues which will include marine debris concerns and impacts resulting from the Japan 2011 tsunami event.

We have identified our Keynote Presentation lineup for 2013 and will begin making announcements on our website and in our email newsletters in coming days.

 There are only a few days remaining to get the available discounted rate, so register nowThis discount rate ends on January 13, 2013.
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Film Festival - Jan 13th deadline

The Alaska Forum is proud to announce our 6th Film Festival. We are inviting interested agencies, organizations, as well as individual participants to submit films to be shown at the Film Festival.  Films should be current, applicable to the Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE) and generally not more than 30 minutes in length. Topics are and not limited to: invasive species, climate change, emergency response, environmental regulations, pollution prevention, energy resource-conservation, and rural issues.Films must be submitted on CD, DVD-R or DVD+R format. 

Agencies, organizations or individuals submitting a film must provide a representative or a written introduction to the film that can be read prior to its presentation.  In order for you film to be reviewed, AFE must receive your film by January 13th, 2013.

For more information click here.  Deadline for submittals is January 13, 2013.


Awards - Jan 25th deadline

Take the opportunity to send a positive message and recognize those doing great environmental work in Alaska.  Nominate an organization or an individual for the Alaska Forum Awards!

The Environmental Excellence Award recognizes an individual who has made a long-term commitment to public education or environmental and natural resources sciences.

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes a project, program, group, publication, or similar concrete accomplishment that occurred during the three years prior to nomination for the award.  An individual is not eligible to receive this award.

For more information click here.  Deadline for nominations is January 25, 2013.



Online Environmental Training

The Alaska Forum is proud to announce new online training opportunities available to all Alaskans.  If you need to know more about environmental regulations, standards, and permitting, you can enroll in any of our new online course offerings!  Quality training that is simple and cost effective for your organization.  

To review our course list and enroll, please visit our online training page.

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