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Tuesday | January 23, 2018

Tuesday | January 23, 2018

Location: Capitol Hill      Dress Code: Business Attire
5:00PM - 7:00PM | CAPITOL HILL H-137
Congressional Reception



5:00PM 7:00PM

Congressional Reception




Wednesday | January 24, 2018

Wednesday | January 24, 2018

Location: National Press Club      Dress Code: Business Casual
8:00AM - 9:00AM | EAST BALLROOM
ERBA Membership Meeting



8:00AM 9:00AM

ERBA Membership Meeting

8:30AM - 9:30AM | HOLEMAN LOUNGE & WEST BALLROOM
Networking Breakfast



8:30AM 9:30AM

Networking Breakfast

9:30AM - 9:40AM | BALLROOM
Opening Remarks

- Randy Vogel, President, Ecological Restoration Business Association
- Sara Johnson, Executive Director, Ecological Restoration Business Association


9:30AM 9:40AM

Opening Remarks

- Randy Vogel, President, Ecological Restoration Business Association
- Sara Johnson, Executive Director, Ecological Restoration Business Association
9:40AM - 10:30AM | BALLROOM
The Latest in Federal Infrastructure Policy
Part I: Perspectives from the Public Sector

To set the framework for our policy discussions, first hear from senior officials at federal resource agencies on how their agency is responding to the Administration’s regulatory reform and infrastructure focus. This panel will cover recent feedback from public notice and comment periods, agency regulatory reform goals, and opportunities to address federal natural disaster concerns through environmental markets.

- Gary Loew, Senior Advisor, Dawson & Associates [MODERATOR]
- D. Lee Forsgren, Jr., Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Water, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Jason Larrabee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, US Department of Interior


9:40AM 10:30AM

The Latest in Federal Infrastructure Policy

Part I: Perspectives from the Public Sector

To set the framework for our policy discussions, first hear from senior officials at federal resource agencies on how their agency is responding to the Administration’s regulatory reform and infrastructure focus. This panel will cover recent feedback from public notice and comment periods, agency regulatory reform goals, and opportunities to address federal natural disaster concerns through environmental markets.

- Gary Loew, Senior Advisor, Dawson & Associates [MODERATOR]
- D. Lee Forsgren, Jr., Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Water, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Jason Larrabee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, US Department of Interior
10:30AM - 11:20AM | BALLROOM
The Latest in Federal Infrastructure Policy
Part II: Perspectives from the Private Sector

Adding to the remarks of policymakers, next learn about the policy priorities of the major developers impacted by infrastructure reform and how private sector ecological restoration solutions and policies could better support their development projects. This discussion will include a focus on procurement and mitigation contracting best practices as well as the shared policy goals of ERBA and industry groups.


- Serge Stanich, Senior Permitting Specialist, California High Speed Rail Authority
- Sarah Ball, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
- Jon Wilcox, Principal Mitigation Program, PG&E


10:30AM 11:20AM

The Latest in Federal Infrastructure Policy

Part II: Perspectives from the Private Sector

Adding to the remarks of policymakers, next learn about the policy priorities of the major developers impacted by infrastructure reform and how private sector ecological restoration solutions and policies could better support their development projects. This discussion will include a focus on procurement and mitigation contracting best practices as well as the shared policy goals of ERBA and industry groups.


- Serge Stanich, Senior Permitting Specialist, California High Speed Rail Authority
- Sarah Ball, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
- Jon Wilcox, Principal Mitigation Program, PG&E
11:20AM - 11:40AM | HOLEMAN LOUNGE
Morning Networking Break

Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.



11:20AM 11:40AM

Morning Networking Break

Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.

11:40AM - 12:15PM | BALLROOM
The Future of Species Mitigation Policies

Following the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s comment period on mitigation policy goals, join long-time species practitioners and consultants for a review of the recent comments, impact on large project developers, and recommendations for clarity in species mitigation policies.


- Steve Quarles, Environmental Attorney, Nossaman
- Alex Horning, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond
- Randy Wilgis, Exec Vice President of Solutions Development, Resource Environmental Solutions


11:40AM 12:15PM

The Future of Species Mitigation Policies

Following the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)’s comment period on mitigation policy goals, join long-time species practitioners and consultants for a review of the recent comments, impact on large project developers, and recommendations for clarity in species mitigation policies.


- Steve Quarles, Environmental Attorney, Nossaman
- Alex Horning, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond
- Randy Wilgis, Exec Vice President of Solutions Development, Resource Environmental Solutions
12:15PM - 12:45PM | BALLROOM
State of Biodiversity Markets Dissemination

Hear the top findings and highlights from Ecosystem Marketplace’s recently released State of Biodiversity Mitigation 2017 report.


- Genevieve Bennett, Senior Associate, Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace


12:15PM 12:45PM

State of Biodiversity Markets Dissemination

Hear the top findings and highlights from Ecosystem Marketplace’s recently released State of Biodiversity Mitigation 2017 report.


- Genevieve Bennett, Senior Associate, Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace
12:45PM - 2:00PM | HOLEMAN LOUNGE & WEST BALLROOM
Networking Lunch

Enjoy a hot lunch buffet while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.



12:45PM 2:00PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a hot lunch buffet while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.

2:00PM - 3:00PM | BALLROOM
Ecological Restoration as an Asset Class

What policy environment are investors, customers, and socially-responsible businesses looking for in the ecological restoration marketplace? Join us for a moderated discussion reviewing policy concerns over the past year, opportunities for greater certainty, and considerations to weigh before investing in a new green infrastructure space or project.


- Seth Ginther, Executive Vice President, Ecological Restoration Business Association [MODERATOR]
- Khary Cauthen, Federal Relations Senior Director, American Petroleum Institute


2:00PM 3:00PM

Ecological Restoration as an Asset Class

What policy environment are investors, customers, and socially-responsible businesses looking for in the ecological restoration marketplace? Join us for a moderated discussion reviewing policy concerns over the past year, opportunities for greater certainty, and considerations to weigh before investing in a new green infrastructure space or project.


- Seth Ginther, Executive Vice President, Ecological Restoration Business Association [MODERATOR]
- Khary Cauthen, Federal Relations Senior Director, American Petroleum Institute
3:00PM - 3:30PM | HOLEMAN LOUNGE
Afternoon Networking Break

Enjoy refreshments while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.



3:00PM 3:30PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Enjoy refreshments while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.

3:30PM - 4:15PM | BALLROOM
Meandering to Better Policy: Stream Restoration Across the Country

Hear from an expert practitioner and industry market researcher on the outlook of Clean Water Act Section 404 stream mitigation demand, indicators to watch, and recommendations for the quantification tools, technical advancements, and policy changes needed to develop more consistent and efficacious policies around this still-emerging and expanding ecosystem service.

- James Parker, Director, Falling Springs [MODERATOR]
- Lee W. Forbes, P.E., D.WRE, Senior Ecosystem Restoration Engineer, SWCA Environmental Consultants
- Jason Julian, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Texas State University


3:30PM 4:15PM

Meandering to Better Policy: Stream Restoration Across the Country

Hear from an expert practitioner and industry market researcher on the outlook of Clean Water Act Section 404 stream mitigation demand, indicators to watch, and recommendations for the quantification tools, technical advancements, and policy changes needed to develop more consistent and efficacious policies around this still-emerging and expanding ecosystem service.

- James Parker, Director, Falling Springs [MODERATOR]
- Lee W. Forbes, P.E., D.WRE, Senior Ecosystem Restoration Engineer, SWCA Environmental Consultants
- Jason Julian, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Texas State University
4:15PM - 5:00PM | BALLROOM
Restoration Opportunities:
Take-Aways from Leaders in Louisiana

With a delicate but resource rich coast, Louisiana is a national leader in policy and legislative efforts to mobilize government programs and funding for restoration projects. This segment will explore how the private restoration economy can accelerate government spending for natural resources, through lessons learned from Louisiana’s own coastal protection efforts and pilot programs.


- George Kelly, Chief Markets Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions [MODERATOR]
- Timothy Male, Senior Policy Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center
- Richelle Moore, Counsel, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana


4:15PM 5:00PM

Restoration Opportunities:

Take-Aways from Leaders in Louisiana

With a delicate but resource rich coast, Louisiana is a national leader in policy and legislative efforts to mobilize government programs and funding for restoration projects. This segment will explore how the private restoration economy can accelerate government spending for natural resources, through lessons learned from Louisiana’s own coastal protection efforts and pilot programs.


- George Kelly, Chief Markets Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions [MODERATOR]
- Timothy Male, Senior Policy Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center
- Richelle Moore, Counsel, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana



Thursday | January 25, 2018

Thursday | January 25, 2018

Location: National Press Club      Dress Code: Business Casual
8:30AM - 9:30PM | HOLEMAN LOUNGE & WEST BALLROOM
Networking Breakfast



8:30AM 9:30PM

Networking Breakfast

9:30AM - 10:30AM | BALLROOM
The Practical Impact of Regulatory Reform on Major Developers

Kick off with a review of the practical business impacts of major species, stream, wetland and environmental permitting federal register notices, EOs, and SOs issued under the new Administration. This panel will include review of a case study on the implementation of new policy in a federal agency and how practitioners can serve as a resource in interpretation of new policy.


- Linda Morrison, Senior Advisor, Dawson & Associates
- Deidre Duncan, Environmental Attorney, Hunton & Williams
- Jack Smith, Environmental Attorney, Nelson Mullins


9:30AM 10:30AM

The Practical Impact of Regulatory Reform on Major Developers

Kick off with a review of the practical business impacts of major species, stream, wetland and environmental permitting federal register notices, EOs, and SOs issued under the new Administration. This panel will include review of a case study on the implementation of new policy in a federal agency and how practitioners can serve as a resource in interpretation of new policy.


- Linda Morrison, Senior Advisor, Dawson & Associates
- Deidre Duncan, Environmental Attorney, Hunton & Williams
- Jack Smith, Environmental Attorney, Nelson Mullins
10:30AM - 10:55AM | HOLEMAN LOUNGE
Networking Break

Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.



10:30AM 10:55AM

Networking Break

Enjoy light snacks and refreshments while networking with attendees and exploring the exhibit hall.

10:55AM - 11:25AM | BALLROOM
Keynote Speaker

- Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment

10:55AM 11:25AM

Keynote Speaker

- Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment
11:25AM - 12:30PM | BALLROOM
A View from the Hill

In this closing session, hear insightful remarks from senior policy staff of important committees, including Senate Environment & Public Works, Senate Energy and Natural Resources, House Natural Resources, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.



11:25AM 12:30PM

A View from the Hill

In this closing session, hear insightful remarks from senior policy staff of important committees, including Senate Environment & Public Works, Senate Energy and Natural Resources, House Natural Resources, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

12:30PM | HOLEMAN LOUNGE
Boxed Lunches Available

Grab a boxed lunch on your way up to the Hill!



12:30PM

Boxed Lunches Available

Grab a boxed lunch on your way up to the Hill!

12:30PM - 5:00PM | CAPITOL HILL
Individually-Scheduled Hill Visits

ERBA encourages all conference attendees to take advantage of their time in Washington and arrange for meetings with the Offices of their Congressmen. ERBA is happy to help attendees identify the scheduler for your Congressional Office and provide some industry talking points.



12:30PM 5:00PM

Individually-Scheduled Hill Visits

ERBA encourages all conference attendees to take advantage of their time in Washington and arrange for meetings with the Offices of their Congressmen. ERBA is happy to help attendees identify the scheduler for your Congressional Office and provide some industry talking points.


*Please note that the agenda is still subject to change, pending policy developments and speakers.