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Update Oct 6, 2020: Revised Program Schedule 

Update Oct 7, 2020: Compiled Abstracts and Bios

Virtual Workshop hosted by BC Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites (SABCS) and GeoEnviroPro Training Professionals

The workshop will occur over 4 days: September 30th, October 1st, 7th, and 8th, 2020

9 am to 12:00 pm Pacific Time, each day

Single Registration Rates:

Regular Admission: $250 

Indigenous Partner, Young Professional, and Government Rate: $150 

Group Registration Rates (3 delegates from one company):

Regular Admission: $450 

Indigenous Partner, Young Professional, and Government Rate: $350

*Recordings of presentations will be available online to delegates for 1 month after the workshop dates!

Note: This virtual workshop is being organized in place of our annual conference and workshop, due to recent pandemic-related restrictions on large gatherings.

In the past decade there has been significant progress on incorporating sustainability in the contaminated lands investigation and remediation process. There has been increased recognition of the importance of multiple dimensions of sustainability and need to balance the social, economic and environmental aspects of a project. When viewed from a social lens, stakeholder input and indigenous participation is vital to the success of a project. There is also increasing recognition of the need to consider adaptation and resiliency of remediation to climate change impacts such as sea level rise or extreme weather events as this affects sustainability. With the global coronavirus pandemic, there are unknown implications for longer-term impacts ranging from work practices to possible effects of intensive use of chemicals for disinfection and cleaning on the environment. This workshop aims to take a broad view of sustainability through multiple themes including: 

  • Innovative technologies and new developments to achieve more sustainable solutions to contaminated sites issues including nature-based solutions
  • Sustainable remediation in brownfields or infrastructure developments, including approaches and tools for evaluating and rating sustainability
  • Perspectives, practices and regulatory frameworks in different countries
  • Implications of carbon neutrality for projects
  • Considering the perspectives of stakeholders
  • Vulnerability, adaptation and resiliency of remediation to sea-level rise and extreme weather events

The workshop will bring together local British Columbia and international speakers to facilitate diverse and wide-ranging sharing of knowledge and best practices.

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