January 24th KATELYN HALL, MPH from the Marijuana Health Monitoring and Research Program, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment presented on Monitoring Changes in Marijuana Use and Potential Health Effects. Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana in November 2012 with Amendment 64. Retail sales began in January 2014 along with a developing and diversifying marijuana industry. Ms. Hall discussed trends in marijuana use among pregnant and breastfeeding women, children, adolescents, young adults, and adults 21+ years old, pre- and post-legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado.
September 12th ALLISON HARAMINAC from Pinyon Environmental, LLC. Presented on Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Compliance and Permitting. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), enacted in 1940, protects two species of eagle from unauthorized “take.” This presentation discussed the definition of “take” and provide an overview of the BGEPA permitting process. It also offered suggestions for minimizing cost and schedule impacts to projects where eagles are present.
October 3rd DR. KRISTEN KETELES from U.S. EPA presented on The Role of Toxicology in Environmental Crime Investigations and Prosecutions: Answering the So What? Part of EPA’s mission is to vigorously enforce our nation’s environmental laws by investigating and assisting in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens human health and the environment. Dr. Kristen Keteles discussed her role as a toxicologist at EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center, an accredited environmental forensics facility. She provided examples of criminal cases where she evaluated evidence and served as an expert witness in the courtroom.
November 15th Progressive Dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory – Rocky Mountain SWEP and RMAEP participated in this Networking Progressive Dinner.
January 12th Toxicology Panel from U.S. EPA, CDPHE, and independent consultants. The panel included toxicologists who have applied their expertise to solve problems and protect human health in a variety of contexts, like workplace exposure, drinking water, Superfund and other environmental contamination, product safety, and civil and criminal litigation. The panelists provided a brief introduction to the field of toxicology along with real-world examples of ways that toxicology can be of practical benefit. Panelists welcome interaction with attendees during the luncheon.
- Susan Griffin, Ph.D., Senior Toxicologist, USEPA Region 8
- Tami McMullin, Ph.D, Program Manager, Oil and Gas Health Information, CDPHE
- Jenifer S. Heath, Ph.D., Independant Toxicology Consultant
June 29th DR. MONICA HEINTZ from Arcadis U.S., Inc. and Denver Sustainability Advisory Council on Sustainable Cities presented on Denver’s Sustainability Programs and Goals. City governments across the world have realized the importance of sustainability to maintaining quality of life for citizens and the competitive advantages that sustainability can offer. Effective sustainability efforts are built on balancing the elements of people, planet, and profit – the triple bottom line. To achieve a balance among these elements, cities set goals and assess their progress toward those goals with defined metrics. Dr. Heintz discussed Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index, with a focus on Denver, and Denver’s sustainability goals and programs.
October 4th Networking Happy Hour and Negotiation 101 with Rhonda Caudill. Rhonda Caudill discussed the basic negotiation process and explained how to ensure successful outcomes for you, your project or your business by taking the right approach and planning ahead. Whether you are an engineer,
project manager, scientist, technician, or business development professional, it pays to know how to negotiate.
November 8th Progressive Dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory – Rocky Mountain SWEP supporters enjoyed a networking dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory.