Registration Opens For VMI's Environment Virginia Symposium


Registration is open for Virginia Military Institute’s 29th annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  The event, held April 3-5, is expected to attract about 600 participants — leaders from Virginia’s state environmental agencies, industries, and nonprofit organizations.

“This event is the commonwealth’s premier environmental conference,” said Maj. Kim Connolly, the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics’ assistant director for conference planning and programming, one of the event’s hosts and its main organizer.

Gov. Ralph Northam will be on hand as the symposium’s opening speaker, and is scheduled to address the participants Wednesday, April 4, at 8:45 a.m.

The conference includes more than 40 exhibits from industry, government, nonprofits and academia. An all-day think tank will be led by Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute alumni and supported by the University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation. “Hot Topics” panels will feature industry, government or nonprofit industry leaders, and “Table Topics” will provide an opportunity for small group discussions during lunch.

More than 40 breakout sessions will be held on topics including restoring the Chesapeake Bay, solar and wind energy, air permitting and regulation, land conservation, recycling and waste management, and improving the state of the James River.

Full conference registration is $35 for full-time students; $175 for individuals, members of nonprofits, and academics; and $315 for business and government registrations. Registration remains open throughout the conference, but rates will go up beginning March 6.

To register or to find for information on the conference, visit

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