Environment Virginia Symposium

31st Annual Environment Virginia Symposium - March 31- April 2, 2020


This symposium is the Commonwealth’s premier environmental conference which brings together environmental professionals throughout Virginia from all sectors: government, non-profits, academia, and industry. Their joint efforts create better results for our environment for our state and region.
As many as 600 environmental professionals attend from all over Virginia and every sector of the environmental industry.  Past attendees and newcomers alike enjoy a mutual exchange of ideas, best practices, and strategies. The conference will include about fifty sessions with topics ranging from environmentally sustainable building standards to training the next generation of environmental leaders. There will also be notable speakers, workshops, events, and networking opportunities. The Environment Virginia Symposium gathers environmental professionals throughout the Commonwealth. Their joint efforts create better results for our environment for our state and region.




Network with peers, environmental service providers, vendors, and regulators from around Virginia. Personally meet contacts you may already work with, develop existing relationships and build new ones.


Benefit from the experience of others who will share their insights regarding best practices and regulatory compliance. Earn continuing education credits and also share your own expertise and opinions in the Think Tank.


You and your organization will benefit from recognition opportunities as a sponsor or exhibitor and you will have the opportunity to promote your organization to a “captive” audience.


Your registration includes attendance at various networking events and other special sessions like our 5K Fun Run / Walk.

The symposium had a holistic approach about the environment by embracing issues related to policies, regulations, current and projected environmental issues, research and statistical work, strategies and solutions.” ~ Survey Respondent

31st Environment Virginia Symposium HOSTS

VMI Environment Virginia Symposium Host Virginia Environmental Endowment   Environment Virginia Symposium Host Department of Environmental Quality   Virginia Department of Forestry  Department of Conservation and Recreation Logo

Supporting Organizations:

 Virginia Marine Resources Commission


Begun in 1989, Capt. Ron Erchul, VMI professor, received grant money for an environmental research project which required a conference presentation of the findings. From these humble beginnings, Capt. Erchul created a state-wide event where all sectors of the environmental industry gather on a level playing field of networking, best-practices, information and research sharing, and a bit of fun!

Starting in 2009, VMI established the Center for Leadership and Ethics staffed with program and event professionals. In 2019, the Environment Virginia Symposium celebrated 30 years.  To learn more about this event and its history, see the anniversary video on our YouTube channel