Environment Virginia Symposium

The 2021 Environment Virginia Symposium will bring you the same great content, presenters and speakers you have come to expect for the past 30 years - and more! All registered attendees will have access to recording of all the sessions - even those you had to miss. You'll be able to make valuable connections with our exhibitors and sponsors in our virtual exhibit hall.

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March 23-25, 2021

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The 31st Annual Environment Virginia 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.
We have a great conference planned, with 20 live sessions plus speakers, topic discussion sessions and pre-recorded bonus presentations. And, because we are virtual, you will be able to go back and view any sessions you missed for 90 days after the conference. Join us!
As many as 600 environmental professionals normally 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. By bringing this conference online for 2021, we expect even more people from across the region and country to be able to participate.The conference will include about thirty sessions with topics ranging from climate resilience to environmental justice. 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.





Benefit from the experience of others who will share their insights regarding best practices and regulatory compliance. Earn continuing education credits and also participate in online Q&A.


Network with peers, environmental service providers, vendors, and regulators from around Virginia. Meet content experts, develop existing relationships and build new ones. Although we'll be online this year, we plan to create new opportunities for informal, interactive networking.


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.


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

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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