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Environment Virginia Symposium

Updated March 23, 2020

We thank all our attendees and presenters for their patience as we work out the details on cancelling this year’s conference while looking forward to the Environment Virginia Symposium in 2021. Please mark March 23 – 25, 2021 on your calendars. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer most of the sessions and speakers planned for this year at next year’s conference.

Emails will be going out over the next weeks to our registered attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to see if they would like to roll over their registrations to 2021 or receive a refund. Presenters will also be receiving an email. The emails will be sent out by our registration categories in order to help us with our record-keeping.

Please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Environment Virginia Symposium.

Updated March 13, 2020

Out of respect for the health and well-being of our attendees, staff, and community, the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics has cancelled the 2020 Environment Virginia Symposium (March 31- April 2). In the coming days we will be in communication with our conference guests and registrants. Looking forward, the Center for Leadership and Ethics will continue planning with the Symposium committee to build on the work already begun for next year’s event. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Updated March 10, 2020

We are just weeks away from the 31st annual Environment Virginia Symposium. We want to address how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact the conference. The health and safety of all attendees and exhibitors are paramount.

We continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). At their websites, you will find regular updates about the virus, and information about protective measures you can take. Both organizations advise that washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub can eliminate the virus if it is on your hands. Both the CDC and VDH also offer information about other healthy and protective practices. We encourage all attendees to visit these websites and remain informed on protective measures.

Please continue to check back to this site for any updates on the conference.


March 23-25, 2021

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.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS UPDATE: Because we were unable to hold the 2020 Environment Virginia Symposium, it is our intent to bring  much of the pertinent content planned for that conference to the 2021 event. Therefore, we will not hold a call for presentations for the 2021 conference, but will work with our statewide program advisory committee during the fall to review our planned sessions and update/refine them as needed. We look forward to offering a robust conference experience in 2021.
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