The Louisiana Section of the Air & Waste Management Association is now accepting abstracts for presentations at its 2022 Annual Conference. Selected presentations will compliment presentations made by invited speakers. The deadline for abstracts is August 1, 2022.

The conference planning committee has several exciting sessions in development that are felt to be of interest to the regulated community. We invite you to submit an abstract on any topic within the session of your choosing below. Please keep in mind that the audience is generally composed of attorneys, regulators, environmental managers, and consultants.

Proposed Sessions

  • Louisiana Climate Action Plan/Carbon Mitigation (Strategies and Initiatives)
  • Important Air Issues (Federal and/or Local)
  • Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) / Environmental Justice (EJ)
  • Waste Management/Contaminated Site Investigation & Remediation
  • Leadership Development/Soft Skills
  • Young Professional Technical/Regulatory Skills

New this year, we will also be accepting abstracts for delivery of a 1 hour Continuing Education Professional Engineering Ethics PDH course. Neither Texas or Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Survey Boards pre-approve courses for PDH qualification. Therefore, A&WMA is requesting abstracts from a Licensed Professional Engineer only for this course. The Conference will provide proof of attendance and the presentation will be included in the conference proceedings.

Abstract length cannot be more than 500 words and a title is required. The presentations should last no longer than 30 minutes, including time for questions and answers. We may be able to allow a small number of the abstract presentations to last for 45 minutes. In your submittal, please indicate whether your presentation is intended to be geared for 30 or 45 minutes. If you have indicated a 45-minute presentation upon selection of your abstract, we will advise whether you have been accepted for 45 minutes. Please be aware that due to the development of the program for the conference, even if you indicated a 45-minute presentation, there is a possibility that the Conference Committee may have to limit you to 30 minutes. Long form papers are not strictly required, but some form of written materials (PowerPoint presentations are certainly acceptable) must be submitted in advance and approved by the Conference Committee. The conference committee will also entertain submissions for topic specific panel discussions. A bio should also be submitted at the time of abstract submission and may be refined upon selection.

We cannot accept abstracts that are submitted late. Our review schedule is too tight to accommodate late submissions so, please get your abstract in on time. Please note that, in accordance with A&WMA guidelines, speakers selected on the basis of an abstract submittal will only receive a one day complimentary conference registration. Speakers would be required to pay the daily conference fee for attendance on days other than the day that includes his/her presentation.

The Conference Committee is currently planning space for 10-12 papers to be selected for presentation from among the abstracts submitted. Abstracts will be graded by an independent review committee composed of DEQ staff and/or industry environmental professionals. No outside attorneys or consultants will be on the abstract review committee. Papers will be selected based on quality, interest level and timeliness of topic and appropriateness for the target conference audience.

Industry, consultants, and attorneys are all encouraged to submit abstracts. This message is being sent to the LA Section members who have e-mail addresses on file with Headquarters, so feel free to forward the Call for Abstracts to others who might be interested.

If your abstract is selected for presentation, you will be notified and will receive further information about the requirements for the presentation, including the use of the A&WMA style guide and the September 30th final deadline for submission of complete and final presentations. Abstracts should be submitted below. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your abstract is received. If you have any questions about the call for papers or online submission issues, please contact Allyson Morales, Conference Chair.

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