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Short recap of the California CUPA Forum Training Conference for 2017.Posted: 2017-03-11 12:27:56
Quick overview of the CUPA 2016 Training Conference.Posted: 2017-03-09 15:00:54
The 19th Annual California Unified Program Training Conference was held February 6-9, 2017 at the Sheraton Resort and Marina in San Diego and was our highest attended conference, 1933 attendees.
Our Training Conference provides professional training in subjects related to enhancing Unified Program implementation and to improve consistency and coordination between the 82 CUPAs and 32 participating agencies (PAs) throughout California. This Conference isn't possible without the support and participation of our State Agency Partners, Cal-EPA, Cal-OES, State Fire Marshall, DTSC and the SWRCB.
In addition, thanks to all of the sponsors and vendors who helped make this the most successful Conference to date.
This award program is intended to highlight exceptional achievement by Unified Program Agencies, Participating Agencies and individuals.
Outstanding Certified Unified Program Agency-
Sacramento Environmental Management Department
Outstanding Innovation or Related Unified Program Project-
San Luis Obispo County/Aaron LaBarre for TCE Water well Investigation & Well Owners Guidance
Outstanding CUPA Individual-
Terry Carrier, Orange County Environmental Health
John Misleh, San Diego CUPA
Outstanding Federal/State Unified Program Agency-
Cory Hootman, California State Water Resources Control Board
Outstanding Industry / Trade Association-
UC Risk and Safety Solutions for eWaste and Chemical Inventory tools on University of California campuses
By: Chelsea Alexandra Schafer
The California Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Forum Board, in association with the California Environmental Protection Agency, held its 19th Annual Unified Program Conference on February 6-9, 2017 at the Sheraton in San Diego.
The CUPA Forum is a statewide association of CUPAs and Participating Agencies that implement a Unified Environmental Program across California.
The CUPA Forum is organized into four regions, working cooperatively with State agencies to ensure safety regulations. CalEPA and the CAL Boards, Departments, and Offices comprise the Unified Program Administration and Advisory Group (UPAAG), a management level group that works on policy level issues and long-range environmental planning. The Annual Conference allowed the chance for students, faculty, and professionals to come together for a week of trainings and networking opportunities. Topics discussed included groundwater contamination, environmental toxicology, pharmaceutical issues, pollution prevention, Haz-Waste treatment options, new and emerging technology, and emergency preparedness.
The CUPA Forum offers several scholarship opportunities to full time Californian college students. In addition, the CUPA Forum offers a free student day pass to attend the annual conference for one day to experience training for hazardous materials professionals throughout California. Students interested in applying for one of the four scholarships are required to prepare a poster board that presents a research project on a subject related to the environmental and hazardous materials field. It is a wonderful experience to be among over 1,200 environmental professionals with the chance to learn about what it takes to be a part of a dynamic field of Environmental Health, Hazardous Material and Waste Management.
This years showcased student project was by Amanda Pinski, regarding, Concerns About GMO Crops on Environmental Stability, Biodiversity, and Health. Pinskis research focuses on the threats to environmental stability and biodiversity that genetically modified crops play. GMO crops have come to dominate industrial agriculture worldwide, resulting in increased genetic homogenization among crops and neighboring wild plants. The rapid evolution of resistant pests is causing farmers to return to conventional methods of pest control and to increase use of highly toxic pesticides to prevent crop failure. The burden of pollution, decreased genetic diversity, and the physical destruction of the environmental landscape and dynamics of the ecosystem designates GMO crops as hazardous and detrimental to the health of environment and organisms despite the advantages in increased productivity in the agricultural industry.