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2020 Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar Announced

Written by Andrew Corselli
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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the 2020 Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar (vRRES)—a virtual event on Oct. 27 and 28 featuring two half-days of technical presentations.

The sessions run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT each day, and the topics include:

  • Compliance and Permitting
  • Ecological Protection and Conservation
  • Energy, Emissions and Air Quality
  • Environmental Data Collection and Applications
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Response
  • Remediation
  • Risk and Liability Management
  • Stormwater and Wastewater 
  • Sustainability, Climate Resilience and Engagement

There will also be five professional development hours, and sessions will be available for viewing for one month after the seminar. More information can be found here. For registration, there is no charge for non-PDHs and a $50 charge for PDHs. More information on registration and becoming a sponsor can be found here.  

“After consultation with a number of stakeholders, we have decided for the safety of our attendees and conference staff to switch to a virtual event for Fall 2020,” the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said. “Our sincere thanks to all for completing our survey about the best way to proceed with the RREC this year. After reviewing the results of that, and in consultation with the AAR Environmental Affairs Committee and the RREC Planning Committee, we have developed a plan for an abbreviated virtual event. It will feature two half-days of technical presentations that we are calling the Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar.

“We are committed to our mission of serving and supporting the advancement of the railroad environmental community.”

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