Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda

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General: $995




Tuesday | March 21, 2017

Tuesday | March 21, 2017

Dress Code: Business Attire

3:30PM
5:30PM

Opening Reception on Capitol Hill

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with Members of Congress and Congressional Staffers.

Directions to HC-5:
Enter the U.S. Capitol through the south entrance (on the Independence Avenue side) and go through security. Immediately to your right is the appointments desk where you will show ID and check in. Proceed straight down the same long statue-lined corridor and up a ramp to the Crypt, passing a bust of Winston Churchill on your right. The Crypt is a large round room with columns throughout it and statues along the edges (and probably filled with tour groups). Take the left exit out of the Crypt and down a flight of steps, past a sign that says “no tours past this point”. At the bottom of the staircase take the second left and follow that hallway around several turns until you see the sign for HC-5.




3:30PM 5:30PM

Opening Reception on Capitol Hill

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with Members of Congress and Congressional Staffers.

Directions to HC-5:
Enter the U.S. Capitol through the south entrance (on the Independence Avenue side) and go through security. Immediately to your right is the appointments desk where you will show ID and check in. Proceed straight down the same long statue-lined corridor and up a ramp to the Crypt, passing a bust of Winston Churchill on your right. The Crypt is a large round room with columns throughout it and statues along the edges (and probably filled with tour groups). Take the left exit out of the Crypt and down a flight of steps, past a sign that says “no tours past this point”. At the bottom of the staircase take the second left and follow that hallway around several turns until you see the sign for HC-5.






Wednesday | March 22, 2017

Wednesday | March 22, 2017

Dress Code: Business Casual

8:00AM

Networking Breakfast


8:00AM

Networking Breakfast


9:00AM
9:10AM

Welcome Remarks

Evolution of the Ecological Restoration Market

  • Don Ross, President, NMBA
  • Sara Johnson, Executive Director, NMBA

9:00AM 9:10AM

Welcome Remarks

Evolution of the Ecological Restoration Market

  • Don Ross, President, NMBA
  • Sara Johnson, Executive Director, NMBA

9:10AM
10:00AM

A Private Sector Solution to a Public Problem

The Investment Thesis and Business Case Behind Ecological Restoration

The ecological restoration industry was recently assessed at $25 billion per year in total economic output and is prime for increased investment. Private capital, such as private pension funds (valued at $21 trillion), is available to fuel to the industry’s growth and subsequent restoration outputs that provide a public good and support job creation. With these numbers in mind, hear from investors at private equity funds and operating companies on why large institutional investors continue to deploy capital in the restoration industry. This panel will explore the cost benefits of achieving restoration in the private versus public sector, policies that would incentivize private investors to further invest in the industry, and current impediments and variables affecting prices and efficiency of the credit marketplace.


  • Elliott Bouillion, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions
  • Nick Dilks, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners
  • Mark Canavan, Senior Portfolio Manager, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
  • Gray Stevens, Managing Partner, Sandy Creek Partners, LLC

9:10AM 10:00AM

A Private Sector Solution to a Public Problem

The Investment Thesis and Business Case Behind Ecological Restoration

The ecological restoration industry was recently assessed at $25 billion per year in total economic output and is prime for increased investment. Private capital, such as private pension funds (valued at $21 trillion), is available to fuel to the industry’s growth and subsequent restoration outputs that provide a public good and support job creation. With these numbers in mind, hear from investors at private equity funds and operating companies on why large institutional investors continue to deploy capital in the restoration industry. This panel will explore the cost benefits of achieving restoration in the private versus public sector, policies that would incentivize private investors to further invest in the industry, and current impediments and variables affecting prices and efficiency of the credit marketplace.


  • Elliott Bouillion, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resource Environmental Solutions
  • Nick Dilks, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners
  • Mark Canavan, Senior Portfolio Manager, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
  • Gray Stevens, Managing Partner, Sandy Creek Partners, LLC

10:00AM
10:55AM

Cutting Permit Time in Half: Part 1

Case Studies in Expediting Infrastructure Through Mitigation Banking

Infrastructure is at the forefront of the current political agenda. Mitigation banks cut permit times in half for infrastructure projects. In this panel session, hear from multiple users of mitigation banks on how mitigation banks help fast track public and private infrastructure project schedules. This discussion will also include reflections on specific project case studies and opportunities for improvement on permitting future infrastructure projects.


  • Adam Davis, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners - MODERATOR
  • Mike Ruth, Ecologist, Federal Highway Administration
  • Marjorie Kirby, State Environmental Programs Administrator and SWAT Coordinator, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Deirdre Duncan, Environmental Attorney, Hunton & Williams
  • John Paul Woodley Jr., Principal, Advantus Strategies

10:00AM 10:55AM

Cutting Permit Time in Half: Part 1

Case Studies in Expediting Infrastructure Through Mitigation Banking

Infrastructure is at the forefront of the current political agenda. Mitigation banks cut permit times in half for infrastructure projects. In this panel session, hear from multiple users of mitigation banks on how mitigation banks help fast track public and private infrastructure project schedules. This discussion will also include reflections on specific project case studies and opportunities for improvement on permitting future infrastructure projects.


  • Adam Davis, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners - MODERATOR
  • Mike Ruth, Ecologist, Federal Highway Administration
  • Marjorie Kirby, State Environmental Programs Administrator and SWAT Coordinator, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Deirdre Duncan, Environmental Attorney, Hunton & Williams
  • John Paul Woodley Jr., Principal, Advantus Strategies

10:55AM
11:15AM

Networking Morning Break

Located in the Governor's Room

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments and the chance to connect with your fellow attendees.


10:55AM 11:15AM

Networking Morning Break

Located in the Governor's Room

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments and the chance to connect with your fellow attendees.


11:15AM
11:45AM

The Wins of WIIN

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act in Review

A new WRDA bill passed late last year with changes to the preference for mitigation banks in USACE civil works projects, a requirement to consider in-kind credits, and the introduction of a new restoration concept, “environmental banking.” Join us for a discussion with Congressman Graves, who was instrumental in drafting WRDA's mitigation banking related provisions and is the new Chairman of the House Committee overseeing the USACE. This conversation will focus on the intent behind environmental banks, how mitigation banking may fit in this new marketplace, and the outlook for USACE’s guidance on considering all credits available during a project lifespan.


  • Donald Ross, President, National Mitigation Banking Association - MODERATOR
  • Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment

11:15AM 11:45AM

The Wins of WIIN

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act in Review

A new WRDA bill passed late last year with changes to the preference for mitigation banks in USACE civil works projects, a requirement to consider in-kind credits, and the introduction of a new restoration concept, “environmental banking.” Join us for a discussion with Congressman Graves, who was instrumental in drafting WRDA's mitigation banking related provisions and is the new Chairman of the House Committee overseeing the USACE. This conversation will focus on the intent behind environmental banks, how mitigation banking may fit in this new marketplace, and the outlook for USACE’s guidance on considering all credits available during a project lifespan.


  • Donald Ross, President, National Mitigation Banking Association - MODERATOR
  • Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment

11:45AM
12:15PM

Cutting Permit Time in Half: Part 2

The Role of Mitigation Banking in Infrastructure Reform

Join us for a thoughtful discussion with perspectives from a former White House Center for Environmental Quality Associate Director and former Majority Senior Water Resources Policy Advisor for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. This moderated session will focus on the potential for a Republican Congress to pass infrastructure permitting reform and recommendations for further expediting the permitting process via interagency coordination, all to the benefit of mitigation bankers and, most importantly, private and public developers.


  • Adam Davis, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners - MODERATOR
  • Timothy D. Male, former Associate Director for Conservation, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Charles Brittingham, Senior Vice President, Cassidy & Associates

11:45AM 12:15PM

Cutting Permit Time in Half: Part 2

The Role of Mitigation Banking in Infrastructure Reform

Join us for a thoughtful discussion with perspectives from a former White House Center for Environmental Quality Associate Director and former Majority Senior Water Resources Policy Advisor for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. This moderated session will focus on the potential for a Republican Congress to pass infrastructure permitting reform and recommendations for further expediting the permitting process via interagency coordination, all to the benefit of mitigation bankers and, most importantly, private and public developers.


  • Adam Davis, Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners - MODERATOR
  • Timothy D. Male, former Associate Director for Conservation, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Charles Brittingham, Senior Vice President, Cassidy & Associates

12:15PM
1:00PM

Keynote Speaker - HOW WE CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

How Mitigation Can Improve the Economy and Protect the Environment

Join Ken Mehlman for a discussion on opportunities to enhance mitigation policy -- accelerating the permitting process, improving environmental outcomes and creating jobs. Discuss strategies for strategically engaging policymakers and communicating with stakeholders. Ken Mehlman currently serves as Member and Global Head of Public Affairs at KKR -- overseeing the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr. Mehlman also leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign as well as in high level positions in Congress and the White House.


  • Seth Ginther, Executive Vice President Officer, NMBA - MODERATOR
  • Ken Mehlman, Member and Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

12:15PM 1:00PM

Keynote Speaker - HOW WE CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

How Mitigation Can Improve the Economy and Protect the Environment

Join Ken Mehlman for a discussion on opportunities to enhance mitigation policy -- accelerating the permitting process, improving environmental outcomes and creating jobs. Discuss strategies for strategically engaging policymakers and communicating with stakeholders. Ken Mehlman currently serves as Member and Global Head of Public Affairs at KKR -- overseeing the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr. Mehlman also leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign as well as in high level positions in Congress and the White House.


  • Seth Ginther, Executive Vice President Officer, NMBA - MODERATOR
  • Ken Mehlman, Member and Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

1:00PM
2:15PM

Networking Lunch

Located in the Governor's Room


1:00PM 2:15PM

Networking Lunch

Located in the Governor's Room


2:15PM
3:00PM

New Opportunities for Efficient Restoration

NRDAR and Case Studies

Mitigation banks are in the ecosystem backyard of NRDAR sites across the country and present an efficient and effective offset option for many NRDAR site restoration plans. Recent guidance provides a framework for NRDAR trustees to consider banks as a restoration alternative. Hear from representatives currently working on NRDAR cases that utilize mitigation banks and get their perspective on areas for improvement and the potential to replicate success at other project sites. This segment will also include insight from agency officials on the intent behind NRDAR guidance and an outlook for improving mitigation credits and NRDAR restoration efforts’ compatibility.


  • Richelle N. Moore, Acting Deputy General Counsel, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
  • Bobby Proutt, Manager and General Counsel, Falling Springs, LLC
  • Doug Lashley, CEO and Founder, GreenVest, LLC
  • Peter Dykstra, Environmental Attorney, Plauché & Carr LLP

2:15PM 3:00PM

New Opportunities for Efficient Restoration

NRDAR and Case Studies

Mitigation banks are in the ecosystem backyard of NRDAR sites across the country and present an efficient and effective offset option for many NRDAR site restoration plans. Recent guidance provides a framework for NRDAR trustees to consider banks as a restoration alternative. Hear from representatives currently working on NRDAR cases that utilize mitigation banks and get their perspective on areas for improvement and the potential to replicate success at other project sites. This segment will also include insight from agency officials on the intent behind NRDAR guidance and an outlook for improving mitigation credits and NRDAR restoration efforts’ compatibility.


  • Richelle N. Moore, Acting Deputy General Counsel, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
  • Bobby Proutt, Manager and General Counsel, Falling Springs, LLC
  • Doug Lashley, CEO and Founder, GreenVest, LLC
  • Peter Dykstra, Environmental Attorney, Plauché & Carr LLP

3:00PM
3:30PM

Networking Afternoon Break

Located in the Governor's Room

Enjoy coffee and conversation with your fellow attendees.


3:00PM 3:30PM

Networking Afternoon Break

Located in the Governor's Room

Enjoy coffee and conversation with your fellow attendees.


3:30PM
4:30PM

ESA Advancements

Review of the FWS Compensatory Mitigation Policy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued their final ESA Compensatory Mitigation Policy, the Service’s first comprehensive treatment of compensatory mitigation under the ESA, just before the new year. Listen to a moderated conversation amongst ESA legal experts and species bankers affected by the policy as they review the importance of landscape level planning and the need for consistency and equivalency in implementation of mitigation standards to effectively achieve quality conservation.


  • Randy Wilgis, Chief Solutions Officer, Resource Environment Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Craig Aubrey, Chief, Division of Environmental Review, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Steven Quarles, Environmental Attorney, Nossaman
  • Parker Moore, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Bob Dreher, Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs, Defenders of Wildlife

3:30PM 4:30PM

ESA Advancements

Review of the FWS Compensatory Mitigation Policy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued their final ESA Compensatory Mitigation Policy, the Service’s first comprehensive treatment of compensatory mitigation under the ESA, just before the new year. Listen to a moderated conversation amongst ESA legal experts and species bankers affected by the policy as they review the importance of landscape level planning and the need for consistency and equivalency in implementation of mitigation standards to effectively achieve quality conservation.


  • Randy Wilgis, Chief Solutions Officer, Resource Environment Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Craig Aubrey, Chief, Division of Environmental Review, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Steven Quarles, Environmental Attorney, Nossaman
  • Parker Moore, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Bob Dreher, Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs, Defenders of Wildlife

4:30PM
5:15PM

Ecological Restoration Policy Outlook

2017 and Beyond

Get an update on the outlook and predictions for policy initiatives from senior Congressional staff as we enter a new year and the start of a new political administration. Just a few of the questions that will be explored include: What will Congress’ agenda look like for infrastructure and natural resources issues? What are the potential legislative opportunities with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House? What are the issues that resonate with both mitigation bankers and members of Congress? How does the new political environment affect Capitol Hill and the Administration working together?


  • George Kelly, Chief Markets Operator, Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Heidi Hansen, Counsel, Majority Staff Senate Energy and Natural Resources
  • Melanie Stansbury, Professional Staff Member, Minority Staff, Senate Energy and Natural Resources

4:30PM 5:15PM

Ecological Restoration Policy Outlook

2017 and Beyond

Get an update on the outlook and predictions for policy initiatives from senior Congressional staff as we enter a new year and the start of a new political administration. Just a few of the questions that will be explored include: What will Congress’ agenda look like for infrastructure and natural resources issues? What are the potential legislative opportunities with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House? What are the issues that resonate with both mitigation bankers and members of Congress? How does the new political environment affect Capitol Hill and the Administration working together?


  • George Kelly, Chief Markets Operator, Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC - MODERATOR
  • Heidi Hansen, Counsel, Majority Staff Senate Energy and Natural Resources
  • Melanie Stansbury, Professional Staff Member, Minority Staff, Senate Energy and Natural Resources

5:15PM

Closing Remarks


5:15PM

Closing Remarks