Annual Training

The 2024 National SBEAP Annual Training was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 12-14, 2024. More than 60 participants from across the country attended, representing various state SBEAPs, SBOs and EPA. Many thanks to Crystal Warren and Donovan Grimwood of Tennessee for their leadership. The agenda with linked presentations is below.

Speaker Bios

Monday, March 11: Planning the Route

NSC Strategy Session - Conference Center rotunda

Tuesday, March 12: Laying down the Track

Opening Remarks
Janet McCabe, EPA Deputy Administrator

Welcome to Tennessee
David Salyers, P.E., P.G., TDEC Commissioner

In the Roundhouse: Updates from EPA
ASBO Updates (PDF) - Paula Hoag (EPA)
OAQPS Updates (PDF) - Hillary Ward (EPA)

EPA EJ Enforcement Initiatives and EPA’s Small Business Compliance and Audit Policies
Larry Lamberth (EPA) and Chad Harsh (EPA), Paula Hoag (EPA), Moderator

States’ Compliance Initiative and Self-Disclosure Policy
Lisa Ashenbrenner-Hunt (WI), Jacob Larson (KS), Donovan Grimwood (TN)

History of Chattanooga Air
J. Wayne Cropp, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Laying Down the Tracks: Regional to Local Environmental Justice Spurs
Dr. Ronné Adkins, TDEC, Rachael Maitland, TDEC,
Resource for Assistance & Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ) (PDF) - Dr. Chunrong Jia
EPA Brownfields & Environmental Justice (PDF) - Nichole Rodgers, EPA Region 4 Brownfields & Redevelopment Section
Lisa Ashenbrenner-Hunt (WI), Moderator

Open discussion: Where do State SBEAPs fit in with EJ?
Lisa Ashenbrenner-Hunt (WI) and Donovan Grimwood (TN), Moderators

SBEAP Jeopardy: Learning the ins and outs of the program
Belinda Breidenbach (ID)

Overview of TN Sustainable Spirits Initiative
Caleb Powell (TN)

State Gift Exchange
Donovan Grimwood (TN) and Belinda Breidenbach (ID)

Wednesday, March 13: Building up Steam

Website Update
Kansas State University team, EPA ASBO Team

National Steering Committee Update and Subcommittee Meet & Greet
Donovan Grimwood (TN), Subcommittee Chairs

US EPA's Compliance Assistance Centers (PDF)
George Cushnie, CAI Resources, Inc.

SBEAP/SBO National Awards
Donovan Grimwood (TN), Moderator

PFAS and AERR Updates (PDF)
Michael Liebert, All4, Inc.

Overcoming Grant Writing Obstacles (PDF)
Education subcommittee

Full Steam Ahead: Rapid Fire Tech Talks
6H Updates - Tony Pendola (NC)
Solvent Alternative Testing (PDF) - Cris Brazil (KS)
Overview of Colorado’s Small Business Assistance Program Projects (PDF) - Jarrett Vigil (CO) and Jesse Walters (CO)

Storytelling for Grant seekers: How to tell your story so you get the grant (PDF)
Belinda Breidenbach (ID)

Thursday, March 14: Going off the Rails

We do A-mazing Work. How do we tell that story?
Promotion & Metrics Subcommittees
Customer Service Survey (PDF) - Ohio SBEAP 

Developing an SOP: How to build a legacy and keep the SBEAP in your state

Ask the G.O.A.T.
Jennifer Feyerherm (WI), Moderator

High Weather Impacts Across the Nation
Krissy Hurley, National Weather Service – Nashville

Chattanooga Brownfields Bus Tour
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Division of Remediation staff