2017 Agenda

2017 Program


2017 Speaker Bios

Speaker Photograph Speaker Name Speaker Bio
Mitch Jackson
Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Sustainabiity, FedEx
Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Sustainabiity, FedEx Mr. Jackson develops the sustainability strategy and vision to ensure that FedEx minimizes its environmental footprint while still delivering outstanding customer service. He also provides the environmental sustainability perspective on larger projects and initiatives so that FedEx keeps its eco-advantage. Jackson spearheaded the implementation of hybrid-electric vehicles for FedEx, launching commercial hybrids in the marketplace. In conjunction with the FedEx Government Affairs department, he was instrumental in successfully pushing legislation for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards in commercial trucking.
Lee Matthews
Manager Sustainability & Climate, TVA
Matthews attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, performed graduate studies at North Carolina State University, performed post graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Business leader with a 25-year track record of accomplishments in the energy, design and business industries. Various roles engaged in providing strategic advice for enterprisewide projects and initiatives. Currently responsible for governing the oversight of agency-wide sustainable and climate performance. Also a facilitator for TVA federal advisory committees, and other stakeholder and customer groups. Executive Steering Committee member for EPRI. Author of Knowledge Driven Profit Improvement. Special
Toks Omishakin
Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Environment and Planning Tennessee Department of Transportation
In October of 2011, Toks Omishakin was appointed Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Environment and Planning at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). In this position, he leads TDOT’s continued success in establishing environmental and transportation planning, policy, and the performance necessary to make it one of the best DOT’s in the country. He is responsible for the bureau’s administrative and project budget that exceeds $250 million annually. He leads the activities of the divisions of Environment, LongRange Planning, and Multimodal Transportation Resources. In 2014, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner. Prior to joining TDOT, he served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Office of Mayor - Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee. There he led efforts to develop a Complete Streets policy for Nashville and helped established a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design for the city. He also spearheaded the creation of two Bicycle Sharing programs (Nashville BCycle and Nashville Green Bikes) for Metro Nashville. He was the Mayor’s liaison to several council’s and boards appointed to improve the built environment, transportation and overall livability of the city. Mr. Omishakin has been a speaker and presenter at several national and international conferences and his work has been published in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine and profiled in The Wall Street Journal, HBO Documentaries and Newsweek magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors for America Walks and the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. He is also an active member of the American Planning Association, Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) with concentrations in transportation planning and urban design from Jackson State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.
Bob Martineau TDEC Commissioner Robert “Bob” Martineau was selected seventh Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011. Martineau’s intellect, drive, commitment and affinity for Tennessee are evident in his work as Commissioner. He leads TDEC with a resultsfocused approach emphasizing outstanding customer service, outreach and proactive education, and effective partnerships to strengthen environmental protection in Tennessee. His environmental leadership at TDEC has been recognized at the national level as he was elected by his peers as President for the Environmental Council of the States, the national association of state environmental officers. This is the first time a head of TDEC has been elected to any top leadership post at ECOS. As a respected voice, he has testified before Congress, sharing the states’ perspective on emerging environmental issues like modernizing the Clean Air Act, regulation of coal ash, and the balance of responsibilities between states and federal government in environmental management. Commissioner Martineau has spent more than 30 years as an attorney in the field of environmental law. This includes seven years of service in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. (1988-1994) and 16 years as a partner in private practice at the Waller law firm in Nashville where he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA for his expertise in environmental law. In private practice, Martineau helped clients, including business and local government, anticipate issues proactively, navigate permit processes, solve problems and establish effective environmental management programs. He was co-editor of American Bar Association’s The Clean Air Act Handbook and has authored a variety of substantive articles on critical environmental topics. He also co-authored a newly published book “Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules.” In October 2014, he was also recognized by his peers in the environmental law world when he was named a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Martineau is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and a former council member of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and also active in the community, currently serving on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Commissioner Martineau earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University (Minnesota). He enjoys an occasional round of golf at any of the Tennessee State Parks’ golf courses, sharing his popular “Where to Eat in Nashville” guide and entertaining friends and family with his wife, Pamela Eddy.

EPA Region IV Superfund Division

David Andrews

Liberty Fibers Site (Asbestos & Criminal Activity)

TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Crystal Applewhite

New Air Permitting Options for Small Business

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Michelle J. Baker

Former Hoover Quarry Geothermal Installation

TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Stan Boyd

Tennessee Division of Underground Storage Tanks Update

TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Tisha Calabrese-Benton

Tennessee Division of Water Resources Update

TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation

Vaughn Cassidy

TN Materials Marketplace


LaTanya Channel

How to Fund Your Project for Municipalities

TN Department of Health

Jack Cochran

Emergency Response Coordinator

Public Health Response to Gatlinburg Wildfire

TN Drought/Fire in the Smokies

Chris Cunningham

TN Emergency MGMT. Agency

Tennessee Department of Health

Zoe Durand

Tennessee Prescription Drug Overdose Program

TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Pat Flood

Tennessee Division of Solid Waste Management Update

LDA Engineering, Inc.

Richard Jason Foster

Organizing for Success in Green Infrastructure Implementation

Tn Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Donovan Grimwood

New air Permitting Options for Small Business


Keith Harris

Cooling Water Intake Structure Case Study

Green Interfaith Network , Inc.

Ted Jackson

Choices for Churches: Cash, Creation Care and Climate

TN Department of Environment and Conservation

Tyler Jeffrey

External Affairs Director

TN Drought/Fire in the Smokies

TN Emergency MGMT. Agency

Chris Johnson

TN Drought / Fire in the Smokies

TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Jimmy Johnston

Deputy Director

Tennessee Division of Air Pollution Control Update

Deputy Director: Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division

Carol Kemker

USEPA Region IV Air Quality Update

Tennessee Valley Authority

Patrick Kiser

Boone Dam Hydrogeologic Model and Project Update

Green Interfaith Network, Inc.

Carol Landis

Choices for Churches: Cash, Creation Care and Climate

Johnson City Brewing Company

Eric Latham

Sustainability in the Craft Beer Industry

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Jim Lehman

Bridgestone Environmental Story and Best Practices

TN Drought / Fire in the Smokies

Sevier County Solid Waste Director

Tom Leonard

Tn Dept. of Environment & Conservation

Vincent Leray

TN Materials Marketplace

LDA Engineering, Inc.

Stephanie Livingston

Organizing for Success in Green Infrastructure Implementation

TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Paula Middlebrooks

Jackson Kayak – A Case Study of Successful Brownfield Development

Tennessee Department of Health

Susan Miller

Tennessee Prescription Drug Overdose Program

Rural Development

Charles R. Morris

How to Fund Your Project for Municipalities

Eastman Chemical Company

Sharon Nolen

Resource Productivity – It’s Only Natural


Engineers Without Borders

Kristin Porter

Implementing Safe Drinking Water Projects in Peru



Ken Rea

How to Fund Your Project for Muncipalities


Shelby County Health Dept.

Larry J. Smith

Reducing Exposure to Airborne Chemical Toxics


Eastman Chemical Company

Randy Waymire

Better Data, Better Products, Better Business


Waters of the US & Clean Water Act Update

Justin Wong