Organizing the National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory Program
The Toxics Release Inventory program tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. U.S. facilities must publicly report annually how much of each chemical they release to the environment and/or manage through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment.
The National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities is the main public outreach and training event for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) TRI program. The audience is a diverse group from federal and state government, the academic world, and community groups, and the program must cater to a variety of information needs.
Abt Associates provides full logistical support for this conference, held every other year. Independently, a number of Abt staff typically give presentations at the conference, which shows how Abt effectively blends its subject matter expertise and its logistical support capabilities.
TRI Conference At-A-Glance
Abt has logistically supported the last three National Training Conferences on the Toxics Release Inventory. For this event, held every other year, we support:
- A review of 75-100 abstracts for talks, posters, or exhibits;
- Attendance by 250-350 representatives from federal/state/local government, tribal organizations, academia, and communities;
- Speakers for 25 sessions with 45 presentations; and
- A display of 15-25 posters and 10-20 exhibits.
For this conference Abt:
- Coordinates supports the planning team as it develops the theme, agenda, and sessions;
- Develops marketing, networking, and outreach strategies for the conference;
- Identifies and negotiates for meeting, exhibit, and guest room spaces at an area hotel;
- Secures AV equipment and other vendors, as needed; and
- Develops meeting materials; and provides on-site support.
- In addition, we arrange to webcast select conference sessions and also provide videos – with closed captions – for posting to EPA’s YouTube Channel.