Call for Program Participation

Participate in the program at the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference’s 21st year in Louisville, Kentucky!

Submission Period is July – October 1, 2017

For those who missed the October 1, deadline, please email any submission information directly to

We’re seeking more developed panels in 2018, as well as individual presentations and specialized workshops.

The Conference seeks panels and presentations on topics of policy, practice, trends, emerging markets and emerging legal issues directly related to stream & wetland mitigation banking, conservation banking, and the ecosystem banking industry.

Choose from different styles or suggest your own —

  • Panels – fully developed idea for a panel of experts on the subject matter (also see Case Studies)
  • Traditional Single & Joint Presentations – single or joint presentation
  • Case Studies – (Panel or Single Presentation) – in-depth presentation on subject matter
  • Workshop Style – great opportunity for more technically-oriented and how-to sessions from one or more hours*
  • Poster Presentations – Poster presentations are educational, informative and non-commercial by design. Onsite posters will be provided a specific time for presenting their poster in the exhibit area and will gain additional exposure on the mobile APP and online planner before, during and after the event. Can be displayed online and onsite or just online.
  • Alternative Style (Group Discussion, Roundtables, Speed Discussions, Ask the Experts or suggest another) – specific or hot-topic relevant to the conversation and ecosystem banking industry.

*for those looking to sponsor a workshop or are uncertain whether sponsored or not, please submit through this online portal and decisions will be made as we develop the program from this Call for Program Participation.

Submissions should come from experienced experienced regulators, mitigation and conservation bankers, customers, users and buyers of bank credits and mitigation options, investors, local, state, federal governments, environmental organizations, consultants, engineers, academia and others who have experience in the expanding mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking industry.

Other Criteria:
• Speaker(s) should have direct experience in the subject matter
• Direct relevance to the mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking industry
• Project/Bank should be established and in progress

What information do you need to complete the submission?
• Preferred Style (from above)
• Speaker(s) and/or Moderator/Facilitator(s) name, title, contact information and brief bio.
• Description of what you are proposing and its relevance to this industry
Complete submissions help in the review process.

TOPICS to consider (you are welcome to suggest your own):

  • Conservation, Wildlife & Habitat/Species Banking – Mitigation for species at risk of ESA listing or a candidate for ESA listing; Fresh Water Mussels, Bats, Darters, other species; Habitat Exchanges, HCPs; other
  • Stream, Wetland & Conservation Banking – Challenges to Joint 404/Conservation Banking/Stream Banking; Mitigation Banking and HCPs; other
  • Global Banking – International trends in policy and markets, transboundary practices – how shared landscapes and watersheds are being managed
  • Policy, Legislative & Legal Issues and Developments (a conversation with the new Administration, Emerging Legal Issues (a session for lawyers), State and Local Mitigation State and Local Mitigation Efforts; how are they fitting with Federal Policy)
  • Efforts to Streamline the Permitting Process – Compare RFPs for Full Delivery vs Banking; What makes a good RFP and strong process; updates on trends
  • Compliance Tracking & Performance Standards – for Banks, ILF, others; Ecological effectiveness of mitigation banks and ILFs
  • Comparison of Different Approaches to Offsets – Water Quality Trading, Greenhouse Gas Emission Market, Stacking of Credits (multiple, bundling & multi-purpose), coordinating compensation
  • Mixed-Use Banks – How crediting and entitlement works for mixed-use banks (wetland/NRD)
  • Lessons & Successes
    • Failed Banks – Lessons Learned (technical & other aspects of why)
    • Successful Banks – Examples of Successful Banks & Why
    • Buyer/User Examples – walk through criteria & approaches to buying
    • In Lieu Fee, Mitigation Options
  • Emerging Markets (NRDA, carbon, nutrient, water quality, stormwater & related markets, other)
  • Science, Research, Technology & Tools – Wetland Functional Assessment for credit determination, remote data sensing, monitoring and compliance, studies demonstrating ecological peformance, and more
  • Investing & Finance (mergers, acquisitions, finance; joint ventures, conservation finance; for landowners, investors, bankers, appraisers)
  • Agriculture & Banking, Tools for Land Management
  • Banking on Public and Trust Lands
  • Urban Mitigation Banking
  • Ecotone Areas and Banking
  • Making Partnerships Work
  • Long-Term Stewardship & Financial Assurances
  • Business of Banking (Advanced or Beginner – and for the Banker, Regulator and/or User). (Beyond the 101 Basic of Banking Workshop offered on Tuesday) Tax Treatment of Credits, Partnership Structures, Establishing Endowments; Sales, Marketing & Credit Strategies; Site Selection Adaptive Management Techniques; Financial assurances; Site Protection Instruments, Human Resources, Reserve Credits/Accounts, Ledger Auditing, other suggestions
  • An example of a case study panel would be How a Mitigation Bank Came to Be – Land Owner, Bank Owner, Environmental/permitting consultant, Legal Counsel, Permitting Agency Representive who permitted the project. (why the land owner decided that a mitigation bank was the correct choice for his/her property and the different challenges and decisions they faced as they moved through the permitting process)

What’s involved in being part of the Program? Click here for more info on presenting

When Will I Be Notified of Acceptance? Submitters will be notified by December 10, 2017.

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