Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance

Alliance 2020 Compliance Assistance Seminars: UPDATE

The March 27th Pinal County Air Quality Permit and Environmental Management Compliance Assistance Seminar, which was postponed because of the COVID-19 health and safety precautions, will not be rescheduled for 2020. Tentatively, we hope to host this annual seminar in early Spring of 2021.

The Alliance Annual Fall Environmental Regulatory Compliance Assistance Seminar, typically held in October, has not yet been scheduled for this year. When we have more information it will be posted on this website. Thank you for your interest and support of the Alliance mentoring and educational seminars. Stay safe, and hope we see you all soon.

Environmental Compliance Assistance for Business and Industry Seminar

           The Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance hosted the second annual one-day Environmental Compliance Assistance for Business and Industry Seminar on October 29, 2019, at the Four Points by Sheraton South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.  Sixty-two registered attendees representing at least 43 organizations, including small and larger businesses and organizations in at least five Arizona counties, including Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Gila, and counties, heard presentations from both industry environmental experts and environmental regulatory agency representatives.


           The presentations included the following (below).  You can download the presentations by clicking on the links.           
Industrial Wastewater Treatment Technologies, Jake Davis, INTEL;
Corporate Responsibility -- Looking at EHS and Sustainability Issues Outside the Box, Matt Conway, PING;
Achieving ISO Certification / Implementation, Kale Walch, Hexcel;
Arizona Legislative Update, Amanda Reeve, Snell & Wilmer;
Air Quality Director's Updates / Maricopa County AQD, Phil McNeely, Director, Maricopa County Air Quality Department;
Air Quality Director's Updates / Pinal County AQCD, Mike Sundblom, Director, Pinal County AQ Control Department;
SUCCESS STORIES: Energy Conservation Examples in Industry, Steven Kessler, Director, Honeywell Aerospace;
SUCCESS STORIES: Water Conservation Examples in Industry, Steven R. Lewis, Jr., Manager, Global Facilities, ON Semiconductor;
Industrial Stormwater Permits: MSGP Changes Go Into Effect January 2020, Chris Henninger, Water Quality, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality;
Changes and Trends at US EPA, Mitchell Klein, Snell & Wilmer; 

Mike Denby, APS (Alliance Chair) opened the seminar with a welcome to attendees, and Dr. Nick Hild, ASU, provided closing remarks at the seminar end. Rob Barmett, Alliance Advisory Council, and Dr. Hild provided speaker introductions.

This seminar and other Alliance environmental seminars continue our series of mentoring and educational environmental compliance seminars. This seminar, and others like it, support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including protecting Arizona's environment through mentoring and educating Arizona small businesses and providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between environmental regulators and industry.

Number of registered attendees:  62
Facilities or organizations represented:  43
Arizona Counties Represented by Attendees:  5 
Number of Presentations: 10
Seminar Supporting Sponsors:  3 (JAD EHS; Jacobs; and SRM Group)

Alliance Archives -- a few selections

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"Green Arizona" Video Contest Highlights

"Be Green, Bring Color to AZ" by Devon Wilcox. Awarded an Honorable Mention and $50 Prize in the first Alliance "Green Arizona" contest.

AZ Senate Natural Resources Committee

Alliance Members promote environmental leadership, share knowledge, and are recognized for acheivement.


Record Attendance at the July AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar   Maricopa County AQ Dept and the Alliance co-hosted the second annual AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar for 88 registered attendees, representing 55 organizations, on July 14, 2015. Our thanks to the speakers, attendees, and Maricopa County AQ Department for their participation and work that made this a great success! "It's important for us to continue to offer this type of seminar to engage the community through innovative environmental compliance to further the mission of clean air for Maricopa County residents and visitors. The expertise and experience that the Alliance provided during the seminar was truly valued by the Department."–director philip McNeely, Maricopa County Air Quality Director


Alliance Archives Page Enhanced The Alliance Archives include articles, photos, and video records of some of our seminars, activities, presentations, significant documents, and a few of our Environmental Technical Tours. Browse through the collection of Archives in the drop-down menus under the "NEWS / Upcoming & Archives" heading (above on the links bar). Currently the Archives are divided into "2013 to Present" and "Pre-2013".


Alliance Business Leadership and Sustainability Legislative Forum The Alliance hosts forums with industry leaders, environmental regulators, and legislators to foster communication, sharing of ideas, and build towards our common goal to help protect and enhance Arizona's environment. The November 2011 Forum has been credited by Amanda Reeve as "the inspiration for, and substance of, legislation forming the Voluntary Environmental Steweardship Program" –Former AZ State Rep. Amanda Reeve, House Environment Committee Chair

Please explore our new website. You will find it divided into the following main categories:


Who we are

Learn ABOUT the unique Arizona public/private partnership formed to promote and recognize environmental leadership and enhance Arizona's environment. Meet our Member organizations and our Advisory Councilors and Member Representatives.

The "Alliance Profile"

A printable PDF summary and overview of the Alliance can be downloaded here (click on the image).



Learn about the benefits of MEMBERSHIP for Arizona's environment, as well as the benefits to your organization. Membership applicants must meet a high bar of environmental performance, but you may already demonstrate many of the required leadership characteristics.



Participate on an Alliance COMMITTEE or PROJECT. Share in our mentoring, educational, and leadership activities.


Current & Past

Read about CURRENT & PAST events and news announcements.


PP 01 Welcome

PP 02 Kale Walch "When your best laid plans..."

PP 03 Mike Denby, Emissioins Bank

PP 04 Anu Jain, Air Permitting Process and Improvements

PP 05 Bob Farrell, Air Inspections - Process & Common Issues

PP 06 Greg Stanley, Pinal County Economic Development

PP 08 Len Drago, VESP

PP 09 Mike Sundblom, New Projects

PP 10 Lauren Blazeck, Inspections

PP 11 Craig Grismore, Dust Permits