Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

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How to “Lean” New York's Environmental Processes
NYS DEC reforms focus of Business Council's 2014 Spring Environment Conference

ALBANY, N.Y.—Environmental leaders from businesses across New York will gather in late April at a daylong conference to exchange valuable perspectives on the implementation of today's environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This year's conference will focus on New York state's efforts to “Lean” government processes at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and ways these changes can, and will, affect the regulated community.

“It is an exciting time for New York, by using Lean improvement methods, our state will become a more attractive place to do business,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. “Removing inefficiencies in government, will dramatically improve the quality, transparency, and speed of their processes.”

The Business Council's 2014 Annual Spring Environment Conference will be held April 30, 2014 at the Hilton Albany in Albany, N.Y. Among the speakers featured are New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and Xerox Corporation's Chief Process Officer Gregory D. North.

Gregory D. North has been an expert speaker at premier process transformation symposiums. In his current position, North is responsible for working with each Services business and function to lead business process transformation by applying industry standards and Lean Six Sigma principles to common processes across the Xerox. In addition, he has been working with the State of New York to Lean government process.

“Lean” refers to a collection of principles and methods that focus on reducing “waste” in business and government processes to create a streamlined system of oversight. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Environmental Council of States (ECOS), supports environmental agencies using Lean and Six Sigma processes to design and implement better and faster processes to protect the environment and remove non-valued added process steps and activities that have built up over time.

Departmental experts will discuss what businesses need to know on the latest trends in process and permitting reforms, and how proposed permitting reforms will affect businesses now and into the future. The discussions will focus on the administration of water withdrawal permits, hearings and mediation, and RCRA. Additionally, regional DEC directors will discuss best practices for applicants. Furthermore, a panel will review the latest happenings in the effort to extend New York State's Brownfield incentives.

The event is sponsored by Behan Communications, Inc.; Groundwater Sciences Corporation; Harris Beach, PLLC, International Paper, The West Firm, PLLC, and Young/Sommer LLC. Exhibiting at the event will be Colden Corporation. Find more information on how to sponsor or exhibit at the 2014 Spring Environment Conference here.

To register for the event, also visit www.bcnys.org.