Helping the international community 

adopt and maintain environmentally sound & sustainable practices

Questions? Please contact Conference Coordinator:

Brenna Lockwood, AEHS Foundation



The first West Coast Conference on Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils and Groundwater, held in Newport Beach, CA, February of 1990, was a relatively small affair with thirty platform presentations and no poster session. Despite its small size, it was a huge success. The tremendous interest in hydrocarbon contamination on the West Coast prompted the annual continuation of the conference. Over twenty-five years later, the conference continues to be a success. At the most recent conference there were over one hundred platform presentations, forty five poster presentations, twelve workshops and forty six exhibitors.

The first three conferences focused primarily on issues related to hydrocarbon-contaminated soil and groundwater. However, by the fourth conference, the organizers felt it was important to recognize the diverse nature of soil and groundwater contaminants and expanded the conference coverage to include all types of soil and groundwater contamination. To emphasize this change in focus, the term "hydrocarbon" was removed from the conference title. In 1999, the conference title changed again. The new title, the West Coast Conference on Contaminated Soils, Sediments and Water, reflected how the scope of the conference was expanding to include all types of water contamination issues and not just those related to groundwater. In 2003 the title changed once again, removing the word "Contaminated." This change again maximized the breadth of relevant topics, such as pollution prevention and monitoring. Finally, in 2011 the conference title changed once again to its present title, "...International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air."

The conference is intended to provide a common ground for the presentation and debate of important information related to soil, water, and air contamination. As such, the success of the conference relies, in part, on bringing together a diverse group of environmental professionals representing the broad spectrum of involved professions, including academia, industry, consulting, engineering and regulatory agencies. We invite you to view the conference attendee profile for a look at the typical breakdown of attendees.

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) plays an important role in guiding conference development. Advisory board members assist in this process in many ways, including evaluating abstracts; proposing/sponsoring special sessions; providing potential session topics, moderators, presenters, and workshops; and by helping to identify means to effectively promote the conference.