17th Annual EPAZ Conference


March 24 - 25, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton

2100 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282


The EPAZ Conference is a great opportunity to learn the latest regulatory updates related to Air, Soil, Water and Waste as well as share industry specific information and network among your peers.  Expected topics on our program will include regulatory & technical updates for industry, municipalities and medical facilities as it relates to AIR, WASTE & WATER, NEPA/ESA, EMERGENCY RESPONSE, EPCRA & OSHA/H&S and more. 



Thursday, March 24, 2022

12:00 PM

Environmental Litigation: A Tale 50 Years Litigating and Erin Brokovich, Steven L. Hoch, Clark Hill

Mr. Hoch has seen the development of environmental litigation change for almost 50 years.  He has litigated many cases, has dealt with all of California’s environmental agencies and the EPA.  Mr. Hoch has also been involved in many transactional matters dealing with environmental issues.  A prolific author on environmental issues and frequent speaker at both regional and national events, he brings both a serious and sometimes humorous side to his practice.


Friday, March 25, 2022

8:00 AM

Martha Guzman, EPA Region 9 Administrator

Martha Guzman was sworn in as EPA Regional Administrator for the nation’s Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) on December 20, 2021. In this role she is leading EPA efforts to protect public health and the environment for the region spanning Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the U.S. Pacific Islands territories, and 148 Tribal Nations. Her focus is on advancing Administrator Regan’s and President Biden’s priorities in the areas of climate change, environmental justice and restoring scientific integrity, and more broadly achieving progress in making the air, land and water cleaner and safer for the residents of the Pacific Southwest. Notable in a region with a significant Hispanic/Latino population, she is the first Latina to serve as Regional Administrator.


Friday, March 25, 2022

8:00 AM

Misael Cabrera, PE, Director, Arizona Dept of Environmental Quality

Misael Cabrera was appointed as the Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) by Governor Douglas Ducey in 2015, after joining the agency in 2011 as Deputy Director.  As Director of ADEQ, Cabrera promotes regulatory efficiency and is committed to effective partnerships to benefit all Arizonans.  Before joining ADEQ, Cabrera held a variety of technical and leadership roles at several environmental and engineering firms.  Cabrera currently serves as the ECOS Innovation and Productivity Committee Chair.  A registered professional engineer, Cabrera has more than two decades of experience in the environmental field.


Friday, March 25, 2022

12:00 PM

Ten Biggest Surprises from my Experience as the Acting EPA Deputy Administrator, Henry R. Darwin, Gallagher & Kennedy

Henry Darwin, former Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and COO for the State of Arizona, shares the most surprising and challenging issues he encountered while serving as the COO and Acting Deputy Administrator for EPA for over three years.  Henry will cover the operational, budgetary, and policy-driven differences between leading ADEQ and the EPA.  He will also share some insights regarding the sharing of environmental protection responsibilities between the states and the federal government, especially as they relate to EPA priorities like Environmental Justice and Climate Change. 


  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director & Division Directors
  • State, County & Indian Community  Air Quality Directors


Continue building relationships from over the years, while also meeting new colleagues and bridging new partnerships at our annual conference networking reception.  The reception sponsored by Geosyntec Consultants will be held on the patio, featuring live entertainment on Thursday, March 24, 2022.


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EPAZ is hosting a student poster competition and selected posters will be on display and judged during the conference.  The deadline to submit a topic summary and poster outline was January 21, 2022.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st Place, 2nd Place and People’s Choice posters.


Encouraging students who have invested their future in the environment, EPAZ awards over $8,000 each year to graduate and undergraduate students in environmental programs in Arizona.  The deadline to submit an application was January 9, 2022 and the recipients will be announced at the conference. 


The DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe Conference Center is located on the Southwest corner of Broadway & Priest and is easily accessible from the I-10 Freeway.  A block of hotel rooms are available at $179/night plus tax, but must be reserved by February 26, 2022.  Please use this link to make your reservations. 


The registration fee includes the conference, meals, reception, conference materials & certificate of attendance.  Save $50 if you register before the Early-Bird Deadline of March 11, 2022.  Register online below.

Member Rate - Full Conference - $275
Non-Member Rates - Full Conference - $375


 Conference Chairperson:

Disha Gadre

(480) 740-0204


Are you interested in registering as a Sponsor or Exhibitor?  Learn more Here!