Environmental issues will be the focus of the Industries of the Future-West Virginia Symposium 2000 Dec. 12-13 in the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

The meeting will include a presentation on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys environmental incentive programs and a panel discussion featuring officials from the EPA and West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection.

Edwin L. Mongan, DuPonts global manager of environmental stewardship, will give the keynote speech Dec. 13 on Value Versus Footprint The Journey to Sustainable Growth.

“Environmental issues are something that a lot of the participating manufacturing companies are concerned about,”said Carl Irwin, event coordinator and director of market enhancement and program development at WVUs National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

The selection of Mongan as keynote speaker underscores the symposiums environmental theme because DuPont has made a commitment to eliminating emissions from its manufacturing operations, Dr. Irwin said.

The symposium will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 with a workshop on state IOF programs, followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and short presentations on the EPA environmental incentive programs and other topics from 12:30-4:30 p.m. The days activities will conclude with a reception at 5 and breakout sessions among participating industries at 6:15.

Activities will resume the next day with an opening ceremony at 8:15 a.m. The days agenda will include Mongans speech at 9 a.m., breakout session reports from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lunch at 12:30 with Gov. Cecil Underwood in attendance and the panel discussion on environmental issues from 2:15-4. The symposium will conclude at 5 after a discussion of goals and strategies.

Industries of the Future-West Virginia is a state version of a national program developed through the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Industrial Technologies. Its role is to stimulate projects, partnerships and programs that increase energy efficiency, reduce and use waste materials, and improve productivity in energy-intensive industries.

The state program is a partnership involving WVU , OIT, the West Virginia Development Office and state industry groups. Seven state industries participate in the program: aluminum, steel, metal casting, glass, forest/wood products, chemicals/polymers and mining.