Call for Presentations & Posters

The 2023 Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) presents the annual gathering of food and beverage industry environmental professionals, their environmental consultants and vendors, and the academic community to share environmental engineering knowledge and experience. There are no published conference proceedings and no sales pitches so that the presentations, posters and subsequent discussions can be more candid and enlightening. Presentations are delivered in a single-track, general session format to allow the greatest participation possible. Posters receive maximum interaction and exposure during scheduled networking sessions.

Poster Session

Chair: Jane Kettler, Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Co-Chair: Domagoj Gotovac, Woodard & Curran


The Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) Poster Session, held both Monday and Wednesday evenings of the conference, provides a socially-conducive forum for presentations of a broad array of technical subjects to conference attendees. Lively, informal interaction between presenters and attendees should promote mutual learning and help in developing professional contacts.

A poster is a presentation that conveys a technical topic, with the authors present to guide the viewer and answer questions. Posters can be traditional documents mounted on freestanding bulletin boards or can be information displayed via alternative media. Posters work best when they address a specific situation and are divided into sections such as problem definition, goals, activities undertaken and results. Graphical material such as diagrams, photograms and charts can aid in effective communication.

All poster proposals will initially be accepted by the poster session chair and co- chair. A Technical Review Committee will review final poster submittals for accuracy and applicability. Additional guidelines will be provided to accepted posters.

Posters are welcome that address the theme or any of the session topics of this year’s conference. Suggested topics are:

  • Innovative Technologies
  • Air Pollution Strategies
  • Leveraging Information Technology
  • Globalization Impact
  • Water Reuse
  • Public/Private Partnerships

This year there are two poster categories. When submitting the abstract, please note the appropriate category:

  1. Project Poster – Poster must be approved for presentation by the food and beverage processor. Attendance by that processor at the poster session is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.
  2. Innovative Solutions Poster – Posters in this category do not require a food and beverage processor. This poster will present a new technical solution that the industry could benefit from. It can address current or new problems on the horizon.

Presentation & Poster Proposal Form


Below is a list of the session topics. The presentations should focus on actual case examples from the food and beverage industry. We encourage examples of successes, failures, and lessons learned. NOTE: The Lead presenter MUST be from a food or beverage company or from academia. Presentation guidelines will be issued for all presentations that are accepted.

We look forward to your participation in this valuable and worthwhile food and beverage industry event. If you have questions please reach out to Matt Gabris, FBEC 2023 Conference Chair at Submissions must be completed through the online form. No submissions will be accepted via email.

Presentation & Poster Proposal Form

Session Subjects

  1. Energy Sourcing and Management – reduction, peak demand and zero carbon
  2. Air Quality – Odors, Criteria pollutants, HAPs, Carbon and Form R
  3. Regulatory Updates/Hot Topics – ODS new rules
  4. Enforcement and Compliance Horror Stories – consent decrees and surprise
  5. Refrigerants – Ammonia, Freon and Cryogenics
  6. Environmental Management: Using EMIS leading indicators for Environmental Execution & Strategy
  7. Supply Chain & Sustainable Agriculture
  8. Business Continuity & Risk Management – What did Covid teach us? Are you ready for a crisis?
  9. Storm Water – The journey to “no Exposure”
  10. Food Waste upcycle and reuse – Animal feeds, composting and energy production.
  11. Wastewater Big Companies and Small Companies – mass based permitting? Beyond the grease trap…
  12. Hazardous/Regulated Waste – Taming RCRA at your facilities: Liquid industrial waste (non-haz)(high strength waste). You still have Federal (not California) HW? Why?
  13. Process Optimization/Efficiencies & Cost Reductions – How Continuous improvement eliminates the risk
  14. Ad-hoc Session: EHS Recruitment/Development/Retention – org structures and hybrid duties
  15. Ad-hoc Session: Air (Advanced) meeting new NOx requirements, VOC mngmt for bakers, odors for meats and confectionary
  16. Ad-hoc Session: Wastewater (Advanced)
    1. TMDLs, mixing zone decision making, toxicity, getting below IU standards
    2. Phosphorous, nitrates and chlorides oh my? What parameters are giving you a headache? Source reduction exercises vs. treatment options. Winning hearts and minds inside the plant.
  17. Ad-hoc Session: Financial Planning (Fundamentals of Planning, Creative Financing, etc.) – CapEx vs. lease. Op cost vs. Depreciation/ amortization. Consultant vs. direct hire.
  18. Ad-hoc Session: Sustainability (Climate Change Impacts for Future Planning, Compliance, Planning Tools, Cost of Carbon, etc.)