27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference begins

26 June 2013

Guam EPA marked the opening day of the 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference.

The conference is coordinated every two years and hosted in an American Territory in the Pacific. The last time the conference was hosted in Guam was in 2005.

The three-day PIEC began today at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. It is happening at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon. The theme of the conference is, “Reduce. Balance. Enhance.”

“This conferece brings together environmental managers from around the Pacific together to talk about what works, what can be improved and how we can move forward as a region,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “Guam EPA’s staff have worked hard to put this conference together and we are very pleased to welcome more than 250 people at the PIEC this year.”

Guest speakers include Stanford Professor emertius Gil Masters, Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr, the Undersecretary for Operations of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources for the Philippines and Capt. William Marhoffer (ret.), the former Captain of the Port of Guam.

During the PIEC, Guam EPA’s office hours have been altered. The Agency will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 26 and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 27 and Friday June 28.

The conference book can be found online at Guam EPA’s Issuu account page.

For more information about the PIEC or to arrange an interview, call Guam EPA’s Public Information Officer Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 988-7582; or e-mail: tammyjoanderson.taft@epa.guam.gov.



Professor Gil Masters of Stanford University discusses alternative energy as the opening keynote speaker at the 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference. The PIEC started Wednesday, June 26 and continues through Friday, June 28.

Panelists discuss reducing waste and zero waste efforts around the Pacific during the 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference. From the left, John McCarroll, U.S. EPA Region 9 Pacific Islands Office, Mark Calvo, Governor’s Office, Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA Region 9 Administrator, Utu Abe Malae, Executive Director of American Samoa Power Authority, Chace Anderson, Vince President of GBB, and Mark de Bie, chair of the Materials Management Sub-Committee with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials.