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KSC Continuing Education Co-Sponsors UNH Pollution Prevention Conference

KEENE, N.H. 9/8/04 - The Keene State College Continuing Education and Extended Studies Office is a co-sponsor of the 12th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Governor Craig Benson will deliver the conference welcome address at 8:30 a.m. in Holloway Commons on the UNH campus. Governor Benson along with N.H. Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Michael P. Nolin, will present the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Awards.

Experts at the conference will explain the latest strategies and advances in pollution prevention in conjunction with homeland security. This conference, which occurs during Pollution Prevention Week, will feature workshops on hazardous material team notification, integrated planning and prevention, auditing facility vulnerability, risk management and reduction, compliance issues, containment and communication, and more. Further information about the UNH Pollution Prevention Conference is available at or by calling 603-862-4234.

Keene State’s Extended Studies Coordinator Jeff Brown collaborated with UNH and other conference sponsors to schedule homeland security speakers for the conference. Brown arranged a session on the role of human resources in homeland security by Ann McArdle with the McArdle Group, Inc. in Manchester, who will discuss employment practices and laws that can reduce the threat of violence in the workplace and protect employees and businesses.

Brown was instrumental in organizing Keene State’s first and second annual New England Homeland Security Conferences in 2003 and 2004. Both conferences drew nearly 500 participants. He worked closely on the homeland security conferences with Dolores Price, manager of the Region I OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Manchester, which is administered by Keene State under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA and KSC co-sponsored both Homeland Security Conferences.

Currently, Brown is helping to coordinate efforts to bring Plymouth State University and Dartmouth College into a chemical database project underway at Keene State College. The database pinpoints the location and type of chemicals in campus buildings to assist emergency service personnel in dealing with hazards during an emergency. KSC safety studies faculty Melinda Treadwell is overseeing the chemical inventory project led by Chris Langille, a safety studies graduate assistant.

For further information about Keene State’s Continuing Education and Extended Studies programs, visit or call 603-358-2290 or 1-800-KSC-1909.

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