Environmental Division

As a member of the Environmental Division of SME, you have access to professional networking and leadership opportunities with peers who share your career objectives.

The Environmental Division of SME provides a means for cooperation and communication among professionals in the minerals industry engaged in all aspects of the physical environment as they relate to the mining industry, including:

  • Promotes safe and environmentally sound mining practices,

  • Provides a forum for the exchange of technical information, publishing technical papers, organizing technical meetings and programs, and

  • Encourages and promotes education on any subject related to these phases of the mining industry.

Environmental Division Annual Luncheon & Silent Auction

This event is a fantastic opportunity for division members to network while supporting the Environmental Division scholarships.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

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Environmental Division Bylaws
Environmental Division Handbook
Environmental Division Brochure
Environmental Division Operating Guidelines
Environmental Division Conference Manual

Environmental Division Meeting Minutes

2021 Environmental Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2019 Environmental Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2018 Environmental Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2017 Environmental Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2016 Environmental Division Annual Meeting Minutes

Student Poster Contest

Students have the opportunity to show off their work and a chance to put cash in their pockets to further their education.

Environmental Division Committees

The Environmental Division Benefactor Award is administered by the SME Environmental Division Executive Committee.

Name Position Start End
Lisa N. Gonzales Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Jen Pepe Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Annelia Tinklenberg Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Andrea K. Martin Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Omar A. Smith Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Carol Kiser SME Staff 03/01/2021 02/28/2050

The Committee shall review the nominations for the Environmental Division Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Name Position Start End
Lisa N. Gonzales Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Andrea K. Martin Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Jen Pepe Member 03/01/2020 02/28/2024
Annelia Tinklenberg Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2025
Amar Patel Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2027
Omar A. Smith Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2026
Carol Kiser SME Staff 03/01/2021 02/28/2050

The Committee shall have oversight of all activities within the Environmental Division.

Name Position Start End
Lisa N. Gonzales Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Jen Pepe Vice Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Andrea K. Martin Past Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Omar A. Smith Program Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Amar Patel Program Planning Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Annelia Tinklenberg Secretary 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Ms Jackie Dorr, IV SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

The Membership Committee encourages interest and membership in EVD.

Name Position Start End
Lisa N. Gonzales Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Trika Graham Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Jeff Keller Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Nina Astillero Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Ms Jackie Dorr, IV SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

The chief responsibility of the Environmental Division Nominating & Planning Committee is to fill vacant positions on Division and SME committees as needed.

Name Position Start End
Andrea K. Martin Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Dr. Virginia T. McLemore Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Jen Pepe Member 03/01/2020 02/28/2024
Lisa N. Gonzales Member 03/01/2020 02/28/2023
Liane T S George Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
Omar A. Smith Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2023
Annelia Tinklenberg Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2025
Amar Patel Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2026
Ms Jackie Dorr, IV SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

The Committee shall review all applications for the EVD Scholarship and select the recipient(s).

Name Position Start End
Liane T S George Chair 03/01/2021 02/28/2023
Mrs Genevieve M. Sutton Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2023
Kathryn Brantingham, RG Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
James F. Renner, PG Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
James Mullen Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Irene Montero Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Carol Kiser SME Staff 03/01/2021 02/28/2050

The Joint Standing Committee provides linkage between the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative Metal Mining Sector and the SME Environmental Division. The Chair and Co-Chair shall also serve as EVD representatives on the ADTI-MMS Steering Committee and as session Chair and Co-Chair for the current ADTI-MMS Program Committee. The Co-Chair also serves on the Program Planning Committee and advances through the Chair and Past Chair positions. The Past Chair advises the SME ED Nominating and Planning Committee on nominations for representatives.

Name Position Start End
Denise Levitan, PG, PHD Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Larry Williams Co-Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Dr. Rens B. Verburg Past Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Ms Jackie Dorr, IV SME Staff 10/07/2015 02/28/2025

The Committee shall review the nominations for the SME/AIME Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award and select the recipient.

Name Position Start End
Jen Pepe Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2023
Annelia Tinklenberg Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2023
Andrea K. Martin Member 03/01/2018 02/28/2023
Lisa N. Gonzales Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
Omar A. Smith Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2026
Amar Patel Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2026
Carol Kiser SME Staff 03/01/2021 02/28/2050

Environmental Division Awards

Environmental Division Benefactor Award

Environmental Division’s Benefactor Award was established in 2014 to recognize companies or individuals who have significantly contributed to the Silent Auction to benefit the Environmental Division Scholarship Fund.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Environmental Division Distinguished Service Award

The Environmental Division Distinguished Service Award, established in 2001, recognizes members who have significantly contributed to the workings of SME and the Environmental Division and have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and accomplishment.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award

The Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award was established by AIME in 1970 to recognize significant contributions to environmental conservation by addition to knowledge; by the design or invention of useful equipment of procedure; or by outstanding service to governmental or private organizations devoted to any field of environmental conservation. In 2011, AIME transitioned this award to SME.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Environmental Division Scholarships

ENV Div & Veolia Water Technologies Scholarship

Environmental Division Scholarship applicants may be considered for a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Veolia Water Technologies (Veolia). To be considered for the Veolia Scholarship, applicants must submit a short essay (approximately 250 words) explaining why water is an essential part of the mining process. To submit an anonymous recommendation letter for a student, please email it to scholarships@smenet.org with the student's first and last name and the scholarship name as the file name.

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.