Connecting Policy, Practice, Business,
Science & People

Since 1997, the Environmental Markets Conference continues to connect and convene each spring as it rotates around the U.S. serving as the powerful, independent, and balanced platform for improving resiliency and sustained environmental outcomes with economic and public benefit.

EMC has evolved and expanded its engagement across compliance, voluntary and resiliency drivers of private market mechanisms to protect, mitigate and restore our natural resources with increased transparency and accountability further supporting increased private investment in the environment.

Known as “the must attend event” for those involved in protecting, mitigating and restoring our natural resource assets such as fish, wildlife and species, water, wetlands, streams, water quality and quantity, carbon, biodiversity and related environmental markets, EMC is the new name of the of the National Mitigation & Environmental Markets / Mitigation Banking Conference, continuing its mission of connecting regulators and resource agencies, mitigation, restoration and offset providers, consumers/customers of offsets, mitigation and restoration, and investors to engage and share resources, best practices, and innovative approaches.

Join key decisionmakers and leaders within and across industry sectors, government agencies and tribal communities as we build scale to deliver sustainable environmental outcomes with economic and public benefit.

A Powerful Platform for Improving Resiliency and Sustainability through Productive Collaboration and Increased Investment

EMC is guided by a Steering Committee and Regional AdvisorS

Jody Bickel, Creekbank Associates
Kari Cohen, Nine Steps Consulting
Emily Coyner, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
Richard Darden, Federal Highway Administration
Jonas Epstein, U.S. Forest Service
Ben Guillon, Conservation Investment Management
Michael Hare, Resource Environmental Solutions
Travis Hemmen, Westervelt Ecological Services
Palmer Hough, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
George Kelly, Earth Recovery Partners
Michelle Mattson, Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Deborah Mead, Bureau of Land Management
Jason Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Nick Morgan, The Conservation Fund
Dave Olson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
George Platt, The Wetlandsbank™ Company, LLC
Adam Pugh, National Home Builders Association
Michael Ruth, Federal Highway Administration
Robert Spoth, Ecosystems Insurance Associates, LLC
Susan-Marie Stedman, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Gray Stevens, Sandy Creek Partners
David Urban, Ecosystem Investment Partners
Corrie Veenstra, Federal Railroad Administration
Shaun Vickers, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA
Regional Advisors
Sean Connolly, South Carolina Department of Transportation
Ikumi Doucette, Bureau of Land Management
Matt Gilbert, NAD, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
David Goerman, Jr., Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Greg Good, The Conservation Fund
Katherine (Kat) Kent, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
Steve Martin, Mitigation SME
Christine Mazzarella, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
David L. O’Brien, NOAA Fisheries Service
Kyle Shenk, The Conservation Fund


Founded by Judith Ferrell Taggart in Washington, D.C., JT&A, inc. has been connecting, convening and inspiring informed environmental outcomes with economic and public benefit since 1984.  EMC is part of a larger global environmental markets initiative that includes education and outreach at the lay audience level through JT&A’s popular EnviroScape® outreach and education model series in use worldwide. Learn more about JT&A.

Judith Ferrell Taggart Founder of JT&A, inc, and EMC

Judy led with a balanced approach to education and outreach, convened diverse stakeholders to connect and learn from each other, brought business and government together for the sustained good of the environment and economy.  She  mentored students and young professionals across geographic and cultural boundaries to be the best at their chosen career.

A journalist, editor and writer, college English teacher, entrepreneur and successful business owner, Judy was one of the primary editors of NEPA.  She also created the first outreach materials on nonpoint source for EPA, helped establish the first watershed conference, American Wetlands Month and Audubon’s America, the North American Lake Management Society and the Terrene Institute, and served as a delegate to the RAMSAR convention among other accomplishments, including the creation of the popular EnviroScape® models in use throughout the U.S. and worldwide.  

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