9:45 AM – Opening Introductions – ACEC/MO Co-Chairs

9:50-10:50 AM – The Future of Alternative Energy in Missouri  Moderator: Craig Redmon, Director of the MDNR Division of Energy

  • Scott Wibbenmeyer, Senior Director, Renewable Business Development, AmerenUE
  • Jon Dolan – Executive Director, Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association. Jon Dolan became Executive Director of the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association in late July 2022. He represents industry providers, stakeholders and organizations which have come together through MOSEIA to promote the use and benefits of solar energy. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association, legislative and regulatory advocacy, communications, and the broad range of member training and events such as the annual Solar Summit.
  • James Owen – Executive Director, RenewMO. James Owen was named Executive Director of Renew Missouri in 2017. In that role, James works to ensure the organization’s mission of making Missouri a leading state in clean energy is realized through policy advocacy and formulation, litigation, public education, and general outreach such as lobbying and social media. He also serves as an expert witness before the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).

10:50-11:00 AM – Break 

11:00-12:00 AM – The Road Ahead: Electrifying Transportation – Moderator: TBD

  • Maurice K. Muia – Climate Advisor, City of St. Louis. Maurice spent almost a decade of his career in transmission substation design, working for companies such as Ameren, City Utilities, and Abengoa. Most recently, he worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council as the inaugural Climate Advisor for the City of St. Louis. Muia holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He also earned his Master of Science in Sustainability from Saint Louis University. He has been featured in USA Today, St. Louis Public Radio, The Saint Louis American, The Saint Louis Business Journal, and many other top-tier publications for his insightful contributions to the climate economy. Maurice Muia serves on City Council in Richmond Heights, Missouri, which was named the Best Place to live in the State of Missouri and the Sixth Best Place to live in the United States of America.
  • Electrification program (Speaker TBD)
  • Elizabeth Prestwood – Policy and Innovation Manager, MoDOT

12:10-1:00 PM – Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Dru Buntin, Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Dru served as Deputy Director for the department from 2009 to 2012, and again in 2017. Dru is the former Executive Director of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, where he served for four years. Since rejoining the department in 2017, Dru has led the agency on important river-related issues, including drought relief and flood recovery. He was also instrumental in leading the department's Red Tape Reduction efforts, which reduced the regulatory burden on Missouri businesses and citizens. Dru earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

1:10-2:20 PM – PFAS: Challenges on the Horizon – Moderator- Kyra Moore, Director of MDNR Environmental Quality

  • Todd Phillips – PFAS Coordinator, EPA Region 7
  • Chris Wieberg – Director of MDNR Water Protection Program - Chris Wieberg has worked for the Department of Natural Resources since 2004, and the Water Protection Program in various capacities since 2013. Chris was appointed director of the Water Protection Program effective Aug. 1, 2017. Chris began his career with the department as a Soil and Water District Coordinator followed by unit chief with the Wellhead Protection Section prior to joining the Water Protection Program. Chris graduated from Lincoln University and holds a degree in agriculture. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and raising cattle on his family farm in Maries County.
  • Emerging technology for PFAS treatment – Fred Slack, DOD Cleanup

2:20-2:30 PM – Break

2:30-3:15 pm  ACEC/MO Environmental Committee Meeting (The Committee will convene for discussion and feedback on the Environmental/Energy Conference, receive briefings from the Air and Water program, and will have open discussion. This meeting open to anyone who wants to participate.)


To register for ACEC/MO's Environmental & Energy Conference, CLICK HERE. The early-bird deadline to register Thursday, April 7, 2023.


The meeting will be held at the MDNR East Elm Street Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.  Open location in Google Maps.