PNWIS Annual Conference

PNWIS’s signature event is the annual conference. The conference is hosted each year by one of our eight local chapters in an exciting Pacific Northwest location. Recent conferences have been held in Juneau, Alaska (2016), Skamania resort in southwest Washington (2015), and downtown Spokane, WA (2014).  The conference is typically attended by 200 – 300 persons, representing a wide range of environmental professions. PNWIS hosts a number of special events at the conference to appeal to students and young professionals. At a PNWIS conference you will have the opportunity to attend technical sessions covering a variety of topics including air quality, water quality, waste management, sustainable development, green buildings, and many others. A number of networking and social events occur during the conference: join in our annual Fun Run, meet new environmental professionals at our YP social, attend a hosted tour, or show off your dance moves at the Gala! You are also invited to watch student groups compete in the Environmental Challenge, held each year during the conference.

Interested in learning more about the student Environmental Challenge? Click here to visit the EC page!

The 57th PNWIS conference will be held November 1-3, 2017 in Boise, Idaho.  The conference website is now live: click here! 

Call for Exhibitors – 2017 


2017 Environmental Challenge

Call for award nominations


Upcoming Conferences:

2017 Nov. 1-3, Riverside Hotel & Conference Center, Boise, Idaho

2018 Nov. 7-9, Vancouver Island Conference Center, Nanaimo, British Columbia


Past Conferences:

2016 Oct. 5-7,  Centennial Hall, Juneau, Alaska (link to summary page)

2015 Nov. 3-6, Skamania Lodge Resort, Columbia River Gorge, Washington (link to summary page)

2014 Oct. 27-29, Davenport Hotel and Conference Center, Spokane, Washington

2013 Victoria, BC

2012 Portland, OR

For earlier conferences, refer to the summary in the PNWIS Awards History below:


PNWIS Awards History through 2016
2016 Award Recipients

PNWIS Annual Conference Planning Guide