About the Alaska Forum on the Environment 

The Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE) is a statewide gathering of environmental professionals from government agencies, non-profit and for-profit businesses, community leaders, Alaskan youth, conservationists, biologists, and community elders. The diversity of attendees sets this conference apart from any other. The 2018 event was our 20th year providing a strong educational foundation for all Alaskans and a unique opportunity to interact with others on environmental issues and challenges.  It was held the week of February 12-16, 2018.

As many as 1,800 people attend AFE each year at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska to learn more about the environment and meet other Alaskans that work in the environmental field or are interested in the environment. The Planning Committee includes representatives from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of the Interior, US Forest Service, CH2M Hill, University of Alaska, ConocoPhillips, and many others. 

The Forum provides an opportunity for State, local, Federal, military, private, and Native leaders and professionals to come together and discuss the latest projects, processes, and issues that affect us here in Alaska.

The main Forum sessions will be Monday through Thursday. Friday of the Forum supports more focused sessions on topics that may take a full comprehensive day.

What does Alaska Forum on the Environment offer?

AFE offers a broad range of plenary sessions with nationally recognized keynote speakers. There are over 100 technical training sessions which are organized by subjects including: climate change, emergency response, marine debris, environmental regulations, fish and wildlife populations, rural issues, energy, military issues, business issues, pollution prevention, contaminants, and others. In the past five years, AFE has offered technical sessions on a diversity of environmental issues such as energy issues, alternative energy sources for rural villages, subsistence activities, biological studies, bioterrorism, effects of climate change, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, military environmental restoration, and tribal and federal government-to-government policies.