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BEPA Conference Coming in May

BEPA, NEPA, and Beacon Programs are pleased to announce our first annual environmental conference in Birmingham this May! More details soon… save the date: May 2, 2017!



Our Meeting Location: Niki’s West

[Please see our calendar for meeting dates.]

niki-4NIKI’S WEST has been serving the greater Birmingham, Ala., area since 1957. Owners, Pete and Teddy Hontzas, are second generation owners who took over the business from their father, the late Gus P. Hontzas. With humble, new beginnings of an extensive menu with very delicious food, Niki’s West is truly Birmingham’s unique restaurant, serving high quality meals with great service.
Enjoy a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Socialize with friends and meet new acquaintances, all while enjoying delicious, old fashioned southern food at affordable prices. Please take a moment to check out their Seafood Menu, their Steak Menu,as well as their Breakfast Menu. (BEPA members are treated to a complimentary breakfast buffet at our meetings.) Be sure to stop by and see Niki’s for a home-cooked meal. We are sure you will find all of your favorites!

niki_logoLocation and Contact Information

233 Finley Ave. West
Birmingham, AL 35204
PHONE: 205-252-5751
FAX: 205-252-8163
6 a.m.-9 p.m.


Our Next Meeting

bhate_logoOur second meeting of 2017 will be Friday, February 3rd, 7 am at Niki’s West Restaurant, Birmingham, Alabama. This meeting is sponsored by Bhate Environment & Infrastructure.


6:50 AM – 7:00 AM    Networking Tips & Tricks

Make the most of your BEPA networking time.  Join this informal gathering at 6:50 AM for suggestions and strategies to maximize your networking opportunities with the BEPA group.

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM    NETWORKING

Join your fellow environmental professionals for spirited fellowship and networking prior to breakfast.

7:30 AM – 7:45 AM                 BREAKFAST – Buffet Style

7:45 AM – 7:55 AM    INTRODUCTION of our February Breakfast Sponsor:

Johnny Roberts & Louis Montgomery (Bhate Environment & Infrastructure)

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM                 PROGRAM

Presented by: James Coker – Director, Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA)

Presentation title:  The Jefferson County EMA – Partners in the Community

Program Summary:  Jim’s presentation will cover the partnerships that have been developed since September 2014.  The JCEMA was previously very inward focused; it is now very outward focused.  The JCEMA has new partnerships with their cities, the public safety departments, and other aspects of the community.  Jim will also speak about how the JCEMA is using the County-wide notification system, which is a partnership with the City of Birmingham 911 District.

8:30 AM                                  UPDATES / ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Alan Truitt (Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP)

Roald Hazelhoff (Southern Environmental Center)


* Please RSVP only if you plan on attending the meeting as we pay for the full number of RSVP’s submitted to the restaurant. 

* Remember Networking Tips & Tricks at 6:50 AM, Feb 3rd.

* Remember to sign in so that we can track your attendance.


Tamara Wright, John Milledge and Alan Truitt

2016 Annual Picnic at Turkey Creek

The 2016 annual BEPA Picnic — a fun outing for the entire family — was held on Saturday, August 6th at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.

tcnp-20-1-of-1About Turkey Creek Nature Preserve:

Located in Pinson, Alabama, only 15 miles north of Birmingham, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve’s 466-acre’s are home some of the most stunning and unique beauty found anywhere in the Southeast. TCNP was established through a partnership between Alabama’s Forever Wild Program and the Freshwater Land Trust and is co-managed by the Southern Environmental Center (SEC). In late 2008, an agreement was reached with the SEC to setup an environmental education center at the entrance to the preserve. The SEC opened this facility on May 9, 2009 and provides school groups, scout troops, and others with hands-on educational programming.

Admission to Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is always FREE, but maintaining it is NOT! Please visit their support page to learn how you can help keep TCNP open.

img_logoMany thanks to Mike McCown and the crew at PPM Consultants, who provided lunch!