December 5-7, 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Justification Tool Kit

The education you will receive at CLEAN GULF is extremely beneficial, though you may need to validate to management your reasons for wanting to attend.  In order to help with with the approval process, CLEAN GULF has compiled this conference justification toolkit.

Sample Letter to Management
Sample Letter To Management_Justification Tool Kit
Download a Sample Trip Report

Several helpful items to get approval to attend CLEAN GULF can be found in this justification toolkit, including a customized Sample Letter to Management

It is important that you show management the value of attending the CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition.  We recommend you highlight the sessions you will attend, the companies you will visit in the exhibit hall, and the continuing education credits you will earn.  

Here are a few ideas to include when compiling your request of attendance:

Conference Materials:  Offer to share lessons-learned with your co-workers.  Bring home your conference materials and share your experience with your team.

Conference Sessions:  Hightlight the conference sessions most applicable to your job.  Bring the highlighted program to management to reinforce the value your attendance will bring to your company.  

Speaker Line-up:  CLEAN GULF attracts key stakeholders to speak.   You will have direct access to these industry experts since Information sharing, question-answer sessions and networking are a vital part of the CLEAN GULF expereince.

Networking Opportunities:  Interact with a group of responders, regulators, equipment providers, operators and environmental groups who share your same goals.  Contacts you make through networking can be invaluable once you return to work.  The contacts you make at CLEAN GULF can provide insight in future endeavors at work for years to come. 

Attendee Certification: Customized certificates are available to verify conference attendance and session participation.  These certificates may be included in personnel files to show training/education completion.  

Exhibitor Line-Up:  Between conference sessions, the education continues on the exhibit floor.  Exhibitors are there to learn about your day-to-day challenges and discuss solutions.  Bring back potential solutions to management that can help your company's role in spill preparedness and response. 

Cost-Saving Features:  We understand that spending up to three days away from your job can be expensive, so we've worked to bring you savings wherever possible.

  • Group Discounts: If more than one person from you company is interested in attending, contact Jill Dean to set up a group plan.  You can, for example, send a team of five for the price of sending three.  
  • Hotel Discount:  CLEAN GULF has secured discounted hotel rates for its attendees.  Visit our Hotel & Travel page to learn more.  
  • Airline Discount:  CLEAN GULF has secured discounts on airfire with United Airlines.  Visit our Hotel & Travel page to learn more. 

Sample Trip Report: Create a trip report after the conference. This report should discuss the sessions you have attended and how you will apply those concepts to your job. Once your supervisor sees how much you have learned during the week and how it can be applied in your facility, they will be more likely to send you to a conference again. Click here for a sample trip report that may be used when presenting your request.

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