Upcoming Events 

Past Events

Weekend Wine Down with A&WMA

IN PERSON EVENT

The Winery at Bull Run

Centreville, VA

Sunday August 28, 2022

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hosted by Chesapeake Chapter

We’re excited to host our first in-person event in a very long time on August 28 at The Winery at Bull Run. Catch up with fellow chapter members while enjoying a glass of wine (or your other beverage of choice) and entertainment by local musicians. We’ll be meeting at 2PM in the covered patio area of the winery. The chapter will provide snacks; drinks are on you. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to cathek1@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!

JUNE LUNCHEON - CHARACTERIZATION AND QUANTIFICATION OF PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES IN LANDFILL GAS AND ESTIMATE ESMISSION FROM US LANDFILLS

HYBRID EVENT

 

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Hosted by RTP Chapter

Dr. Florentino de la Cruz received a B.S. and M.S. (minor in Environmental Science) in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. Dr. de la Cruz completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at NC State with a minor in Forest Biomaterials. Dr. de la Cruz is currently a Research Scientist at the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at NC State University. The primary focus of Dr. De la Cruz’s research is Environmental Chemistry and he has expertise in the Solid Waste Management domain. He has conducted research to understand the chemical and biological processes in solid waste treatment and disposal systems. His research interests include understanding the interaction of solid waste management systems such as landfills with natural and other engineered systems by exploring impacts on soil, air, and water quality. On a fundamental level, his research focuses on compound-level characterization of a large subset of chemicals found in leachate and landfill gas which has overarching implications for human health from exposure from contaminated water and air emissions

MAY LUNCHEON - STRATEGIES FOR DECARBONIZING TRANSPORTATION

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by RTP Chapter

Chris Porter is a Principal of Cambridge Systematics with 25 years of experience in air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis, transportation and land use, economic development, transportation equity, and performance measurement. His recent work has mainly focused on strategic planning, research, and evaluation studies for GHG reduction measures for Federal, State, and local agencies. He is currently supporting GHG forecasting, strategy analysis, and policy development for state transportation agencies in Colorado and Virginia, as well as leading a national research study on considering GHG and climate change effects in environmental documentation.

APRIL LUNCHEON - MEET OUR A&WMA RTP ACE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, April 19

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by the RTP Chapter 

We heard presentations from our A&WMA - RTP ACE Scholarship recipients and had the opportunity to meet our rising environmental professionals. 

  • Qian Luo (NCSU): Reducing Power Sector Emissions in China for Climate and Public Health Benefits with Economic Dispatch

  • Sailaja Eluri (NCSU): Procedure to Quantify Variability in Air Pollution Infiltration Factors for a Selected Pollutant and Selected Homes 

URBAN INFILL BROWNFIELDS REDEVELOPMENT TRENDS

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, March 15

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by the RTP Chapter 

Learn the latest on Brownfields redevelopment trends both at the North Carolina and Federal level. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the Brownfields redevelopment process and associated regulatory requirements to support safe reuse of contaminated properties. Now that a number of the easier less-contaminated properties have been purchased and redeveloped, a trend toward redevelopment of technically challenging urban infill sites has emerged including landfills and highly contaminated sites. These sites have been dormant and underutilized for years, have raised safety concerns and have impacted local communities. Learn how these properties are redeveloped to be protective of human health and the environment and to support economic growth. Case studies will be used to highlight the Brownfields redevelopment process, including how cleanup strategies and technical approaches are developed and implemented to promote safe reuse of Brownfields sites and the regulatory requirements behind the process.

Jeffs Bio

 

Jeff Tyburski joined Geosyntec’s Raleigh, North Carolina office in August of 2019 as a Principal Geologist. Jeff has over 34 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. Through his career he has worked on a variety of public and private sector projects. He specializes in developing technically defensible and cost effective solutions for environmental assessments to identify and evaluate releases of subsurface contamination and the risk they present to human health and the environment. He is well versed in developing corrective action strategies to manage the risks associated with subsurface contamination including the development and implementation of various groundwater, soil, surface water, sediment and vapor intrusion mitigation engineering controls. His primary area of expertise is supporting the redevelopment of urban infill Brownfields sites. Through his experience, he has the ability to work with property owners, their site design and construction team, legal counsel, investment partners and regulatory agencies to develop an integrated approach to manage environmental risk through site acquisition, redevelopment design, and construction and facility management phases of a project. He has actively been involved with regulatory stakeholder groups and initiative for the development of new regulations and guidelines which has allowed him to develop strong working relationships with various regulatory agencies. Jeff graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelors degree in Geology in 1987. With his wife Roz, they own and operate Carolina Morning Stables in Silk Hope NC. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys taking rides with his Quarter horse Mack, bike riding, and spending time with his six children

AIR QUALITY EDUCATION IN THE DMV

Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Thursday, January 27

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Hosted by the Chesapeake Chapter (previously Baltimore-Washington Chapter)

Speaker: Elizabeth Spike, Science Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Elizabeth Spike, current chair of the A&WMA K-12 Education Committee and science teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools, shared science standards that targeted air quality education in the District-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) region. She also shared how the K-12 Education Committee can support an online and in-person air quality curriculum as well as efforts to promote diverse representation in environmental professions. 

SEEING OZONE-FORMING CHEMISTRY FROM SPACE

Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Thursday, December 9

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Hosted by the Chesapeake Chapter (previously Baltimore-Washington Chapter)

Effective ozone control programs require knowledge of an area’s sensitivity to NOx versus VOC emissions.  Since the mid-1990s, satellite instruments have retrieved two chemical species (nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde) that can serve as proxies for these precursor emissions. 

Dr. Fiore introduced approaches to diagnose ozone formation chemistry from space, highlighted a recent study identifying long-term trends in ozone formation chemistry in several U.S. cities, and shared ongoing work during summer 2018 field campaigns in the New York City and Baltimore/D.C. regions, with an emphasis on changes in ozone sensitivity to its precursors.

You can find a related article in the November issue of AWMA’s EM magazine by Professor Fiore et al., "Satellite Data for Use in the National Ambient Air Quality Process," posted here:  awma.org, publications tab.

NOVEMBER LUNCH MEETING

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, November 23

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

Renee is the Department of Environmental Quality’s Title VI and Environmental Justice Coordinator. In this role, she conducts sociodemographic analyses around Department-specific information, such as facility locations. She also assists the public affairs team to develop tailored outreach plans in potentially underserved communities, works directly with community leaders to provide important Department information, and coordinates the Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board. Renee will be providing an overview of her work within DEQ’s Environmental Justice Program and the tools available to incorporate EJ concepts into decision-making processes.

 

Speaker: Renee Kramer, Title VI and Environmental Justice Coordinator, NCDEQ

Renee Kramer graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013 with a degree in Wildlife Conservation & Agriculture and Natural Resources. Upon graduation, she worked for a private consultant with wind energy conducting wildlife impact surveys. In 2015, Kramer continued her studies at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment for Ecosystem Science and Conservation, receiving her Masters of Environmental Management and a certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She has been with the Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) for just over four years and serves as the Title VI and Environmental Justice (EJ) Coordinator.

2021 OZONE SEASON IN REVIEW

Virtual via Zoom

Thursday, October 28

5:30 PM

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

This meeting included presentations by:

Sunil Kumar, Council of Governments

Joel Dressen, Maryland Department  of Environment

GHG REDUCTION TARGETS INCLUDING SCIENCE BASED TARGETS

Virtual via Zoom

Thursday, October 26

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

Andrea Siefers, PE is a Project Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants in Raleigh, NC. Andrea has over ten years of consulting and regulatory experience focused in air quality. She has experience developing various types of air permit applications including Title V, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), renewal, and state construction and operating permits and has provided environmental compliance assistance and related engineering support to manufacturing facilities and stationary sources across a wide variety of industries.  Andrea also has experience with environmental compliance auditing, management systems implementation, and sustainability initiatives.  Prior to consulting, Andrea was an environmental engineer at EPA/OAQPS where she worked on federal air regulations for various source categories of chemical manufacturers. Andrea has served on the A&WMA RTP Chapter board for the last four years as the Young Professionals representative.

BRIGHT LINES: A DEEP DIVE INTO TOXICITY BENCHMARK DEVELOPMENT

Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Thursday, September 30

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

Risk-based media concentrations are based on a toxicity-based benchmark and assumptions regarding exposure. These values can be regulatory (e.g. Maximum Contaminant Levels) or recommendations (e.g. Lifetime Drinking Water Health Advisories). Regardless, both types use various toxicity data streams to determine an acceptable level of exposure. This presentation will discuss exactly how these data are used to develop toxicity-based values that are intended to be used in remedial and risk assessment applications.

Speaker: Mark S. Johnson, Ph.D., DABT, Fellow ATS, Director, Toxicology, U.S. Army Public Health Center

FOOD WASTE AT THE ENERGY AND WATER NEXUS

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, September 21

12:00

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

Debbie Reinhart, PhD, PE, BCEE Pegasus Professor Emerita University of Central Florida Debbie Reinhart, PhD, PE, BCEE is a Pegasus Professor Emerita at the University of Central Florida. Prior to her retirement in June  2021, she was Associate Vice President for Research and  Scholarship at the University of Central Florida and a member of the  Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department for  31 years. She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Florida Technological University, and an M.S. in Sanitary Engineering and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.  Dr. Reinhart’s research area is solid waste management, with a focus on optimized waste collection and sustainable operation of  landfills. She is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Georgia, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association  for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of  Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

PANEL DISCUSSION AND Q&A: HOT TOPICS FOR AIR QUALITY REGULATORS IN D.C., MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA

Virtual

Thursday, August 26

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

Please join us to hear managers and directors of air quality programs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia discuss current air quality issues impacting their states as well as potential regulatory trends for the future.  The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session, so come prepared to ask your questions about air quality research, regulations, and policy. 

Panelists:

  • Kelly Crawford, Associate Director, Air Quality Division DOEE

  • George (Tad) S. Aburn, Jr., Director, Air and Radiation Administration, MDE

  • Michael Dowd, Director, Air & Renewable Energy Division, VDEQ

VOLKSWAGEN SETTLEMENT AND EXPECTED IMPACTS: A STATE AND INDUSTRY PROSPECTIVE

Virtual Lunch Webinar

Tuesday, August 17

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

Brian Phillips, the Technical Services Section, Mobile Sources Compliance Branch Supervisor for the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, and Diane Huis, Sr. Vice President of Innovation and Business Development at NC Electric Cooperatives, will discuss the Volkswagen Settlement and Expected Impacts: A State and Industry Prospective.

Brian Phillips is the Technical Services Section, Mobile Sources Compliance Branch Supervisor
for the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. The Mobile Sources Compliance Branch is
responsible for creating, maintaining and ensuring the programs required in this state regarding
vehicle emissions are complying with state and federal rules and regulations.
Mobile Sources Branch programs include:
- Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grants
- Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program
- Smoking Vehicle Complaints
- Transportation Conformity
- Vapor Recovery
- Volkswagen Settlement Program


Before his work as the Mobile Sources Compliance Branch Supervisor, Brian worked as the lead
Engineer for the Vapor Recovery Program. Brian has devoted 25 years of public service to the
Division of Air Quality.

 

Diane Huis is the Senior Vice President, Innovation and Business Development for the NC Electric Cooperatives. In this role, she works with the member electric distribution cooperatives as well as the statewide team to identify and incorporate beneficial electrification opportunities in the areas of electric transportation, industry, agriculture, and residential solutions. Diane’s previous experience with the NC Electric Cooperatives includes resource planning and portfolio management, risk management, transmission planning and regulatory affairs. Diane is on the board of the Beneficial Electrification League, a national 501c3 organization dedicated to promoting beneficial electrification of the economy. Diane is a proud graduate of Leadership NC Class XXV.

DEVELOPING COMMUNITY-WIDE ENERGYAND CLIMATE ACTION PLANS

Virtual

Thursday, May 27

12:00 - 1:00

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

Representative from Fairfax and Montgomery County discussed the development of community-wide energy and climate action plans for their respective jurisdictions. 

Speakers: 

  • Stan Edwards, Energy, Climate & Compliance Division, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, Maryland

  • Kambiz Agazi, Director, Office of Environmental & Energy Coordination, Fairfax County Government, Virginia

AIR QUALITY AND THE AIR-WATER INTERFACE OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

Thursday, March 25

5:00 - 6:30

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

This webinar provided a discussion of air quality and its relationship with large bodies of water. The presentations drew on the results from the Ozone Water-Land Environmental Transition Study (OWLETS) conducted on the lower and upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay in 2017 and 2018. The study involved two sites, a “continental” site located at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a “marine” site located on Hart Miller Island. OWLETS’ focus was to examine the localized conditions and influences of large bodies of water and their effects on ozone concentrations. Researchers from fifteen organizations participated in the study including our three speakers today who represent Federal, State and academic institutions.

Speakers:

  •       Dr. John Sullivan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

  •       Dr. Vanessa Caicedo, University of Maryland Baltimore County

  •       Mr. Joel Dreessen, Maryland Department of the Environment

2021 VIRTUAL REGIONAL AIR QUALITY SYMPOSIUM:

FUTURE TRENDS IN AIR QUALITY AND CLIMATE

Wednesday, February 24

9:00 - 12:30

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

Distinguished speakers provided up-to-date information on a wide range of scientific research and public policy issues.  Each session included opportunities for discussion following invited presentations.  Speakers addressed topics including:

•    Air quality and health impacts of COVID-19 stay home orders
•    The trends and challenges in electrical generation and distribution
•    A perspective from a Congressional aide on national climate policy
•    Updates from MD and DC air directors 

 

Click here for the agenda and click here for speaker biographies. 

 

FEBRUARY LUNCH WEBINAR

Tuesday, February 16

12:00 - 1:00PM

Virtual

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

The A&WMA RTP Chapter hosted Dr. Haofei Yu, Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida. Haofei presented on combining sensor network and cellphone mobility data for air pollution exposure estimation. 

INTRODUCTION TO AERMOD AND AIR DISPERSION MODELING

Thursday, January 28

5:00 - 6:30PM

Virtual: January 28 via Microsoft Teams

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

Speaker:  Anthony J. Sadar, CCM

                  Allegheny County Health Department, Air Quality Division 

 

This webinar provided an introduction to the basics of air-pollution meteorology and dispersion modeling using the USEPA reference model, AERMOD. Students learned meteorological concepts as well as some mechanics of running AERMOD.  This webinar was ideal for beginners in air dispersion modeling

 

The webinar was presented by Anthony J. (Tony) Sadar, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist with 40 years of experience in air pollution meteorology and science education.  Tony recently retired as an Air Pollution Administrator and meteorologist for the Allegheny County Health Department, Air Quality Program, in Pittsburgh, PA.  Besides his work with Allegheny County, Tony is an adjunct instructor of atmospheric, environmental, and earth science courses for Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA.

JANUARY LUNCH WEBINAR

Thursday, January 26

12:00 - 1:00PM

Virtual

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

The A&WMA RTP Chapter hosted Michael E. Van Brunt, P.E., Senior Director of Sustainability at COVANTA.  Michael discussed Waste to Energy (WTE) and it’s role in Sustainable Waste Management. 

ANNUAL A&WMA INFORMATION EXCHANGE

December 9-10 

9:00AM - 4:15PM

Virtual

(Included livestream sessions, recordings, and slides through March 31, 2021)

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

This year's virtual program covered policy updates, regulatory changes, and research on the latest environmental topics.

Keynote Address: John Bachmann, Associate Director for Science Policy (Retired), EPA/OAQPS, delivered the opening presentation on Wednesday, December 9 – "50 Years of EPA – A Brief History and Lessons for the Future."

PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENFOURCEMENT: PERSPECTIVES OF FORMER EPA AIR ENFORCEMENT ATTORNEYS

Thursday, December 3

5:00 - 6:30PM

Virtual

Hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter

Speaker: Julie Domike, Babst Calland Attorneys at Law and Clara Poffenberger, Clara Poffenberge Environmental Law & Policy LLC (CPELP LCC)

  • Based on over 30 years’ individual experience with a variety of clients and air issues, these nationally recognized Clean Air Act attorneys provided perspectives on the
    50- year history of environmental enforcement as well as the continued efforts to overcome remaining challenges and to address new and emerging problems.

  • Julie Domike, a shareholder with Babst Calland’s Washington D.C. office, previously served as an attorney and a branch chief in EPA’s Air Enforcement Division.  Over the years since leaving EPA, she has been a lead partner in environmental practices representing clients in various industries across the U.S., advising on CAA compliance and defending clients facing federal and state enforcement action.

  • Clara Poffenberger began her career as an attorney at EPA before joining private law firms where she represented clients from the US and Latin America, and then served as in-house counsel for ExxonMobil.  She now has her own practice providing strategic advice on regulatory development and compliance.

NCDEQ PERMITTING PROCESS REVIEW

Tuesday, November 17 

12:00 PM

Virtual

Hosted by the RTP Chapter

On Tuesday November 17, 2020 at 12 noon, the A&WMA RTP Chapter hosted Jamie Ragan, Director of the NC DEQ’s Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service.  Have you ever wondered what happens to your environmental permit application when you submit it to one of the Divisions within the DEQ?  Jamie provided us an overview of the Department’s efforts to streamline, modernize, and make the permitting process more integrated and efficient. 

 

Jamie has been with the DEQ for over 17 years.  She has served in a variety of roles including Environmental Specialist, Section Chief and Director.  Prior to joining DEQ, Jamie worked at Wilson County Soil and Water Conservation District as a Resource Conservationist.  Jamie has a Masters in Environmental Health from East Carolina University.