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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.