PNWIS 2022, Katie (left) and Lyndsey (right) enjoy some socializing with colleagues against a stunning backdrop #nofilter
The Air and Waste Management Association held its Pacific Northwest International Section (PNWIS) Conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID this year. Air Sciences’ own Matt Mavko, Katie Kolesar, and Lyndsey DeMarco were in attendance as presenters in their areas of specialty (wildfire impacts, sensor technology, and the EPA MOVES model, respectively). Matt and Katie had the additional honor to each chair a session – Forever Chemicals and Particulate Matter and Smoke. Matt felt privileged to listen to a panel of experts dive deep on novel methods of destroying polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Katie appreciated learning about projections of future wildfires in Oregon with her panel. Lyndsey attended sessions dedicated to developing young professionals and best practices in selecting emission factors. Reconnecting with colleagues in person after this two-year hiatus was invigorating.
For those of you who missed the conference, Merlyn Hough (retired from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency) will be giving his excellent talk on the “Successes and Shortcomings of the Federal Clean Air Act in Its First 50 Years” at the Oregon chapter’s technical luncheon on December 13th.
Air Sciences presentations are available for download
- 2021 Western Wildfire Smoke Air Quality Assessment (Matthew Mavko)
- Leveraging Low-cost Sensors for Air Monitoring (Katie Kolesar)
- Using EPA’s MOVES model to explore air quality emissions from highway traffic (Lyndsey DeMarco)