Clean Air Conference Hosted by Colorado State University Focuses on Air Quality Issues

Local air quality issues will be the focus of the 24th Annual Clean Air Conference hosted by the National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety at Colorado State University. The conference, slated for Sept. 22-25 at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder, is themed "Global Awareness Drives Change."

Tom Plant from the Governor’s Energy Office will give the keynote address on Colorado’s approach toward improving air quality. Additional highlights of the conference include sessions on the Boulder/Denver Air Quality Scenario, moderated by Andrew Bascue from the city of Boulder, and a session on the role of biofuels in air quality, moderated by Bill Parton from the National Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State.

Additional topics to be discussed include global air quality, health and education, pollution control strategies, air quality modeling efforts in Rocky Mountain National Park, transportation and air quality, and climate change. Presenters include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The conference has been hosted by the National Center for Vehicle Emissions and Controls since 1985. It is the premier gathering of individuals representing industry, government, environmental organizations, educators and others from North America and around the world.  

The center was established in 1976 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help states develop vehicle emissions control systems. Today, the center engages in diverse research and testing activities including conducting the EPA’s National Tampering Survey since 1984, laboratory research on alternative fuels and conversion kits, after-market devices and other emissions-related research.

For more information, contact Lenora Bohren, director of the center, at, (970) 491-1805 or