Front Range air quality solutions will be a key topic at the annual Clean Air Conference, hosted by the National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety at Colorado State University, at Beaver Run in Breckenridge Sept. 27-30.
The 26th annual conference this year features keynote speaker, Andrew Spielman, chairman of Colorado’s Regional Air Quality Council, who will speak on “Front Range Air Quality: Solutions for a Clean Future.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 28, international air quality issues will be addressed with speakers from Germany and Australia. Jennifer Peel, associate professor of epidemiology at Colorado State University, will host a session on health and outreach, which includes speakers from the American Lung Association and Denver’s Department of Environmental Health.
Additional topics at the conference include:
– the National Clean Diesel campaign;
– speakers from Toyota, General Motors and Honda, who will address vehicle and fuel change issues;
– discussion on recent Environmental Protection Agency air quality research and tests; and
– Ian Todreas, vice president of the Eastern Research Group, who will explore challenges inherent in communicating climate change to the general public.
The Clean Air Conference has been hosted by the CSU center since 1985. The conference is the premier gathering of individuals representing industry, government, environmental organizations, educators and others from North America and around the world.
The National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety, called NCVECS, was established in 1976 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It was originally established to assist states across the nation in developing their vehicle emissions control programs.
The center’s research and training efforts have grown beyond the original EPA mandate to include 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. Training activities also are expanding to include a more diverse audience as well as additional topic areas.
For more information on NCVECS or the Clean Air Conference, contact Lenora Bohren at Lenora.Bohren@colostate.edu or at (970) 491-1805 or visit www.ncvecs.colostate.edu. NCVECS is part of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. The department is in the College of Applied Human Sciences.