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  • EnviroAtlas – EPA’s interactive web-based tool that states, communities, and citizens can use to help inform policy and planning decisions. EnviroAtlas combines maps, analysis tools, fact sheets, and downloadable data into an easy-to-use, web-based resource that allows users to understand the implications of various decisions and their potential impacts on ecosystems.
  • Smart Growth and Economic Success - EPA has developed a series of reports exploring the economic advantages of smart growth for businesses, real estate developers, investors, and local governments.
  • AVoided Emissions and GeneRation Tool (AVERT) - This free EPA tool estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs, and is designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users.
  • EPA Emission Inventories - A clearinghouse for emission inventories and factors.
  • EPA Burn Wise Program - Provides information to assist air agencies and the public in reducing particle pollution from residential wood smoke.
  • EPA State and Local Transportation Resources - Provides useful information, tools, and links to resources that identify emission reduction strategies and other types of assistance to help states and local areas achieve their air quality and transportation objectives.
  • National Clean Diesel Campaign - Promotes clean air strategies by working with manufacturers, fleet operators, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations, and state and local officials to reduce diesel emissions.
  • EPA's Tribal Air Program Resources - Provides technical assistance and program support to build tribal capacity.
  • Dept of Energy's Clean Cities Initiative - Advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.
  • Asthma Triggers - Information about outdoor air pollution and asthma.
  • Identifying Environmental Risks in Asthma
  • EPA's air research provides critical science to develop and implement outdoor air regulations under the Clean Air Act and provides information for the air quality managers and regulators to protect the air we breathe.
  • Plan EJ 2014 is a roadmap that will help EPA integrate environmental justice into the Agency's programs, policies, and activities.


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Webinars

October 16, 2014 - Air Quality Planning in Austin, Texas; Sharing Lessons Learned
2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern Daylight Time
This webinar will highlight the extensive experience of the Austin, Texas area with early air quality planning, including the area’s current participation in Ozone Advance.  You will hear about how the Austin area set air quality goals, engaged stakeholders, developed an outreach plan, and established an approach for tracking and quantifying the local commitments included in the plan.  You will also learn about the types of local measures that are currently being pursued as part of the area’s efforts to maintain air quality.
- Intended Audience:  State, tribal, and local air agencies that are participating in the Advance Program, as well as agencies that are interested in following the Program.
- Presenters:  Andrew Hoekzema, Air Quality Program Manager, Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) Austin, TX, and Pharr Andrews, Air Quality Program Coordinator, Austin Transportation Dept., City of Austin
- To Register:  Please send (1) your name, (2) affiliation, (3) telephone number, and (4) the number of individuals expected to listen to the webinar from your location to Carolyn Childers at:  childers.carolyn@epa.gov.
For those who cannot view it live, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the Advance website.

June 5, 2014 - Advance Program Update and Louisiana Case Study
The Advance Program is a collaborative effort by EPA, states, tribes, and local governments to encourage emission reductions in ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) attainment areas nationwide to help these areas maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and PM2.5.  Many of the areas participating in the Program have completed their initial planning, including compilation of a “path forward,” and have begun implementing their plans and adjusting them as needed.  This webinar provides a general update on what has been accomplished to date, as well as next steps.  The webinar also highlights the State of Louisiana’s experience with early air quality planning and the Advance Program in six local areas across the State.
- Intended Audience: State, tribal, and local air agencies that are participating in the Advance Program, as well as agencies that are interested in following the Program.
- Presenters: Laura Bunte, U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards and Michael Vince, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

November 14, 2013 - PM Advance Measures to Address Mobile Sources. PM Advance is a collaborative effort by EPA, states, tribes, and local governments to encourage emission reductions in fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) attainment areas nationwide to maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM 2.5.  In many PM Advance areas, mobile sources account for a significant portion of total PM 2.5 emissions  The webinar provides an overview of some of the types of programs and projects that PM Advance areas may choose to implement to reduce PM 2.5 emissions from mobile sources.   The webinar includes maps and data representing mobile source information in PM Advance areas, and an overview of available PM 2.5 reduction programs, incentives and initiatives for mobile sources.

September 19, 2013 - Reducing Residential Wood Smoke:  Is it Worth it?   This webinar describes an analysis of whether an on-bill utility burn-ban subsidy program or modifications to a wood stove replacement grant program would significantly reduce fine particle pollution in the Puget Sound area in Washington.  The findings are the result of a joint project between the US EPA, the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (EFC), and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA).  The project examined the cost benefit of proposed wood smoke reduction programs for the Tacoma-Pierce County PM2.5 nonattainment area.  Jen Weiss of the EFC and Kathy Strange of PSCAA presented.

June 25, 2013 - Innovative Strategies and Case Studies to Reduce Residential Wood Smoke. This webinar for state, local and tribal air agency representatives includes the following topics and speakers:

  • EPA Programs and Tools Available to States, Tribes and Locals (Larry Brockman, EPA)
  • A Case Study: Responding to a Wood Smoke Health Complaint (Judy Abbott, NY State Dept. of Health)
  • Residential Wood Smoke Monitoring Kit: A Tool to Consider (George Allen, Northeast States for a Coordinated Air Use Management)
  • Oregon’s Wood Stove Removal Upon Sale of Home Program: How it Came To Be (Rachel Sakata, Oregon, DEQ)
  • Wood Smoke Reduction and Public Outreach: Lessons Learned in Pierce County, WA (Melissa Paulson, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency)

April 11, 2013 - School Flag Program: Resources and Strategies for Reaching out to Schools. EPA and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) presented a joint webinar on the School Flag Program. Over 180 schools participate in the ADEQ school flag program. The webinar provides a quick overview of the school flag program, discusses ADEQ’s experience, and describes the resources EPA has available, including some guidance for schools that want to start a program. The primary audience for this webinar is State, Tribal and local air agency representatives interested in starting and/or expanding a school flag program. For more information on the EPA’s school flag program, please visit www.airnow.gov/schoolflag. For more information on Arizona’s School Flag Program, please visit http://www.azdeq.gov/ceh/flag.html.

December 19, 2012 - Final 2012 PM NAAQS

November 29, 2012 - PM Advance
This webinar provides an overview of the draft PM Advance guidance as it stood in Novebmer 2012, prior to program rollout. The webinar also describes how areas might benefit from participating, and how timing of PM Advance would relate to the timing of designations for any revised 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS.

The primary audience for this webinar is state, tribal and local air agencies that were reviewing the draft guidance in November 2012.

October 25, 2012 - Clean Energy Emission Reduction Opportunities and Resources for Ozone Advance Areas
This webinar provides an overview of types of clean energy policies and programs Advance Program areas can consider as part of their "path forward." The webinar describes steps for getting started, successful examples and EPA resources available to assess clean energy programs and their emission reduction potential.

While the primary audience for this webinar was state, tribal and local air agencies participating in the Ozone Advance program, the presentation is equally applicable to PM Advance participants/prospective participants.

September 27, 2012 - Reducing Emissions from Mobile Sources in Ozone Advance Areas - originally recorded for Ozone Advance participants, but also relevant to PM Advance areas.

September 19, 2012 - The School Flag Program: Protecting Students' Health Through Air Quality Awareness

August 27, 2012 - Incorporating Energy Efficiency / Renewable Energy Policies and Programs Into State Implementation Plans

July 28, 2011 - PM Health Effects from Wood Smoke

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