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A&WMA Eastern Sierra Chapter Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner

The Air & Waste Management Association will be hosting our first annual fundraiser dinner and raffle event to help support our scholarship program for qualifying Truckee Meadows Community College and University of Nevada, Reno undergraduate engineering or science students with an emphasis on the environment.

Vanessa will speak about Envirolution's Project ReCharge, a hands-on inquiry and project based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum and training program. This interactive energy education program provides valuable professional development and classroom resources to teachers, who then empower middle school and high school students to become energy detectives focused on saving their school money through energy efficiency proposals.

Two of our past scholarship recipients will speak about their current research and what the scholarship has meant to them.

Let's help our TMCC and UNR students achieve their research goals with the support of this scholarship program!

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Vanessa Robertson 

Executive Director, Envirolution


Sandra Marcela Loria-Salazar

PhD Candidate, Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Pierce

PhD Candidate, Scholarship Recipient

When:  September 27th, 2017 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 9920 Double R Blvd, Reno, NV 89521

Members, students, and colleagues are invited to attend! 

Please RSVP by Friday, September 22nd, 2017 by emailing: eastern.sierra.awma@gmail.com or here

A&WMA Eastern Sierra Chapter is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit. Donations are always appreciated and accepted. All donations we receive go toward the Scholarship Fund.

Previous Speakers and Topics


7/10/17. SWITCH Facility Tour 

5/24/17.  VOC Emissions from Marijuana Cultivation and Processing - Michael Wolf 

4/12/17.  Environmental Remediation: Unintended Consequences of Drilling on High Profile Projects and the Drilling Techniques that were Used - Brian Redlinger

9/20/16.  An Anecdotal Perspective of the Early Smog Years in the Los Angeles Basin - Mel Zeldin

7/19/16.  Reno Tahoe Clean Cities Coalition - Tabitha Aspling

6/16/16.  University of Nevada, Reno's Hazardous Waste Facility Tour - Chad Stephens and Marty Schwender

5/25/2016.  "A&WMA Scholarship Recipient Presentations" -Ashley Pierce, Sandra Marcela Loria-Salazar and Qian Zhao, all PhD Candidates at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

3/28/2016.  "Nevada Rural Ozone Initiative.  Why every citizen of Nevada should be concerned about ozone" - Mae Sexauer Gustin, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

10/27/2015.  Webinar: Ozone 101, "Understanding the sources, formation, and health and ecosystem effects"

10/13/2015. "Lunch and Tour of Frank A. Tracy Generating Station"

9/15/2015. "Sustainability and Education: Renewable Energy, Recycling, Energy Efficiency and Transportation" - Jason Geddes, Ph.D. Washoe County School District

8/13/2015. Webinar - "Regulation of Condensable PM - The Big Picture"

6/17/2015. "NV Solar Nexus Project" - Mary Cablk, Associate Research Professor, DRI

5/1/2015. " Aftermass" - Daly Costanza, Cuter Commuter LLC, Geneviene Parker, Reno Bike Project and John Sagebiel, Ph.D., UNR

3/11/2015. "Understanding the Recycling Behaviors and Barriers in Washoe County" - Lee Bryant, WCHD

2/03/2015. "Fighting Fire with Fire" - Alex Hoon, Fire Weather Program Manager, NWS Reno, Issac Powning, FMO/PTO, North Lake Tahoe FPD, Tamara Wall, CEFA, DRI and Julie Hunter, Washoe County AQMD.

1/22/2015. "Valley Pools, Snow Cover and PM2.5" - Dr. Mark C. Green, Research Professor, Atmospheric Science, DRI.

11/18/2014. Webinar - "Are You Ready For RICE".

10/22/2014. "Myths and Realities of Electric Cars" John C. Sagebiel, Ph.D, Assistant Director, EH&S (Environmental Program), UNR

09/16/2014. "Biofuels" Kent Hoekman, Ph.D., DRI.

07/24/2014. "Geothermal Law and Permitting in Public Lands" Mark Demuth, Principal Environmental Planner, Western Cultural Resources Management, Inc. (WCRM), Adjunct Professor, NRES Department, UNR

05/06/2014. "Bicycling in the Truckee Meadows", Janet Phillips, Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, Julie Hunter, Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance, and Amy Fitch, School of Community Health Sciences, UNR

02/25/2014. "Hot Energy, Smaller Footprint!", Dean R Parker, Executive Director of Facilities, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada

10/24/2013. "Mine Closure: Requirements and Challenges", Bruce Holmgren, PE, Chief, Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation, Division of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

09/16/2013. "Greeting to our Community: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Single Stream Recycling", Dr. Jason Geddes, City of Reno, Environmental Services Administrator Chair, Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

04/05/2013. “Effects of Black and Organic Carbon and Their Emission Inventory Development”, Judith C. Chow, Sc.D. and John G. Watson, Ph.D., DRI.

11/14/12. “Northern Nevada’s Green Building Program: What Does It Mean to Build Green?”, Jess Traver, P.E., Director, Built Green Nevada.

10/9/12. “Ozone Conditions in Rural Nevada”, Dr. Dan Jaffe, University of Washington.

9/19/12. "Tour of Ormat Steamboat Geothermal Facility”.

7/31/12. “Perspectives on Pollutant Market Trading Programs”, Lenny Hochschild of Evolution Markets, Inc.

6/19/12. “NAAQS, New Regulations, Implementation successes and Expectations”, Regulations Panel: Deborah Jordan, Air Director, USEPA Region 9; Bob Bamford, Chief, Bureau of Air Quality Planning, NDEP; and Kevin Dick, Director, Washoe County Health District AWMD.

5/22/12. “Solar Power at Local High Schools and Curriculum Development and Implementation”, Reid Hamilton of Hamilton Solar and Alex Gamboa of Envirolution.

6/28/11. Tour of ElectraTherm’s heat recovery technology.

4/28/11. The Peppermill’s Geothermal Project.

2/16/11. “Mercury Emissions from Mining Operations”, Mike Elges, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection.

1/26/11. Environmental Permitting of Reno’s Brownfields Project”, Josh Fortmann of Kleinfelder.

8/25/10. “Nevada’s Recycle Program”, Chet Sargent, of Nevada Department of Environmental Protection.

7/20/10. “Anticipated Environmental Issues in the 2011 Session”, NV Assemblyman David Bobzien.

7/1/10. ESC’s Participation in Green Summit at UNR Crowley Center.

4/15/10. Facility tour and presentation of “The Cave”, a high-tech theater that displays air dispersion scenarios and other environmental graphical data. At Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno.

3/18/10. “The Challenges Associated with the Changing Face of Natural Resources in Nevada”, Allen Biaggi, Director, State of Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

11/13/09. “Meeting the Climate Change Challenge”, Greg Odegard of Terra-Gen Operating Company.

9/21/09. “Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory for the University of Nevada, Reno”, John C Sagebiel, Ph.D., University of Nevada.

Meeting Suggestions, Requests, and Offers
We welcome suggestions of events that our members would like the Chapter to present. Also, we are always receptive to offers to present a timely topic to our members. Please contact our Program Chairperson with your suggestions and offers.

Meeting Announcements

The Eastern Sierra Chapter offers to send email announcements of upcoming ESC meetings and events to members, colleagues, potential members and to others. If you would like to receive meeting announcements, please contact our Program Chair:

Program Chair, Eastern Sierra Chapter
Brendan Schnieder
Email: bschnieder@washoecounty.us