Clean Air Day Webinar
Wednesday, October 7th 2020 @ 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM | Free
Clean Air Day Webinar
Join UCR's CE-CERT and the Office of Sustainability on Clean Air Day to learn about how transportation in our region is impacting our health and air quality, and what we can do about it, using emerging technologies such as personal air monitors and intelligent transportation routing. We will also hear from Coalition for Clean Air (CCA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), Aclima, and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SQACMD) during an interactive panel discussion on air quality in our region. We welcome all members of the community to join this free webinar.
Take the Clean Air Pledge and help Californians across the state breathe easier.
Dr. Cesunica (Sunni) Ivey is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at UC Riverside. She is also an affiliate faculty member of CE-CERT, the School of Medicine BREATHE Center, SPP Center for Geospatial Sciences, and CNAS Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016 with a minor in GIS and city planning. She is a former postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at the University of Nevada Reno and also worked as a visiting scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory before joining UC Riverside in summer of 2018. Her research expertise centers on chemical transport modeling, source apportionment, data assimilation, and modeling for exposure-health studies.
Dr. Ji (Jill) Luo received her Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Riverside, USA in 2015. She is currently an Assistant Research Specialist at the College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research and Technology, UC Riverside, USA. Her research interest focuses on ITS strategies to mitigate human exposure to traffic-related air pollutants. This topic includes routing strategies and alternative travel modes to reduce traffic-related air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
Fortino Morales III is the Sustainability Officer at the University of California, Riverside campus. As the Sustainability Officer, he leads zero waste, greenhouse gas, and Green Labs initiatives at UCR. He also serves on the Committee of Sustainability, which facilitates and promotes the implementation of sustainability goals, strategies, and resources investments in support of UCR’s overall sustainability policies and practices. He received both his B.S. in Environmental Sciences and his Masters of Public Policy from UC Riverside.
Dr. Shams Tanvir is an Assistant Research Professor at Cal Poly SLO, where he leads several research initiatives related to sustainable mobility. His research aims at the development and characterization of transportation technologies that minimize energy consumption and emissions while enhancing mobility efficiency and equity. Dr. Tanvir is currently investigating the effect of localized traffic changes due to COVID-19 pandemic and consequent air quality changes in the South Coast Air Basin. Dr. Tanvir received his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University. He received B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka.
Vernon Hughes leads the Community Assessment Branch in CARB’s Office of Community Air Protection, which was established in 2017 in response to AB 617. The Community Air Protection Program’s focus is to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution. Vernon’s prior experience at CARB includes overseeing emissions inventory development and air quality modeling in support of SIPs, regulatory programs, and special studies.
Dr. Jennifer Lentz is the Program Manager at the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA) where she managers a statewide air quality monitoring network and works with community members and educators to improve their awareness of the connection between air quality and health. Dr. Lentz serves on LA County’s Sensitive Ecological Areas Technical Advisory Committee (SEATAC) and was one of the lead authors of the 2015 report commissioned by Mayor Garcia advising him on how to make Long Beach the model of a climate resilient city. Dr. Lentz received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Melissa Lunden is the Chief Scientist at Aclima which has introduced an entirely new way to measure hyperlocal air pollution and greenhouse gases at scale, at the resolution needed to target emissions reductions and protect human health. Melissa’s career has focused on the transport and fate of pollutants in the environment. She received her PhD at the California Institute of Technology with an emphasis on aerosol science. As a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she directed atmospheric and environmental processes research. Melissa has always been interested in how different environments influence exposure to highly dynamic pollutants. This variability underscores the need for ubiquitous hyperlocal environmental monitoring that she and the team at Aclima have pioneered.
Dr. Andrea Polidori is the Advanced Monitoring Technologies Manager at the South Coast AQMD. He oversees the Air Quality Sensor Performance Evaluation Center (AQ-SPEC), a program created to test the performance of commercially available low-cost sensors. He is responsible for the implementation of South Coast AQMD’s Rule 1180, which mandates the execution of real-time air quality measurements near the fenceline of all refineries in the South Coast Air Basin and in nearby communities. He is also responsible for implementing air monitoring strategies to satisfy the requirements of Assembly Bill (AB) 617, a State Law created to address the disproportionate impacts of air pollution in environmental justice communities.
Dr. Barry Wallerstein is a Senior Policy Fellow at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy. Wallerstein served as Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) from 1997 to 2016. Before joining SCAQMD, Barry Wallerstein was previously an Environmental Control Administrator for Northrop, and was on the rule development staff in the Mobile Source Division of the California Air Resources Board. He has also served as Co-President of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. Barry Wallerstein holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in biological science.
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Dr. Sunni Ivey, Assistant Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, CE-CERT
Dr. Jill Luo, Assistant Project Scientist, CE-CERT
Dr. Shams Tanvir, Assistant Researcher, Cal Poly SLO
Dr. Andrea Polidori, Advanced Monitoring Technologies Manager, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)