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Courses will be conducted on Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29, 2020.

Course Title Instructors Date and Time Level
AIR-240: Design, Operation and Troubleshooting Air Pollution Control Systems for Industrial, Commercial and Utility Applications Thomas McGowan FULL DAY
Sunday, June 28 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
AIR-244: Quantifying the Emissions and Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy-Hands -On Training with EPAs AVERT and COBRA Tools
 
Colby Tucker and Emma Zinsmeiste FULL DAY 
Sunday, June 28 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beginner Intermediate
AIR-299: AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling Jesse Thé and Michael Hammer FULL DAY
Sunday, June 28 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beginner
AIR-135: Introduction to Air Pollution Meteorology & Modeling Anthony J. Sadar HALF DAY
Sunday, June 28
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Beginner
GEN-105: EPI/QEP Prep Course Bruce Donato TWO DAY
Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29,   8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beginner Intermediate
AIR-252: Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Basics Ali Farnoud, Laura Cottrell and Ralph Morris  FULL DAY
Monday, June 29
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beginner and Intermediate
AIR-262: Puff Dispersion Modeling Course with CALPUFF and SCICHEM Jesse Thé and Michael Hammer FULL DAY
Monday, June 29
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Intermediate
AIR-335: Applications, Operations and Maintenance of FTIR Continuous Emission/Process Monitors (FTIR-CEMs/CPMs) Curtis Laush HALF DAY
Monday, June 29
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Intermediate or Advanced
EMGM-220: Building a Sustainability Business Case Ram Ramanan HALF DAY
Monday, June 29
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beginner and Intermediate
AIR-269: California and Quebec Carbon Cap and Trade Program Mike Taylor HALF DAY
Monday, June 29
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Beginner and Intermediate

Continuing Education credit certificates will be offered. 
Course Descriptions

Sunday, June 28

AIR-240: Design, Operation and Troubleshooting Air Pollution Control Systems for Industrial, Commercial and Utility Applications
Sunday, June 28 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Thomas McGowan, PE, President, TMTS Associates, Inc.

The course is focused on design, operation, testing and hardware of air pollution control systems to control particulates, organic vapors, PFAS, PFOS, dioxins, PCBs, acid gases, aerosols, metals, NOx, CO and radionuclides. These pollutants come from a wide range of applications, associated with coating, storage tanks, minerals operations, refineries, pharmaceuticals, pulp mills, combustion processes, remediation equipment, furnaces, kilns and the like. The interactions between the front end process and the back end air pollution control are covered in detail. Controls include cyclones, baghouses, venturi scrubbers, wet and dry acid gas absorbers, carbon adsorbers, electrostatic precipitators, mercury removal, oxidizers, and SCR and NSCR for NOx. Design principals are provided for sizing and fabrication of APC components. Troubleshooting of systems is provided, along with input on how to design components to avoid outages and failures and reduce time for maintenance. 

Attendees will learn and understand both the front end raw material processing system or combustion system and back end air pollution control systems to comply with myriad regulations and promote safe and economical operation.  Part of the value of this course is the practical experience of the presenter and knowledge of what works and what does not, with the goal of avoiding costly mistakes. Case studies are used for illustration purposes and photos and diagrams are provided of actual industrial equipment.
AIR-244: Quantifying the Emissions and Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Hands-On Training with EPA's AVERT and COBRA Tools
Sunday, June 28 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructors: Colby Tucker, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Local Energy and Environment Program; Emma Zinsmeister, Senior Community Programs Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State and Local Energy and Environment Program

Participants will learn how to use two tools developed by EPA — the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) and the CO-Benefits Health Impacts Risk Assessment Health Impacts Screening and Mapping Tool (COBRA) — to estimate emissions reductions, changes in air quality, and monetized public health benefits from EE/RE projects, program, and policies. The course will provide an overview of the tools, and participants will have the opportunity to walk through example analyses on their laptops with the instructors.
Course participants will learn how to:
  • Understand the U.S. electricity grid and how electricity generation impacts air quality and public health
  • Estimate emissions reductions from energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, program, and policies using EPA's AVERT
  • Estimate changes in air quality and monetized public health benefits resulting from emissions reductions using EPA's CO-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) Health Impacts Screening and Mapping Tool

AIR-299: AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling
Sunday, June 28 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructors: Jesse Thé, Ph.D., P.Eng, President/CEO, Lakes Environmental Software; Michael Hammer, CCM, Senior Product Specialist, Lakes Environmental Software

The course provides attendees with a full understanding of the AERMOD modeling system by balancing theory with hands-on-real world case studies. At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand the basics of regulatory air dispersion modeling for permit applications and risk assessments. No prerequisites are required. Attendees will be required to bring their own laptop.
AIR-135: Introduction to Air Pollution to Air Pollution Meteorology & Modeling
Sunday, June 28 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Anthony J. Sadar, CCM, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Air Pollution Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department, Air Quality Program

Innovation in the air quality profession can be quite challenging without a fundamental understanding of atmospheric dynamics and air pollution meteorology and dispersion modeling.  Introduction to Air Pollution Meteorology & Modeling will establish participants in the basic theory and practice of this crucial environmental field using familiar concepts and clear examples.
 
Furthermore, an earlier edition of this course was acclaimed in Anthony J. Sadar’s reception of the “Outstanding Service to MARAMA” award in February 2015.  (MARAMA is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association.  The popular course he taught was via webinar and titled “Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology & Modeling”.
Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29

GEN-105: EPI/QEP Prep Course
Sunday, June 28 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday, June 29 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
There will be a review session on Tuesday, June 30 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Bruce Donato, CSP, CHMM, CECD, Principal, K&A First Aid and Safety, Inc.

The program is an accelerated review/overview course for the EPI and QEP exams.  All topics on the exams will be covered and additional resources will be provided for independent study outside of the class.  The instructor will be available outside the class for limited help with review problems.  Upon completion of this program and individual studying, participants will be well prepared to sit for the EPI and/or QEP exams.

Initiation of the registration for the exam prior to May 31 will include a $25 discount by using discount code AWMAACE-2020 when starting your application. (Please note that to receive this discount, the application only needs to be started, not completed.) Exams can also be scheduled independently of the course. 

The outline of the course is as follows:
  • Environmental Professional in Training (EPI) Review Topics: Basic Sciences; Mathematics; Environmental Science, Management & Policy; Waste / Pollution Management, Treatment & Disposal; Monitoring 
  • Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) - Environmental Science, Management, and Policy Review Topics: Environmental Science Fundamentals; Environmental Impact, Site Assessment, and Risk Assessment Processes; Global and Multi-Media Environmental Issues; Environmental Management Systems; Pollution Prevention, Design for Environment, and Sustainability; Development and Implementation of Environmental Public Policy

Monday, June 29

AIR-252: Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Basics
Monday, June 29 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructors: Laura Cottrell, Managing Consulting, Ramboll US Corporation; Ali Farnoud, Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll US Corporation; Ralph Morris, Managing Principal, Ramboll US Corporation

The course will review the history of the federal regulations under the Clean Air Act, the main portions of an air quality construction/operating permit, and a general review of state permitting nuances.  The course is designed to provide an overview of permitting and compliance in the United States with respect to the Clean Air Act.
AIR-262: Puff Dispersion Modeling Course with CALPUFF and SCICHEM
Monday, June 29 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructors: Jesse Thé, Ph.D., P.Eng, President/CEO, Lakes Environmental Software; Michael Hammer, CCM, Senior Product Specialist, Lakes Environmental Software

The recent changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Guideline on Air Quality Models (40 CFR Part 51 Appendix W) did not list a specific model as preferred for long-range pollutant transport applications. This opens up an avenue for modelers to choose from a variety of models. Two models which perform well in both near and far-field applications are CALPUFF
and SCIPUFF, puff models which simulate full three-dimensional gridded fields. This course will provide an overview of these modeling systems and their capabilities, including many recent developments. No prerequisites are required. Attendees will be required to bring their own laptop.
AIR-335: Applications, Operations and Maintenance of FTIR Continuous Emission/Process Monitors (FTIR-CEMs/CPMs)
Monday, June 29 • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Curtis Laush, Senior Scientist and Lab Director, Geosyntec Consultants

The advent of lower cost and industrial grade OEM FTIR interferometers allow for optically compact, small footprint CEM/CPM designs that are more robust and easier to install, automate and maintain.  This course outlines the latest in FTIR-CEM/CPM components and how they are best implemented depending on industry specific applications, process emission chemistries and data streaming/control requirements.  Proper EPA and ASTM certified field installation, calibration and auditing procedures are discussed, and existing real-world applications (as currently operated and maintained by the course instructor) are presented.
EMGM-220: Building a Sustainability Business Case
Monday, June 29 • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Ram Ramanan, PhD, MBA, PE, BCEE, Author, Fulbright Fellow

Advances in enterprise systems are making it feasible for corporations to track and transform performance to meet their corporate goals. Business analytics enable organizations to convert raw data into actionable insights to achieve their corporate performance objectives. In the sustainability context, governments and corporations are facing a plethora of ever-expanding management challenges related to issues spanning physical, financial, geo-political, social, and environmental concerns.  The quadruple bottom line of sustainability comprises of profit, people, planet, and purpose. Sustainability analytics analyze the data and provide insights that help transform sustainability information into measures across the value-chain and life-cycle to accomplish their social responsibility and sustainability goals. The materiality of these seemingly non-economic impacts is the critical link between corporate sustainability and business strategies. Organizations must recognize the strong connections between competitive advantage and sustainability issues. This course, based on the book, Introduction to Sustainability Analytics, introduces leaders to the untapped potential of sustainability analytics to determine which metrics are aterial, relevant, and actionable to their business, and to prioritize sustainability initiatives.
AIR-269: California and Quebec Carbon Cap and Trade Program
Monday, June 29 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Mike Taylor, President, Emission Advisors, Inc.

The California and Quebec Carbon Cap and Trade Program is by far the most complex system that exists for an environmental credit trading program. Presented by Mike Taylor, who has almost two decades of trading, brokering and consulting experience in the environmental credit markets in the United States and Canada, this course aims to provide a good overview of the program including cost-cutting compliance strategies.

The outline of the course includes the following topics: Overview of Carbon Cap and Trade; Compliance Instruments – Allowances and Offsets; Allowance Allocations; Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS); Historical Pricing and How to Buy and Sell; Procurement and Optimization Strategies; Action Items to Reduce Carbon Compliance Costs; What other states or provinces may link.