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2019 Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award

Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award

 
Charles W. Gruber (1910–2001) was a pioneer in the field of air pollution control. His contributions to the field of air pollution control and the Association were numerous and significant. He joined the Association in 1938 and made important contributions during the transitional years from 1948 to 1952, when the Association was transformed from a relatively closed smoke-oriented organization to one that addressed in name, philosophy, and structure the broader dimensions of air pollution control. In 1950, he became the first president of the reorganized and renamed Association. During his term of office, he conceived of the present technical committee structure and guided its development through the early years. In 1980, the Association awarded Honorary Membership to Gruber for more than 40 years of leadership and continuing contributions to the organization. The Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has provided outstanding service to the Association through leadership positions at both international and local levels and who has contributed toward the achievement of the mission and objectives of the Association. The recipient will have demonstrated sincere, constant, and unselfish efforts over the course of his or her membership toward the betterment of the Association.
 
A&WMA presents the 2019 Charles W. Gruber Association Leadership Award to Jack P. Broadbent, a past member of the Association’s Board of Directors.
 
Mr. Broadbent has been a member of the Air and Waste Management Association for nearly 36 years.  Throughout his career, the Air and Waste Management Association has been an important part of Mr. Broadbent’s contribution to the field of air quality management. 
 
Mr. Broadbent began his career in the 1980s serving with the South Coast Air Quality Management District in southern California.  Mr. Broadbent was responsible for the development of control strategies for the State Implementation Plan.  As part of this work, Mr. Broadbent prepared and presented technical papers at the annual conference on potential VOC and NOx control technologies.  It was during this experience that Mr. Broadbent met the Executive Officer and other leaders of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the organization that Mr. Broadbent leads today.
 
In the private sector, Mr. Broadbent worked for Hughes Aircraft Company which at the time was the largest private employer in California. At Corporate,
Mr. Broadbent was responsible for air quality compliance for all of Hughes operations.  He developed and administered the company’s first comprehensive air quality, air toxics, chlorofluorocarbons and community right-to-know compliance programs.  Mr. Broadbent participated in local A&WMA chapters in order to keep abreast of new and upcoming local, state and federal requirements.
 
In the 1990s, Mr. Broadbent was in charge of developing the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  This program was the first emissions trading program designed to achieve regional NOx and SOX emission reductions.  As part of this effort,
Mr. Broadbent often spoke at local A&WMA chapters in support of the development of this program.  Mr. Broadbent also presented RECLAIM at the annual conference.
 
Mr. Broadbent currently serves as the Executive Officer / Air Pollution Control Officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  He is responsible for directing the Air District’s programs to achieve a healthy breathing environment for every Bay Area resident while protecting and improving public health, air quality and the global climate.  Under his direction, the Air District has led the development of numerous innovative programs including a comprehensive local air toxics emissions reduction program, grant programs to reduce diesel particulate, and refinery flare minimization rules.  In 2007, Mr. Broadbent participated in the A&WMA delegation to China, wherein, he, presented California emissions reductions strategies to government officials in preparation for the 2008 Olympics.  Since serving as Executive Officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Mr. Broadbent has continued to be a strong supporter of the A&WMA.  Each year, Mr. Broadbent heads a delegation of Board Members and staff to participate in the annual conference.
 
Recently, Mr. Broadbent promoted the A&WMA as part of his international efforts.  At the request of the US State Department, Mr. Broadbent conducted a trip to the middle east and India on topics of strategic importance to the US.  He lectured and consulted with scientific, government and student audiences in Qatar, and India on a number of air quality topics.
 
Mr. Broadbent continues to be a strong advocate and supporter of A&WMA.  Some of his most rewarding experiences have been the interaction with other air pollution professionals associated with A&WMA.
 
 


Jack P. Broadbent