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2021 Webinars

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This entry-level course is designed to provide an understanding of common indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in Alaska Native homes and schools. The course includes an overview of indoor air pollutants and their health effects, and tips for solving IAQ problems. Instruction will include online video recordings, reading materials, webinars, and live discussion groups. The cohort will have weekly live discussion groups, with supplementary learning activities completed on the participant's own time, and weekly live webinars. Participants will be required to complete group discussions, activities, and assignments in order to receive their certificate of completion. There will be approximately 5 to 6 hours of work per week.

The course will be held in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Extension Services, the Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Center, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). Each participant will receive kits and instruments that will help with implementation of their indoor air quality program.

Topics include:

  • Indoor air concerns in Alaska villages and communities
  • Overview of building science
  • Mold and its health effects
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  • Radon
  • IAQ and asthma
  • IAQ and COVID-19
  • Hazardous materials in homes and schools
  • Combustion products
  • Instruments for assessing IAQ
  • Outreach: prevention of IAQ problems
  • Collaboration, Partnerships and resources
  • Quality Assurance Planning

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Please note: This course is a prerequisite for ITEP’s Level 2 course, Indoor Air Quality Diagnostic Tools for Tribal Professionals.

If you have questions regarding the pre-requisites or your eligibility for this course, please contact Christal Black, Program Coordinator Sr. at Christal.Black@nau.edu or phone 928-523-8410.
This webinar will introduce the free QREST (Quality Review and Exchange System for Tribes) online data management tool, managed by ITEP. QREST is an open source tool that automatically retrieves data from data loggers (manual import is also a feature), stores it in the cloud for tribal data quality review, and includes an integrated Node Client for data submission to AirNow and AQS. QREST is designed specifically for Tribal Agencies to independently manage their own data, in a way that is consistent with all industry and federal guidance for legally defensible environmental data.

Webinar Topics:
Introduce QREST

  • Built for Tribal Agencies
  • Open source (no license fees, all code public)
  • TAMS Center managed
  • Tribal Agencies are their Agency Admins
  • Flexible: can manually import or automatically poll data, can use QC features or AQS node only
  • Help files, SOPs, videos, and individual assistance

Learn more about your needs

Presenter: Melinda Ronca-Battista, Research Associate, Tribal Air Monitoring and Support Center

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Quality Review and Exchange System for Tribes (QREST) Introduction) [pdf]

Resources:
Establishing QREST User Accounts [Excel]
Add Site by Importing from AQS [Excel]
Add Monitors by Importing from AQS [Excel]
Setting Level 0 (Automated) Validation Limits [Excel]

If you have questions contact: Christal.Black@nau.edu or Christopher.Lee@nau.edu
This webinar will present potential methods used to estimate emissions for common nonpoint sources located on Tribal Lands. We will discuss in detail what data needs to be collected in order to use these methods, as well as how to enter the data into calculators and spreadsheets. The primary focus of this webinar is on estimating emissions using original data gathering, rather than on summarizing emissions data already calculated at the county level in the National Emissions Inventory (NEI) database.

Webinar Topics:

  • Introduction to non-point sources included in an emissions inventory.
  • Emissions estimation methods.
  • Activity data collection and entry.

Presenter: Angelique Luedeker, Technology Specialist II, Tribal Air Monitoring and Support Center

Bio: Angelique started working for ITEP in 2002, and since her first day, she has been working with emissions inventories. She has 18 years of experience of providing tribes assistance with emission inventories. Before working for ITEP, Angelique was part of the Los Alamos National Lab air quality team. She has a BS in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University.

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Nonpoint Emissions [pdf]

Resources:
Traffic Data [Excel]
Non Point Sources Recommended Emissions Method [Excel]

If you have questions contact: Christal.Black@nau.edu
This webinar will provide information to tribal professionals on U.S. EPA’s Air Quality System (AQS) database and demonstrate basics of AQS. This database is a computer-based information management system for handling the storage and retrieval of information pertaining to ambient air pollutants and related meteorological data. This introduction will provide information on how to access the database, retrieve data and provide a basic overview of AQS codes and functions need to parameterize air monitoring sites and monitor information for data uploading.

Webinar #1 Topics:

  • Introduction to the AQS database
  • How to gain access credentials and login instructions
  • Overview of basic AQS codes
  • Data retrieval from AQS database

Webinar #2 Topics:

  • Establishing a site and monitor in AQS
  • How to format and load data to AQS
  • Correcting data in AQS
  • How to load QA data to AQS

Presenter:
Michael King, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center
Chris Chapman, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Michael Brooks, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Stuart Gray, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards

Webinar 1 Recording:
Video

Webinar 2 Recording:
Video

Presentation:
Webinar 1[pdf]
Webinar 2[pdf]

Resources:
Establishing a Site in AQS [pdf]
Establishing a Monitor in AQS [pdf]
AQS data upload SOP [pdf]
Transaction Generator [Excel]
AQS Regional Contact List [pdf]
AQS User Guide-2018 [pdf]
Data Coding Manual-2018 [pdf]

If you have questions contact: Christal.Black@nau.edu
Join the TAMS Center in a fun and informal webinar on the dreaded but vital QAPP! We will review how QAPPs can save you time and money, and we will show you the easiest ways to get started writing a useful, short QAPP. Learn from our experiences, help ensure that your data is not misused by others, make sure that the results of your work are legally defensible, and play some QAPP trivia! Prizes will be awarded!

Presenter:
Melinda Ronca-Battista, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center
Josephine Kamkoff,, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
QAPPs in Nutshell [pdf]

Resources:
ITEP QA Tools, Courses, Videos [pdf]

If you have questions contact: Christal.Black@nau.edu
Improved Indoor Air Quality can result in better health outcomes for your community. Do you have community members with asthma? Do you have elders or young children in your community? Are you aware that Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is generally more polluted than outdoor air?

IAQ is a voluntary program, with limited regulations, statutes or standards, therefore, education and outreach are key to improving indoor environments and environmental health.

Why consider developing a Tribal Indoor Air Quality Program?

  • To protect human health!
  • Immediate return – it’s practical and tangible
  • You learn about your community, build relationships and help your community members.

Webinar Topics Include:

  • Incorporating IAQ into your EPA Tribal Environmental Plan (ETEP)
  • Examples of IAQ topics to consider
  • How to use the I-GAP program for building tribal capacity that addresses IAQ
  • Work Plan Template examples
  • Partnerships and Resources

Presenter:
Alheli Banos-Keener, USEPA Region 9, Indoor Environments and Asthma Coordinator
Mansel A. Nelson,, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Program Manager, Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Developing Tribal Indoor Air Programs [pptx]

Resources:
School & Home Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Newsletter [pdf]
Controlling COVID-19 Airborne Expsosure Infographic [pdf]
EWG Tipsheet COVID Cleaning Products [pdf]

If you have questions contact Mansel at Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu
Course Times: Selected attendees should set aside a minimum of 4 hours daily on June 7 - 10 and 1.5 hours on June 11 to engage in the course.

  • Live Zoom session: 10-11 am AKDT; 11-12pm PDT; 12-1pm MDT; 1-2pm CDT; 2-3pm EDT
  • Homework: SLMS module completion (2-3 hours self-paced learning)

Application Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2021

Course Description: This course is for tribal employees who have some background in air quality and want to learn about the impacts of wildland smoke on their communities and how to minimize exposure. This course will include a 1 hour daily live session via zoom and a series of video recordings that will be view by participants outside of the live session. Much of the course content is conveyed in these recordings. Participants will use the knowledge gained about wildland fire risk communication, smoke models, portable air monitors, sensors, and air filters to develop an educational outreach plan to educate their tribal community about wildland smoke and its health effects. The course will allow attendees to engage in discussion about best practices for outreach to Tribal communities.

Course Topics Include:
  • Wildland fire risk communications
  • Using smoke models
  • Community education and outreach
  • Portable air monitors and sensors
  • Monitoring data and what it tells us
  • Air filters
  • Speaking to various audiences about wildland smoke

Moderators:
James Payne, OAQPS, EPA
Mansel Nelson, EEOP, ITEP
Christopher Lee, TAMS, ITEP
Christal Black, AIAQTP, ITEP

If you have questions contact Christal Black, Assistant Manager, ITEP at Christal.Black@nau.edu or phone (928) 523-8410.
Interested in learning more about Purple Air Sensors!

Mike King from the TAMS Center has been helping interns and others with Data Management from the Purple Air Sensors. We are offering a webinar session to review the following topics:

  • Purple Air installation and connectivity
  • Data download
    • Time Resolution
  • EPA Conversion factors (correction factor)
  • AQI - Interpretation of AQI Breakpoints
  • Calculations with Excel spreadsheet
    • Time Zone conversion
    • Graphing data
  • Questions from participants

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Purple Air Data Management [pdf]

Resources:
How to download and interpret purple air data [pdf]
SOP on connecting your purple air sensor to WiFi [word]

“Many Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) schools in the United States do not have good ventilation. This is a longstanding problem with demonstrably negative effects on student learning. We can and should act to fix this to ensure good indoor air quality for all students, educators, and school staff. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important that ventilation problems in K-12 schools be addressed now. Along with other mitigation measures, improvements in ventilation in K-12 schools can decrease the risk of SARS-CoV-2 spread.” Presented by Paula Olsiewski, John Hopkins Center for Health Security, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a pioneering leader in policy and scientific research programs in the microbiology and chemistry of indoor environments.

The webinar will review the findings of a recent report that considers the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children, families, and educators and summarizes current ventilation guidelines.
www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/publications/school-ventilation

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Introduction Webinar [pdf]
School Ventilation [pdf]

Resources:
John Hopkins school ventilation [pdf]

If you have questions contact Mansel, at Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu
Course Times: Selected attendees should set aside 4-5 hours daily to engage in the course.

  • Daily Live Zoom session: 10-11:30 am AKDT; 11-12:30 pm PDT; 12-1:30 pm MDT; 1-2:30 pm CDT; 2-3:30 pm EDT
  • Homework: SLMS module completion (3-4 hours self-paced learning)

Application Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2021
Space is limited, please apply ASAP. Max of 20 participants.

Course Description: This entry-level course is designed to provide an understanding of common indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in tribal homes and schools. The course includes an overview of indoor air pollutants and their health effects, and tips for solving IAQ problems. This course will include a 1.5 hour daily live session via zoom. Much of the course content is conveyed in video recordings and activities available on the ITEP Scholar Learning Management System (LMS) online learning platform.

Course Topics Include:
  • Indoor air concerns in tribal communities
  • Overview of building science
  • Mold and its health effects
  • Radon
  • IAQ and asthma
  • COVID-19
  • Hazardous materials in homes and schools
  • Combustion products
  • Instruments for assessing IAQ
  • Outreach: prevention of IAQ problems
  • Collaboration and resources

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Please Note: This course is a prerequisite for ITEP’s Level 2 course, Indoor Air Quality Diagnostic Tools for Tribal Professionals.

Learning objective:
At the end of the event, participants will articulate their community’s main ambient (outdoor) air quality concerns and identify the resources (e.g., documents, contacts, training) needed to begin addressing air quality issues in their community.

Who should participate:
This workshop is for environmental professionals who are just beginning to address ambient air quality issues in tribal communities. No prior knowledge or background in air quality is needed.

Participants should:
  • have less than ONE year of experience working in air quality,
  • must be willing to actively participate in the community-based learning approach, and
  • contribute to the assessment and evaluation activities.

General description of the event:
This event will focus on developing:
  • a basic air quality assessment to identify main ambient (outdoor) air quality problems in a tribal community
  • an action plan of activities aimed to address the main air quality issues identified in a tribal community,
  • communication skills through presentations and guided discussions in an online community-based learning environment, and
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills.

The workshop includes active participation in conversations, discussions, brain-storming, independent reading, exploring case studies, and conducting independent and collaborative tasks.

Topics:
  • Basics of air quality: sources of pollution, pollutants, and their health effects
  • Tribal Air Program Case Studies
  • Resources for tribal air quality professionals

Technology Requirements and Recommendations:
  • A computer with access to a stable internet connection.
  • The latest version of Zoom installed (visit https://zoom.us/ to download the free software).
  • Video and audio capabilities will enhance your learning experience and are strongly recommended.
  • Course activities will utilize GoogleDrive/GoogleDocs applications (participants do not need to have an account but should be able to access the websites through shared links).

Team:
  • Barbra Valdivieso, Environmental Specialist, Department of Community Development, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
  • Mercedes Kaiser, Air Quality Specialist, CRIT Environmental Protection Office, Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Mike Natchees, Director, Air Quality Department, Ute Indian Tribe
  • Lydia Scheer, Manager, ITEP
  • Christal Black, Assistant Manager, ITEP
  • Natasha Fulton, Community Program Coordinator, Intermediate, ITEP
  • Nashelly Meneses, Instructional Designer, Intermediate, ITEP

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop via email by Monday, August 2. Those accepted to participate in the workshop will receive the Zoom link and password to join the workshop. The link and password is unique and should not be shared with others.

If you have questions contact Christal Black, Assistant Manager, ITEP at Christal.Black@nau.edu or phone (928) 523-8410.

Join us for a two part webinar on
Introduction to Air Quality Modeling for Permitting Programs
September 28 and 30, 2021
9 am (Alaska), 10 am (Pacific), 11 pm (Mountain), 12 pm (Central), 1 pm (Eastern)

This webinar series will provide tribal professionals an introduction to regulatory air dispersion modeling. The webinars will provide an overview of the air dispersion model inputs and methodology so tribal professionals can have a basic understanding of how regulatory modeling fits into the permitting process. The webinars will feature a tribal case study provided by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Webinar Topics:
  • What is an air quality dispersion model and why are they needed.
  • What general inputs and methodology go into a model
  • Understanding and interpreting a modeling protocol.
  • Permitting and modeling: How does modeling fit into the permitting process.
  • Fond du Lac Tribal Case Study

Presenters:
  • Chuck Buckler, US Environmental Protection Agency, OAQPS
  • Michael King, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center
  • Joy Wiecks, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Register Now: HERE

If you have questions contact Christal Black, Assistant Manager, ITEP at Christal.Black@nau.edu or phone (928) 523-8410.

2020 Webinars

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Road dust from unpaved roads is a major air quality concern in many tribal communities. Dust (also called Particulate Matter (PM)) has negative impacts on health, road safety and quality of life. This webinar is the second of a series of four webinars to help tribal environmental and transportation staff to manage road dust, resulting in improved air quality.

Presenters from US Environmental Protection Agency, University of Alaska, Alaska Department Environmental Conservation, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals will provide information to help tribal environmental and transportation staff create community partnerships to:
  1. assess current roads,
  2. develop community education messages leading to behavioral changes,
  3. develop plans to improve road design,
  4. consider appropriate use of dust suppressants,
  5. continue with air quality assessments,
  6. create a dust management plan and
  7. identify potential funding sources.

Participants will also be introduced to a variety of online resources to help with planning for road dust management.
  1. Webinar #1 - Introduction to Managing Road Dust (Completed, Recording available)
  2. Webinar #2 - Introduction to Dust Suppressants (palliatives)
  3. Webinar #3 - Engaging Community Leaders in Road Dust Management
  4. Webinar #4 - Case Studies on Road Dust Management

Webinar #1 covers:
  1. Assessment of roads and capacity
  2. Behavioral changes
  3. Road design and maintenance

While the technical information from this webinar series will apply to any unpaved road, the focus of these webinars will be on Alaska communities.

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
ITEP Dust Webinar [pdf]

Youth activity guides for learning about PM:
Activity AQ-PM [pdf]
I Breath WHAT [pdf]
Up In The Air [pdf]

Presenters:
Presenter bios [pdf]


Webinar Resources:
Webinar Training Certificates and Note Taking Guide [docx]
Rural Alaska Dust Toolkit [pdf]
AQ Related Work Plan Template [pdf]


Road dust from unpaved roads is a major air quality concern in many tribal communities. Dust (also called Particulate Matter (PM)) has negative impacts on health, road safety and quality of life. This webinar is the second of a series of four webinars to help tribal environmental and transportation staff to manage road dust, resulting in improved air quality.

Presenters from US Environmental Protection Agency, University of Alaska, Alaska Department Environmental Conservation, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals will provide information to help tribal environmental and transportation staff create community partnerships to:
  1. assess current roads,
  2. develop community education messages leading to behavioral changes,
  3. develop plans to improve road design,
  4. consider appropriate use of dust suppressants,
  5. continue with air quality assessments,
  6. create a dust management plan and
  7. identify potential funding sources.

Participants will also be introduced to a variety of online resources to help with planning for road dust management.
  1. Webinar #1 - Introduction to Managing Road Dust (Completed, Recording available)
  2. Webinar #2 - Introduction to Dust Suppressants (palliatives)
  3. Webinar #3 - Engaging Community Leaders in Road Dust Management
  4. Webinar #4 - Case Studies on Road Dust Management

Webinar #2 covers:
  1. Dust Suppressants
  2. Dust monitoring

While the technical information from this webinar series will apply to any unpaved road, the focus of these webinars will be on Alaska communities.

This webinar will introduce tribal professionals to the world of tribal air quality programs and projects using tribal case studies as a teaching tool to show how different tribes developed their programs/projects and the various ways that effort is being accomplished. Webinar one will focus on how Tribes develop air quality programs utilizing the Clean Air Act, the Tribal Authority Rule, and Inherent Tribal Sovereignty. In addition to the case studies, there will be information provided on where specific resources are available. This is the first of five webinars hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professional’s, American Indian Air Quality Training Program.

Webinar #1 Topics
  1. Introduction to the Clean Air Act and the Tribal Authority Rule.
  2. Introduction to tribal air quality programs.
  3. Case studies of Tribes implementing their tribal air programs.
  4. Q & A session with presenters.
  5. Training and other resources on how to develop a tribal air program.

Webinar Video:
Video

Moderator:
Christopher Lee, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center

Presenters:
James Payne, Community & Tribal Programs Group, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards
Natalene Cummings, Air Program Manager, Forest County Potawatomi Natural Resources
Joe Cebe, Air Monitoring Specialist, Forest County Potawatomi Natural Resources
Harriett BlackHoop, Air Quality Coordinator, Standing Rock Sioux

Presentations:
ITEP Introduction and Resources [pdf]
CAA/TAR Overview [pdf]
Forest County Potawatomi [pdf]
Standing Rock Sioux [pdf]


Road dust from unpaved roads is a major air quality concern in many tribal communities. Dust (also called Particulate Matter (PM)) has negative impacts on health, road safety and quality of life. This webinar is the third in a series of four webinars to help tribal environmental and transportation staff managing road dust, resulting in improved air quality.

Presenters from Seldovia Village Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, and Ugashik Traditional Village will share experiences with dust management planning and projects. These community experiences will provide information to help tribal environmental and transportation staff create community partnerships to:

  1. Assess current roads.
  2. Develop community education messages leading to behavioral changes.
  3. Develop plans to improve road design.
  4. Consider appropriate use of dust suppressants.
  5. Continue with air quality assessments.
  6. Create a dust management plan.
  7. Identify potential funding sources.
  8. Work with multiple levels in the community to collaborate on road dust management.

Road Dust Webinar Series:

  1. Assess current roads.
  2. Develop community education messages leading to behavioral changes.
  3. Develop plans to improve road design.
  4. Consider appropriate use of dust suppressants.

Webinar #3 will focus on Sharing Community Experiences

While the technical information from this webinar series will apply to any unpaved road, the focus of these webinars will be on Alaska communities.

This webinar will introduce tribal professionals to tribal air quality programs and projects using tribal case studies as a teaching tool to show how different tribes developed their programs/projects and the various ways that effort is being accomplished. Webinar two will focus on how Tribes develop air quality programs utilizing the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) and Clean Air Act Section 103 Grant funds. In addition to the case studies, there will be information and resources shared about air quality training resources, grants, and grant management.

Webinar #2 Topics

  1. Introduction to the GAP, CAA Section 103, and CAA Section105 grant funding.
  2. Case studies of Tribes using GAP and CAA Section 103 grants to develop their tribal air programs.
  3. Q & A session with presenters.
  4. Training and other resources on how to develop a tribal air program.

Moderator:
Christal Black, American Indian Air Quality Training Program

Webinar Video:
Video

Presenters:
Pat Childers, Senior Tribal Program Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation
Wilfred Nabahe, Director, Colorado River Indian Tribes
Mercedes Kaiser, Air Quality Specialist, Colorado River Indian Tribes
Pam Atcitty, Environmental Specialist II, Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Presentation:
ITEP Introduction and Resources [pdf]
Tribal Grants Presentation [pdf]
GAP [pdf]
CAA 103 [pdf]


This webinar will introduce tribal professionals to the world of tribal air quality programs and projects using tribal case studies as a teaching tool to show how different tribes developed their programs/projects and the various ways that effort is being accomplished. Webinar three will focus on how Tribes develop air quality programs utilizing Clean Air Act Section 103 and Clean Air Act Section 105 Grant funds. In addition to the case studies, there will be information and resources shared about air quality training resources, grants and grant management.

Webinar #3 Topics

  1. Introduction to Tribal Air Coordinators/Project Officer.
  2. Case studies of Tribes using CAA Section 103 and CAA Section 105 grants to fund their tribal air programs.
  3. Q & A session with presenters.
  4. Training and other resources on how to develop a tribal air program.
  5. 30 minute live discussion with presenters.

Moderator:
Christal Black, American Indian Air Quality Training Program

Webinar Video:
Video

Presenters:
Pat Childers, Senior Tribal Program Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation
Aunjanee Gautreaux, Region 6 Tribal Air Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
April Hathcoat, Director, Cherokee Nation Environmental Programs/ITEC
Brandy Toft, Environmental Deputy Officer, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Presentation:
ITEP Introduction and Resources [pdf]
Tribal Grants Presentation [pdf]
CAA 103 [pdf]
CAA 105 [pdf]


Improved Air Quality can result in better health outcomes for your community. Do you have community members with asthma? Are you concerned about SARS-CoV-2 exposure? Do you have elders or young children in your community? Do you use wood stoves to heat your homes? Do you experience dust in your community?

The Research Education on Air and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) program:

  1. Citizen Science. Develop authentic research experiences using novel PM2.5 monitors with a focus on environmental health.
  2. Science Communication. Build student skills, confidence and interest in science by providing opportunities for students to translate their research findings to different audiences.
  3. Student Mentoring. Provide engagement and mentoring activities that support student research and expose students to environmental science and environmental health careers.
  4. Teacher Professional Development. Provide multiple learning opportunities for teachers and pre-service teachers in order to facilitate their understanding of environmental health concepts and their successful implementation of the REACH model with students.

This webinar series is intended for environmental professionals seeking introductory information on a wide range of tribal air quality programming topics. We feature tribal case studies as a teaching tool to provide examples of how different tribes have developed and implemented successful air quality programs & projects. Webinar #4 will introduce the important role of systematic planning using the Data Quality Objectives process as a foundation to project planning for developing a successful tribal air monitoring project.

Webinar #4 Topics

  1. Quality System, Data Quality Objectives, and Quality Assurance Project Plans/ Quality Management Plans
  2. Standing Rock Sioux case study
  3. White Mountain Apache case study
  4. Q & A session with presenters
  5. Training and other resources

Presenter:
Michael King, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center
Harriett BlackHoop- Cruz, Air Quality Coordinator, Standing Rock Sioux
Delbert Altaha Jr, Air Quality Specialist, White Mountain Apache

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Planning an Air Quality Project [pdf]

This webinar will provide a brief introduction to emission inventories. We will discuss how tribal professionals can start the process of developing an emission inventory. Significant time will be allotted for questions and comments from webinar attendees. Even if you have already completed an emission inventory, please consider attending this webinar to share your experiences with the emission inventory process.

Webinar Topics

  1. Introduction to Emission Inventories
  2. Benefits of Completing an Emission Inventory
  3. Uses of Emission Inventory Data
  4. Sources Included in an Emission Inventory
  5. Overview of Available Online Emission Inventory Training Options Through ITEP

Presenter:
Angelique Luedeker, Technology Specialist II, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center

Bio: Angelique started working for ITEP in 2002, and since her first day, she has been working with emissions inventories. She has 18 years of experience of providing tribes assistance with emission inventories. Before working for ITEP, Angelique was part of the Los Alamos National Lab air quality team. She has a BS in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University.

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Emission Inventories [pdf]
Emission Inventories Links [pdf]

If you have any questions contact: Christal.Black@nau.edu
A max of 25 participants: Weekly webinars are 90-120 minutes, once a week.

Webinar Series Description:
The webinar series will provide an overview of the permitting programs of the Clean Air Act, i.e. the New Source Review (NSR) – Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Program and the Non-Attainment New Source Review Program, the Tribal Minor Source New Source Review Program, and the Title V Operating Permit Program. There will be presentations, tribal case studies, question and answer discussions, and other engagement activities in the weekly 90-120 minute webinar. The series is capped at 25 participants. Selected participants will receive a certificate of completion from ITEP for attending all webinars, engaging in discussions and submitting assignments.

Topics Include

  1. Purpose and Basic Requirements of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program
  2. Purpose and Basic Requirements of the Non-Attainment New Source Review Program
  3. Purpose and Basic Requirements of Tribal Minor Source New Source Review Program
  4. Purpose and Basic Requirements of Title V Operating Permit Program
  5. Understanding the permit review process of the different permitting programs and how tribes can participate as stakeholders in the process
  6. Understanding how a permit is constructed and organized
  7. Information on drafting effective comments on proposed permits
  8. Resources that can help with the permit review

Prerequisites: Registrants are required to have taken either the Clean Air Act and Permitting Course (Level 2) or the Tribal Participation in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) Process Course (Level 2). Registrants who have NOT taken either of the level 2 courses indicated will be required to complete two prerecorded webinars before attending this course.

  1. Webinar #1 will be an overview of the Clean Air Act.
  2. Webinar #2 will be an overview of the Clean Air Act Permitting Programs.
  3. Each webinar will have a listening guide to be completed and submitted to Darlene.Santos@nau.edu at ITEP.

If you have questions regarding the pre-requisites or your eligibility for this course, please contact Christal Black, Program Coordinator Sr. at Christal.Black@nau.edu or phone 928-523-8410.
Road dust from unpaved roads is a major air quality concern in many tribal communities. Dust (also called Particulate Matter (PM)) has negative impacts on health, road safety and quality of life. This webinar is the final webinar in a series of four webinars to help tribal environmental and transportation staff managing road dust, resulting in improved air quality.

Presenters representing the Tribal Communities of Galena, AK and Port Heiden, AK will share their experiences with dust management planning and projects. These community experiences will provide information to help tribal environmental and transportation staff create community partnerships to:

  1. assess current roads,
  2. develop community education messages leading to behavioral changes,
  3. develop plans to improve road design,
  4. consider appropriate use of dust suppressants,
  5. continue with air quality assessments,
  6. create a dust management plan,
  7. identify potential funding sources and,
  8. work with multiple levels in the community to collaborate on road dust management.

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Road Dust Webinar #4: sharing community Experiences (Part 2) [pdf]

Presenters:
Presenter bios

Webinar Resources:
Webinar Training Certificate and Note Taking Guide for Webinar #3 [docx]
Rural Alaska Dust Toolkit [pdf]


This webinar will provide information to tribal professionals on monitoring for the criteria pollutants and a demonstration of a remote Professional Assistance (PA) project provided by the TAMS Center. This webinar will provide an overview of the criteria pollutants, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), monitor types, and theory of operation of air monitors. A case study will be provided by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) Air Quality program highlighting a remote PA project.

Webinar Topics:

  1. Introduction to criteria pollutants and the NAAQS
  2. Overview of FEM & FRM Air Monitors/Samplers
  3. Theory of Operation of Air Monitors
  4. Tribal Presenter – Overview of the MBCI Air Quality Monitoring Program
  5. Demonstration of remote PA

Presenter:
Michael King, Technology Specialist III, Tribal Air Monitoring Support (TAMS) Center
Nicklaus Shumake, Environmental Administrator, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Office of Environmental Protection

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Introduction to Air Monitoring and Remote PA [pdf]

Resources:
Air Monitoring Equipment Operation and Maintenance Tutorial Videos [pdf]
Technical Guidance for the Development of Tribal Air Monitoring Programs [pdf]
ITEP Professional E Application [docx]


If you have questions please contact Christal Black, Program Coordinator Sr. at Christal.Black@nau.edu.
Participants will increase their understanding of health impacts of wood smoke, cultural perspectives of woodburning, and woodstove operation & maintenance. Participants will also obtain ideas, publications, and resources for conducting outreach for the operation and maintenance of woodstoves within their own tribal communities.

Webinar #1: December 1, 2020

  • Wood smoke health effects and impacts to Indian Country
  • Cultural acknowledgment of fuel wood and fire

Webinar #2: December 7, 2020

  • Types of stoves, basic operation, safety, clearances, ventilation
  • Navajo Hybrid stove operation, maintenance, and best burning practices

Webinar #3: December 15, 2020

  • Education and Outreach for Tribal Communities
  • Risk reduction for COVID – the role of wood smoke (Particulate Matter (PM))

Webinar #4: April 21, 2021

  • Safe chimney and wood-burning appliance operation
  • Diagnosing and solving wood-burning chimney problems.

Facilitators:
Webinars #1 & #2: Michael King, Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center
Webinar #3: Mansel A Nelson, Environmental Education Outreach Program

Presenters: BIOS [pdf]
Tony J. Ward, Chair and Professor, School of Public and Community Health Science, University of Montana
Perry H. Charley, Director & Senior Scientist, Environmental Outreach & Research Institute, Dine College
Rick Vlahos, Executive Director, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation, & National Fireplace Institute
Roy Hosteen, Four Corners Project Coordinator, Red Feather Development Group
Johna Boulafentis, Environmental Outreach Specialist, Nez Perce Tribe
Russ Dimmitt,, Director of Education, Chimney Safety Institute of American

Webinar Video:
Video

Presentation:
Woodstove Operation & Maintenance Webinar 1 [pdf]
Woodstove Operation & Maintenance Webinar 2 [pdf]
Woodstove Operation & Maintenance Webinar 3 [pdf]
Woodstove Operation & Maintenance Webinar 3 [pdf]
Woodstove Operation & Maintenance Webinar 4 [pdf]

Resources:
IAQ Framework Perceptions, Cultural, Science [pdf]
Navajo Coal Combustion and Respiratory Health Near Shiprock [pdf]
Navajo Nation Changeout [pdf]
Wet Wood PSA [pdf]
Chimney Maintenance and Safety [pdf]

If you have questions please contact Christal Black, Program Coordinator Sr. at Christal.Black@nau.edu.

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2020 TLEF: 2020 Tribal Lands & Environment Forum: Virtual Gathering
Virtual Conference
August 17-27, 2020

2020 TLEF Presentations

2019 TLEF: Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA
August 19-22, 2019

2019 TLEF Presentations

2019 TLEF Booklet [pdf]

2019 TLEF Highlights video [mp4]

2018 TLEF: Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA
August 13-16, 2018

2018 TLEF Presentations

2018 TLEF Booklet [pdf]

2018 TLEF Highlights video [mp4]

2017 TLEF: Cox Business Center
Tulsa, OK
August 14-17, 2017

2017 TLEF Presentations

2017 TLEF Attendee Networking list. [pdf]

2016 TLEF: Mohegan Sun Resort
Uncasville, CN
August 15-18, 2016

2019 TLEF Presentations

2016 TLEF Conference Booklet [pdf]

2016 TLEF Attendee Networking list [pdf]

2013 TLEF: Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Pueblo of Santa Ana
August 19-22, 2013

2013 TLEF Presentations

2013 TLEF Conference Booklet [pdf]

2013 TLEF Attendee Networking List [pdf]

2012 TLEF: Mill Casino and Hotel, Coquille Indian Tribe
Coos Bay, OR
August 20-23, 2012

2012 TLEF Presentations

2012 TLEF Attendee Networking List [pdf]

2012 TLEF Presenter Bios [pdf]

2012 TLEF Agenda Booklet [pdf]

2011 TLEF: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
Oneida/Green Bay, WI
August 23-25, 2011

2011 TLEF Presentations

2010 TLEF: US Grant Hotel
San Diego, CA
August 24-26, 2010

2010 TLEF Presentations



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