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National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ)

National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ)

The NTFAQ provides environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, and technical topics in air quality. The NTFAQ is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), made possible by funding from US EPA and our generous sponsors.



2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality – Celebrating 20 Years!
May 6-9, 2019
Hosted by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, Temecula, California

National Tribal Forum on Air Quality promo video
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Conference Registration:

To show appreciation to professionals in the field, the hosts and committee decided to offer a specially reduced rate of $25/person this year. Thank you for your interest in attending the 20th annual National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, we truly hope to see you there!

A request for a Scholarship is part of the registration form. We suggest reviewing the information located on the “Scholarship” tab before beginning the registration process.

  • $25/person registration fee (applies to all attendees who do not otherwise receive travel support from ITEP/NTAA*).
  • Payment with a credit card upon completion of the registration form is the easiest form of payment and receipt.
  • Registration fees may be refunded in the event of a cancellation according to our Refund Policy (see link below).
  • *Registration Fees are waived for the following: Host Tribe Members and Employees, Scholarship Recipients, Presenters, NTAA Executive Committee, TAMS Steering Committee, and Event Sponsors. In the payment section of the registration form, please choose: “Waive Fee”.
Links to Online Forms, Deadlines Document and Refund Policy Document:


2019 Deadline:
  • Cancellation/Refund Deadline: Monday, May 5
*All participants, including, but not limited to: committee, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors who plan on attending the conference must register in the registration form.

Optional Sessions - Monday, May 6
The following sessions are FREE to attend and open to all interested unless otherwise indicated. Registration for all optional sessions is required. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating. All optional sessions require proof of registration to the Forum to attend. See below for session details and registration.

9:00 am-5:00 pm
Optional Session #1: Introduction to R for Environmental Data Analysis
Link for Information and Registration: http://tinyurl.com/optsesh1

9:00 am-5:00 pm
Optional Session #2: Drones 101 for Air Quality
Link for Information and Registration: http://tinyurl.com/optsesh2

1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Optional Session #4: CAA Grants and TAS for Air Quality
Link for Information and Registration: http://tinyurl.com/optsesh4

1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Optional Session: Vendor-sponsored Session: DR-DAS
More details: NTFAQ Working Agenda [pdf]

1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Optional Session: Vendor-sponsored Session: Agilaire
More details: NTFAQ Working Agenda [pdf]

2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Optional Session: Vendor-sponsored Session: Ambilabs
More details: NTFAQ Working Agenda [pdf]

Scholarship Request:

Submission of this form serves both as a request for scholarship and conference registration, you do not need to submit a separate conference registration.


  • The deadline to request a scholarship is March 15, 2019.
  • You will be able to request a scholarship by completing the online registration form and indicating you would like a scholarship.
  • Scholarship awards will be issued by reimbursement AFTER the conference to help cover Eligible Expenses including airfare, mileage, and meals. Awards are limited to the following and may not cover all expenses: up to $800.00 for tribes from the Lower 48, and up to $1200.00 for Alaska Native Villages. Lodging costs will be paid by ITEP separately.
  • Scholarship recipients will also have up to 5 nights (Sunday, May 5 check in with a Friday, May 10 check out) lodging pre-paid; reservations will be made by ITEP.
  • Scholarship recipients must attend the full conference (unless otherwise approved) and submit a summary conference report in order to receive reimbursement. Scholarship recipients who request lodging for Sunday May 5 are expected to participate in one or more sessions scheduled for Monday, May 6.
  • As with any other registrant, if you are interested in volunteering as part of your participation, please indicate so in the registration form.
Timeline:
  • Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Notice of Award Letters: Tuesday, March 20, 2019*
  • Scholarship Confirmation Deadline: Thursday April 4, 2019
*Forms will need to be completed, instructions to follow with acceptance.

Presentation Proposals:

Are you interested in presenting at the 2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality?

Presentation topics should be linked directly to air quality and/or climate change and should discuss direct experiences and/or original research. Forum sponsors are not responsible for issues related to copyright or culturally sensitive information. Requests from representatives of private for-profit entities are not accepted (see Sponsor/Exhibitor opportunities on the NTFAQ website for other ways to participate).

2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTFAQ): https://tinyurl.com/2019Presenter

Registration fees are waived for accepted presenters; however, all presenters must register separately for the conference by using the conference registration form and select “Waive Fee” in the payment section.

The NTFAQ Planning Committee encourages all presenters to participate in the EcoCafe Poster/Exhibit Session, an opportunity to share more detailed information and enhance the NTFAQ experience for everyone. You do not need to apply separately for the EcoCafe , but please indicate if you would like to participate in the Presentation Proposal online form.

Timeline

  • Proposal Submissions Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Notification from Committee: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Program Published on Website: Friday, May 3, 2019

Hotel/Travel:


Hotel Accommodations
The Pechanga Resort and Casino (host hotel) is offering a reduced group rate.

PECHANGA RESORT AND CASINO
Address:
45000 Pechanga Pkwy
Temecula, CA 92592
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Parking: Valet and general parking is complimentary. For entrance to the conference center and hotel if valet parking, the "Hotel" Valet Parking is closer than the "Casino" Valet Parking.
Phone: (877) 711-2946
Website: https://www.pechanga.com
Maps and Directions: https://www.pechanga.com/directions

Individual Reservations
IMPORTANT NOTE For individuals who receive travel support from ITEP or NTAA: Lodging arrangements will be made for you by ITEP; please DO NOT contact the hotel directly, except in the event of last-minute cancellation. All other attendees must contact the hotel directly to make lodging arrangements. (Eligible recipients include: Scholarship Award Recipients, NTAA Executive Committee Members, and TAMS Steering Committee Members.)

Group rooms are subject to availability. You MUST book a room by the deadline of Friday, April 5, 2019 in order to receive the reduced group rate of $139 plus taxes. Please note that rates increase if more than 2 adults are staying in the room ($169 for 3 adults and $199 for 4 adults in one room). Special concessions include: free in-room basic Internet, complimentary health club, complimentary valet parking and complimentary in-room toll telephone call.

Phone Hotel Reservations: 888-732-4264 and identify: 2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, or use the group code 7212954.

Online Hotel Reservations: https://reservations.travelclick.com/131333?groupID=2440138#/guestsandrooms When using the online reservation system, click on “Click & Go to the Next Step” in order to continue with the booking and follow the online prompts. You may book multiple rooms for groups in one session as well.

If you have an issue booking a room earlier than the cutoff date of Friday, April 5, please send an email to NTFAQ@nau.edu with "Lodging" in the subject line to notify a representative.

Traveling by Air
When flying into the area, you may fly into a variety of airports; for example, Ontario Airport (ONT), Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA) or San Diego (SAN). They are generally about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes driving time to/from Pechanga Resort and Casino.

Miles/Travel Time (without traffic) to/from Pechanga (closest to furthest):

  • Ontario = 57 miles/1h15m
  • San Diego = 61 miles/1h30m
  • Orange County/John Wayne = 70 miles/1h40m

American Airlines (5%) and Alaska Air (5%) have both offered travel discounts when traveling out of San Diego airport. For more information about discount codes, please see your registration confirmation.

Ground Transportation
Driving Directions: Please visit the Pechanga Resort and Casino website for driving directions: https://www.pechanga.com/directions

Airport Transportation/Shuttle: It may cost $125-$160 to pay for airport transportation each way from the airports listed. A 10% discount with Super Shuttle has been arranged for transportation to/from San Diego Airport (SAN) for certain categories of reservations. Please see your registration confirmation for information on the discount code. (The best way for a shuttle discount is group travel in one vehicle upon arriving and departing with Super Shuttle, which may reduce the per person travel each way to $40-$75/person.)

Complimentary Airport Shuttle (Ontario Airport ONLY):
A complimentary airport shuttle for NTFAQ attendees traveling to the Ontario Airport (ONT) is available on a limited schedule. Please see Ontario Airport Shuttle Information Sheet for details. For additional ground transportation options (fees apply), visit your destination airport’s webpage.

Dining Options
While staying at Pechanga Resort and Casino, there are a number of dining options for your convenience. Please visit the Pechanga "Eat" webpage here: https://www.pechanga.com/eat

Exhibitors/Sponsors:

Thank you for your interest in applying to exhibit or being a sponsor at the 2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality.

The NTFAQ annual conference is a must-attend event for tribal environmental professionals from across the country and draws solid participation from senior US EPA officials and other Federal, State and Local agencies. Hundreds attend our conference annually to present research, learn and discuss air quality and climate change issues for Indian Country and Alaska.

2019 Deadlines:

  • Sponsorship and Advertisement Payment Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Exhibitor and Artisan Application/Payment Deadline: Friday April 19, 2019

Online Application:
SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION
By becoming a sponsor, your organization is affirming its focus on environmental quality and helping to support idea-sharing and inspiration-gathering among attendees. Sponsorships will be used to enhance the overall conference experience for all attendees, however, if you have specific items you wish to sponsor, please let us know.

Platinum* ($2,000) provides logo displayed prominently at the event and printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; full-page, full-color advertisement in conference program; one (1) exhibitor space; and five (5) current year registrations. Exclusively available to Platinum Sponsors: full-color, 5”x7” vertical advertisement displayed on each table in open as well as closing plenary session and conference registration area. SOLD OUT!

Gold* ($1,000) provides logo displayed prominently at the event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; two (2) half-page (5x7 horizontal), full-color advertisements in conference program; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space; and four (4) complimentary current year registrations. SOLD OUT!

Silver* ($500) provides logo displayed prominently at the event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; one (1) complimentary half-page black and white advertisement in conference program; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space; and three (3) complimentary current year registrations.

*All sponsors will receive contact information for those registered participants who elected to share their information to receive news, announcements, invitations to meet onsite, as well as offers and promotions.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION
Tables are available for vendors, government programs, tribal and non-government organizations, and artisans to network and distribute information to Forum attendees.

Fees and Packages
The 2019 NTFAQ Exhibitor fee is $150 and includes two (2) complimentary current year NTFAQ registrations, one 6’ table, two chairs, waste basket, basic power and basic Internet WiFi access.

A artisan fee of $100 includes one 6’ table, two chairs, waste basket and basic Internet WiFi access.

Schedule
Exhibit tables will be ready for set up Monday, May 6 through Thursday May 9, 2019.

Additional Furniture, Equipment, and Accessories
Additional furniture, draping, accessories, and/or decorations are the sole responsibility of the exhibitor and should be approved in advance by the conference organizers. All booth equipment and accessories must follow the standards established by the Fire Marshall. Additionally, there will be no pipe and drape, and no wall for banners or signs to hang.

To read the exhibitor terms and conditions, please download the exhibitor policy document

Security
Please note in the Exhibitor Terms and Conditions document that specific security for exhibit or artisan tables is not included at the event.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR EXHIBITORS AND SPONSORS

Hotel
A lodging room or travel is not included in the fees. Select the “Travel” tab on the website for information on reserving a lodging room at the Pechanga Resort and Casino at a rate of $139 + taxes and fees. (Additional fees apply for more than 2 adults per room.)

Shipping
Shipping and receiving of any exhibitor materials to the event is the responsibility of the exhibitors, as well as removal by the specified deadline. Shipping information will be included in your confirmation, as well as other communication throughout the year until the event.

Questions about Payment, Registration, Approval, Options, or General?
Please contact Julie Tieman, Event Coordinator, Senior at Julie.Tieman@nau.edu or 928-523-5680 for more information.

EcoCafe:

The EcoCafe session of the NTFAQ is a prime opportunity for individuals, project teams, organizations, and businesses to share information and interact with Forum attendees in an informal, exhibit-style atmosphere.

Participants should display materials that discuss unique projects, original research, special studies or other subjects related to air quality and/or climate change. Poster display materials are available upon request. Forum sponsors are not responsible for issues related to copyright or culturally sensitive information.

Participants are responsible for shipping and setup/breakdown of all materials before, after and during the session. Any items left behind will be discarded accordingly. Power will not be made available. Should you wish to have power, the fee is a $90 fee in advance or $140 onsite for request.

2019 EcoCafe Application Online Form: https://tinyurl.com/2019EcoCafe

Deadline

  • Application Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019

Frequenly Asked Questions:


GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION

What is the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality?
The NTFAQ provides environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, and technical topics in air quality. The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), made possible by funding from US EPA and our generous sponsors.

When and where is the 20th Annual National Tribal Forum on Air Quality?
This year’s NTFAQ will be held at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California on May 6-9, 2019.

What meals are included in my registration cost?
Through the help of sponsors and affiliates, we will be offering the following meals at the conference:

Daily continental breakfast, am and pm snack breaks and:

  • Lunch on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (NTAA members only)
  • Lunch on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (EcoCafe and Networking Lunch)
  • Dinner on Wednesday, May 7, 2019 (Awards Banquet)
All other meals are not offered at the Forum. Note: Lunch on Tuesday is for members only.

There are a number of restaurants at the resort. Please visit the Pechanga Resort and Casino website for more information: https://www.pechanga.com/eat

What does the conference schedule look like?
The NTFAQ is a 3-day conference, starting on a Tuesday and ending on Thursday. Additional training is available on Monday, May 6, 2019. Please see the schedule on the event home page for more information. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. The agenda should be updated in April.

Are there field trips and excursions?
Field trips are integral part of every Forum, and we will have more information as they are confirmed. Details on field trips and excursions can be found on the AGENDA.

Where can I find information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities?
You can view prices, available sponsorship packages, apply and pay, among other things by visiting the “Exhibitors” tab on the webpage.

Who do I contact for general conference questions?
You may contact customer service by emailing NTFAQ@nau.edu.

REGISTRATION

How can I register for the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality?
To show appreciation to professionals and students in the field, the hosts and committee decided to offer a specially reduced rate of $25/person this year. Thank you for your interest in the 20th annual conference.

You may register by using the online form under the “Register” tab on the webpage: www.nau.edu/ntfaq.

How will I know if I’m registered?
All attendees will receive a confirmation by email. This confirmation verifies your registration for the conference. Please feel free to contact a conference representative if you have any additional questions at NTFAQ@nau.edu.

The registration will also send an invoice for any amount due. Payments are due before the start of the conference. If your organization is paying with a Purchase Order/Check, please follow up by sending an email with a copy of the Purchase Order to NTFAQ@nau.edu.

If you chose to pay by credit card during registration, you will receive a message from another system with an auto-generated receipt.

Note about SPAM: To avoid system messages from going to a SPAM folder, please approve messages from “doNOTreply@nau.edu”.

How can I pay for the conference?
You may pay for the conference online in the registration system with a credit card. This is the easiest way to pay and receive an automated receipt. You may also pay through a direct deposit (company payments only, not individuals), Purchase Order/company check, or by an individual check.

For payments by Check: Please ensure that checks are made payable to: “NAU-ITEP” with a note in the memo line regarding your registration identification, registration names, and/or registration Invoice number .

Are any scholarships offered?
Yes, scholarships include registration and travel reimbursements for up to a certain amount. Please visit the “Scholarships” tab for more information and deadlines.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
If you are unable to attend the conference, you are required to submit a written cancellation notice no later than Sunday, May 5, 2019 by 5:00pm MST for a full refund. If your cancellation notice is received after the deadline a refund will not be possible . Please send a request in writing to NTFAQ@nau.edu with “Cancellation” in the Subject line.

What if I forget to cancel and do not participate in the conference?
An unpaid no show still owes the conference hosts. If we do not receive a cancellation by the stated refund date, you will not receive a refund. Whether or not a registrant participates, a head count for a number of items have already been purchased and all costs incurred, this cannot be recovered, so no refund is possible after the deadline.

What if I would like to substitute someone in my place?
You may substitute. It is encouraged to complete this at least 2 weeks before conference, or as soon as possible, to avoid onsite administration errors.

What if I do have a refund coming and I do not receive it?
It is the registrant’s responsibility to follow up with a conference representative after the conference in the event a refund is not received, and you believe you are owed one. If a registrant does not follow up on a refund and it is not received, no refund will be possible following this deadline due to account closure.

For questions about refunds, please email NTFAQ@nau.edu with “Refund” in the subject line.

Please see the “Registration” tab to download the refund policy document and read the refund policies. Upon registration, you checked a box stating you understand these refund policies that you may refer to online.

LODGING

Is there a lodging group rate available for the event?
There is a reduced hotel group rate available at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, the host hotel. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are not able to secure lodging at the host hotel, please email NTFAQ@nau.edu with “Lodging” in the subject line.

The deadline to take advantage of the rate is Friday, April 5, 2019.
Please see the “Travel” tab for more information on the hotel, links to maps, and more.

Contact Us:

For questions regarding the website, registration, accommodations, and other general logistics: Email: NTFAQ@nau.edu

For questions regarding the agenda and/or program content, EcoCafe, or award nominations, please contact the NTFAQ Project Director: Lydia Scheer, Project Director Email: Lydia.Scheer@nau.edu Phone: 928-523-6887

For questions regarding scholarships, exhibiting, sponsorships or volunteering, please contact the NTFAQ Event Coordinator, Senior: Julie Tieman, Event Coordinator, Senior Email: Julie.Tieman@nau.edu Phone: 928-523-5680

Past NTFAQs:

*Note: links below for presentations will redirect to files on Dropbox.com; links to photos are redirected to flickr.com. If you have difficulty accessing these files, please contact ITEP.

2018 NTFAQ: Hosted by Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Carlton, MN
May 14-17, 2018
    Click HERE for conference presentations.

    Click HERE for the NTFAQ video highlight reel!

    Click HERE for conference program.

2017 NTFAQ: Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Tucson, AZ
May 1-4, 2017
    Click HERE for conference presentations.

    Click HERE for conference images.

    Click HERE for conference program.

2016 NTFAQ: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe & Seneca Nation of Indians
Niagara Falls, NY
May 17-19, 2016
    Click HERE for conference presentations.

    Click HERE for conference images.

    Click HERE for conference program.

2015 NTFAQ: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
Battle Creek, MI
May 19-21, 2015
    Click HERE for Conference Program.

    Click HERE for Agenda.

    Click HERE for 2015 NTFAQ presentations.

2014 NTFAQ: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Anacortes, WA
May 13-15, 2014
    Click HERE for Conference Program.

    Click HERE for Agenda.

    Click HERE for 2014 NTFAQ presentations.

2013 NTFAQ: Fort McDowell Reservation
Fountain Hills, AZ
April 30-May 2, 2013
    Click HERE for presentations.

2012 NTFAQ: Cherokee Nation's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Tulsa, Ok
May 22-24, 2012
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Final Agenda. [pdf]

2011 NTFAQ: Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Hotel and Casino
Spokane, WA
June 14-16, 2011
    Click HERE for Presentations.

    Click HERE for Final Agenda. [pdf]

Optional NSR Consultation Session Agenda, June 13, 2011:
    Click HERE for NSR agenda. [pdf]

For more information please contact:

Lydia Scheer, Program Manager
NAU - ITEP
928/523-6887
Lydia.Scheer@nau.edu
Andy Bessler, Project Director
National Tribal Air Association - NAU
928/523-0526
Andy.Bessler@nau.edu

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