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  • Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society (SAEMS)

    2018 July VOL 16 Issue 7

    The Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society recently conducted board elections for the July 2018 - June 2019 term. SAEMS holds monthly luncheon meetings the last Wednesday of the month (except for May and November) featuring speakers on a wide range of environmental and safety topics, please join us at our next meeting on July 25, 2018.


    The benefits of membership include discounted fees for attendance at monthly luncheon meetings and the annual RCRA Seminar, informational updates for environmental and safety industry news, networking with peers in the environmental and safety fields, access to password protected areas of the SAEMS website and opportunities for involvement in on-going committees and activities.


    For more information about the Southern Arizona Management Society you can find us at: www.saems.org.

    • Ouatfa Chuffe-Moscoso, PRESIDENT
  • Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals (AZAEP)

    2018 June VOL 16 Issue 8

    2018 Board Elections
    The Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals board is comprised of 7 members: 4 officers and 3 at-large members. Their 2-year terms are staggered to provide for continuity. The 4 officer terms end on June 30, 2018. AZAEP is seeking nominations, including self nominations to serve on the board for the July 2018 – June 2020 term as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

    The positions are volunteers with no financial compensation. The successful candidates must be or become AZAEP members upon taking office. Nominations are requested by June 15th, elections will be held by email and at the June 26, 2018  Membership Meeting. This meeting will feature Tice Supplee, Director of Bird Conservation with Audubon Arizona. Meeting time is 6pm and the location is the Old Spaghetti Factory on Central Avenue in Phoenix.

    Inquiries or nominations may be sent to azaep@azaep.org.

    For more information about the Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals you can find us at:

    • Twitter: AZAEP1
    • Facebook: Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals

    Those interested in attending can contact AZAEP at azaep@azaep.org.

  • Arizona Environmental Stratigic Alliance (Alliance)

    2018 June 11 VOL 16 Issue 8


    Recent Alliance seminars have included the Pinal County Air Quality Compliance Assistance seminar in Florence, the Maricopa County Air Quality Compliance Assistance seminar in Phoenix, and a Stack Test seminar held at Intel in Mesa. The Alliance plans to continue hosting these types of mentoring and educational environmental compliance seminars, but we are currently reviewing other potential seminar topics.  To determine what environmental seminar topics would be most valuable to Arizona businesses and organizations, the Alliance recently completed an extensive survey of past seminar attendees. We received a substantial response, and are currently reviewing the survey responses. If you were one of those who responded, thank you! If you did not have an opportunity to complete the survey, and you would like to give us your suggestions, email to Jim Thrush, Alliance President, at jimthrush@cox.net.

    Alliance seminars support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including protecting Arizona's environment through mentoring and educating Arizona small businesses and providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between environmental regulators and industry. If you have any  questions about the Alliance, or about Alliance membership, visit our website at www.azalliance.org or call our office at 480-422-7392.

    • Craig McCurry, CHAIR
  • Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society (SAEMS)

    2018 April VOL 16 Issue 6

    The Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society (SAEMS) will host its 2018 Annual RCRA Seminar – "Stranger RCRA Things and EPCRA Too" – on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Hilton Tucson East, 7600 East Broadway Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona. SAEMS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is actively involved in activities that promote awareness, education, and the understanding of environmental issues. The proceeds from this seminar go towards the SAEMS' Scholarship Fund. In 2017, SAEMS awarded a total of $10,500 in scholarships to college students who were majoring in environmental studies at the University of Arizona.

    DOWNLOAD a REGISTRATION FORM HERE or click on the link below.

    For more information visit: www.saems.org.

  • Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ)

    2018 March VOL 16 Issue 5

    The Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ) hosted the 14th Annual Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup on March 22 and 23, 2018, at the Phoenix-Tempe DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Attendees had the opportunity to visit vendor booths from many of Arizona's leading environmental product and service providers, network with their environmental professional colleagues, and select from a wide range of presentation topics throughout both days of the conference. The Keynote Presentations included: "AZ PURE Water Brew Challenge: Arizona's First Potable Reuse Demonstration", by Jeff Prevatt, Pima County Regional Wastewater & Reclamation Division, and Channah Rock, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor & Extension Specialist - Water Quality, University of Arizona and "Accrediting our Emergency Management Services on the World Stage & in Arizona - An Air Force Fire Chief's Perspective" by Chief Todd Canale, DAFC, Chief - Fire Emergency Services, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.





    EPAZ hosts monthly meetings with presentations by environmental management experts on various current issues. For more information about EPAZ, visit their website at www.epaz.org.

    PHOTOS: Click on photos to view a larger image. TOP Image: The GRR Luncheon, March 22nd. MIDDLE Image -- The Gatekeeper Regulatory Roundup COMMITTEE. LOWER Image -- EPAZ Scholarship Winners, and, center Marty Minter (EPAZ).

    • Lisa Culbert, ASSOCIATION MANAGER
  • SESHA (AZ CHAPTER)

    2018 May VOL 16 Issue 7

    SESHA (AZ Chapter) 40th Annual International High Technology ESH Symposium & Exhibition

    2018 May VOL 16 Issue



    "SESHA's 40th Annual Symposium & Exhibition at the Embassy Suites Resort & Conference Center was a huge success. A sold out exhibit hall and best attendance in 15 years!" SESHA's 40th Annual International High Technology ESH Symposium & Exhibition, co-sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association was held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort (formerly Chaparral Suites) from April 16-20, 2018. The program included professional development courses, three tracks of technical sessions, and daily keynotes. View SESHA past articles on the Association Pages.


    • Jesse Gonzalez, AZ CHAPTER PRESIDENT

  • SESHA (AZ CHAPTER)

    2018 April VOL 16 Issue 6

    SESHA’s 40th Annual International High Technology ESH Symposium & Exhibition, co-sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort (formerly Chaparral Suites) from April 16-20, 2018. The program includes professional development courses, three tracks of technical sessions, and daily keynotes. Keynotes will address the Business Value of Integrating Health and Safety, Heretic’s Guide to Hacking EH&S, and a review of the online UL/ SESHA Courses. PDCs are offered on Accident Investigation - Evidence Gathering, Selected Topics in Product Safety, Reactive Silane Byproducts, and EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting for Electronics Industry. Featured roundtables include Amended TSCA and the Unanticipated Impacts to the Semiconductor Industry, Corporate Social Responsibility - Evolution and Emerging Issues, and Nanomaterial Lifecycle Considerations for Use in Advanced Electronics. The online program and further information are available on the SESHA website. http://www.seshaonline.org Stay informed of SESHA’s activities, including our (free) Monthly Webinars, by joining the SESHA LinkedIn Group, following SESHA on Twitter (@SESHAtweets), and liking SESHA - ESH for High Technology on Facebook (@seshaonline).

    • Jesse Gonzalez, AZ CHAPTER PRESIDENT

  • Arizona Environmental Stratigic Alliance (Alliance)

    2018 March 2 VOL 16 Issue 5

    Pinal County Air Quality Control Department and the Arizona Environmental Stratgic Alliance co-hosted the fifth annual one-day Pinal County Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar on February 15, 2018, at the Historic 1891 Florence Courthouse in Florence, Arizona.

    Attendees representing 26 organizations, including small and larger business in the Pinal County area, heard presentations from both regulatory and industry air quality experts. These presentations included: Permitting Process, Anu Jain (Pinal County Air Quality); Compliance Inspections, Bob Farrell (Pinal County Air Quality); Emission Inventory Process, Dennise Flanigan (Pinal County Air Quality); Director’s Update, Mike Sundblom (Pinal County Air Quality); Enforcement Procedures, Josh DeZeeuw (Pinal County Air Quality); Kevin Costello (Pinal County Attorneys Office); Legislative Update, Amanda Reeve (Snell & Wilmer); Installing Equipment, Robert Mills (Ping); Emergency Generators, Anu Jain (Pinal County Air Quality); Preparing for a Stack Test, Mike Sherer (Trinity Consultants). Dr. Nick Hild, ASU, and Alliance Advisory Councilor, provided both welcoming and closing remarks.

    This seminar, and others like it, support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including protecting Arizona's environment through mentoring and educating Arizona small businesses, and providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between environmental regulators and industry. For more information on this seminar and other Alliance mentoring activities, contact the Alliance at our office at 480-422-7392 or visit our website at azalliance.org.

    • Craig McCurry, CHAIR
  • Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA-GCS)

    2018 January VOL 16 Issue 3

    I’d like to take this opportunity to announce our Air Quality Monitoring Series! Our first three meetings of the year will focus on Air Quality Monitoring. The registration for each will be separate, so you can join for one or all of the meetings.  Visit our website registration page here:  http://www.awma-gcs.org/events--presentations.html

    Monitoring and Network Design:

    Dr. Ron Pope of MCAQD will give a presentation giving a high level overview of air quality monitoring and network design.  What pollutants does MCAQD monitor for?  How are monitoring locations chosen?  What do they do with the data?  Come to this presentation and find out!

    Date: Tuesday, January 16
    Time:11:30 – 1:00
    Location: MCAQD Offices, 1001 N. Central Avenue 

    Cost: $20 International members, $25 non-members, $15 Students.
    Lunch will be offered
    Registration available soon at http://www.awma-gcs.org/events--presentations.html


    Tour of JLG Supersite:

    Join Craig Pearson for a tour of ADEQ’s JLG Supersite!  See monitors in operation measuring all criteria pollutants and how they work.  Learn about how instruments and how they are calibrated. Max. 15 people.

    Date: Friday, February 16
    Time:10:00 – 12:00
    Location: JLG Supersite, 4599 N. 17th Avenue

    Cost: $20 International members, $25 non-members, $15 Students.
    Registration will be available after January 16th.

    Citizen Science and Low Cost Sensors:

    Hilary Hafner of Sonoma Technology will give a presentation on the new generation of low cost sensors, how they are being used in both official and unofficial capacities and how they may shape the future of air quality monitoring and regulation.  In addition, Jenny Frank, the Schools Outreach Coordinator for MCAQD will be discussing the County's implementation of Sonoma Technology's program that employs these low cost sensors, "Kids Making Sense."

    Date: Tuesday, March 13
    Time:11:30 – 1:00
    Location: MCAQD Offices, 1001 N. Central Avenue

    Cost: $20 International members, $25 non-members, $15 Students.
    Lunch will be offered
    Registration will be available after February 16th.

  • Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals (AZAEP)

    2017 December VOL 16 Issue 2

    AZAEP 2017 Highlights
    The Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals is pleased to report a record growth year for our membership. We increased from 89 members to 167 during 2017. Our new Corporate Membership initiative helped with this growth, so a big thanks to Jacobs, HDR, SWCA, Logan Simpson, and McIntyre Environmental.

    In 2017 the membership held elections for the three At-Large (non-officer) Board positions. The positions will be filled through June 30, 2019 by: Jennie Cure (ADEQ), Jill Heilman (ADOT), and Brianna Zurita (University of Arizona).

    AZAEP started a Facebook and Twitter account in 2017 - Facebook page is www.fb.me/AZAEP and Twitter account at AZAEP1

    We held 8 Membership Meetings in 2017 with a broad range of speakers from federal agencies, local governments, university, non-profits, and consulting firms. Our topics included Climate Change, Corporate Conservation Initiatives, Cultural Resources, NEPA process, Cooperative Extension Service resources, and local efforts like the Scottsdale Desert Discovery Center, and Phoenix Solid Waste Diversion program.  

    AZAEP will kick off 2018 on January 23rd, 6pm at Macayo's Tempe with our  speaker  - Kelly P. Steele, Associate Professor, Applied Sciences and Mathematics, Arizona State University College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. She will speak on  "The Saguaro: its past, current life and future", a discussion  about the saguaro beginning with its genome, related species, current distribution, interactions with other species and implications for its future as affected by human activities including climate change.

    Those interested in attending can contact AZAEP at azaep@azaep.org.

    THANK YOU TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND PARTICIPANTS FOR A GREAT 2017!

  • Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA-GCS)

    2017 November VOL 16 Issue 1

    First of all, I'd like to say thanks to the Journal of Environmental Management Arizona for providing us with this forum to communicate to our members and the greater environmental community. We wish them success as they move to their new online format.

    Our November meeting on November 17 was a tour of Boeing Helicopter in Mesa.  Thank you to Boeing for letting us tour their facility and telling us about their energy conservation program. 

    On December 13, 6-9pm, we will have a joint holiday mixer with the Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ) and the Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS) at the Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd.  The event is free, but we do ask that attendees sign up at www.epaz.org/events. There will also be a canned food drive for St. Mary's food bank, so please bring some items to donate.  You do not need to be a member in any of the participating organizations to attend.

    Additionally, our parent organization will be having the 42nd Annual A&WMA Information Exchange in Research Triangle Park, NC, on December 12-13.  This is a great event to hear about the newest developments at EPA as well as new and upcoming regulations directly from those working on them. You can find more information and register at: https://www.awma.org/infoexchange

    Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving and holiday season!

  • Arizona Environmental Stratigic Alliance (Alliance)

    2017 June/July VOL 15 Issue 3

    The Alliance and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department will host our annual Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar on September 28, 2017 at the Maricopa County Security Building in Phoenix, Arizona. See our full page advertisement in this issue (on page 3). We have an expanded agenda this year with a number of new speakers and presentation topics that we hope you will find interesting and valuable to your facility.

    Please consider attending the seminar, especially if your facility has an Air Quality Permit in Maricopa County. Seminar speakers include professionals with industry experience applicable to your situation, and experienced Maricopa County Air Quality Staff. For more information, or to register, visit our website at www.azalliance.org!

    • Craig McCurry, CHAIR
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (AZ ASSE)

    2017 June/July VOL 15 Issue 3

    Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the oldest and largest professional safety organization. With more than 37,000 members worldwide, ASSE is a global association of occupational safety, health (OSH) and environmental professionals that advances the interests of its members and the profession. ASSE members create safer work environments by preventing workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Safer organizations enjoy increased productivity, higher employee satisfaction and a better reputation, while recording less lost time, and lower workers' compensation and healthcare costs.

    As members of ASSE Arizona Chapter you will receive many benefits! The following are only several benefits for becoming a member:

    •  Through its chapter structure and on-line technologies, ASSE will give you global, regional and local opportunity to network, exchange ideas, solve challenges and develop leadership skills.
    •  ASSE's monthly published Professional Safety Journal features in-depth articles that cover a wide range of cutting-edge topics.
    •  AZASSE provides its members discounts on a multitude of professional development programs to enhance and enrich the profession.

         The Arizona Chapter of ASSE is a growing community seeking to help all members better network, learn how to keep people safe, and better the world around it. We will be holding the following events and we invite all to come! There a many other events that are listed on the calendar as www.azasse.org (ASSE Chapter Meetings are the 1st Friday of every month).

    November
    All day Nov. 2nd and 3rd:
    •  Arizona Construction Career Days

    Nov. 3rd:       
    •  ASSE Luncheon -
    Public Health Topics

    December
    Dec. 1st:
    •  Federal OSHA Update
    •  Annual Toy Drive

    Dec. 5th:
    •  WISE (Women in Safety) Meeting

  • Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA-GCS)

    2017 April/May VOL 15 Issue 2

    I've just had the opportunity to attend my first A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) in Pittsburgh, PA. It's been quite an experience to attend, there are hundreds of technical presentations in topics ranging from control technologies, modeling, health effects, regulation and transportation.  I've also had the opportunity to meet environmental professionals from all over the world in academia, industry, and government. There are also classes available for individuals newer to the field.  Next year's ACE will be in Hartford, Connecticut on June 25-28, 2018.  You'll be able to find more information on our parent organization's website, www.awma.org, as it approaches.  Even though Hartford quite a trip from Phoenix, I would highly recommend it.

    For our April meeting, we hosted Colleen McKaughan from US EPA's Region 9 office. Colleen gave an excellent presentation summarizing Arizona air quality and the incredible progress made in improving air quality over the last few decades, as well as a peek into the future.  Colleen has been with EPA since 1984 and will be retiring this summer.  We greatly appreciate her perspective and she will be missed.  A copy of her presentation is available on our website.

    We have also had a few new board members come on in the past few months, and I would like to recognize them.  Eric Massey, of APS, and formerly Air Director of ADEQ, is our new Vice-Chair, and Michelle DeBlasi, of Fennemore Craig, and Suzanne Kennedy, of Geosyntec will be joining as board members.  Volunteering for the board is a great way to get to know your fellow environmental professionals and be active in our community.

    Our future  monthly meetings will be posted on our website at www.awma-gcs.org.

  • Arizona Forward

    2017 April/May VOL 15 Issue 2

    GREEN, GREENER, GREENEST

    Arizona Forward has been showcasing environmental excellence in the region for almost 40 years, recognizing contributions to quality of life and raising the bar for future development.

    We are thrilled to open all entries in Arizona Forward's Environmental Excellence Awards, presented by SRP, to projects statewide for the third year. We were urged by our brethren in Northern and Southern Arizona to expand our awards program geographically and open all categories statewide on transitioning Valley Forward to Arizona Forward in 2013. It's a natural evolution for this iconic competition, which has grown significantly to become the largest and most prominent of its kind in Arizona.

    Established in 1980, the awards recognize exemplary contributions to sustainability in eight broad-based categories. To demonstrate the power of collaboration, Arizona Forward joined forces with select public and private sector influencers to present joint categories including: Governor's Award for Arizona's Future, Vitalyst Health Foundation Award for Healthy Communities, Northern Arizona University Environmental Education & Communication and the SRP Award for Environmental Stewardship. Other categories encompass: buildings and structures, energy and technology innovation, site development and art in public places.

    This year's gala will be held on Sept. 23 at the Westin Kierland Resort. The program is open to the public but reservations are required.

    Last year, Northern Arizona University's International Pavilion earned the coveted President's Award (Best of Show). Jurists praised the facility as among the greenest building of its kind in the world. Jurists selected the NAU International Pavilion as best of show because the iconic project is the university's first net-zero facility – it produces as much energy as it consumes on-site. By achieving Platinum LEED-NC status (U.S. Green Building Council's highest honor for its LEED program) combined with being net-zero, this building naturally responds to the imperatives of climate change.

    First place Crescordia winners, awards of merit and even those submittals that do not make the finalist list, pay tribute to virtually all facets of how we live, work and play, ranging from green buildings and magnificent desert vistas to livable communities, innovative public art, sustainable technologies and environmental education.

    Join us in celebrating projects that set the standard for achieving a balance between the built and natural environment in our state's physical, technical, social and aesthetic development.

    Your presence among a gathering of the best and brightest minds in sustainability is encouraged. Join design professionals, property owners, municipalities, corporations, educators, artists, environmental consultants and others who eagerly seek the coveted first-place Crescordia in the Academy Awards of the environmental community!

    For more information, visit arizonaforward.org.

  • Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ)

    2017 June/July VOL 15 Issue 3

    At our August meeting, we installed new officers for the 2017 – 2019 term.  They are as follows:  President – Marty Minter, Vice President – Sowjanya Chintalapati, Treasurer – Dave Giles, Secretary – Jay Zandell and Chairman of the Board – Skip Harden.  We also enjoyed an overview of the 2017 Wildfire Season in Arizona presented by Joy Hernbrode with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

    Upcoming Events: 
    September 14, 2017 - our monthly meeting will feature Amanda Reeve from Snell & Wilmer and she will be sharing the latest in environmental news related to the Arizona legislature.

    October 12, 2017 - our monthly meeting topic and speaker were being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

    EPAZ hosts monthly meetings on the second Thursday of the month from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the SRP PERA Club.  For the most up to date information, event details and reservations please visit our website at www.epaz.org. 

    • Lisa Culbert, ASSOCIATION MANAGER
  • Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society (SAEMS)

    2017 June/July VOL 15 Issue 3

    The Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society (SAEMS) will host its 2018 Annual RCRA Seminar – “Stranger RCRA Things and EPCRA Too” – on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Hilton Tucson East, 7600 East Broadway Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona. SAEMS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is actively involved in activities that promote awareness, education, and the understanding of environmental issues. The proceeds from this seminar go towards the SAEMS’ Scholarship Fund. In 2017, SAEMS awarded a total of $10,500 in scholarships to college students who were majoring in environmental studies at the University of Arizona.

  • SESHA (AZ CHAPTER)

    2017 April/May VOL 15 Issue 2

    The 39th annual International High Technology ESH Symposium & Exhibition was held on April 17-21, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort. The number of attendees and exhibitor participation was the best we've seen in a decade! Thank you to those who attended and for making the symposium a success.

    The local Arizona chapter will be hosting a mini-conference later this year, which will include several environmental, health and safety presentations pertaining to the semiconductor industry. The date and conference details will be announced in the next issue of the Journal.

    You may follow us on Twitter @SESHAtweets, like us on Facebook, and connect with our LinkedIn group for updates and current information on upcoming events and the association.

    • Jesse Gonzalez, AZ CHAPTER PRESIDENT

September 2018 Vol 16 No. 9