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EPA Citizen Science Workshop - Edison, NJ

U.S. EPA Region 2 and The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

EPA Citizen Science Workshop - Edison, NJ

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This listing is for the Edison, NJ citizen science sessions. For NYC please reserve your spot here:


Attendance subject to capacity.


Important Note: Lunch is on your own.


For sessions 1-4, please reserve your ticket for either choice A or B. Please also reserve a session 5 ticket if you would like to attend the instrumentation demo. The agenda is as follows:





9:30 am


Deb Szaro, Director, Division of Environmental Science and Assessment, EPA Region 2

9:30 - 10:00  am

Opening Remarks

Judith Enck, Administrator, Region 2

Charles Lee, Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

10:00 -10:10 am

Break for Concurrent Sessions #1a and #1b

10:10 – 11:00 am

Sessions #1a:   How To Start a Citizen Science Program


Moderator: Murray Lantner, EPA Region 2

Linda Green, Program Director, URI Watershed Watch - "What to Think About Before Wading into Volunteer Monitoring"

Judy Shaw, Senior Research Associate, E.J. Bloustein School/Rutgers University, National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment - "Citizen Scientists of the Raritan River Region"

Renee Koubiadis, Assistant State Campaign Director, The Citizens Campaign - "Building Healthier Communities Using the Sustainability Toolkit"

10:10 – 11:00 am

Session #1b:   Funding Sources


Moderator: Christopher Jimenez, EPA Region 2

Alyse Greenberg, Program Coordinator, The Watershed Institute, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association - "Funding Citizen Science: The Watershed Institute Grant Program and More"

Roch Baamonde, Chief, Grants and Contract Management Branch, Region 2 and Rudnell O’Neal, Team Leader, Environmental Assistance Team, EPA Region 2 - "Grant Opportunities at EPA"

11:00 – 11:10 am

Break for Concurrent Sessions #2a and #2b

11:10 – 12:00 pm

Session #2a:  Addressing Pollution through Community and Government Partnerships



Moderator: Bob Kelly, EPA Region 2

Ray Werner, Chief, Air Programs Branch, EPA Region 2 and Doug Pabst, Team Leader, Dredging Sediments and Ocean Team, EPA Region 2 - "Addressing Air and Water Pollution through Community and Government Partnerships"

Charles Pietarinen, Chief, Bureau of Air Monitoring, NJDEP - "New Jersey's Community Air Monitoring Initiatives" 

Danielle Donkersloot, NJ State Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator, NJDEP - "Data Use by States"

11:10 – 12:00 pm

Session #2b:  Addressing Pollution through Community and Academic Partnerships


Moderator: Anhthu Hoang, EPA Region 2

Dr. Meredith Minkler, Professor of Health and Social Behavior, University of California, Berkeley - "Community-Based Participatory Research: Overview and Value-Added for Environmental Health Science, Community Capacity Building and Outcomes"

Molly Greenberg, Environmental Programs Assistant, Ironbound Community Corporation - "Air Monitoring & Health Surveillance/Epi Asthma Study"

Dr. Robert Laumbach, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - "Assessing Cumulative Impacts of Diesel Exhaust on Stress and Childhood Asthma: A Community-Academic Partnership in Newark, NJ"

12:00– 12:45 pm


12:45 – 1:45 pm

Session #3a:  Success Stories for Water


Moderator: Paula Zevin, EPA Region 2

Tracy Brown, Water Quality Advocate, Riverkeeper - "Testing for Sewage Pollution on the Hudson River Estuary"  

Liz Barry, Director of Urban Environmentalists, Public Laboratory - "Civic Science: Public Laboratory's Open Research Model"

Laura Kelm, Director of Water Quality Programs, Great Swamp Watershed Association - "From Monitoring to Restoration Along Silver Brook"

12:45 -1:45 pm

Session #3b:  Success Stories for Air


Moderator: Karen O'Brien, EPA Region 2

Denny Larson, Executive Director, Global Community Monitor - "From Louisiana to South Africa to Delaware" 

Kim Gaddy, Environmental Justice Organizer, NJ Environmental Federation and Amy Goldsmith, State Director, NJ Environmental Federation and Clean Water Fund - "NJ Port Coalition Vehicle Count/Air Monitoring Study"

Erin Heaney, Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition of Western New York - "Regular People, Powerful Results; Grassroots Air Monitoring in Western New York"

1:45 – 1:55 pm

Break for Concurrent Sessions #4a and #4b

1:55 – 2:55 pm

Session #4a:  Data Interpretation and Use


Moderator: Mazeeda Khan, EPA Region 2

Donna Ringel, Quality Assurance Officer, EPA Region 2/DESA - "QA for Grantees"

Dr. Joe Gardella, John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry, University of Buffalo - "Not Love Canal: Case Studies of Community-Based Chemical Analysis in Western New York"

Denny Larson, Executive Director, Global Community Monitor - "Community Based Research: The Absence of Data - Especially 'Data to the Contrary' and Lies of Omission"

Deborah Lord, Environmental Scientist and VP, Pompeston Creek Watershed Association – "The Status of Pompeston Creek, 1998-2008: From Data to Action"

1:55 – 2:55 pm

Session #4b:  The Future of Monitoring Technologies


Moderator: Marie O'Shea, EPA Region 2

Dr. Peter Preuss, Chief Innovation Officer, EPA/ORD - "Empowering Communities - Air Pollution Sensors and Apps"

Michael Heimbinder, Executive Director, Habitat Map - "AirCasting: Share Your Air"

Mike Taylor, Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University - "Bolts to Bits: New Tools for Citizen Science"

2:55 – 3:15 pm

Break for Closing Remarks and Session #5

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Closing Remarks: Judith Enck, EPA

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Session #5:  Demo of Current and Emerging Tools/Networking


Chris Jimenez, Neil Norrell and Steve Hale, EPA Region 2: Tools
     - Thermo Fisher Scientific DataRAM Personal Aerosol Particulate
RAE Systems Inc. Multi-RAE Multi-Gas Detection Monitor
     - SKC Inc. Ultra III Passive Air Sampler
     - Drager Compound-Specific Chip Measuring System
Ludlum 19 Gamma Detector and Canbarra Personal Radiological
     - RAE Systems Inc. MiniRAE 3000

Anhthu Hoang, EPA Region 2/ORA - EJView Demonstration

Carol Bellizzi, Henry Feingersh, Bob Kelly and Karen O'Brien, EPA Region/DEPP - Community Air Toxics Information Tools Demonstration/ National Air Toxics Assessment, AirData, and AirNow web-based tools

Doug Pabst and Bob Nyman, EPA Region 2/DEPP - Estuary Display

EPA Region 2/DEPP - Water Programs Media Table

Denny Larson, Executive Director, Global Community Monitor - Bucket Brigade tool kit/buckets, PM monitors

Liz Barry, Director of Urban Environments, Public Laboratory 

Danielle Donkersloot, NJ State Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator, NJDEP - New Jersey Volunteer Monitoring Database

Michael Heimbinder, Executive Director, Habitat Map - Habitat Map and AirCasting

Deborah Lord, Environmental Scientist and VP, Pompeston Creek Watershed Association - Kits/Meters

Laura Kelm, Director of Water Quality Programs, Great Swamp Watershed Association - Sonde Meter

Tracy Brown, Water Quality Advocate, Riverkeeper - "Sewage Contamination in the Hudson River Estuary"


Schedule is subject to change. 


Only those on the list will be admitted into the workshop.

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