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EPA Citizen Science Workshop - New York, NY

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

EPA Citizen Science Workshop - New York, NY

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This listing is for the NYC Citizen Science sessions. For Edison, NJ 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, EPA Region 2

Charles Lee, Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator of 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"

Randi Walker, NYSDEC - "New York DEC’s Community Air Screen Program"

10:10 – 11:00 am

Session #1b:      Funding Sources


Moderator: Chris Jimenez, EPA Region 2

Murad Awadeh, Director of Organizing, UPROSE/Brooklyn, NY - "Our Air, Our Water: Youth-Led Community Research"

Dr. Dennis Suszkowski, Science Director, Hudson River Foundation - "Funding and Utliization of Citizen Science from an NGO's Perspective"

Roch Baamonde, Chief, Grants and Contract Management Branch, EPA 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"

Julien Terrell, Director of Organizing, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice

Tom Gentile, Chief, Air Toxics Section, NYSDEC - "NYSDEC’s Perspective on Citizen’s Air Quality Sampling"

Scott Kishbaugh, Chief, Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section, NYSDEC - "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 and Director 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"

Dr. George Thurston, Professor of Environmental Medicine, NYU Institute of Environmental Medicine and Dr. Lung-Chi Chen, Professor of Environmental Medicine, NYU Institute of Environmental Medicine - "The Backpack Study of Asthma and Diesel Air Pollution in the South Bronx"

Jessica Clemente, Executive Director, Nos Quedamos 

Kellie Terry-Sepulveda, Executive Director, The Point CDC

David Shuffler, Executive Director, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice 

12:00– 12:45 pm


12:45 – 1:45 pm

Session #3a:  Success Stories for Water


Moderator: Paula Zevin, EPA Region 2

Patricia Aitken, Executive Director, Friends of the Bay, Oyster Bay, NY - "What Citizen Science Monitoring Can Do for You"

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

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

Tiffany Smythe, Director of Harbor Restoration and Policy, New York Harbor Foundation; and Mauricio Gonzalez, Marine Biology Research Program Teacher, New York Harbor School - "Bridging the Gap from High School to College and Beyond: Youth Citizen Science at the New York Harbor School"

12:45 -1:45 pm

Session #3b: Success Stories for Air


Moderator: Karen O'Brien, EPA Region 2

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

Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Harlem, NY - "Using Community-Driven Participatory Research to Impact Public Policy and Improve Environmental Health"

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

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 Larking 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"

Brenda Torres-Barreto, Director of the Green Light District, El Puente Community Health & Environmental Institute 

Tom Gentile, Chief, Air Toxics Section, NYSDEC - "Interpreting Air Data Collected Through Grab Sampling"

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 - EJ View Demonstration

Carol Bellizzi, Henry Feingersh, Bob Kelly and Karen O'Brien, EPA Region 2 - Community Air Toxics Information Tools Demonstration/National Air Toxics Assessment, AirData, and AirNow web-based tools

Doug Pabst and Bob Nyman, EPA Region 2 - 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 

Larissa Graham, Outreach Coordinator, EPA Long Island Sound Office and Sarah Deonarine, NYSDEC - Infosharing/Group Connections and Resources via program posters

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

Patricia Aitken, Executive Director, Friends of the Bay, Oyster Bay, NY - Water Quality Monitoring of Oyster Bay via Video Loop

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

Linda Green, Program Director, URI Watershed Watch - "Support Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Efforts Throughout the USA"


Schedule subject to change.


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

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