Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Place: La Scala Restaurant, 4199 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin
Registration: 11:30 am Lunch: 11:50 am Speaker: 12:00 pm Closing Remarks: 1:00 pm
Cost: Members: $20.00 & Non-Members: $30.00.
Registration: CLICK HERE
Program: Research Initiatives at Ohio University’s Air Quality Center
Because of its plentiful coal and water resources, the Ohio River Valley has been nicknamed America’s Electric Breadbasket. However, the inexpensive and plentiful electricity on which we depend for our economic vitality has come at a price. Fine particulate matter, acid aerosols and ozone air pollution, and mercury deposition and a global increase in greenhouse gas emissions are major environmental problems that we face as a result of our use of coal.
To address these wide-ranging problems, there is a great need for collaboration in energy, economics, and environmental research, which is inherently multidisciplinary in nature. Energy issues are complex, subject to community, regional, national, and global pressures, and they play out in the context of economics, legislation, human health, environmental health, and technological limits.
The need for such work has never been greater in the State of Ohio. Federal pollution legislation, litigation against regional power producers, and electric deregulation resulting in the defunding of the Electric Power Research Institute emphatically underscore the need for an organization to
coherently address the broad issues of energy production - an organization that can credibly interface with power generation utilities, environmental organizations, industry and governmental agencies. Ohio University has taken on the challenge of serving as a resource for this region with the purpose of helping the states to work together to reduce air pollution.
Energy and the environment have been identified as one of the core strengths or focus area for Ohio University’s research efforts. The Center for Air Quality plays a central role in that mission. The Center as part of the Institute for Sustainability Energy and the Environment (ISSE) and the Consortium for Energy Economics and the Environment (CE3) has been addressing energy and environmental issues in the state and the region. This includes research on several key air quality and energy issues involving mercury, ozone, fine particulate matter, pesticides and carbon. The presentation will cover projects that the Air Quality Center is currently involved with and future challenges faced by the state and region with respect to air quality.
Presenter Kevin Crist, Ph.D., Director of the Air Quality Center, Ohio University.
Kevin Crist is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the Air Quality Center at Ohio University and served on the leadership team for the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. In addition he is one of the founding members of Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3).
Dr Crist has led numerous major research projects related to emission inventory analysis, atmospheric modeling and monitoring. He has over 30 years of experience in the environmental field including serving as an environmental manager and environmental engineering consultant for several major corporations.
A certificate for 1 hour of Professional Development for attending the program will be presented at the luncheon