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Particulate Matter: Spotlight on Health Protection

This year, the Air District’s Advisory Council will be convening a four-part symposium series on PM to facilitate a discussion among nationally recognized scientists, stakeholders, and the Air District to identify the most effective measures to further protect public health. The symposia will shine a spotlight on this public health challenge and share information and tools to inform future policy decisions.

March 24, 2020, Oakland

The second symposium in the series will take place on March 24, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Oakland Marriott City Center, Grand Ballroom, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California.

October 28, 2019, San Francisco

The first symposium in the series took place on October 28, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, California.

Developing a Sustainable Organics Recovery Sector:
A Forum for Sharing Strategies and Building Toward a Regional Consensus

On June 25, 2018, the  Air District hosted an interactive discussion about the development of the Bay Area's organic materials recovery sector. This event convened regional stakeholders to foster an exchange of ideas and to build toward a more sustainable system for the collection, separation, chipping, grinding, piling, composting, digestion, thermal conversion, and land application of recoverable organics.

The opening remarks and framing presentation for this event are included below. Following them are six sections bearing the titles of the interactive discussion stations that formed the core of this event: (1) Getting to YIMBY, (2) Developing Local Facilities, (3) Building a Renewable Bio-economy, (4) Rules for Organics Recovery, (5) Permitting Facilities, and (6) Anticipated Emissions along the Supply Chain. Materials (i.e., posters and handouts) for each are listed below them. Finally, the last section includes the roll-up slide from the final plenary, where discussion leaders reported back on the three rounds of discussion. 

Welcome and Framing Presentation

Getting to YIMBY: Building public consensus around organics recovery

Developing Local Facilities: Rightsizing, planning, and siting facilities in your community

Building a Renewable Bio-Economy: Strategies for organics recovery supply chains create products and value

Rules for Organics Recovery: A preview and discussion of our developing regulations

Permitting Facilities:  Ensuring air quality goals and consistency for recovery operations

Anticipated Emissions Along the Supply Chain: A review of what we know

Discussion Station Report Back and Plenary Q&A

2018 YES Conference

The Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference is a program of Spare the Air Youth, a partnership of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Join us February 24, 2018 to participate in a jam-packed day of fun and interactive sessions with youth from all over the nine Bay Area counties. Come and learn from other teens on ways to collaborate/share ideas on sustainability and climate solutions. This is a great way to practice your presentation skills, meet other teens that care, and have fun.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Conference will begin at 10 a.m.)
Location: Laney College, 900 Fallon Street (right off of Lake Merritt BART Station) in Oakland

Air Quality Sensor Conference 2017: "Making Sense of Sensors"

The Air District, along with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, invite you to attend the “Making Sense of Sensors” Conference, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, September 27-28, 2017, in Diamond Bar, California. 

This networking conference will gather experts from government, academia, environmental and research organizations, community groups, and industry to learn and share the latest information on air quality sensors.

Climate Forward Bay Area: A Leadership Forum

On October 13-14, 2016, the Air District hosted the Climate Forward Bay Area: A Leadership Forum at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Notable speakers discussed approaches to reducing local greenhouse gases while maintaining economic viability.

My Air Quality: Using Sensors to Know What's in Your Air

Hosted by the Air District and California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, the My Air Quality: Using Sensors to Know What’s in Your Air conference was held in Oakland on November 19, 2014.

Discussion topics included current sensor technology and performance, data quality, community projects, sensor quality, and applications. The conference agenda and presentation slides are available to view. This conference generated several discussions about available sensor technologies, data quality, development and applications. Presentations from the conference are available to view using the links below:


Please view the workshop flyer and the agenda outlining specific topics for discussion.

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Last Updated: 03/08/2023