RAMP Digest – September 3

RAMP Digest

GENERAL

1) Event: Healthy Homes conference in Boise, ID, September 15-17

2) Event: Breathe California’s Clinical Asthma Collaborative hosts web conference, “Quick Fixes for Poor Asthma Control”, September 16th

3) Funding Opportunity: EPA RFP for Reducing Exposure to Indoor Pollutants

4) Nomination Opportunity: EPA’s 10th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards

5) Nomination Opportunity: ARBs Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

6) Study: Possible link between tobacco smoke and behavioral problems in boys with asthma

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

7) Event: ALA and Contra Costa College present Operation Cease the Wheeze in San Pablo, September 11th

8) Event: ARB regulation training for on-road and off-road vehicles in San Francisco, September 17th

9) Event: Smoking Ordiance Seminar in Rohnert Park, September 23rd

10) Event: Family Asthma Camp 2009 at Yosemite National Park, October 16-18

11) Events: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District Seeks Input to CEQA Guidelines

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

12) Event: Western Regional ABCD Into Action Training in Los Angeles, October 7-8

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GENERAL

1) Event: Healthy Homes conference in Boise, ID, September 15-17

This conference is presented by the Idaho Healthy Homes Network. Topics include: Essentials for Healthy Home Practitioners; HUD’s Healthy Home Strategic Plan; and, National Green Building Standards, among others. Those who should attend include: professionals or students working in the areas of affordable housing, community service delivery, and environmental public health; people who provide health or inspection services of any type; Agency, Department, and Division heads; Child Care Providers; Head Start Agencies; Community Police Officers; Code Officials; Builders/Renovators, and others. To register, visit: //www.hud.gov/idaho.

2) Event: Breathe California’s Clinical Asthma Collaborative hosts web conference, “Quick Fixes for Poor Asthma Control”, September 16th

Learn common patient practices and factors which lead to poor asthma control and how to quickly help your patients achieve better control from Barbara Carroll Langham RN, BSN, a pediatric asthma care manager for Kaiser Permanente in Napa and Fairfield. She has been helping parents and children learn how to successfully manage asthma for over 13 years. Priority registration will be given to health care professionals serving Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. This event will be held at 12:15 – 1:15 pm PST. To register online, go to //ggphp.org/tiki-index.php?page=CAC+Archives. For more information, call or email Ashley Mevi at (650) 994-1903, ext. 313 or ashleym@ggbreathe.org.

3) Funding Opportunity: EPA RFP for Reducing Exposure to Indoor Pollutants

The U.S. Environment Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible
entities for demonstration, training, outreach and/or education cooperative agreements that will have a national scale impact to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes. Applicants must address one or more of the following EPA indoor air quality program priority areas: Radon; Indoor asthma triggers;
Indoor air quality management programs in schools. EPA also welcomes proposals that are designed to address multiple IAQ contaminants and other relevant issues, such as ventilation and moisture control, to promote comprehensive improvement of IAQ in homes, schools and/or offices. The closing date and time for receipt of proposal packages is September 14th by 4 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). All hard copies of proposal packages must be received by 4 p.m. on September 14th in order to be considered for funding. For more information please visit: //www.epa.gov/air/grants/09-09.pdf.

4) Nomination Opportunity: EPA’s 10th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards

The Clean Air Excellence Awards Program annually recognizes and honors outstanding innovative efforts to help make progress in achieving cleaner air. Award-winning entries must directly or indirectly reduce pollutant emissions, demonstrate innovation, offer sustainable outcomes, and provide a model for others to follow. There are five categories in which a program, project, or technology may be entered: Clean Air Technology; Community Action; Education/Outreach; or, Regulatory/Policy Innovations; Transportation Efficiency Innovations. For more information visit: //www.epa.gov/air/caaac/clean_award.html or contact Pat Childers at (202) 564-1082, or childers.pat@epa.gov. The 10th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards entry packages must be postmarked by September 25th.

5) Nomination Opportunity: ARBs Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Air Resources Board’s Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards to esteemed individuals who have made significant contributions toward improving air quality and public health. If you know someone in the air quality community – scientists, professors, legislators, activists, business leaders, and others, who has made an impact in the air quality field, you can nominate them for an award by completing a nomination form. The form, as well as more information on the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards, and previous recipients, can be found at: //www.arb.ca.gov/research/hsawards/hsawards.htm or contact Heather Choi at hchoi@arb.ca.gov or 916-322-3893. The closing date for nominations is September 16th.

6) Study: Possible link between tobacco smoke and behavioral problems in boys with asthma

Boys with asthma who are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke have higher degrees of hyperactivity, aggression, depression and other behavioral problems, according to researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In a study published in the December 2008 Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, researchers found that behavioral problems increase along with higher exposure levels, but that even low levels of tobacco smoke may be detrimental to behavior. To view the abstract of the study, visit: //journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/Abstract/2008/12000/Environmental_Tobacco_Smoke_Exposure_and_Child.4.aspx.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

7) Event: ALA and Contra Costa College present Operation Cease the Wheeze in San Pablo, September 11th

Families are invited to the performing arts center at Contra Costa College at 6:30-8:30pm dressed in pajamas for a pajama health literacy event. They will receive free asthma education provided by the American Lung Association and a free book to the first 200 families called Wheezing Winona Weatherbee. The author, Tolya L. Thompson, will also read and sign books.

8) Event: ARB regulation training for on-road and off-road vehicles in San Francisco, September 17th

The Air Resources Board has several new and existing regulations designed to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles used in California. To assist owners with their compliance efforts, ARB staff is conducting a series of training seminars on the regulations. These sessions will provide an overview of each regulation, compliance requirements as well as funding opportunity information. Additionally, there will be handouts, fact sheets and resources available at each training session as well as additional information on incentives and funding opportunities. The event will be held 9:00am to 2:00pm. Registration will be on site at the PUC in the Golden Gate Room at 505 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco.

9) Event: Smoking Ordiance Seminar in Rohnert Park, September 23rd

The Northern California Center for Well Being, Sonoma County Tobacco programs, and the American Lung Association are partnering to offer “S.O.S.”, a Smoking Ordinance Seminar on September 23 for property owners to learn about how to convert properties to meet the new smoking ordinance in Rohnert Park which regulates second hand smoke in multi unit housing. There is limited space to attend. Those interested should contact: Michelle House, mhouse@nccwb.org or call her at 575-6043 ext. 14.

10) Event: Family Asthma Camp 2009 at Yosemite National Park, October 16-18

Family Asthma Camp 2009 takes place inside Yosemite National Park and is for the entire family. The $25 per family registration fee covers the Yosemite Park entrance fee, family lodging for 2 nights, all meals and activities, and educational sessions. In addition, you will have time to participate in family activities such as high ropes, archery, rock wall, and campfire. For more information or an application, please visit: //www.yosemiteridge.org or contact: Melanie Ruvalcaba, Camp Director 559-297-0533 or msue@yosemiteridge.org

11) Events: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District Seeks Input to CEQA Guidelines

Updates to the CEQA Guidelines will address the following: Provide guidance to lead agencies, consultants, and stakeholders in evaluating; air quality impacts and assessing mitigation measures for proposed projects and plans in the Bay Area; review, revise, and develop significance thresholds for criteria pollutants and their precursors, toxic air contaminants, odors, and greenhouse gas emissions; update assessment methodologies and mitigation strategies. Meetings will be held: September 8th in Redwood City; September 9th in Santa Rosa; and, September 10th in Oakland. For more information and to review documents prior to the workshops, visit: //www.baaqmd.gov/Divisions/Planning-and-Research/Planning-Programs-and-Initiatives/CEQA-GUIDELINES.aspx. Contact Greg Tholen at gtholen@baaqmd.gov or 415-749-4954 for additional information.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

12) Event: Western Regional ABCD Into Action Training in Los Angeles, October 7-8

This event sponsored by Assest Based Community Development (ABCD) Training and NeighborWorks America, will focus on asset based community development principles and applying them to mobilizing people, organizations, and communities. For more details and registration information visit: //www.abcdtraining.org/abcd-ca-2009.php or contact: Tara Zagofsky at taramirel@gmail.com or 570-618-0450.

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