Options For Reducing Wood Smoke
Date: March 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. MST
Part 1: Northern Utah Wood Smoke Survey
Speaker: Joel Karmazyn, Environmental Scientist, Department of Environmental Quality
The purpose of the survey was to provide detailed information on the wood-burning practices of residents in the seven northern counties that currently fail to meet federal air quality standards for PM2.5 during wintertime inversions. Questions included: a. The type, age, and number of wood-burning appliances. b. The amount of wood burned in each appliance in a typical year. c. The time of day and months during which residents use their wood-burning appliances. Division of Air Quality is using the data to estimate county-wide wood-burning emissions for each type of wood-burning appliance (i.e., wood stove, fireplace, etc.).
Joel Karmazyn is an environmental scientist at the Utah Division of Air Quality, where he is responsible for policy and planning of minor emission sources, including the state smoke management program. Joel holds a Masters in Environmental Chemistry and has 33 years of professional experience.
Part 2: The Importance of Wood and Pellet Fuel in Residential Smoke Reduction Strategies
Speaker: John Ackerly, President, Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit wood heating educational and advocacy organization
In parts of Utah and many other areas of the US, smoke from residential wood heating has become a major health concern. Most of the strategies to deal with it have focused on wood stove change outs and burn bans during inversions. But programs and regulations to ensure that fire wood is well-seasoned have been popping up around the world, with varying degrees of success. This talk will look at the potential role of fuel in residential wood heating and other solutions to reduce wood smoke.
John Ackerly is the founder and President of Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit that promotes cleaner and more efficient residential wood and pellet heating, with a strong focus on low and middle-income families. He also founded the Wood Stove Design Challenge, an annual technology competition that promotes innovation in stove design. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, the Board of Advisors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center and the Steering Committee of the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group. He attended Dartmouth College and American University Law School. He is an avid rock climber, skier and wood stove aficionado. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.
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