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Recently we co-organized a conference with topics relating to reducing residential wood smoke:

On August 7 and 8, 2014, members of the Montana Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) and the University of Montana student chapter of the AWMA hosted a conference entitled “Strategies to Reduce Residential Wood Smoke”. The conference focused on how communities, states, regions and provinces have successfully reduced airborne smoke impacts from residential wood heating (wood stoves), and how these strategies can be used by other communities.

Specific topics included the following:

1) Human health effects related to residential wood smoke

2) Impacts of residential wood smoke on ambient air

3) Policy, regulations, and enforcement

4) Wood stove changeouts

5) Outreach and education strategies

6) Indoor studies focused on residential wood smoke

Nearly 100 people attended the conference at the University of Montana from throughout Alaska, Canada, and the continental US. This included people from a variety of disciplines, including local/state/federal/tribal governmental agencies, industry, and academia.

The final presentations are posted on the EPA’s Burn Wise website:

Sponsorship for the conference was provided by the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, the Missoula City-County Health Department, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Pacific Northwest International Section of AWMA, and the University of Montana’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences.

For additional information, please contact conference co-chairs Tony Ward (406-243-4092) or Benjamin Schmidt (406-258-3369).

For other upcoming events, check out the calendar page!