Land of Sky annual State of Our Air Briefing and Press Conference

Press release from Land of Sky Regional Council:

MEETING AGENDA for Friday, March 29, 2019 8:30 to 11:30 AM


Light Refreshments and Pre-Event Media Interviews (8:00 – 8:30 AM)

Welcome and Introductions – Bill Eaker, Land-of-Sky Regional Council (LOSRC) (10 minutes)

State and Federal Air Quality Issues Update (Air Quality Conditions/Trends/Programs) –

Mike Abraczinskas, Director, N.C. Division of Air Quality (30 minutes)

Local Agency Air Quality Update (Air Quality Conditions in Buncombe County) – Ashley Featherstone, Permitting Program Manager, WNC Regional Air Quality Agency (20 minutes)

Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 – NC’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy – Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Environment and State Energy Director (30 minutes)

Break (15 minutes)

A Smarter and Cleaner Energy Future for WNC – Robert Sipes, VP of Western Carolinas Modernization, Duke Energy (20 minutes)

Efforts to Reduce Emissions from Motor Vehicles in the Region – Bill Eaker, Coordinator, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition and Ritchie Rozzelle, Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, LOSRC (25 minutes)

Question and Answer Session – The Press (20 minutes)

Closing Remarks – Bill Eaker, LOSRC (5 minutes)

Sponsors: Regional Clean Air Campaign, N.C. Division of Air Quality,

WNC Regional Air Quality Agency, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition

Thanks to Buncombe County Government TV for their support!

For more Information, Contact: Bill Eaker, LOSRC, 828-734-7434 cell

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