WSU Hosts Air Quality Expert Panel Discussion

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Engaged Learning Series will host the Utah Air Quality Expert Panel Discussion Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.

The WSU Environmental Issues Committee and the Center for Community Engaged Learning are co-sponsoring the panel composed of four local air quality experts who represent diverse interests:
  • Matt Pacenza, policy director for HEAL Utah
  • Rep. Joel Briscoe, minority caucus manager for the Utah State Legislature
  • Susan Soleil, executive director of Utah Interfaith Power and Light
  • Carl Ingwell, director of the University of Utah’s Student Clean Air Network
Associate professor of geography Eric Ewert will moderate the event.

“We envison this panel as less about hand-wringing over the poor quality of our air, and more about what citizens and residents can do to fix it,” Ewert said. “While only scheduled for 50 minutes, the session will continue as long as there are questions, and we will give hands-on demonstration of websites, phone apps and ways to get involved right away.”

The panel members will share their involvement in improving and protecting Utah’s air quality, respond to questions from Ewert and then field questions from the audience.

“As the issue of air quality continues to be a concern in Northern Utah, we are excited to bring together this panel of expert voices as part of our year-long campus focus on air to help us find concrete ways to make a difference,” said Sarah Steimel, assistant professor of communications and Engaged Learning Series coordinator.

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Eric Ewert, assistant professor of geography
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Sarah Steimel, Engaged Learning Series coordinator
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