2007 Winners of the Annual Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards

This page last reviewed December 10, 2012

Dr. James E. Hansen - for his work in Atmospheric Science

James Hansen photoDr. James Hansen is the Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) located in New York City. He is also Adjunct Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Since the late 1970s, he has worked on studies and computer simulations of the Earth's climate, for the purpose of understanding the human impact on global climate. Hansen has collected and analyzed global surface temperatures and studied the Earth’s atmosphere since the 1970s. His research focuses on the development and application of global numerical models for the purpose of understanding current climate trends and projecting the potential human impact on climate. Dr. Hansen has published more than 100 scientific papers and numerous popular science articles. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. Dr. Hansen has been a lightning rod for climate-change science over the past three decades. As an inventive and outspoken scientist, he has been thrust into the limelight of our national debate over climate change. Dr. Hansen has examined both natural and human influences, from volcanoes to greenhouse gases to aerosols and dust, leaving no stone unturned in improving our understanding of climate change. He has welcomed collaborations with the paleo-climate community as a key to understanding climate sensitivity today. Dr. Hansen is a strong advocate for satellites to monitor climate change. Under his leadership, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies has developed into one of the top climate research laboratories in the world. His publications have proven original and long-lasting. Dr. Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995. Dr. Hansen received the prestigious Heinz Environment Award for his research on global warming in 2001.

Dr. Alan Lloyd - for his work in Clean Air Technologies

Alan Lloyd photoDr. Alan Lloyd is the President of the International Council on Clean Transportation. Before his current position, he led the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) as its Secretary from 2004 to 2006 and the Air Resources Board as its chairman for five years. Dr. Lloyd served as the executive director of the Desert Research Institute for three years. Before then, Dr. Lloyd was the chief scientist of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for seven years. Dr. Lloyd began his association with air quality issues in California with a three year stint as Assistant Director of the Statewide Air Pollution Research Center. Dr. Lloyd helped to shape the research programs at both the SCAQMD and the ARB. Throughout his long and distinguished career in air pollution, he stressed scientific integrity and promoted research in atmospheric chemistry and emissions control development. While leading the Cal/EPA, he promoted sound scientific input into an open and consistent decision-making process. Dr. Lloyd led ARB in promulgating programs spurring development of new technologies and new approaches to emission controls and energy management. Examples of new technology initiatives Dr. Lloyd has supported are the fuel cell and hydrogen highway programs and new and innovative technologies to reduce diesel emissions such as research into diesel particulate traps. Through his leadership and perseverance, ARB’s sponsorship of clean air technologies has become a significant source of new and exciting start ups for emissions reduction technologies and for significant new air pollution monitoring and measurement programs. Dr. Lloyd's efforts have focused on the viable future of advanced technology and renewable fuels, with attention to urban air quality issues and global climate change. A proponent of alternate fuels, electric drive and fuel cell vehicles eventually leading to a hydrogen economy, Dr. Lloyd was the 2003 Chairman of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and is a co-founder of the California Stationary Fuel Cell collaborative.

Senator Fran Pavley - for her work in Environmental Policy

Fran Pavley photoMs. Pavley currently works with the Natural Resources Defense Council and will run for a seat in the California State Senate. Previously, she served three terms in the California State Assembly (2000-2006) and chaired the Air & Water Quality Committee and the Hydrogen & Other Alternative Fuels Committee. She has served on the California Coastal Commission (1995-2000) and was the first Mayor of Agoura Hills, where she also served as Mayor/Councilmember for four terms (1982-1997). During her tenure in the State Assembly, Ms. Pavley became known as one of the most effective legislators in Sacramento. Serving with integrity and vision, she had over 70 of her bills and resolutions become law.

Ms. Pavley focused her efforts on education, the environment, consumer protection, public safety, and creating a clean, secure energy future for Californians. She sponsored landmark legislation on global warming that has become a model for other states and countries to follow. For example, 11 other states and Canada have modeled their laws after Ms. Pavley's Clean Car Regulations, (AB 1493, also known as the Pavley Bill), which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions from light-duty vehicles 30% by 2016. The "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006" (AB 32), which she co-sponsored with Assembly Speaker Nuñez, will reduce GHG emissions in California 25% by 2020. This legislation will help spur an increased investment in alternative fuels, renewable energy and clean technologies. Her leadership on the most important environmental issue facing our world in the 21st Century has been recognized by many entities, including being selected as one of Scientific American's Top Technology Leaders in Transportation, and receiving the 2006 California League of Conservation Voters "Global Warming Leadership Award". Other major bills that Ms. Pavley sponsored include AB 2628 (Hybrids in HOV Lanes) to encourage hybrid vehicles, AB 1007 (Alternative Fuels) to diversify fuel supply, and AB 2276 (Indoor Air Cleaners) to reduce hazardous emissions from indoor air cleaning devices.

For more information on ARB's Clean Air Awards, contact Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893.