2016 Winners of the Annual Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards

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Clean Air Leadership Talks with the 2016 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award Winners

Learn about real-world air pollution problems and innovative solutions from five individuals who received California’s premier air quality award for their career contributions. The Talks were held June 21, 2017 at the California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Sacramento.

  • Watch the recorded webcast of the Talks on June 21, 2017 in .MP4 format. Please note that the Talks video recording is about 2 1/2 hours long.
  • Watch the clip of the Board Meeting presentation and acceptance speeches from the winners on June 22, 2017. The video clip can be viewed from this Powerpoint presentation.
  • Learn more about the award program and this year's winners by downloading the 2016 Winner Program Guide (PDF).
  • See photos from the Clean Air Talks as well as the Board Item Presentation on our Flickr website.
  • Read the ARB Press Release
Chester France
Chester J. France
Emission Control Technologies
Daniel Greenbaum
Daniel Greenbaum
Environmental Policy
Joyce E. Penner
Joyce E. Penner, Ph.D.
Air Pollution Research
V. Ramanathan
V. Ramanathan, Ph.D.
Climate Change Research
Anumita Roychowdhury
Anumita Roychowdhury
International Air Pollution Policy

Each gave a 30-minute talk highlighting their research:

Chester J. France - Emission Control Technologies

The New Politics of Clean Air
Chet France, formerly of the U.S. EPA, will review California's and the Nation's progress to date in cleaning up our air with an emphasis on transportation sources. Hear about current political realities that threaten to undo recent progress and future efforts to reduce criteria and greenhouse gas pollutants. Hear about his insights on the nature of these threats and possible avenues to respond and find solutions. Download Presentation Slides (PDF)

Daniel Greenbaum - Environmental Policy

Trusted Health Science for Air Quality in the Developed and Developing World
Dan Greenbaum, President and CEO of the Health Effects Institute (HEI) has led HEI’s efforts for over two decades to produce and communicate – for decisions first in the US, then in Europe, and now worldwide through the Global Burden of Disease and The State of Global Air Report and Website - high-quality, relevant, and credible science on the health effects of particulate matter, ozone, air toxics, and many other air pollutants. Download Presentation Slides (PDF)

Joyce E. Penner, Ph.D. - Air Pollution Research

Climate Change and Aerosols: How Much Do Aerosols Mask Global Warming
Joyce Penner, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan, will review her role in the evolution of knowledge about aerosols and their cooling effects on climate and summarize where the field stands today. Download Presentation Slides (PDF)

V. Ramanathan, Ph.D. - Climate Change Research

Ten Scalable Solutions for the Climate Change Problem
V. "Ram" Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Climate and Atmospheric Sciences at Scripps Institutions of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, will share how climate change has become an urgent problem requiring urgent solutions and will describe a list of ten scalable solutions crafted by a team of fifty faculty from the University of California. Societal transformation emerged as Solution #2; and one way to accomplish this is to form an alliance with faith leaders and religious institutions. Fortunately, there is still time to implement these solutions and avoid catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change. Download Presentation Slides (PDF)

Anumita Roychowdhury - International Air Pollution Policy

Our Right to Clean Air - the Delhi Story
Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director of the Centre for Science and Environment in India, will discuss how research, advocacy, and perseverance changed the air and saved lives in one of the dirtiest cities on earth. Download Presentation Slides (PDF)


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