National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF):
The purpose of the NTF is to provide environmental professionals from tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality.
The NTF is a cooperative endeavor co-sponsored by The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA). The NTF is a cost-share event. Attendees are responsible for travel expenses; however a limited number of scholarships to cover transportation and lodging costs are available.
Dates: May 13-15, 2014 (optional training day on May 12)
Location: Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Anacortes, WA
Please share your thoughts about the conference with us using this online form HERE.
2014 NTF Sponsors:
ITEP would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the 2013 NTF:
Vendors and Exhibitors:
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) are planning the 15th Annual National Tribal Forum on Air Quality which is scheduled for May 13-15, 2014 and will be hosted by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Anacortes, WA.
We are looking for any interested sponsors for this premier conference for environmental professionals. Our annual conference consistently receives high marks and has become a must-attend event for tribal environmental professionals from across the country, and also draws solid participation from senior US EPA officials and other Federal, State and Local agencies. Hundreds attend our conference annually to present research, learn and advance air quality management issues for Indian Country and Alaska. Many important national and regional air quality issues will be presented and discussed at this conference; by becoming a sponsor, your organization in affirming its commitment to air quality and tribal environmental protection. Sponsorships will be used to enhance the overall conference experience for attendees, however if you have specific items you wish to sponsor, please let us know. Options include:
- Evening reception
- Scholarships for tribal students
- AV and facility rental fees
- Morning/afternoon breaks
- Carbon offsets
- Keynote Speaker fee
Click HERE to download the Vendor/Exhibitor Request form. [MSWord]
Thank you for allowing us to solicit your interest in the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality! If you have any questions, please contact us at the information below.
Platinum ($2,000) – logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; up to 30 minutes exclusive non-compete time during event for you to promote your business or organization; complimentary half-page full-color and half-page black-and-white advertisements in conference program; four (4) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Gold ($1,000) – logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3"x5.25" full-color advertisement in conference program; three (3) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Silver ($500) – logo displayed prominently at event and on printed program; verbal recognition of sponsorship during plenary session; complimentary 3"x5.25" black & white advertisement in conference program; two (2) free conference registrations; one (1) complimentary exhibitor space.
Presentations, Posters and Training Sessions:
We want to hear from YOU at this conference! If you're interested in presenting a poster, hosting a training session, or giving a presentation please let us know. The more we can do to highlight and enhance the great work of tribes, the more we'll learn from one-another and improve the welfare of us all!
Click HERE to submit a presentation or training session abstract.
Is there a topic or issue you would like hear about at NTF? Do you have a specific training need that you would like to see offered in conjunction with NTF? Click HERE to email the conference coordinators.
Eco-Café Information & Networking Session:
The Eco-Café is a unique session held during the NTF where conference attendees can circulate to a variety of tables or stations that pique their interest, and are able to ask questions and interact one-on-one with the table presenters. Eco-Café tables can be used to present a special project, highlight services available, get feedback from potential audiences about a topic, and enhance networking among attendees, among other things. The Eco-Café portion of the agenda has been a great success and with your participation, it will be again!
Click HERE to submit a request to participate in the EcoCafe.
Click HERE to submit registration for the NTF (Fee required). See below for scholarship requests.
Register and Request a scholarship:
Scholarship requests are no longer being accepted.
In an effort to continue to deliver a quality conference experience, ITEP and NTAA are charging a registration fee to attend this year’s conference. The fees collected will directly fund conference expenses such as refreshments, A/V costs and supplies.
The registration fee can be paid by credit card or e-check at the time of registration; payment by regular check, cash or credit card can also be made on-site if desired (registration will NOT be confirmed until payment is received). Registration fees are fully refundable (via reimbursement) in the event of a cancellation. To request an invoice or W-9 to process payment of the registration fee, or to request a registration fee refund, please contact ITEP.
- ITEP will provide a limited number of scholarships to help cover eligible travel expenses for tribal employees; only ONE scholarship per tribe will be provided (not including selected presenters).
- Scholarships will be issued (reimbursed) AFTER the conference to help cover eligible expenses [link to eligible expenses doc] including airfare, mileage, and meals up to the amount of $700.00 (for Alaska Native Villages, the scholarship amount will be $1200.00).
- Scholarship recipients will have lodging expenses (room and tax only) pre-paid by ITEP; lodging reservations will be made by ITEP on behalf of scholarship recipients.
- Individuals selected for scholarship will have the registration fee waived.
- If you are requesting a scholarship, please do not make any travel arrangements until notified.
- The deadline to request scholarships is March 28, 2014; scholarship recipients will be notified of their award via email by April 11.
These sessions are free to attend, however, travel support will NOT be available unless otherwise noted. Due to limited space and advance planning needs, you MUST register in advance to reserve your seat (walk-ins are welcome if space is available). Participants at any of the Monday sessions listed below are not required to attend the rest of the NTF, but need to register for the NTF separately if planning to attend. See below for more details and available sessions:
Monday, May 12, 2014
Climate Change Adaptation Planning (8 am – 5 pm)
- This training will provide an introduction to the process of planning for climate change impacts, from getting started to
impact and vulnerability assessment, and developing adaptation strategies. It is intended for tribal environmental and natural
resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. Course materials and the Tribal Climate
Change Adaptation Planning Toolkit will be available for download (please bring a USB flash drive). Instructional team: Sue
Wotkyns and Cristina Gonzalez-Maddux, ITEP; Seth Moore, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Mike Durglo Jr.,
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Scott Andrews, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community; Phil Mote, Oregon Climate Change
Research Institute, Oregon State University; Jeff Morisette, North Central Climate Science Center; and Mary Mahaffy, North
Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Limited travel assistance is available for employees of federally-recognized
tribes and inter-tribal organizations interested in attending this session (request assistance when you register).
THE TRAINING IS FULL.
Click HERE to
be added to the waiting list in case we have cancellations.
Treatment as a State (TAS) & Tribal Authority Rule (TAR) Symposium (1 pm – 4:30 pm)
- The Clean Air Act authorizes EPA to treat federally-recognized Indian Tribes in the same manner as a state (TAS) for implementing the Clean Air Act (Act). Tribes beginning to pursue authority under the Act, have requested a discussion on the requirements and benefits of implementing TAS. This half day symposium will cover a brief history of TAS for the Act, an overview of the law and its requirements, as well as a discussion on recent jurisdictional challenges related to Tribal and Federal authority for air quality programs in tribal country. There will be opportunities for open discussion on key issues and with tribes who have been through the TAS process. Limited travel assistance is available for employees of federally-recognized tribes and inter-tribal organizations interested in attending this session (request assistance when you register). Click HERE to register.
Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities (IAQTC) Technical Assistance Session (1 pm – 5 pm)
- Staff from the ITEP-IAQTC program and other IAQ experts will be available to discuss your IAQ projects or issues. There will also be a display of basic instruments that are helpful for conducting IAQ building assessments. Come visit anytime for a free consultation. No registration required. Questions? Contact Mansel A. Nelson at 928-523-1275 or Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu
Mercury in the Environment: A Brief Symposium (1 pm – 5 pm)
- Mercury is a persistent pollutant with significant adverse impact on human health. Human activity, especially burning of coal for generation of electricity, has increased levels of atmospheric mercury. Wet deposition monitoring provides a quantitative link between atmospheric mercury and mercury entering aquatic systems. Many tribes are very concerned about the amount of mercury in fish harvested from tribal waters, and consumed by their members. Wet deposition of mercury monitoring is an effective and useful method for tracking this mercury movement. Topics to be discussed include the chemistry and health effects of mercury, its various sources, importance of deposition measurements, various monitoring methods currently used by tribes, and the role of the national networks in the current understanding of environmental mercury. The value of tribal programs’ participation in mercury deposition monitoring, alternative sources of funding and the need for additional monitoring sites in Indian Country will also be discussed. Presenters: Scott Weir, Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas and Dr. David Gay, National Atmospheric Deposition Program. Click HERE to register
Thursday, May 15, 2014
NTAA Membership Annual Meeting
- The National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) is holding its annual Membership Meeting as a working lunch on Thursday, May 15. The meeting is open to all Member Tribes. Not sure if you represent a NTAA Member Tribe? Check HERE. If you are interested in more information on becoming an NTAA Member Tribe, please contact Andy Bessler, NTAA Project Director.
Lodging arrangements will be made by ITEP for scholarship recipients and eligible presenters ONLY; please DO NOT contact the hotel directly if your lodging is to be paid by ITEP.
All other attendees must make hotel reservations directly with the hotel; if you need to cancel your hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly. A group block reservation has been made at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, located at 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, Washington 98221. The hotel is owned and operated by Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
The group lodging rate is $91/night, plus applicable taxes and fees (select rooms may have a higher rate). This rate is available until April 11, 2014, or until group rooming block has been exceeded. It is strongly recommended that you make hotel reservations as early as possible. Contact the Hotel by phone at 1-855-794-6563. Reference group code "NTFS1" or "NAU-ITEP National Tribal Forum on Air Quality 2014" for the group block rate. A credit card will be required at time of booking to secure the room reservation.
Overflow lodging is available at the following partner facilities. Shuttle service will be provided between these hotels and the Forum events at the Swinomish Lodge.
La Conner Country Inn
107 South 2nd Street
La Conner, Washington 98257
La Conner Channel Lodge
205 North 1st Street
La Conner, Washington 98257
The group lodging rate is $91/night, plus applicable taxes and fees, available for 5/12-5/14 ONLY. This rate is available until April 11, 2014, or until group rooming block has been exceeded. It is strongly recommended that you make hotel reservations as early as possible. Contact the two partner hotels by phone at 1-888-466-4113. Reference group name "NAU-ITEP National Tribal Forum on Air Quality 2014" for the group block rate. A credit card will be required at time of booking to secure the room reservation.
Additional Lodging Options
The following hotels are located in Burlington, WA, approximately 15 minutes from the Swinomish Casino and Lodge. No room block has been set aside, however government lodging rates are available, and shuttle to/from the Forum will be available (please contact ITEP if you will require a shuttle).
Hampton Inn & Suites Burlington
1860 South Burlington Blvd.
Burlington WA 98233
Candlewood Suites Burlington
1866 S Burlington Blvd
Burlington, WA 98233
Two commercial airports serve the Anacortes area; please see below for more details. Airline reservations are your responsibility (with the exception of presenters receiving travel support). See the "Register" tab for more information on scholarships.
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
- Bellingham International Airport (Alaska, Allegiant, and Frontier Airlines)
Airport shuttle services are available from the following provider (fees apply):
- Bellair Airporter Shuttle (serves BOTH Seattle-Tacoma and Bellingham Airports)
- Prepaid 18-hour advance reservations REQUIRED
- Book online or by calling 1-866-235-5247
- Disembark at 13725 La Conner-Whitney Rd. (Shell Station) stop (*shuttle will be provided from the transit stop
to the Swinomish Lodge and La Conner facilities)
- Contact ITEP with your SHUTTLE arrival and departure times to ensure the conference shuttle is there to meet you.
- Prepaid 18-hour advance reservations REQUIRED
Parking and Conference Shuttle:
The Swinomish Lodge offers complimentary self-parking.
Shuttle service to and from the event will be provided for conference attendees staying at one of the overflow hotels listed above. Shuttles will depart from overflow hotels at 7:30 each morning and depart from the conference location at 5:15 each evening. An additional shuttle will be provided following the Award Reception, Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 pm.
ITEP will be offsetting the carbon footprint of the NTF meeting space and accommodations by purchasing offsets through Native Energy, an expert provider of carbon offsets, renewable energy credits, and carbon accounting software, that focuses on helping community-based initiatives addressing renewable energy. If you are interested in offsetting the carbon footprint of your travel to/from the NTF, please visit their website for more information.
2014 NTF presentations.
Click HERE for 2014 NTF presentations.
Fort McDowell Reservation
Fountain Hills, AZ
April 30-May 2, 2013
Click HERE for presentations.
Cherokee Nation's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
May 22-24, 2012
Click HERE for presentations.
Click HERE for agenda. [pdf]
Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Hotel and Casino
June 14-16, 2011
Click HERE for presentations.
Click HERE for agenda. [pdf]
Optional NSR Consultation Session Agenda, June 13, 2011:
Click HERE for NSR agenda. [pdf]
Last updated: June 11, 2014