by QuietCommunities on February 16, 2015

Quiet Communities’ executive director, Jamie Banks, PhD, MS, will present the results of an important air pollution report at the International Emissions Inventory Conference on April 16, 2015. The conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Diego in the afternoon session entitled “Speciated Emissions Profiles and Their Use,” scheduled to run from 1:20 to 5:10 pm.

Dr. Banks will present an analysis of the volume of air pollutants produced annually in the United States by gasoline-powered leaf blowers, mowers, trimmers and related lawn and garden equipment used by the landscape maintenance industry and individual property owners. This analysis was developed using data reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Emissions Inventory. The presentation will cover emissions estimates for these types of lawn and garden equipment and compare them to overall air emissions.

Dr. Banks said the study is of interest because of concerns over the health and environmental impacts of landscape maintenance practices. These include exhaust fumes and the dust that these devices generate, which can affect the health of equipment operators and individuals living and working nearby.

More conference details can be found at the conference website.