BAQ 2018 Workshops organized by the USEPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is pleased to host the following workshops at BAQ 2018. A description of both workshops is below; please indicate whether you plan to attend these workshops.
Creating an Air Quality Flag Program for Schools (Workshop | 14 November, 6:00-7:30pm; The Granary Kitchen + Bar, 23, Wayang St, Kuching Town)
Globally, children’s environmental health protection is an emerging priority for nations, communities and families. The World Health Organization estimates that, in 2012, about 1.7 million children under age five died due to environmental causes, with air pollution being a major factor. This session will highlight a US EPA program, since extended to many countries, that uses an Air Quality Index (AQI) to increase public awareness about outdoor air quality. The program uses brightly colored flags as a simple and intuitive means of informing communities about daily air quality, and provides advice to minimize exposure when air quality is poor. We focus on Flag Programs at schools to help protect children, who are especially vulnerable to air pollution due to their high activity level and developing lungs.

Pre-registered participants will be offered flags and an instructional kit to take back to their organizations.

[REGISTRATION IS CLOSED] AirNow International Collaboration Meeting, Messaging & Outreach and AirNow System and Big Data Demonstration/ Training Sessions (Workshop | 13 November, 9:00am-5:00pm; BCCK)
Background:
This all day event begins in the morning with an AirNow International Collaboration Meeting for all participants that includes an overview of the AirNow international collaboration platform,its global community, a discussion of new initiatives and data sharing experiences, and the use of satellite data and sensors in air quality. In the afternoon, you will be able to choose between two tracks:(1) Outreach Session: AQI messaging for hourly and minute data, personalizing the AQI web experience and outreach opportunities, (2) Training on AirNow System & Tools and Management of Big Data.

The AirNow International collaboration platform is based on the AirNow system that since 1997 has been providing in the US information to the public about the quality of the air they breathe through real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) observations and forecasts.

Objectives:
This event is intended to (1) promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among the global air quality community on a variety of topics: data sharing, small sensors, satellite data, air quality reporting and messaging, (2) expose interested countries to a hands on demonstration on AirNow tools available for managing large data sets and (3) advance public awareness and involvement in air quality through messaging, websites and outreach programs.

[REGISTRATION IS CLOSED] Estimating the Benefits of Improving Air Quality: Intro to the BenMAP-CE Tool (Workshop | 13 November, 9:00am-5:00pm)
Background:
The Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program—Community Edition (BenMAP-CE) is an open-source tool developed by USEPA to quantify the health impacts and economic value of air quality changes. BenMAP-CE, used to support policy decisions by USEPA, contains a user-modifiable database that comes pre-installed with a full suite of health impact functions, population projections, baseline health and air quality data, and economic value estimates for the U.S. and China. The program now also incorporates air quality, population, and baseline health data from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, enabling analysts to assess the mortality impacts associated with user-specified air quality changes in countries across the globe. This full-day training session will instruct users in four key topics: (1) understanding the basic principles of air pollution benefits assessment; (2) operating the tool with GBD data to perform country-level screening analyses; (3) using the core features of the BenMAP-CE program including how to import data and select health impact and valuation functions, and how to report tabular results and prepare maps using the program's Geographic Information System; and (4) how to access global air quality monitoring data from USEPA's AirNow database and use these data in a BenMAP-CE analysis.

Objectives:
• Instruct users in the basic principles of air pollution benefits assessment, including how information from air pollution epidemiology studies can be used to construct health impact functions and how to interpret results.
• Instruct users in how to apply the built-in health impact functions, demographic, health and air quality data from the Global Burden of Disease project to perform country- or city-level analyses of air pollution health impacts and characterize the results.
• Instruct users in how to apply the core features of the BenMAP-CE program.
• Introduce users to the international AirNow database of air quality monitors, including how to use these data in a BenMAP-CE analysis.

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