The Coalition for Clean Air is proud to continue our Clean Air Conversation series to discuss challenges and solutions (!) around air quality. Focused on our mission of protecting public health, improving air quality and preventing climate change, these conversations are a great way to educate yourself on the issues of the day and support our work. Unlike a traditional webinar, our conversation series are an interactive discussion with presenters and attendees as we discuss a variety of clean air topics.


Join us for one of our next conversations:

Greening the Supply Chain: Part II – Focus on Ventura County

December 6, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm

The online shopping boom has brought new attention to air quality impacts of the supply chain, but concerns about emissions from goods movement are longstanding. It’s also an issue of environmental racism: shipping corridors tend to cut through low-income communities of color, and their health suffers as a result. Earlier this year we learned from the companies working toward cleaner air at the San Pedro Bay Ports. Join us on December 6, 2021 as we turn our attention to Ventura County. Learn how port operators, agricultural companies and others are leading the charge for a more sustainable future.

Panelists include Dr. Laki Tisopoulos, Executive Officer at Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Giles Pettifor, Environmental Manager for the Port of Hueneme and Andrew Prior, Senior Manager – Safety, Quality, & Sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen.



Vapor intrusion and air quality

December 16, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

When it comes to air pollution, we tend to talk a lot about cars, trucks, and ships — or big visible stationary sources like refineries.

Have you considered the possibility that the soil and groundwater under your building may also be harmful to your health?

California has a challenge. With competing demands for housing and institutional uses, we need to build where we can — and that often includes building on contaminated property. One danger of building on contaminated land is “vapor intrusion” – the migration of vapor-forming chemicals from polluted soil and groundwater into our buildings. If not done right, hazardous chemicals like trichloroethylene, benzene, and naphthalene can “intrude” on indoor air quality.

But there are those who are doing it right. For our next Clean Air Conversation, learn from the experts in this emerging field and hear about the laws, regulations, technological solutions and factors that keep vapor intrusion at bay.

Our panelists include: Sherry Jackman, Attorney at Greenberg Glusker; Rafat Abbasi, Senior Engineer at Cal-EPA; and Brian Bencz, Vice President Land Operations at Lennar in a session moderated by Elie Haddad, Principal Consultant at Haley & Aldrich.



All conversations are made available free of charge;

however we do ask that you consider making a contribution in support of our work.


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Please see recordings of previous webinars below.

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Past Events

Water, Air QUality & Climate Nexus

Recording will be uploaded shortly

November 29, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Join us for a superstar panel of policy makers as we dive into the connection between water, air quality and climate. Today we can no longer think of solutions to our intransigent environmental challenges through a siloed approach. “Co-benefit” is not just a wonky phrase, but a call-to-action to help us understand that the fight against climate change will force us to think cross-disciplinary.

We are proud to bring “water” into our “Clean Air Conversations,” choosing to focus on the Metropolitan Water District’s plans to fight climate change.

Moderating our panel will be Felicia Marcus, whose decades of experience on the State Water Resources Quality Control Board (and former CCA Board Members) make her the perfect person to lead the discussion. We’re proud to have her joined by former State Senator Fran Pavley, who authored much of the State’s formative water and climate legislation during her time in office. We are equally fortunate to have (relatively) new MWD General Manager and CEO Adel Hagekhalil joining us. Adel’s decades of efforts to create “one water” make him the perfect person to talk about the importance of thinking outside of silos. Rounding out our panel is Malinda Stalvey, who will dive into the specifics of the climate and water nexus through an MWD lens.

Whether you are a policy-wonk or just looking to increase your knowledge of the subject matter, you won’t want to miss our next Clean Air Conversation.

July 26, 2021: Ensuring That all Californians have Access to Clean Transportation


As California works to electrify passenger cars, how do we ensure all Californians have access to clean transportation? While zero-emission cars reduce the long-term cost of ownership, sticker shock discourages low-income consumers from ditching polluting, gasoline-powered vehicles. California’s mobility equity program, such as the Clean Cars 4 All program, are important tools in addressing this challenge.

For this webinar we were in conversation with Emilia Reyes, CEO of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and Gregory Pierce and Rachel Connolly, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. [program starts at 4:02]

April 16, 2021: Carbon Emissions & the Building Trade


Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Preventing it is going to take a holistic approach that looks at more than tailpipe emissions. The very materials we use and the way we build may be just the difference we need to create a true end to end carbon free cycle.

This conversation is essential viewing for anyone developing policies to tackle carbon emissions. Panelists were Stacy Smedley from Skanska and Ben Stapleton from USGBC Los Angeles, with Bryn Lindblad from Climate Resolve moderating the conversation.

March 18, 2021: Greening the Supply Chain


The online shopping boom has brought new attention to air quality impacts of the supply chain, but concerns about emissions from goods movement are longstanding. It’s also an issue of environmental racism: shipping corridors and tend to cut through low-income communities of color, and their health suffers as a result.

On March 18, 2020, CCA held a conversation with Alex Milley, Assistant Vice President – Health, Safety, Security, Environment at Trapac; and Tony Williamson, Director of Compliance & Sustainability at TTSI.

January 14, 2021: Alternatives to Diesel Generators


The many diesel generators that were bought in response to this year’s devastating wild fires present a whole new air quality problem of their own. The question is what is the best path forward. We’ll take a deep dive into microgrids, battery storage, fuel cells and more.

On January 14, 2020, CCA held a conversation with Jamie Tuckey of MCE Energy, Brady Van Engelen of Bloom Energy, and Bernadette Del Chiaro of the California Solar & Storage Association, moderated by Debra Kahn of Politico.

December 8, 2020: A Celebration of Clean Air with Congressman Henry Waxman (ret.)


On December 8th, more than 150 people joined us online to recognize one of our heroes, Congressman Henry Waxman (ret.), whose indefatigable fight to improve the Clean Air Act is the underpinning of everything the Coalition for Clean Air has advocated for since its founding in 1971.

We actually had a total of three former and current members of Congress with us: Rep. Ted Lieu, who currently represents the 33rd District was on hand to congratulate his predecessor, as was Rep. Mel Levine (ret.).

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols was happy to deliver opening remarks, stressing the importance and enduring legacy of passing the Clean Air Act and the impact it has had on the quality of life of millions of Americans. Our conversation was expertly moderated by journalist Beth Gardiner, author of the recently released book Choked.

We also asked participants to donate to CCA in honor of our upcoming 50th anniversary and want to thank all those who made a gift in support of our programs.

Missed the festivities? You can watch the recording here.