Division for Air Quality
Air Quality Staff Elected to Leadership Roles

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 01, 2008  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Robb Schmitz
502-564-3999 Ext. 4404
502-330-3849 (cell)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – December 1, 2008 – Two Division for Air Quality (DAQ) staff members have been elected to leadership roles.
    The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) has elected John Lyons, director of the Division for Air Quality, to its board of directors.  NACAA represents air pollution control agencies in 53 states and territories and over 165 major metropolitan areas across the United States.
     NACAA was formed more 30 years ago to encourage information exchange among air pollution control officials, to enhance communication and cooperation among federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, and to promote good management of our air resources.
      “It is an honor to be selected by my peers to serve on the board and have the opportunity to represent the Southeastern states in a national decision making capacity on air quality issues,” said Lyons.  To learn more about NACAA, visit its Web site at www.4cleanair.org.
     The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (www.KAEE.org) elected Elizabeth Robb Schmitz, environmental education specialist for DAQ, as its president during the association’s annual conference.  KAEE is one of the nation’s oldest environmental education associations, working since 1976 to create a sustainable environment through education.  
     “I hope to build upon the dynamic work of our past presidents in a way that expands the dialogue of environmental education into new circles,” Schmitz said.  “Across the commonwealth, schools, teachers, parents, businesses and organizations are looking for ways to go green and expand their knowledge of environmental issues. KAEE wishes to offer these entities the tools that they need to open the doors to environmental understanding.”