Those of us who knew Charles Burke and Bill Quinn reluctantly said goodbye when they retired last year. But there is great news – Arizona has a new P2 Team! But Farah, Linneth and Jeanine have been much too busy for fanfare. They hit the ground running and April was particularly active. ADEQ is currently working on getting its P2 strategic plan finalized that covers the next three years and included P2 training workshops that started in April.
Two of them are in partnership with the Hazardous Waste Inspections Workshops that are offered at different locations around the state each year. The other one was specific to ADEQ P2 Planning facilities to help them in filling out the plan template and goal forms. ADEQ is hopeful that this training workshop will result in better accuracy in plan submissions and better quality goal setting. And they’ve also been doing some value stream mapping to try to trim the P2 review process down to a more manageable feat.
In addition to coordinating training efforts with the Haz Waste Team, ADEQ has been going out on inspections with them to provide technical assistance to facilities.
ADEQ pollution prevention staff conducted presentations as part of two free hazardous waste workshop sessions for residents of Yuma County and other parts of western Arizona on Earth Day, April 22 in the City of Yuma. Each of the sessions covered the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and hazardous waste regulations, hazardous waste generator statutes, common hazardous wastes by industry, what to expect when you are inspected, top 10 most common hazardous waste violations, the pollution prevention (P2) philosophy, and an introduction to the P2 Planning program.
For the week of Earth Day, internal employees were encouraged to fill out a leaf for the ADEQ Earth Day Pledge Tree to make a pledge on how they would make Earth Day every day by recycling, conserving energy, and helping educate others on how to help the environment and prevent pollution for a healthier planet.
Other “Green” activities that ADEQ participated in surrounding Earth Day included:
- April 5: A free electronic waste recycling and paper shredding event at the Recreation Centers of Sun City West
- April 5: ADEQ booth at Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community Environmental Fair in Scottsdale
- April 12: A free electronic waste recycling event at Multi-Event Center in Payson
- April 12: ADEQ booth at 20th Annual Earth Day Festival with activities for children at Reid Park in Tucson
- April 17: ADEQ booth at Seventh Annual Arizona Western College Sustainability Fair in Yuma
- April 19: A free electronic waste recycling event, Flagstaff City Hall parking lot in Flagstaff
- April 20: ADEQ booth at Earth Day celebration, South Rim Visitor Center, Grand Canyon
- April 22: ADEQ booth at Earth Day event, Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix
- April 22: ADEQ booth at Canyon Day Junior High School Earth Day Festival, Canyon Day community, Fort Apache Indian Reservation
- April 24.: Earth Day water quality monitoring event for fifth-grade students from Safford, Solomon and Bonita schools at Discovery Park pond in Safford
- April 24: ADEQ Flag Program presentation as part of Tempe High School Earth Day Fair in Tempe
- April 25: ADEQ Earth Day booth at Spring Festival, Sequoia Village School in Linden
- April 25: ADEQ booth at Ak-Chin Earth Day event, Ak-Chin Recreation Center in Maricopa
A brief background on each of the new P2 team is included below. The P2 team is led by Linda Mariner who joined ADEQ’s Sustainability Programs Unit in 2010. Linda has worked for ADEQ for 22 years. If you haven’t already, please be sure to pick up the phone and welcome Arizona’s new team to our P2 universe.
Bios of the ADEQ P2 Team:
Jeanine Inman is an Environmental Engineer with the Pollution Prevention (P2) Program at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). She is a licensed Professional Engineer with over seven years’ experience in environmental consulting for international engineering firms. Prior to joining ADEQ she provided project management and engineering support for various environmental remediation projects in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Texas and Virginia. She received her B.S. in Geology and Geophysics and Environmental Engineering from Yale University and a M.S. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Linneth Lopez is an Environmental Engineering Specialist who currently works for the Pollution Prevention Program in the Sustainability Unit at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Previous to that she was a Hazardous Waste Compliance Officer with ADEQ where the main duties included the inspection of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities ranging from hospitals and platters to military bases and drycleaners. Her previous position as a Hazardous Waste Compliance Officer has provided her with valuable knowledge and experience for her new position.
Linneth Lopez attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly) in California and has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Environmental Engineering. During her time at Cal Poly she was involved in researching an innovative remediation method using fungi and had an internship with a large school district involved with the new construction of schools. She moved to Arizona three years ago and in her spare time she likes to cook recipes from vintage cookbooks.
Farah Mohammadesmaeili is an Environmental Engineering Specialist of the P2 Program at ADEQ. Farah received her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer with over ten years’ experience in research, teaching, and environmental consulting. Before joining ADEQ, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at ASU and conducted research on Reverse Osmosis concentrate management and the removal and inactivation of microbial contaminants from drinking water. She was also an adjunct faculty of the Physical Sciences Department at Phoenix College. She received her M.S. in Environmental Engineering and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.