What is this “Residential Wood Smoke Information Exchange” all about?
The EPA residential wood smoke team was looking for a way to connect environmental professionals at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels to discuss their efforts to address and reduce air pollution from wood smoke. We explored the ideas of monthly conference calls, newsletters, and email blasts, but found all of these options to involve one-way communication. We wanted something that would be more dynamic, engage users, and establish an open dialogue.
And so, the idea of the Wood Smoke Information Exchange was born!
While the Exchange functions like a blog, its main purpose is to create a discussion forum. We plan to post questions, share our latest outreach efforts, and keep you updated on current initiatives. However, it doesn’t end there – we also want to hear from you! We welcome your ideas and want your input. Please post your comments. We encourage you to share your successes, or present the challenges you’re facing in addressing wood smoke issues in your state or community. And, if you have advice for a commenter, share your knowledge. This site is what YOU make it.
Since the Exchange is only being made available to federal, state, local, and tribal officials we hope to keep the topics focused for the intended audience. We will not post the link on our public access sites, so you may want to create a bookmark for the page (blog.epa.gov/woodsmoke/). We would also encourage you to sign up for the RSS feeds so you can receive the latest posts and updates from the Exchange.
Thanks for joining us in this pilot effort. We hope you find the Exchange useful and we look forward to hearing from you!
Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.