2022 Haagen-Smit Award Winners
CARB accepted nominations from the public for the 2022 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards, October 21 through December 16, 2022:
CARB is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards (May 31, 2023 Press Release).
The seven following outstanding individuals are honored for their air quality improvement achievements in the categories of policy, international leadership, science and technology, environmental justice, and environmental health research. Full biographies are available in the 2022 Clean Air Awards Program. Click here for a poster of the 2022 Clean Air Award Winners.
Dr. Daniel L. Albritton left a lasting mark on both research and decision-making about air quality and climate. He spent nearly forty years as a scientist and public servant and was head of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aeronomy Laboratory from 1986 until his retirement in 2006. Dr. Albritton led numerous collaborative research initiatives, with scientific work that spanned the Earth’s atmosphere from “top to bottom.” Dr. Albritton was also renowned as one of the most effective communicators of science and climate change of our time and played critical key roles in bridging the gap between research and policy. Sadly, Dr. Albritton passed away very shortly before the Haagen-Smit Award could be conferred. Additional information: Remembering Dan Albritton – Tributes from NOAA’s Chemical Science Laboratory
Prashant Gargava, Ph.D., Member Secretary, India Central Pollution Control Board
Dr. Prashant Gargava has been a tireless and groundbreaking leader of air quality in India and other Asian countries, as a scientist and highly effective public servant. He rapidly rose through the ranks of India's Central Pollution Control Board, the apex regulatory air quality agency in India, ultimately reaching the position of Member Secretary in 2018. He helped spearhead and revise India's National Air Quality Standards, crucially worked on the development of India’s National Air Quality Index and played a pivotal role in supporting the implementation of India’s Clean Air Program. With these accomplishments, plus an impressive bibliography of publications, Dr. Gargava is a true and highly accomplished visionary in the field of air quality.
Allen H. Goldstein, Ph.D., Professor and MacArthur Foundation Chair, University of California, Berkeley
Science and Technology
Dr. Allen H. Goldstein has been a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, for just over twenty five years, establishing himself as one of the world’s preeminent atmospheric chemists, as well as a global leader who has had a lifelong commitment to providing accurate and insightful data on important air quality and climate change problems. Initially interested in biogenic emissions from trees, he broadened his work to include vehicular, urban, agricultural, and wildfire emissions, and indoor air pollution. Professor Goldstein has addressed some of the most complex and perplexing questions in atmospheric science and has led the development of state-of-the-science instruments for sampling and analyzing air. In addition to outstanding and ground-breaking research, Professor Goldstein has also provided key guidance to policy makers addressing air quality and climate change.
Bill Magavern, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
As a clean air advocate, Mr. Bill Magavern has dedicated over twenty years to affecting change in clean air, via California legislation, regulations, and advocacy. Anchored in the never-wavering principle that every Californian deserves to breathe clean air, Mr. Magavern was instrumental in the passing of Assembly Bill 1550 (Gomez, 2016) and Senate Bill 535 (De León, 2012), which substantially benefit communities most impacted by pollution.He also has a tested track record of supporting and improving diesel emission reduction legislation and regulations, including California Senate Bill 210 (Leyva, 2019) that will result in significant reductions of diesel and criteria pollutant emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. Overall he has made countless and highly respected contributions to environmental justice and environmental policies.
Shankar Prasad, M.B.B.S., Retired, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Dr. Shankar Prasad has been a pioneer in the development of the environmental justice (EJ) movement, being among the first to call attention to clean air inequities. His efforts helped initiate the very first EJ program at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and lay the foundation for today’s continuing EJ progress. His work helped drive the development of CalEnviroScreen, a groundbreaking tool that is leading the way forward on evaluating cumulative impacts at the neighborhood level. Dr. Prasad has advocated to direct investment of greenhouse gas reduction funds to communities most burdened by pollution; he worked tirelessly to get this innovative concept passed into law as Senate Bill 535 (De León, 2012). Dr. Prasad has also worked internationally, sharing his expertise with clean air advocates and programs in India.
Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., Dean and Professor, Colorado School of Public Health
Environmental Health Research
Professor Jonathan Samet’s long and distinguished career has been on the cutting edge of research and decision-making for nearly half a century, with extensive and steady landmark contributions to the understanding of the health impacts of both outdoor and indoor air pollution. His long list of transformative scientific contributions includes one of the earliest time-series studies of air pollution and illness and helping to pioneer the use of United States (US) national-level Medicare data for studies of air pollution and mortality. Professor Samet also developed and led crucial changes to the methods for synthesizing and integrating health evidence for many specific pollutants, helping to provide a widely utilized framework for providing research evidence for air quality control decisions.
Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Ms. Peggy Shepard is Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, based in New York, and has a long history of organizing and engaging community-based campaigns to address environmental health disparities, with a focus on communities of color. She is known as one of the pioneers of the environmental justice movement, who has successfully combined grassroots organizing, advocacy, and community-based participatory research to become a national leader on environmental justice issues. Ms. Shepard has served in leadership roles for a multitude of local, state, and federal-level advisory and decision-making organizations, including the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, the Executive Committee of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, plus the Boards of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and the New York City Environmental Justice Advisory.
The 2022 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards were announced via the May 31, 2023 press release, and were conferred at the Thursday June 22, 2023 Board Meeting at 9am. The Board Meeting was webcast via Cal-Span.
The Clean Air Leadership Talks, in which the Awardees speak briefly about their work, was livestreamed from 1:30-3:30pm on Thursday June 22, 2023 (media advisory of June 20,2023) and is available for viewing on CARB’s YouTube channel. Event information here.
The 2022 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards Program Booklet contains the full biographies of the Awardees.