Lisa Greene Named to Agriculture Air Quality Task Force

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Lisa Greene, director of microanalytical sciences at RTI International, has been selected for a second term as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, which was established to address agricultural air quality issues. Greene was previously appointed in 2011.

Created by the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, the 25-member task force serves for two-year terms and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on oversight and coordination related to agricultural air quality. The task force consists of leaders in farming, industry, and other experts in the fields of agriculture and air quality.

"It's a great honor to be selected for a second term," Greene said. " My first term on the task force taught me a lot about the complexity of addressing agricultural air quality issues and the relationships between USDA and other agencies. I'm excited to extend the opportunity to learn by working with leaders in the field."

 The task force is charged with:

  • Advising the agriculture secretary on air quality and its relationship to agriculture based on sound scientific findings;
  • Reviewing research on agricultural air quality supported by federal agencies;
  • Promoting intergovernmental coordination in establishing agricultural air quality policy to avoid duplication of efforts; and
  • Ensuring that air quality conservation practices supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are based on peer-reviewed research and are economically feasible for agricultural producers.

"We can only make good decisions on complex and emerging challenges like air quality with expert guidance from a cross-section of interests," said U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to minimize the public impact of air pollution that is associated with agricultural practices while—at the same time—preserving farming as a way of life. We're doing this by developing science-based climate solutions and cutting-edge technologies, and by working closely with farmers, ranchers, and land owners as well as our federal partners."

Greene, who currently manages the RTI Microanalytical Sciences Department, has more than 27 years of broad-based environmental science experience, which includes work for governmental and commercial clients.

She has extensive experience in leading or supporting technical research on a wide range of projects funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She provided emergency technical and logistical support to EPA regional and program offices for post-hurricane air-monitoring efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina struck Gulf Coast states in 2005 and coordinated with other agency contractors and led an RTI technical team that provided crucial particulate mass and trace metals analysis of air samples collected during initial clean-up activities.

Greene is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. She is the author of numerous technical reports and presentations delivered at national and international conferences.

 

Highlights

  • Lisa Greene, director of microanalytical sciences at RTI International, has been selected for a second term as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
  • The task force was established to address agricultural air quality issues
  • Greene was previously appointed as a member of the task force in 2011