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The Lake Michigan States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA-LMSS) is a unit of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA).  The Section covers Illinois, Northwest Indiana, Wisconsin, and Western Michigan with chapters of the association represented throughout the region.

The Air and Waste Management Association is a professional society of those working and studying in the environmental fields. Including scientists, engineers, lawyers and related professions from government, industry, academia, consulting and non-governmental organizations, we meet in neutral forums to advance the profession, personal professional development and the environment.
  • Purpose: 
    • The purpose of the A&WMA-LMSS is to promote a better understanding and awareness of the challenges that exist in air pollution control, waste management, processing and control, and environmental management programs among representatives of industry, government agencies, research personnel, educators, attorneys and consultants within the geographic area of the Section. 
    • The Section works toward promoting closer professional and personal relations among members of the Section and to further the mission and objectives of the Association.
  • Goals and Objectives: 
    • As a non-profit, technical and educational organization, the Section's main function is to disseminate information related to air and waste management and environmental quality management to its members and others in the geographic area of the Section. This includes updates on existing and proposed environmental regulations and legislation, various technical and managerial information, and materials for students. 
    • The Section produces a newsletter and holds periodic conferences.  
    • An annual conference focused on air management issues and a conference focused on waste management issues is held each year.  
    • The annual membership luncheon meeting is held in spring each year.  
    • Additional webinars, workshops, and breakfast/lunch meetings are held throughout the year.
  • Focus and Scope: 
    • The Section's main focus is on "air quality" and "hazardous and toxic waste" management, although we advocate a multi-disciplinary or cross-environmental media approach to addressing the many environmental challenges.
  • Networking: 
    • The Section promotes and encourages camaraderie among environmental professionals to help foster a spirit of cooperation and unity, so together we may more effectively address the many environmental challenges we all face. This partnership includes, but is not limited to, government, academia, industry, and those in the private service industry, including consultants and attorneys. 
    • Our goal is to hold at least one social activity each year, such as a golf outing, dinner, attending a sports event, etc.
  • Participatory: 
    • The Section seeks to maximize participation among its members throughout its geographical boundary in the various activities it sponsors. This includes seeking out members to serve on the Section's Executive Board and various committees and/or to serve the organization by writing articles for the Section's newsletter and/or actively participating in hosting a technical conference or other event by serving as a conference co-chair or as a conference committee member.
  • Neutral forum: 
    • Through its publications and conferences, the Section provides a neutral forum where all viewpoints of an environmental management issue can be presented, including technical, scientific, economic, social, political, and public health aspects.
  • Education: 
    • The Section promotes environmental education by participating in various education outreach programs such as by providing educational materials and assistance to community schools. This includes furnishing publications to educators such as the Environmental Resource Guides published by A&WMA. 
    • Section members are encouraged to participate in community science fairs and festivals. 
    • A scholarship program has been established for qualified college students in environmental studies.
  • Apolitical/Nonlobbying: 
    • No part of the Section's direct or indirect activity consists of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. 
    • The Section does not participate in or intervene in, including publication or distribution of statements, any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
  • Membership: 
    • Full members of the Section are members of the Air & Waste Management Association that reside in the Section. 
    • Membership benefits include a newsletter, invitations to local events, and reduced fees for these events. The Section also has a Local Associate (LA) membership for individuals who desire affiliation with the Section only. 
    • Local Associates receive the newsletter and announcements, and local event discounts but cannot vote in A&WMA elections or hold offices. Contact the Section for more details.
The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 8000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA also promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society.

The Mission of A&WMA is to assist in the professional development and critical environmental decision-making of our members to benefit society.

The core Purpose of A&WMA is to improve environmental knowledge and decisions by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.