APRIL 9, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

What's wrong with Bakersfield's air quality and what can be done about it? These are the questions that will be answered on May 5 at 2 p.m. when Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020 and California State University, Bakersfield present "Clearing the Air: An Educational Forum on Air Quality in Kern County."

The free, two-hour forum, which will be held in CSUB's Dore Theater, will feature speakers from business, government, and education. The speakers will discuss Bakersfield's air quality problem, what is being done by business and government to address the issue, and what individuals can do to help clean up the air.

Speakers include David Crowe, of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District; Tom Fulks of the Green Car Journal; Joe Drew, board member of Clean Air Now; and Dirk Baron, CSUB geology professor. Barbara Patrick, 3rd District Kern County Supervisor and a board member of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution control District, will emcee the event.

Topics during the forum will address:
Stationary and mobile sources of pollution.
Technological advances to improve auto emissions including fuel cell technology, electric cars, clean gas and hybrid cars.
Business participation in cleaning the air.
What local individuals and groups can do to improve air quality in the community.

"Air pollution has been identified by thousands of Bakersfield area residents as the region's greatest concern," said Sheryl Barbich, president of Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020. "Our role in Vision 2020 is to educate the community about issues of great import and bring people together who can help us make Bakersfield the kind of community that citizens want it to be in the next two decades."

For more information, please call (661) 325-4454, extension 20.