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Breathing Fire

Hosted byTPL & Montclair State University

How a Warming Planet Impacts Air Quality and Human Health: What Can We Do About It? RSVP Required Limited Availability No Registration Fee In-Person Event Only

Monday, October 9
11:30AM – 5:00PM EDT

Montclair State University
University Hall
7th Flr Conference Center
1 Normal Avenue (Campus)
Montclair, NJ 07043
See below for parking directions

Schedule of Events

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Howard Frumkin, Senior Vice President & Director of TPL's Land and People Lab. Dr. Frumkin is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean from 2010-2016. He is also a Hagler Fellow at Texas A&M University and previously held leadership roles at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Frumkin has authored and co-authored more than 300 scientific journal articles and 14 books on human, community and planetary health. He received his AB from Brown University, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, his MPH and DrPH from Harvard University.

Panels will be moderated by Dr. Amy Tuininga, Director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, and Chris Daggett, Board Chair of the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium and former regional administrator for the U.S. EPA.


Welcome Remarks

Keynote, Dr. Howard Frumkin

Lunch Provided

Moderator Dr. Amy Tuininga
Wildfires and Climate Change: Risk Factors and Impact on Public Health

Moderator Chris Daggett
Air Quality and the Media: Framing Public Discourse

Closing Remarks and Networking

Panel Descriptions and Panelists

Wildfires and Climate Change: Risk Factors and Impact on Public Health: Moderated by Dr. Amy Tuininga, the panel will explore connections between climate change, fire frequency, and air quality. Panelists will discuss how climate change impacts fire vulnerability in natural systems and related fire management strategies. The panel will address resulting air quality, impacts on public health, and what can be done to improve outcomes.


  • Michael Kronick, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • Melissa Miles, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Dr. Makoto Kelp, Stanford University
  • Dr. Gregory Pope, Montclair State University

Air Quality and the Media: Framing Public Discourse: Moderated by Chris Daggett, panelists will explore the role of journalism in raising awareness about air quality and climate, and how news organizations can combat misinformation and guide public discourse. As the climate continues to shift, providing accurate and timely information to communities is critical for public health, and journalists are first-reporters/chroniclers in cases of climate emergencies such as the recent Canadian wildfires.


  • Nsikan Akpan, Ph.D., New York Public Radio: WNYC/Gothamist
  • Peter Prengaman, The Associated Press
  • John Upton, Partnership Journalism Editor at Climate Central

Parking and Campus Map

Parking will be in the Red Hawk Deck (link below), as we have vouchers available to all registrants who park there. Once you exit the parking garage on the first floor, please walk towards campus, go up the stairs by the statues, and make a left at Susan Cole Hall. It should be the first building in front of you once you go up the stairs. When you begin walking, you will pass an outdoor amphitheater. If this is on your left you will know you are walking the right way. Continue going straight past Dickson Hall and then past the Feliciano School of Business. University Hall will be the next building, also on your left with a clock tower on it. The Conference Center is located on the seventh floor. 

Google maps link to the Red Hawk Deck:

Campus Map:

About Your Hosts

Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit that works to connect everyone to the benefits and joys of the outdoors. As a leader in equitable access to the outdoors, TPL works with communities to create parks and protect public land where they are needed most. To learn more, visit

Montclair State University's PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies supports transdisciplinary research and community projects that grow more resilient communities globally. Through partnerships with New Jersey-based and multi-national corporations and organizations, we address local and global sustainability challenges including climate change, emissions, energy, clean water, waste, food and food insecurity.

The mission of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University is to grow and strengthen local journalism and support an informed society in New Jersey and beyond. Learn more at

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