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March 4, 2011 > Online training videos for analyzing air quality

Online training videos for analyzing air quality

Submitted By BAAQMD

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the agency chartered with maintaining the air quality of the nine-county Bay Area, has made available online video trainings for URBEMIS and BGM.

URBEMIS and BGM are land use emission estimate models that may be used for analyzing air quality impacts of a proposed development, such as residential, commercial and mixed-use land uses. As a follow up to the District's well-attended URBEMIS/BGM computer model-training classes in 2010, the District created online URBEMIS and BGM training videos to further assist local planners and others.

Each video highlights specific features in the modeling programs and may be watched in any order, depending on a user's experience with URBEMIS and BGM. Download and view the videos at

The training videos are also available on the District's climate portal,, which features new case stories highlighting climate best practices implemented by local governments throughout the Bay Area. The portal's new content includes:

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See which local governments have completed emissions inventories and adopted climate action plans at

Fore more information about the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, visit

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