The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for technology exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 9000 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.

Chapter Overview

James Madison University (JMU), located in the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a predominantly undergraduate institution with approximately 13,000 students. All members of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) are majors in the innovative Integrated Science and Technology Program (ISAT) at JMU. This undergraduate program, established at JMU by the Commonwealth of Virginia during the 1990 session of the General Assembly, provides students with a solid comprehension of several scientific and technological disciples, while emphasizing essential business concepts. Such concepts include the importance of collaborative and leadership methods, the application of technological advancement in problem-solving techniques, and the social considerations–economic, political, environmental, and ethical–that encompass technical business decisions.