Our Mission Statement

PNWIS is a catalyst for environmental leadership by providing a neutral forum for discussion, education, and networking on technical issues relating to environmental management in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

The History of PNWIS

The Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (PNWIS) was formed in 1961 to promote the interchange of technical information regarding the control of air pollution. PNWIS was chartered by A&WMA on March 19, 1962 and included Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. Prior to 1962, the four states were part of the West Coast Section for a number of years. Alaska and Alberta were invited to attend the PNWIS annual meeting in November of 1969. In 1970, they joined PNWIS. Saskatchewan and Manitoba were admitted to PNWIS in the 1976-77 year. In 1985-86, the Canadian Prairie and Northern Section of A&WMA was formed and Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northern Territory joined CPANS. The Yukon Territory came to PNWIS when CPANS was formed.

Over the years the organization has grown and changed and now addresses the needs of professionals with interests in air pollution and waste management. Over 900 individuals in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the Yukon are members of PNWIS. Approximately 800 other individuals are associated with local chapters. Members are technical and professional people from industry, academia, government, manufacturers, consulting and testing firms and the public sector.

PNWIS continues to serve as a forum for formal technical information exchange but also provides an opportunity to enhance one’s professional status and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from sharing concerns and knowledge with others with similar interests.