WILLISTON -- A celebration was held this evening in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont Statehouse to honor Dick Valentinetti of Moretown who recently retired from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation as the longest serving state air director in the country.
Valentinetti served at the helm of the Air Pollution Control Division for four decades and is recognized and respected as a regional and national leader on air pollution issues.
During the ceremony, Mr. Valentinetti, who was also recently honored with the EPA's Clean Air Excellence Award, was recognized for his service and commitment by Governor Peter Shumlin, former Governor James Douglas, the Vermont State Legislature and the American Lung Association.
Valentinetti was presented with a joint resolution by State Senator Virginia Lyons and State Representative Curt McCormack. Ed Miller, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the American Lung Association in the Northeast, where Valentinetti serves as a board member, was Master of Ceremonies.
Dick Valentinetti's long and very effective service in Vermont as the Director of the Air Pollution Control Division is due to his unwavering belief that government can and should be a positive force to improve people's lives," said Theodore Marcy, MD, MPH, Lung Association in Vermont board member. "We have indeed been fortunate to have Dick as a partner in our shared mission and vision to keep the air clean in order to prevent lung disease and to improve lung health, not only in Vermont, but throughout this region and our country.
"Dick Valentinetti has been key to Vermont's leadership in air quality so fundamental to public health and the environment. He consistently provided cutting edge scientific foundations for the development of legislation and programs in Vermont and New England," stated Senator Virginia Lyons, past chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. "Those policies continue to stand the test of time. Because of Dick we enjoy air quality improvements important to the health of Vermonters, New England and beyond."
As the longest serving state air director in the country, Dick Valentinetti has demonstrated leadership, outstanding achievement, and a lasting commitment to promoting clean air and helping to achieve better air quality.
During his distinguished career, he successfully reduced criteria pollutants, air toxics and greenhouse gases and served as a leader in developing the New England Governors' /Eastern Canadian Premiers' mercury and climate action plans and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He pushed for the adoption of a number of air quality regulations in Vermont that served as models for other states, such as groundbreaking air toxics regulations and the first emission limits for outdoor wood-fired boilers.
Valentinetti also was also active in coordinating the regional haze program for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and was instrumental in the region adopting and implementing California's low-emission vehicle standards, zeroemission vehicle standards and greenhouse gas emission standards.
About the American Lung Association of the Northeast: The
American Lung Association of the Northeast is part of the American
Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S.
Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to
save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The
focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung
disease. The American Lung Association in the Northeast serves Conn., Mass.,
Maine, N.H., N.Y., R.I. and Vt.