Frank Van Haren
Senior Program Expert
Washington State Dept. of Ecology, Air Quality Program
Frank Van Haren has 26 years of experience in air quality and currently serves as a senior program expert for the Washington State Dept. of Ecology, Air Quality Program. Previously he has worked on visibility protection issues and was the chair of the Columbia River Gorge Air Quality Technical Committee that developed and conducted the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Air Quality Study. More recently Frank has been working on PSD reform, prescribed fire smoke management, global warming issues, and diesel emission reduction issues such as truck stop electrification, locomotive idle reduction and marine port emissions.
Frank is the lead staff and coordinator responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive state-wide diesel emission reduction strategy for the State of Washington. He is an active member of the West Coast Diesel Emission Reduction Collaborative and serves on the Trucking, Rail and Marine sector work groups. Frank was successful in acquiring a SmartWay grant award in 2004 for developing Truck Stop Electrification infrastructure in Washington State and leveraging additional funds for the project from the Climate Trust of Oregon and EPA Region 10.
Frank was born and raised in the Northwest. After some wanderings abroad, including a stint in the U.S. Navy, Frank returned to the Northwest to attend Green River Community College and Huxley College of Environmental studies where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He enjoys raising his seven year old son Sam and acting as a source of funds for his 18 year old daughter Meg. He enjoys all the usual Northwest activities like hiking, fishing and gardening and can often be found with a book in his lap dangling his feet in some pretty Northwest stream.