March 2020 Newsletter

This month’s luncheon has been cancelled. Registrations will be refunded. Please stay healthy: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and avoid close contact with others.

Speaker: Doug Melnick

Presentation Topic

Alliance partnership of COSA, VIA and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), along with the NRDC and Bloomburg philanthropies to redesign streets for faster transit, and improved safety for pedestrians and bicycles.

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Personal Bio

Douglas Melnick was named the City of San Antonio’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in March 2014.  He oversaw the development of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, as well as the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan that was adopted by City Council in October 2019. This plan is San Antonio’s first plan designed to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and calls for carbon neutrality by 2050.  He has seventeen years of local government experience and previously served as Director of Planning & Sustainability for the City of Albany, NY.

Mr. Melnick serves as a core member of the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network (USDN), serves on the Board of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the San Antonio 2030 District, and is Chairman of the Board for Build San Antonio Green.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a CNU-Accredited Professional, and an ISSP-Sustainability Associate.

Thanks to this Month’s Sponsor!

Alamo Analytical Laboratories, LTD 

Point of contact: Dr. Reddy Gosala, Ph.D.
Firm Address: 10526 Gulfdale, San Antonio, TX – 78216
Phone/Email: (210) 340-8121,
Branch Office Address: 2500 Montana Avenue, El Paso, TX – 79903

State classification of Business: Small Business, Woman-Owned, Minority- SCTRCA,
NMSDC State of Texas – HUB Certified, Federal- HUBZone         

Alamo Analytical Laboratories Ltd. (Alamo Labs) is a full service environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory providing quality-testing services, located in San Antonio, Texas and established in 1980. Alamo Lab’s primary focus is to provide a wide range of services that include analysis of soil, water, wastewater, hazardous solid waste and ambient air for organic and inorganic pollutants with utmost customer satisfaction, quick turnaround and best pricing.
Highlights of our firm are as follows:

  • Alamo Labs is a 15,000-square foot fixed facility laboratory and offers testing of soil, water, ambient air, and stack emissions monitoring, and can be outfitted to meet specific program requirements.
  • Alamo Labs has a branch in El Paso, Texas with an ~ 4000-square foot fixed facility laboratory and offers sampling and testing of drinking water, soil and air samples.
  • Provides analytical testing services of soil, water, waste and air using EPA and Standard methods with GC, GC/MS, ICP, AAS, AAS-GFAA,  IC, UV/Visible/ IR, FTIR, TOX, TCLP, Microscope, and general chemistry methods.
  • Supported hundreds of environmental assessments, compliance monitoring, and remediation programs for governmental agencies, the State of Texas, independent contractors, and environmental consultants. These have involved state and federal superfund sites and numerous Department of Defense related programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Air Force Center of Environmental Excellence (AFCEE).  

–   Certifications:
Alamo Labs in San Antonio is accredited by
National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) and the
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
to perform environmental testing services in most states.

Letter from the Chair

Dear A&WMA Alamo Chapter Members,

Happy March to everyone!  I love this time of year – my birthday month, Spring Break, and bluebonnets!  Spring is a time of renewal.  I hope everyone has a chance to take a break and slow down for a little while. 

I wanted to thank the Board for all that they do.  We are all volunteers and I know it is hard to make the time and commit to extra things.  We are still looking for a Webmaster so, if you are interested in this position on the A&WMA Board, please contact any of the Board members or send an e-mail to the following e-mail address:  The Webmaster updates the website with the monthly newsletter and makes any other changes necessary to the website. 

Thank you all for your continued participation in A&WMA luncheons and activities.  Member participation keeps the organization going and your continued support is appreciated. 

Best regards,
Heather Johnson
AWMA Alamo Chapter Chair