GWS Chapters + Groups

The Golden West Section includes two local Chapters, the Mother Lode and Golden Empire Chapters, and the GWS Young Professionals Group.  The chapters/group provide activities and training sessions for members who reside in their local areas.

For more information, please contact us, or the chapters/groups below.  You can also find other A&WMA sections/chapters by visiting

The Mother Lode Chapter provides local programs to members in the Sacramento Valley.  The Chapter holds its meetings primarily in Sacramento.  The Mother Lode Chapter has sponsored a series of conferences on Air Toxics, which has gained national recognition.  Additionally, the Chapter holds dinner meetings and conferences with speakers discussing timely environmental issues.

Golden Empire Chapter

The Golden Empire Chapter provides local programs to members in the San Joaquin Valley.  The Chapter's activities are generally in Bakersfield and Fresno.  GEC provides a series of dinner meetings and specialty conferences and provides its own scholarship program.

GWS Young Professionals

GWS sponsors a Young Professionals Group (YPG) within our section.  The purpose of the YPG is to foster a sense of community and support for up-and-coming air and waste management professionals in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California.

GWS Mailing List

If you are NOT an A&WMA member and would like to receive emails notifying you of upcoming Golden West Section events, news, and/or announcements, you can subscribe to our mailing list by completing the form below.  You should receive an email confirmation within 24-hours after submitting your contact information.  You must confirm your acceptance by clicking on the link contained in the email before you are officially added to the A&WMA-GWS Mailing List.  If you wish to be removed from the mailing list, send your unsubscribe request to

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