Tom Ballou

Tom Ballou, Manager, Office of Air Data Analysis and Planning, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Tom Ballou is the Manager of the Office of Air Data Analysis and Planning of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Division. This office is responsible for developing air quality plans, tracking air quality improvement, managing emissions trading programs, and developing air pollutant emissions inventories. He has been with the DEQ air program since 1990 and has held several positions. Before coming to the DEQ, he worked for the Air Division of the US EPA regional office in New York, and the New Jersey DEP. He graduated from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania in 1983 with a degree in environmental science.

Specific to climate change related issues, Tom has directed the development of statewide GHG emissions inventories, serve as a technical support staff to the Commonwealth Climate Change Commission, and worked on other state climate initiatives. Most recently he has worked on the development of a state regulation to establish a trading ready carbon budget program for the Virginia power sector to be linkable to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).