About Us

The Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ), formerly known as the HazWaste Society, was formed in 1986 with the objectives of the environmental study, evaluation and control of hazardous wastes generated in Arizona. The HazWaste Society sponsored very successful conferences and tradeshows throughout the valley to increase public awareness and understanding of the problems related to hazardous materials and waste management.  Proceeds from our events benefit our scholarship fund where EPAZ has awarded over 100K to Arizona students interested in joining our industry.

With the evolution of the environmental industry, in 1997 this professional non-profit organization also evolved and changed its name to Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ).  In 2014, EPAZ adopted new vision and mission statements aligned with the current needs of EPAZ members. 

Our Vision:  To be Arizona’s leading resource for environmental professionals’ continuing education and the exchange of information and ideas through networking events.

Our Mission:  To promote leadership in environmental management through education, advancement and application of science & technology and building a strong, connected and engaged membership of environmental professionals.


  • Provide community outreach opportunities for our members to promote environmental stewardship.
  • Encourage and facilitate the interchange of information among members, other professional and technical groups, and government entities through our monthly luncheon meetings, annual conference, annual golf tournament and other networking events.
  • Connect and help cultivate Arizona’s current and future environmental professionals through educational outreach, the EPAZ scholarship program and awareness of employment opportunities.


Community Service: Committee members seek out projects benefiting our local community which can take advantage of the specific expertise of EPAZ members.  

Conference Program: Committee members plan all aspects of the annual conference.  Tasks include facilities, program, sponsorship, marketing and advertising.  Proceeds from the conference will benefit the EPAZ Scholarship Fund.

Educational Outreach: Committee members maintain outreach with other trade associations, educational institutions and various government agencies to promote the EPAZ Scholarship.  Oversees the scholarship application selection process and awards ceremony.

Hospitality: Committee members coordinate networking events which includes mixers, golf tournaments and other social events that encourage networking between EPAZ members and other organizations.  Proceeds from networking events will benefit the EPAZ Scholarship Fund.

Programs: Committee members provide continuous knowledge of local, state & federal regulations as they relate to complying with Air Quality, Water Quality, Safety & Emergency Management Programs and Waste Programs.  Committee members plan topics and facility tours for monthly luncheon meetings with the assistance of the Board of Directors and in conjunction with other trade associations, educational institutions and various government agencies.

Young Professionals: Committee members provide events and activities to help develop the next generation of environmental professionals in Arizona through collaboration with experienced leaders to foster a culture of environmental stewardship and regulatory awareness.  EPAZ members are a valuable resource to young professionals who are the future of leadership in AZ's environmental management.