Highpoints

Volume 30, No. 7 -- July 2014

AAEES Webinars

E3S is going Virtual: As you may already know, we have been collaborating with our recent award winners to create a series of E3S Conference-based webinars. These are designed to introduce you to the ground-breaking work your colleagues presented at the conference in Washington.

Mark Your Calendar for our First Webinar July 30, 2014:

South Los Angeles Wetland Park - A New Paradigm in Urban Sustainability

Our Initial webinar tells the story of the South Los Angeles Wetland Park Project and the innovative outside the box thinking that earned Psomas the AAEES Superior Achievement Award in the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition. The session will be led by Sean Vargas of Psomas and will focus on the social and political, as well as the technical, challenges faced in creating a sustainable urban park out of what had been a blighted industrial zone. Most notable are the unexpected upside benefits for the neighborhood and the community of people living there.

Date and Time

July 30, 2014
12:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM Central, 10:00 AM Mountain, 9:00 AM Pacific

Registration

Registration is $149 for Non Members, $99 for Members (use code AAEES when prompted to receive your member discount). For more information and to register please visit http://awma.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=28715

PDH credits for each presentation will be available to webinar attendees.

2014 Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, Arlington, Virginia, on October 24-25, 2014. President Davies-Venn encourages the BOT to come in early Friday to attend the Welcome Dinner.

The BOT meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, with the President's Reception at 6 p.m. followed by the Installation Dinner. A concurrent Spouse Program is planned. More details to follow next month.

2015 Election Results

Unofficial winners in the election of 2015 Officers and Trustees include:

  • Howard LaFever - President-Elect
  • Robert Williams - Vice President
  • Lilia Abron - Trustee-at-Large
  • David Vaccari - Trustee-at-Large

Confirmation of their election will take place at the 2014 Annual Meeting. They will be installed October 25, 2014, along with the new Board of Trustees. Their official terms start January 1, 2015.

Leaving the Board December 31, are Pasquale Canzano, Past President, Kristin Morico, Trustee-at-Large, Hunter Nolen, Trustee-at-Large, Robert Williams, representing APHA, Lamont "Bud" Curtis, representing APWA, Richard Magee, representing ASME and Steven Quail, representing AWWA.

2015 Committee Appointments

Reminder to Committee Chairs - President-Elect James Stahl is anxious to receive your recommendations for new committee members and/or chairs to replace those whose terms expire in December 2014. The Academy is seeking volunteers who are interested in helping the Academy through its network of committees. Committee appointments are for three-year terms. Please email your recommendations and letters of interest to the attention of President-Elect James Stahl either via email, at jsolmo@aaees.org or via postal mail to Academy Headquarters * 147 Old Solomons Island Road * Suite 303 * Annapolis, MD 21401, at your earliest convenience. For a list of committees and committee members click here.

Committee Chair Reports - Annual Reports are Due September 1st

The Executive Committee requests that each Committee Chair provide a report describing the committee's accomplishments for the year. Other matters the Committee wishes to bring to the Board's attention should also be included in the Committee Report. To obtain a copy of the Committee Report form, go to http://www.aaees.org/downloadcenter/ReportForm-Committees.doc.

Sponsoring Organization Reports - Annual Reports are Due September 1st

The Executive Committee requests that each SO Liaison provide a report describing achievements in enhancing relations between the two organizations. Reports are needed by September 1 so they may be reviewed by the Executive Committee. To obtain a copy of the Sponsoring Organization Report form, go to http://www.aaees.org/downloadcenter/ReportForm-SponsoringOrganizations.doc.

Nominations Open for Prestigious AAEES Awards

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their professional achievement? Each year at the AAEES Awards Luncheon ceremony, the Academy honors top environmental engineers and scientists. The individual awards include:

  • Edward J. Cleary Award for outstanding management of environmental protection enterprises
  • Gordon Maskew Fair Award for substantial contributions to the environmental engineering and science profession
  • Stanley E. Kappe Award for outstanding service to the Academy and advancement of public awareness
  • Honorary Member for professional eminence and achievements
  • International Honorary Member for professional eminence and achievements

Forms for submitting nominations are available at http://www.aaees.org/aaeesawards-criteria.php. Please submit your nominations to Sammi Olmo at JSOlmo@aaees.org no later than August 1, 2014.

Nominate a Volunteer of the Month

Give credit where credit is due! The Academy's success is based on the selfless work of its members. If you have personal knowledge of a member's contributions to the Academy and wish to nominate that individual for AAEES's Volunteer of the Month, please send your nomination to YMoulden@aaees.org. Your nomination should not exceed 350 words.

Electronic Certification Applications Available Year 'round

Who encouraged you to obtain your Certification? Won't you encourage qualified colleagues and associates to submit their applications for specialty certification? The Academy's online application forms make it easy to initiate the process. Don't wait for the last minute to help an associate receive the recognition and prestige that comes with becoming a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (non-PE), or Board Certified Environmental Scientist. Certification information and applications are available online at www.aaees.org under Membership. When encouraging applicants, be sure to send them the link to the Academy's Value of Certification Video below! Just copy and paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Of8-NsLjU into your message.

AAEES on Social Media

Please visit, follow, subscribe, and recommend the Academy on all of our newly updated social media networks! Contribute a valuable discussion to the 2000+ subscribers on LinkedIn, join the conversation on Twitter, check out your Academy's exciting events on Facebook, view the most up to date photos on Flickr, and much more! You can access all of the Academy's social media networks through the shortcuts on the AAEES homepage: http://www.aaees.org/.

2014 Certification Audit Underway

Forty-five BCEE/BCEEMs, chosen at random, have received notices for the 2014 audit. BCES members are not yet eligible for the audit. Each person audited is being asked to supply the Recertification Committee with documentation substantiating at least 40 Professional Development Hours. The PDHs are acquired by continuing professional development activities during calendar years January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013 to ensure compliance with the continuing professional development requirements for Active and Life Active specialty certification. Those who were audited within the past 10 years are exempt from the current cycle.

Staff Summer Hours

Staff summer hours begin Memorial Day Weekend. The office closes Fridays at 12:00 p.m. Normal business hours resume following Labor Day Weekend. You may leave a message for any staff person by calling 410.266.3311 and listening for the appropriate extension, or send an email by clicking here.

Is Your Marketing Director Signed On?

The Academy is creating a contact list of marketing directors to improve awareness of Academy members and stakeholders and their significant achievements in environmental engineering and science. Ask your marketing director to sign up for information by visiting AAEES.org, or clicking on this link.

2014 IWA Project Innovation Awards

The IWA Project Innovation Awards (PIA) aims to highlight innovative water and wastewater engineering projects around the world, thus bringing recognition to these projects as models of engineering excellence and spreading the knowledge of water and wastewater science and management. The awards span six categories: Applied Research, Planning, Design, Small Projects, Operations/Management, and Marketing and Communication. All 2013 and 2014 E3 award winners are invited to submit their projects online via the IWA PIA website www.iwa-pia.org. More details forthcoming.

AAEES Activities

Elevate Your Visibility Today Through the Academy

It's easy and free to host an Academy Workshop or Seminar in your locale - If you would like to learn more, please email Workshops and Seminars Chair, Sarah Cwikla at sarah.cwikla@ghd.com, and copy JSOlmo@aaees.org. Be sure to give an approximate date and suggested topic (if any), possible speakers, and possible location. For three easy steps to hosting an event, click here.

September 18, 2014 - California's Sustainable Future: Water and Energy Challenges. AAEES invites you to attend this panel discussion at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. Speakers will include Mark Nechodom, Director of the Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources; Nancy Steele, Executive Director of the Council for Watershed Health; Jennifer Lucchesi, Executive Officer of the California State Lands Commission; and Jonathan Bishop, Chief Deputy Director of the State Water Resources Control Board. The program includes dinner and a meet & greet with the speakers.

Registration fees are:

  • $60 for Professional Registration
  • $35 for Student Registration
  • $25 for Live Webcast.

Register now at: http://bit.ly/09182014WestCoastEvent.

September 29 to October 1, 2014 - AAEES at WEFTEC. AAEES will be exhibiting again in 2014. Register here: http://www.weftec.org/registration/

  • AAEES/AIDIS/WEF Breakfast - The Breakfast will be held on Monday, September 29th from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. All are invited! This year's breakfast features George Hawkins, General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). The title is "DC Water 2.0: Innovation in Practice." Details forthcoming.

    Sponsorship by PE Consulting. Earn one Academy PDH for attending.

    Register here: http://www.weftec.org/registration/

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