Highpoints

Volume 30, No. 12 -- December 2014

Season's Greetings!!

The leaders and staff of the Academy extend sincere wishes for Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2015 to all members and their families and friends. Thank you for your commitment to the Academy and to the practice of environmental engineering and science.

2015 Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science

Enter the E3S Competition to receive recognition for your innovative work in environmental engineering and science! This year, one of our Grand Prizes and one Honor Award went on to earn 2014 Global Awards from the International Water Association. Begin planning your entries now - because obtaining permissions from various departments can cause delays. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2015. The submission process is entirely electronic, allowing you to submit your completed entry directly online. Judging is also conducted electronically with an unlimited geographic representation of judges. Entering the E3S Awards is a prerequisite for entering the North American category of the IWA PIA Awards.

For entry details, click here. For other information, email JSOlmo@aaees.org.

2016 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 2015 and 2016 E3 award winners will be invited to submit their projects online via the IWA PIA website www.iwa-pia.org. More details forthcoming.

2015 Environmental Communications Awards

We all know how important it is to communicate complex and challenging issues to the public at large and other constituents. With this in mind, AAEES is inviting you to enter this important competition. In cooperation with the International Water Association and the PIA Awards, the Academy is proud to offer this area of competition and invites consulting firms and municipalities alike to enter. The deadline to enter is March 1, 2015. The winner will be announced at the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon & Conference. The winner will also qualify to enter the IWA's International competition in the North American section. For details, and to enter, click here or email JSOlmo@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. Not everyone has responded. Please do not risk your certification going into Inactive status because you cannot complete the audit. If you need assistance please email Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org.

Annual Certification Renewal for 2015

We will be mailing the paper copies of the 2015 Specialty Certification Renewal sometime this month. Upon receipt, please log into the AAEES Center and complete your renewal as soon as possible. Please be sure to review and update your data under "My Information" no later than December 31, 2014. It is important to get corrections on your Member Data to the Academy to ensure those changes are printed in the 2015 edition of Who's Who in Environmental Engineering and Science. If you need assistance, please contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org.

AAEES Partners with PDH Online

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists is partnering with PDH Online to provide members with the opportunity to earn their required professional development hours from a broad array of topics and formats. Once you find a course that interests you, AAEES certificate holders and members can use the code AAEE25 to receive a 25 percent discount for any of PDH Online's 2,000+ courses. Members can search courses and sign up at www.pdhonline.org or www.pdhcenter.com.

PDH Online is an approved course sponsor by many state professional engineering licensing boards. More than 100 of its courses have been developed by BCEEs.

You can contact Joyce Dowen at JDowen@aaees.org if you have any questions.

AAEES Membership Recruiting Contest

We are once again asking for your help in finding the next class of Board Certified environmental engineers and scientists. In order to encourage your efforts, we are offering you a unique opportunity to win a 'raffle' providing you the best chance of winning you are likely to see anywhere. The grand prize is a new Apple iPad Air with Wi-Fi and 16 GB of storage.

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Since we want to reach new records for applicant levels this year, we are going to shake things up a bit. We are going to improve the odds significantly for those who can bring us multiple applicants.

Here's how it works. If you bring one applicant, your name goes into the hat 1x1 times. However, if you bring us 2 applicants, the total entries you get is 2x2. That means your odds of winning have just risen to 4:103. If you bring us 5 qualified applicants the rule of squares gives you 5x5 entries. That's right, 25 entries out of 124 have your name on them. If you can find 7 or 8 qualified applicants, that iPad practically has your name on it.

If you know of potential applicants, just point them to our web site and have them be sure to indicate that you are their 'nominator' on the application form. We will let you know that you were named and will add your name to the list of nominators. That's all there is to it. The closing date for the contest is the same as for applications. However, there is significant first-mover advantage to be had for those who start building their list of candidates now. Just like Chicago politics, vote early and often!

Goodbye Selection Guide – Hello 2015 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook - Sign Up for Your Listing

The Academy invites you to sign up for a listing in the new and improved 2015 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook. We have revised what had been the Selection Guide into a dual format publication that has a new name as well. We are releasing the Guidebook in both electronic and print format to make this year's edition easier to use and easier to distribute to individuals and organizations looking to connect with environmental specialists. We are expanding the content that each listing receives – enabling web links in the e-version and providing more room to post information on your specialties in both versions. We have been working on making these changes to increase the value and utility of a Guidebook listing. We expect to print and distribute the new publication more widely than we have in the past, with a special focus on outreach at the trade events and conferences we attend during the year. We are also planning an expanded role for the Guidebook in making federal, state, and local agencies aware of the capabilities of our members in helping deal with current environmental engineering needs.

Ask your organization to reserve its space by December 31, 2014. It's great exposure for a low cost. For details, email JSOlmo@aaees.org. To download the reservation form, click here.

AAEES Career Center

The interactive job board is free to members who are seeking employment. The site provides employers and recruiters with highly qualified environmental engineering job candidates. Employers may post available positions directly to the Career Center for a fee of $495/position for a 30 day listing. Payment is made online by credit card. Internship postings are free! For more information, go to http://careers.aaees.org.

Committee Appointments

President-Elect Jim Stahl is finalizing committee appointments for the Academy's next program year (January 1 to December 31), and appointment letters will be mailed to those newly appointed this year. A list of those who will chair the Academy's committees will be published in the January Highpoints.

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.

January 25-28, 2015, Annual Conference & Exhibit @ Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. For details go to www.newea.org.

February 2-4, 2015, AAEES/NYWEA Breakfast, at the NYWEA 87th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, New York Marriott Marquis, New York City. Additional details can be found here: www.nywea.org.

April 23, 2015, AAEES E3S Awards Luncheon and Conference, National Press Club, Washington, DC. Additional details forthcoming. Reservation and Entry forms can be found here: http://www.aaees.org/e3competition.php.

May 11, 2015, AAEES's 7th Annual Workshop (with TCHs, PDHs and CEUs); includes breakfast and/or lunch at NJWEA's 100th Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ: For registration or exhibitor information, visit www.njwea.org.

May 12, 2015, AAEES's 7th Annual Breakfast at NJWEA's 100th Annual Conference. For registration or exhibitor information, visit www.njwea.org.

June 7-10, 2015, AWWA ACE15 Conference in Anaheim, CA. AAEES/AIDIS/AWWA luncheon date and details to follow.

June 22-25, 2015, AWMA Conference in Raleigh, NC. AAEES/AWMA breakfast date and details to follow.

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