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Volume 37, No. 4 -- April 2021

Member Spotlight

Stephen G. Lippy, P.E., BCEE, S.C.

Steve Lippy

Steve became a member of the Academy in 1982 with a certification specialty in Solid Waste. Steve has served tirelessly in support of AAEES’s members, including work on the SWM Committee and administering certification tests. The Academy is very grateful for his years of dedicated service.

Steve is a civil engineering graduate of VPISU [a.k.a., Virginia Tech] and became licensed in MD in 1976. After 40 years with the Bureau of Solid Waste Management in Baltimore County as the landfill engineer, Steve retired in 2012 and is maintaining his PE license, BCEE certification, and SWANA certification as a Manager of Landfill Operations. Steve is also a Life Member of APWA and ASCE, two other sponsoring organizations of AAEES.

Certified in solid waste management (SWM) by AAEES since 1982, Steve has been on its SWM Committee for most of those years (including time as chair). Steve has served on oral exam review panels, promoted AAEES certification among other solid waste professionals, staffed AAEES booths at conferences, served on committees, including Exam Upgrading, Planning, Membership, and Bylaws (including Bylaws Chair), and was SWANA's AAEES Trustee for six years from 2007-2012.

Thank you for everything you do, Steve!

Join us for a LIVE, Interactive Webinar on Wednesday, April 14 at NOON Eastern

Ethics and Engineering

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Webinar Info

Webinar Speaker

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Registration Fees:
$30 for members
$40 for non-members
This event is FREE for student members.

Not already an AAEES Student Member? Click here to register for your FREE Student Membership.

Tom Ramsey

Tom Ramsey
Senior Principal
Geosyntec Consultants

Organization Attendance:
Would multiple employees at your organization like to attend this webinar or you can't register online? Click here for a form to submit to your finance department for payment.

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Webinar Summary

This webinar will review engineering ethics as it applies to our profession. Starting with the 7 Canons of Ethics as defined by the American Society of Civil Engineers, we will then review several areas where licensed individuals commonly trip up with regard to disciplinary issues, finishing with several case studies from my own career. Using these examples, our goal is to help participants better identify difficult circumstances as they approach so that we can avoid ethical dilemmas.

This webinar is specially intended to meet the requirement for professional development hours in engineering ethics as required for license renewal in many states. However, it is the responsibility of the licensee to verify with respective state licensing board if this webinar can be credited towards its continuing education requirements.

About the Presenter

Tom Ramsey is a Senior Principal for Geosyntec Consultants in its Columbia, Maryland office. He has been a practicing professional engineer since first becoming licensed in Georgia in 1994. His primary expertise is in civil and environmental engineering as it applies to solid and hazardous waste projects. Tom has been with Geosyntec since 2002 and prior to that he worked as a an engineer and regional manager for a major private solid waste company.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College as well as a Master of Science from Duke University. He is currently a licensed professional engineer in 12 states.

Webinar Format

This will be an interactive session with "live chat" capability. The session is open to environmental engineering and science professionals across all sectors and career stages. Our objective is to offer special insights on leading edge solutions for graduate and undergraduate students as well as early to mid-career environmental professionals who are considering specialty certification.

AAEES Board Certified Individuals: Attend this event and earn 1.5 PDHs towards your PDH requirements for maintaining your specialty certification.

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We are honored to have one of our valued Patrons, Geosyntec Consultants, collaborate with us for this webinar. Geosyntec’s years of dedication and support is greatly appreciated.


Geosyntec is a consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure.

More Upcoming AAEES Webinars

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at NOON Eastern

Webinar Title:

A Case Study of Sustainable Development: Using Climate Insurance to Promote Fisheries Management in the Caribbean


Daniel B. Oerther, PhD, PE, BCEE, BCES
AAEES President-Elect

Click here to register.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at NOON Eastern

Webinar Title:

Delaware Solid Waste Authority: Delaware's Unique Approach to Statewide Recycling


Richard P. Watson, P.E., BCEE
Chief Executive Officer
Delaware Solid Waste Authority

Click here to register.

2021 Environmental Communications (EComm) Awards

Environmental Communications

Communicating with a diverse set of stakeholders, as well as the public at large, can be a complex and challenging task. Communication and marketing plans must be designed to address the objectives and strategies of a campaign’s need to reach a target audience. With this in mind, AAEES is proud to offer this area of competition and invites consulting firms and municipal agencies alike to enter.

Completed entries for the EComm Awards Competition must be uploaded by June 1, 2021. You may submit the reservation form at any time, but it is advised that you do so early to ensure that you have sufficient time to review the instructions and test your secured drop box before the June 1st deadline. 2021 EComm Reservation Form.

The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund

EESF is seeking your support for the 2021 EESF Scholarship Fund Campaign. Your donation will be vital to achieving our goal of funding scholarships at a level of $2,500 per student per year. Donations in excess of this are sought to provide future funding.

Please take a moment to click on the link below to read about our 2020 EESF Scholarship recipients. They are superbly qualified and sincerely appreciated the financial assistance given to help them finish their education. Your donation really does matter and touches many lives. Please give whatever you can. All amounts help, and thank you in advance for your consideration of this important cause.

Go to to contribute today!

Click here to read about the 2020 EESF Scholarship Recipients.

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Annual Certification Renewal for 2021

Please remember to submit your 2021 Specialty Certification renewal.
Renew online today by following these easy steps.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Click on the Renew Now! button.
  4. Click on the link for your Board Certification category. Your 2021 Renewal will automatically appear under Dues Rate.
  5. Please answer the questions at the bottom of the screen and key in your full name in the Signature Box.
  6. Click Add to Cart.
  7. Enter your payment information and click Purchase Now.

Environmental Conversations

Environmental Conversations with Lilia & Joel is now on its 12th episode as a weekly video show and audio podcast to energize the future of environmental engineers and scientists!

Hosting the conversations are Lilia Abron, Ph.D., President of AAEES and President/CEO of PEER Consultants, PC, and Joel Ducoste, Ph.D., President of AEESP and Professor in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department and Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The show is a production of CorlissNet LLC, and IAQNET LLC/Healthy Indoors magazine.

And we’re now booking guests on the show! Lilia and Joel have had conversations with Dr. Kimberly Jones of Howard University, Dr. Eileen O’Neill, BCES, of Water Principles, Wendy Wert, PE, BCEE, of Los Angeles Sanitation District, and many more. Book your conversation today by contacting Susan Valenti at

The show can be downloaded every Sunday at Watch the latest episode at

Host a Virtual Event

It's easy and free to host an AAEES Webinar or Virtual Workshop/Event - If you would like to learn more, please email Marisa Waterman at Be sure to give an approximate date and suggested topic and possible speakers. For three easy steps to hosting an event, click here.

Share your Story

We always love to hear what our members have been up to! Send us your recent articles, news, project photos, etc. We would be happy to share with the rest of the environmental engineering and science community via social media. Send an email to Marisa Waterman at

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