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Volume 35, No. 12 -- December 2019

Happy Holidays

Season's Greetings!!

The leaders and staff of the Academy extend sincere wishes for Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2020 to all members and their families and friends. Thank you for your commitment to the Academy.

Joyce Dowen is Retiring!!!

As some of you have already heard, Joyce Dowen will be retiring from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists on December 31, 2019.

Joyce has served AAEES for more than twenty years. She began working for what was then known as the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) in 1998. She started out as the shipping manager for the AAEE Environmental Engineering Bookstore and retires as the Academy's Executive Assistant. But the title of Executive Assistant doesn't come close to covering the scope of her duties. Like the rest of us at AAEES, her duties are too long and numerous to list - and hers are among the Academy's most important.

She is often the first voice that you hear when you call headquarters. She is the point person for those of you who are renewing your specialty certification, walking you through the auditing process, and managing your shipments for trade shows.

If you've spent any time on the phone with Joyce, then you've gotten only a glimpse of what we in the office get to see every day. She is kind, helpful, accommodating, patient, knowledgeable, and understanding, with a ready wit and story to tell.

Though we know that she is only a text message away, we at AAEES headquarters will miss having Joyce around. To say that she leaves big shoes to fill is an understatement!

Feel free to send your well wishes to Joyce at And while you're at it, don't forget to renew your specialty certification.

Beginning January 1, 2020, your new contact for many of the duties once handled by Joyce is Susannah Walz ( who also serves as the Academy's Financial Manager.

2020 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition and Awards

Give your best projects the broad exposure and global recognition they deserve. Begin planning your entry now. Deadline for submitting entries is February 1, 2020. Participants in the 2020 AAEES E3S will be able to submit completed entries online. Look for details at

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Clean Air Act, the E3S competition encourages the submission of Clean Air process (and its variants) projects in all categories. These projects will be judged within their submitted category and also in a new, one-time-only category, the "50th Anniversary of the 1970 Clean Air Act". Double your chances of winning! Please indicate if your project includes the Clean Air process (and its variants) on the Reservation Form.

Completed entries must be uploaded by February 1, 2020.

2020 Environmental Communications (EComm) Awards

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 March 1, 2020. 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 March 1st deadline.

For entry forms and guidelines, go to


Anyone who was selected to participate in the audit of their required Professional Development credits who has not submitted their documentation needs to do so by the end of the year.

2020 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook

Sign Up for Your Listing

The Academy invites you to have your organization sign up for a listing in the 2020 Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook. We are releasing the Guidebook in both digital and web formats to make the publication 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 expect to distribute the Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook more widely than ever. 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 and science needs.

Have your organization reserve its space by March 15, 2020. It's great exposure for a low cost. For details, email To download the reservation form, click here.

Annual Certification Renewal

Annual Specialty Certification renewals are due December 31, 2019. If you have not yet renewed please do so at:

It's Simple - Refer a Colleague to Apply for Board Certification

Submit a Nomination
  1. Click here for the simple one-page nomination form for Board Certification OR
    Click here for the simple one-page nomination form for Board Certification through Eminence
  2. Complete the form
  3. Click on the Submit This Nomination button on the form
  4. Your default email application will open
  5. Click on the Continue button
  6. Click Send

Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation's Scholarship Program

The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation (EESF) has as its Mission "to secure and direct resources to advance environmental engineering and science in the areas of research, education and practice". Towards that end, the Board of EESF has created four annual scholarships for Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science students at the undergraduate and Master's levels.

Four $2,500 scholarships are being offered for:

For criteria and additional information on the EESF Scholarship Program, go to or email us at

First International Conference on Water and Waste Management

Based on the success of the First International Conference on Water and Waste Management held in Hyderabad, India in February 2019, the 2nd International Conference on Water and Waste Management in Hyderabad is currently being organized to take place on February 17-19, 2020. Please visit for the 2020 conference details. Three sightseeing tours at a discounted rate with a travel company are also planned. These are, visit to Taj Mahal and Rajasthan, Goa, and Kerala. Details will be progressively uploaded on Please contact, Dr. Prakasam Tata, Ph.D., BCES, QEP (Emeritus) for further details at +1 630-915-6318.

The Conference and Expo format is unique and will focus on water, wastewater, and solid waste issues facing both the urban and rural areas. This will also create a forum to bring together people from Indian administration, industry, commercial sector and academia to interact with International experts and vendors in water and waste management. The conference provides an opportunity to explore cost-effective technical solutions for water and waste management problems facing the Indian urban community and exchange knowledge and expertise. The conference will also feature competitions for the young Indian students in the technical arena to motivate them to enter the water and waste management sector.

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