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Volume 35, No. 11 -- November 2019

2019 Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held at the Residence Inn Capital View in Arlington, Virginia on October 18, 2019. Also attending were Burk Kalweit, AAEES Executive Director, Sammi Olmo, Manager Special Projects, and Yolanda Moulden, Publications Manager. Highlights of the meeting appear below:

Recent AAEES Events

Environmental Symposium in Cazenovia, New York: On October 10, 2019, The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) hosted a one-day environmental symposium in Cazenovia, New York. Leading professionals from Central New York with environmental specialties of water, wastewater, and solid waste spoke on current and future challenges and how to manage them in a sustainable, resilient, and cost-effective way. The 2020 NY Environmental Symposium is scheduled for October 8, 2020. For more details and presentations please visit

2019 West Coast Summit: AAEES held a dinner and networking seminar on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) Headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. Several speakers discussed climate change's impact on water and wastewater agencies. Their adaptation and resiliency was the main focus. For more details and presentations please visit

New Officers and Trustees

Congratulations to the 2020 Officers and Trustees who were installed during the Annual Meeting on October 18 and take office January 1, 2020:

Trustees serving their first three-year term:

Position for AEESP Trustee is still vacant.

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. Click here for more details.

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

Featured Member

Wendy A. Wert, P.E., BCEE, Facilities Planning Department at Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Wendy A. Wert, P.E., BCEE, is our featured member for November. Ms. Wert is a member of the AAEES Board of Trustees and active on several committees. She has been a Board Certified Environmental Engineer in Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering since 2006.

Click here to read the article: What Can Participation in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Do For Your Career?


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.

Please feel free to call Joyce Dowen at Academy HQ for assistance in preparing your PDH credits report.

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

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    Click here for the simple one-page nomination form for Board Certification through Eminence
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  3. Click on the Submit This Nomination button on the form
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Call for Speakers for the 2020 NJWEA/AAEES Workshop on Resilient Utility Management - Plan, Respond, Recover and Adapt

AAEES is sponsoring a workshop at the New Jersey Water Environment Association's (NJWEA) 105th annual conference. The workshop will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday, May 11, 2020, with a special breakfast session on Tuesday morning to close out the workshop.

You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the workshop on the topic of resiliency in utility management, especially managing risks to minimize interruptions and ensure efficient operations for safeguarding public health and the environment. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners defines resiliency as robustness and recovery characteristics of utility infrastructure and operations, which avoid or minimize interruptions of service during an extraordinary and hazardous event.

This workshop is intended both for specialists as well as for other environmental professionals interested in hearing from researchers and practitioners who are advancing the state of the art. The audience may include representatives of regulated community such as municipalities and utility authorities, as well as environmental consultants, and equipment suppliers. Attendees can receive continuing education credits.

The NJWEA was the first society for wastewater treatment professionals in the United States. It was a model for similar groups in other states and led to the formation of today's Water Environment Federation. This conference draws thousands of industry professionals from the NJ-NY-PA region.

Abstracts and biographical forms are due Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Presentations would need to be submitted by April 2020.

Please send a proposed title and abstract and a brief bio using the forms indicated below:

Send the forms to:

Thank You!

We hope our members have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are thankful for each and every AAEES member and truly appreciate your continued support.

Happy Thanksgiving

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