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By Alvin Pilobello, Incoming Chair, WEF SYPC 2017-2019 Michelle Hatcher has fearlessly led of our WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) as Chair since 2015. As she receives the Outstanding Young Professional award at WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, IL, while also moving into the Past-Chair role, Michelle leaves a legacy of empowering the emerging leaders of our water environment industry to reach their career potential, and making a lasting impact on the future of our industry. As Chair, Michelle has actively mentored, led, and supported the many volunteers that lead our various programs, ranging from student-focused initiatives (Design Competitions, ...
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The WEF Student Design Competition will be hosting its 16th Annual Event at WEFTEC this year! The competition began in 2002 to promote real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing education and careers in water and wastewater engineering and science. The inaugural competition started with a handful of teams presenting traditional wastewater design projects. Since 2002, the event has grown to include two competitions (traditional wastewater design and environmental design) and a rapid-fire process challenge. The 2017 competition will feature presentations from 17 schools from 16 different Member Associations in the United States and Canada. ...
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2017 Student Design Competition Volunteer Opportunities WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee is looking for volunteers to help run this year's Student Design Competition at WEFTEC! The WEFTEC Student Design Competition will be held on Sunday,  October 1 st  in Rooms S105a and S105bc of the McCormick Place conference center in Chicago, IL.   The full-day event will be hosted from 8:00am to 5:00pm, though we need help with set up and the end time may be flexible as this is a live event.  Volunteers are needed to help keep this busy and well attended event running smoothly!  There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for ...
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Fellow Students & YPs! We have an exciting volunteer opportunity for you as a part of WEFTEC this year.  We are excited to announce that the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) will be organizing its Fifth Annual Water Palooza event on Friday, September 29th at Manierre Elementary School in Chicago from approximately 9:30am‐3pm (setup to begin at 7:30am; booth participants arrive at 8:30am).  The goal of Water Palooza is to engage elementary school students in hands‐on and demonstrative activities that promote the value of water and encourage students to become stewards of their own water environment. ...
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Water Environment Research   is now offering the option of open-access. This allows your research to be more discoverable and accessible. Your research will reach farther and have a greater impact. Authors who opt to have their article available as open-access may do so by paying an open-access fee of $1400.   WER   subscribers or employees (employee of subscribing institution must be corresponding author) of a subscribing institution are eligible to have the fee completely waived. WEF Members who are not   WER   subscribers receive a 20% discount or can subscribe to   WER   for as low as $95 to have this fee waived. To take advantage of the open-access ...
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Update on NOLA Grows Green: The City Hall Stormwater Project, WEFTEC 2016 The Saturday before WEFTEC begins, WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee hosts a water-related service project to give back to the WEFTEC host community. At WEFTEC 2016, nearly 200 volunteers spent their Saturday helping build and plant bioswales at City Hall in New Orleans. The bioswales help manage stormwater onsite and provide community education on the value of water. After more than 8 months, the NOLA Grows Green project has taken root and added beautiful color to the grounds of City Hall. Danielle Duhe, a landscape architect at Dana Brown & Associates, Inc., spearheaded ...
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Event Organized and Article Written by Phill Yi and Sathya Mathavan YPs & Community Members Team-up to Cleanup! The 29 th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation typically occurs every spring. On Saturday, April 22 nd (Earth Day), members of VWEA and VA-AWWA Joint Young Professionals Committee and Friends of Accotink Creek hosted a cleanup site along a stream near Thaiss Park located in Fairfax, Virginia. This year, the YP Committee was also able to partner with George Mason University’s new VWEA student chapter for this event. We had great turnout from both Mason students and YPs (despite the rain on ...
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WEFTEC 2017 will be another record-breaking year for the WEF Student Design Competition! Not only will the competition be celebrating its 16 th Anniversary, but it will also be hosting the largest number of teams in the competition’s history. This year, 17 schools from 16 different Member Associations will be represented from across the country and Canada. Joining the national competition for the first-time will be the University of Kansas, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Manhattan College, George Mason University, and Florida A&M University - Florida State University. This will also be the first time that the Kansas WEA and Kentucky-Tennessee WEA will ...
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Save the Date for YP Summit 2018 in San Antonio, TX! It’s time to dust off your boots because YP Summit 2018 is coming to San Antonio, TX next February 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk. YP Summit is a joint WEF and AWWA event for young professionals in the water and wastewater sector. The summit will tackle emerging issues in the water sector and provide programming to expand leadership skills.   Events will kick-off on Monday, February 19 with separate leadership workshops hosted by WEF and AWWA. There will also be a welcome icebreaker reception on Monday evening where young professionals can connect and network with their peers. The full day YP ...
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Article Submitted by Betsy Catchings, WEASC Student Chapter Committee Chair (bcatchings@aec-sc.com) The Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC) is pleased to announce the formation of our first student chapter.  The Central Carolina Technical College Student Chapter (Chapter) received approval from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Board of Trustees on January 27, 2017.  The Chapter was recognized at the SC Environmental Conference in March and a plaque was presented to the school for its accomplishment.  The Chapter wasted no time in beginning activities.  Four students attended the annual conference and held a Chapter Meeting with ...
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Today in the   Federal Register  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a request for comments on which current rules and regulations may be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification.  The notice urges businesses, non-profits, and others to comment on  "what rules eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation, are outdated, impose costs that exceed benefits, are inconsistent or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies."    The notice reads, "Through this notice, EPA is soliciting such input from the public to inform its Task Force's evaluation of existing regulations."  It also states that the EPA will ...
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Regardless of Job Title, We are all Professionals Article submitted by Alicia Adams, OWEA YP Chair As a kick-off to the WEFMAX (Water Environment Federation Member Association Exchange) event, the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) has collaborated with its South West Section (SWOWEA) to host a YP Summit on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. The YP Summit aims to promote the exchange of skills, experiences, and knowledge from professionals with wide-ranging backgrounds uniting in a common understanding that - Regardless of Job Title, We Are All Professionals! Presentations will be given from OWEA leaders from all backgrounds followed by roundtable ...
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New England Young Professionals host their Inaugural YP Summit Article Submitted by Amanda Lade, New England WEA The NEWEA Young Professionals (YP) Committee hosted its first annual YP Summit at the NEWEA Annual Conference on January 22 nd with a tremendous turnout of nearly 70 attendees . The idea for the summit arose from NEWEAs campaign to increase young professional engagement throughout the organization. The summit was structured to provide a welcoming forum for YPs to engage with their peers as well as leading members of the industry. The summit consisted of two industry-related presentations and a Q&A session, followed by a networking reception ...
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WEF's 2017 Community Service Project Site: Manierre Elementary School Article Submitted by Natalie Cook, Vice Chair, 2017 WEF Community Service Project This year will be the 10th Anniversary of the WEF Community Service Project! The project happens the Saturday before each WEFTEC. Over 100 students and professionals work together to construct a project that leaves a lasting mark on the water environment of our host community. Over the past ten years, projects have included bioswales, rain gardens, and green classrooms. This year's project promises to be another fun one! The project will be at Chicago's Manierre Elementary School, where we will spend ...
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The YP Springboard Experience at Midyear Submitted by Kristi Steiner, Member, WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee For 4 days at the end of January (Jan. 25-28), Coral Gables, FL was buzzing with industry professionals from across the globe, there to attend the annual WEF Midyear Meeting.  Among these, was a group of 14 excited WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee members (SYPC), selected to participate through the YP Springboard Program. Midyear offers WEF committees a rare chance to meet with each other face to face, as well as to start planning their contributions to the world’s largest annual water quality technical conference ...
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An up-close look at the 2017 YP Summit and Utility Management Conference Article Submitted by Jamie Langer, Rocky Mountain WEA Traveling to Tampa Bay, Florida for this years Utility Management Conference (UMC) and Young Professionals Summit, I truly didnt know what to expect. What would we be learning? Who else would be attending? Am I even qualified enough to attend such an event? I can honestly say that this conference truly surprised me and exceeded all expectations. The caliber and motivation that the next generation has in the water and wastewater industry is exciting. The agenda was full of presentations and trainings with topics that ...
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Emerging Young Professionals Leadership Workshop Article submitted by Vanessa Borkowski, Chair, 2018 YP Summit For over a decade, WEF and AWWA have collaborated to organize an annual Young Professionals Summit (YP Summit). This year, the YP Summit occurred in warm, sunny Tampa, FL on February 7 th . Breaking from the typical forms of years past, WEF debuted a unique, half-day leadership workshop dubbed the Emerging Young Professionals Leadership (EYPL) Workshop that preceded the YP Summit on Monday, February 6 th . The EYPL Workshop was designed as a forum for students and young professionals to hone skills to carve out their distinct path to success ...
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Is your school or Member Association getting ready for the WEF Student Design Competition? Submitted by Lauren Zuravnsky, Chair, Student Design Competition Subcommittee The WEF Student Design Competition offers WEF students the opportunity to bring their innovative designs and compelling presentation skills to a national level competition! Teams from across North America will be participating at WEFTEC in Chicago, IL on Sunday, October 1, 2017 . Top teams in the Wastewater and Environmental divisions will receive award monies and all teams will receive plaques made possible through WEF Sponsorships. Competition guidelines and entry forms ...
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Request for Assistant Moderators at WEFTEC 2017 WEF is currently looking Young Professionals to fill Assistant Moderator roles at WEFTEC this October 2-4, 2017 in Chicago, IL. The Assistant Moderator will work with the Moderator ahead of WEFTEC to help guide the speakers through the pre-WEFTEC process of adhering to deadlines, answering questions and setting up calls to discuss the session (as needed). Onsite the Assistant Moderator will attend the speaker briefing at the assigned time and the session. In the session, the Assistant Moderator will assist the Moderator, and if the Moderator is unable to attend for any reason, the Assistant will potentially ...
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New England WEA YP Activities Article submitted by Amanda Lade, NEWEA The NEWEA Young Professionals Committee hosted its first Poo & Brew event in the greater Boston area in May of 2015. As the name implies, the event begins with a bit of poo, a tour through a wastewater facility, and is followed by some brews, a tour and tasting at a local microbrewery. The event series is a great opportunity for young professionals to meet others in the organization, learn about facilities throughout New England, and support the local microbrewery industry. The YP Committee has now successfully hosted six Poo & Brew events and has spread across New England to facilities ...
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