WEFLEADER - your monthly resource for WEF news...
Current Issue: July 2015
WEF C&B MODIFICATIONS APPROVED
WEF President, Ed McCormick, is pleased to announce the WEF Constitution & Bylaws (C&B) modifications were approved by WEF Membership on July 3rd. Click here
to see a copy of the C&B. Thanks to all WEF Members who took the time to cast their vote!
WEF COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS
The WEF Committee Leadership Council (CLC) is seeking nominations for two Communities of Practice director positions. If you have leadership expertise, strategic thinking and planning skills, a passion to advance WEF's vision, and understanding of WEF committees, submit your application to WEF Staff Theresa Mixon by July 31, 2015
NATIONAL MUNICIPAL STORMWATER AND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AWARDS PROGRAM
WEF is pleased to announce a new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards program. Developed through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program aims to inspire Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) to exceed requirements through innovative and cost-effective approaches. This program offers an opportunity for MS4 program leaders to seek new and innovative ways to meet and exceed as well as financially efficient. Recognition of innovative approaches is also a highlight of this program. The call for applications for Phase II is now open with Phase I to follow shortly! Please visit the MS4Awards website for more details or contact MS4Awards@wef.org. Application deadline for Phas II and Phas I is August 19th and August 24th respectively.
WEFTEC 2015: THE PERSHING CULTIVATION PROJECT: GROWING GREEN GARDENS AND YOUNG MINDS
HELP MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE LOCAL WATER ENVIRONMENT
Help make a difference in the WEFTEC 2015 host city, Chicago! Volunteer with us on Saturday, September 26 at Pershing Magnet School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood assisting in the construction of a rain garden as well as an outdoor classroom that will serve as an educational platform for the school's K-8 students to learn about water, the environment, and green infrastructure. Projects are selected to improve the local water environment, leaving a positive and lasting effect on the community. Local partnerships are formed to ensure the projects are maintained and sustainable. Over 100 volunteers participate each year. Add the "WEF Community Service Project" to your WEFTEC registration. l Volunteers spend 4-6 hours doing hands-on service. Transportation, lunch, and a t-shirt are provided to all volunteers. This project is funded through sponsorship and donor support. Please contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley soon if interested in providing financial participation. Benefits for financial support include: press coverage in WEF periodicals, logo on project t-shirt, name on banner, and social media promotion. Click here to access the "Help Make a Difference Flyer and Donor Form".
ASAE ANNOUNCES THE 2015 POWER OF A GOLD AWARD
The Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) have received a 2015 Power of A Gold Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for their work on the passage of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). ASAE's Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world.
WIFIA was passed in June 2014 to provide loans to drinking water and wastewater utilities at long-term U.S. Treasury rates for projects too large beyond the usual scope of traditional water loan instruments. AWWA, WEF, and AMWA coordinated staff and member expertise and grassroots lobbying efforts to educate congressional members and other imperative organizations about WIFIA. Read More...
WATER ASSOCIATION of TEXAS
Congratulations to the WEA of Texas in having their student participant be selected as the 2015 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) winner. Perry Alagappan from Houston, Texas was named the winner of the 2015 U.S. SJWP - the most prestigious international competition for water-related research - during a ceremony last month at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, VA. Alagappan's project, "Novel Renewable Filter for Heavy Metal Removal: A Practical Application of Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes" was selected from 50 state SJWP winners at the national competition held June 19-20. His first-of-its-kind renewable filter is composed of epoxide-functionalized carbon nanotubes and quartz wool and has the potential to efficiently remove more than 99% of mercury, cadmium, lead, cobalt, and nickel from contaminated water. Read More...
Promote your MA Programs
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