WEFLEADER - your monthly resource for WEF news...
Current Issue: Feb 2015
NATIONAL WATER POLICY FORUM, FLY-IN & EXPO
Registration is now open for the 2015 National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo
. This anchor event of Water Week 2015
, will convene in Washington, D.C. from April 13 - 15. The Policy Forum
is presented by NACWA, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) - and new this year - the WaterReuse Association. Visit the Water Week
website to view all the events and activities for the week.
Registration is now open! WEFMAX 2015 offers an opportunity for WEF volunteers to hold discussions on matters of importance to WEF, the water environment profession, and to our communities. The four topics selected for WEFMAX 2015 are: Membership, Leadership Development, MA Financial Stability, and Student Chapters.
WATER ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION
From time to time, WEF programs and projects are evaluated in order to determine which are meeting the fundamental goals of the organization. WEF Staff and the WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) stakeholders recently met to discuss and evaluate the competition. against the SYPC goals and other successful SYPC programs to determine its destiny.
The WEF Student Paper Competition has been difficult to grow and implement over the past 20 years. Three different approaches failed to generate more numbers and higher quality papers. The program also required a number of volunteer hours by the SYPC, the MA Leaders, the judges and staff. WEF Staff and the SYPC stakeholders have come to a decision and are in agreement to sunset this program and put volunteer engagement and staff time into the WEF Student Design Competition so it continues to grow and prosper. WEF certainly appreciates the support from Member Associations (MAs) to this program and will look to continued MA support to the WEF Student Design Competition. Questions: Contact WEF Staff, Dianne Crilley.
WEF REVAMPS BUYER'S GUIDE PLATFORM
The Water Environment Federation has released a new Buyer's Guide offering a comprehensive, interactive platform designed to allow water sector professionals to connect with products and services. The guide allows companies to stream product and brand videos from profiles, customize profiles with branded display graphics, maximize search engine optimization with blog or press feed tools, share social media channels and posts on profiles, and access analytics to track success. For more information contact WEF Staff Jenny Grigsby.
Over 125 young professionals from across North America attended the YP Summit held in conjunction with the Utility Management Conference on Feb 17, 2015 in Austin, TX. This one day summit featured "The Bigger Picture in the Water Industry: A YP's Professional Role Now and in the Future". WEF President Ed McCormick and AWWA representative Gene Koontz provided the welcome message and also sat in on a panel discussion on Careers Exposure - Operations, Regulation and Politics. The four Key speakers were: George Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water and Sewer Authority; Kurt Vause, Engineering Division Director of Anchorage Water Wastewater Utility, Doug Bean, Director of Utility Services, Raftelis; and Glenda Dunn, Past AWWA Vice President. SAVE the DATE as the 2016 YP Summit will be held on Wednesday Feb. 24th in San Diego, California!
AZ WATER - Solicitation of Services for Executive Director
The AZ Water Association, comprised of over 2,100 professional's dedicated to Arizona's water, is seeking an Independent Contractor - Executive Director. The Executive Director will act as the leading spokesperson representing AZ Water in its mission to advocate for Arizona's water through bold leadership, connecting professionals, providing education, and inspiring environmental stewardship.
AZ Water aims to be the recognized voice and the 'go-to" organization sought out by policy makers and the public in addressing water matters in Arizona. The Executive Director will support the execution of the Association's Strategic and Business plans to accomplish this goal. Click here for more information on this position.
Promote your MA Programs
Have news to share? WEFLeader offers a vechicle for MA's to share programs, and exciting news with each other. Let us know what is happening in your world! Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.