Sharing Plans and a Vision

By Dr. Eileen O'Neill
Posted March 14, 2014
 

 

Adapted from March Highlights interview 

 

We have an exciting and visionary strategic direction that has focused WEF on water-sector innovation, awareness of the value of water, and the expertise of global water professionals. This strategic direction was developed by our Board of Trustees and senior staff who listened carefully to the opinions of WEF members and other water leaders about current and future water profession needs. It has driven the identification of practical short- and long-term goals related to contributing tools and developing knowledge in such areas as resource recovery and holistic water management. We also are focusing attention on helping our members communicate the true value of water to the public as well as defining the skills and attributes water professionals of the future need and how we can support development of these skills.

 

Challenges  

 

In an era of climate change and competing demands, the primary challenge is meeting the water-service needs of growing and, in some cases, shifting populations with an eye toward resiliency and flexibility. North America and other developed parts of the world face additional layers of complexity from the challenges of integrating legacy systems, replacing aging infrastructure and, in some cases, addressing combined sewer overflows.

 

WEF's Role 

 

WEF will help share and distill knowledge. WEF’s diversity and our strength as a practitioner-rich community allows us to help bridge the gap between new water management research and theory and practical, on-the-ground adoption and implementation. We can shine a light on successful early adopters, and contribute to the identification, verification, and dissemination of leading practices that catalyze implementation of innovative and practical solutions.

 

Read the full interview in March Highlights 

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WEF’s diversity and our strength as a practitioner-rich community allows us to help bridge the gap between new water management research and theory and practical, on-the-ground adoption and implementation.

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Sharing Plans and a Vision

By Dr. Eileen O'Neill
Posted March 14, 2014
 

 

Adapted from March Highlights interview 

 

We have an exciting and visionary strategic direction that has focused WEF on water-sector innovation, awareness of the value of water, and the expertise of global water professionals. This strategic direction was developed by our Board of Trustees and senior staff who listened carefully to the opinions of WEF members and other water leaders about current and future water profession needs. It has driven the identification of practical short- and long-term goals related to contributing tools and developing knowledge in such areas as resource recovery and holistic water management. We also are focusing attention on helping our members communicate the true value of water to the public as well as defining the skills and attributes water professionals of the future need and how we can support development of these skills.

 

Challenges  

 

In an era of climate change and competing demands, the primary challenge is meeting the water-service needs of growing and, in some cases, shifting populations with an eye toward resiliency and flexibility. North America and other developed parts of the world face additional layers of complexity from the challenges of integrating legacy systems, replacing aging infrastructure and, in some cases, addressing combined sewer overflows.

 

WEF's Role 

 

WEF will help share and distill knowledge. WEF’s diversity and our strength as a practitioner-rich community allows us to help bridge the gap between new water management research and theory and practical, on-the-ground adoption and implementation. We can shine a light on successful early adopters, and contribute to the identification, verification, and dissemination of leading practices that catalyze implementation of innovative and practical solutions.

 

Read the full interview in March Highlights 

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Eileen O'Neill, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
 

Eileen O’Neill is the Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of more than 36,000 water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Most recently WEF's deputy executive director, Dr. O’Neill has worked with the Federation for just over 20 years in a variety of positions including with responsibility for oversight of WEF’s technical, international, and communications programs and served as the organization’s chief technical officer before becoming deputy executive director in late 2011.

Before joining WEF she worked as an academic and in environmental consulting in the US and in Europe.  She has a B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.) and undertook a postdoctoral traineeship in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
 


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