World Water Day: Education Is Key to Sustainable Water Resources

Posted by Scott Cummings
March 22, 2013
 

 

/uploadedImages/Blog_Images/Austria.jpgWhen they were in elementary school, my children started coming home with the idea that I was evil because I promoted construction and designed sewer systems that polluted our water.  This forced me to be quick to educate them on the value of what I do as a water quality professional to protect and preserve the environment. And I’d thought I would only have to deal with helping them develop a solid foundation of good moral character! I realized I needed to get involved in my children’s lives as well as teach their classmates on the good things water quality professionals do for the environment.

 

One of the greatest influences I can have is teaming with others to aid in the training of our young people.  If we can influence their lives to take better care of the environment, we will indeed have a more sustainable future.  I volunteer to speak to classes where my children attend school and to help with local education and outreach endeavors. I also provide teachers information from the Water Environment Federation that they can use to incorporate into their curricula. There’s also the opportunity to educate everyone by encouraging them to participate in hands-on water quality testing through the World Water Monitoring Challenge ™ program at www.MonitorWater.org.

 

Water professionals do not have to look too far to be educators or volunteer to work with others and demonstrate a personal commitment to protecting our water resources, and World Water Day, March 22, is a great time to start. By sharing our expertise and passion for water, we can truly help to establish a better and more sustainable future for our children.

 

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 Water professionals do not have to look too far to be educators or volunteer to work with others and demonstrate a personal commitment to protecting our water resources, and World Water Day, March 22, is a great time to start.

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World Water Day: Education Is Key to Sustainable Water Resources

Posted by Scott Cummings
March 22, 2013
 

 

/uploadedImages/Blog_Images/Austria.jpgWhen they were in elementary school, my children started coming home with the idea that I was evil because I promoted construction and designed sewer systems that polluted our water.  This forced me to be quick to educate them on the value of what I do as a water quality professional to protect and preserve the environment. And I’d thought I would only have to deal with helping them develop a solid foundation of good moral character! I realized I needed to get involved in my children’s lives as well as teach their classmates on the good things water quality professionals do for the environment.

 

One of the greatest influences I can have is teaming with others to aid in the training of our young people.  If we can influence their lives to take better care of the environment, we will indeed have a more sustainable future.  I volunteer to speak to classes where my children attend school and to help with local education and outreach endeavors. I also provide teachers information from the Water Environment Federation that they can use to incorporate into their curricula. There’s also the opportunity to educate everyone by encouraging them to participate in hands-on water quality testing through the World Water Monitoring Challenge ™ program at www.MonitorWater.org.

 

Water professionals do not have to look too far to be educators or volunteer to work with others and demonstrate a personal commitment to protecting our water resources, and World Water Day, March 22, is a great time to start. By sharing our expertise and passion for water, we can truly help to establish a better and more sustainable future for our children.

 

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Scott Cummings, P.E. at CH2M Hill

Scott Cummings is a member of the Water Environment Federation’s 2012-2013 Board of Trustees and currently a Senior Project Manager for CH2M HILL, for which he manages and designs water and
wastewater treatment and conveyance systems including treatment units, pumping facilities, and piping systems. A WEF member since 1994, Scott has held multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF. He served on the House of Delegates for three years and is the current chair of WEF’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He serves on WEF’s Public Communications and Outreach Committee (Stormwater Subcommittee chair). He has also served on WEF’s Task Force on Stormwater, House of Delegates Nominating Committee, House of Delegates Steering Committee, and various House of Delegates workgroups.

Also an active member of the Alabama Water Environment Association, Scott received the Arthur Sidney Bedell award for extraordinary service to his member association in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Alabama and received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama.