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Five Things WEF’s Water Leadership Institute Taught Me

December 19, 2018

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Rahkia Nance, 2018 Water Leadership Institute graduate Rahkia Nance is the digital communications manager for the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.). A former newspaper reporter, Nance has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee) and a master’s degree in strategic communication from American University (Washington, D.C.). When she’s not digitally […]

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WEF Announces Graduates of 2018 Water Leadership Institute

November 26, 2018

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A new group of water sector professionals emerged from WEFTEC 2018 with a new credential to add to their resume and an arsenal of new leadership skills. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) hosted a graduation ceremony for its Water Leadership Institute Class of 2018 in New Orleans. The seventh class of the annual […]

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WEF Introduces 2018–2019 Board of Trustees

November 23, 2018

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During a ceremony at WEFTEC 2018, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) “gavel of leadership” passed to President Tom Kunetz, assistant director of monitoring and research for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Kunetz will help WEF meet its strategic plan and critical objectives to connect water professionals, enrich the expertise of […]

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Advocate for Utilities of the Future Receives 2017 WEF Fellow Designation

October 30, 2018

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After spending more than 30 years working in the water sector, Thomas Sigmund has become a strong proponent of the value of water and the important services provided by water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Peers refer to Sigmund, the executive director of the Wisconsin-based utility known as NEW Water, as a “visionary leader” who is […]

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Watch the WEFTEC 2018 Opening General Session Live Online

September 25, 2018

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If you can’t attend WEFTEC 2018, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is offering a sample of the conference through an online livestream. Watch the Opening General Session as it occurs, Oct. 1 at 8:30 a.m. central time. Keynote speaker Kevin Brown, author of The Hero Effect, will share ideas, strategies, and principles for […]

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Serendipity Leads WEF Fellow Sandra Ralston into Water Leadership

August 29, 2018

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Sandra Ralston calls her entry into the water sector “serendipitous.” In 1989, she was hired as regional marketing manager for Greeley and Hansen (Chicago), an environmental engineering firm focused on water. Her boss encouraged her to join the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), which put Ralston on a path to water leadership and becoming […]

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2018 Utility of the Future Today Honorees Transform Wastewater Treatment

August 26, 2018

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Water utilities around the world are transforming traditional wastewater treatment systems into resource recovery centers. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) recognizes these leaders in sustainability and resilience through the Utility of the Future Today program. This year, WEF recognizes 32 utilities for transformational work in community engagement; watershed stewardship; and recovery of such […]

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WEF Fellow Influences Biosolids Management Practices Around the World

July 31, 2018

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James (Jim) E. Smith Jr., grew up in a family that worked in water. His grandfather operated a fishing boat and his uncle managed a Greater Cincinnati Water Works water resource recovery facility (WRRF).  “I always loved being in and around water,” Smith said. This love led him to enter a more-than-50-year career that began […]

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