July 2013 at a Glance

July 31, 2013

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Battling for the Title of Greenest Building

U.S. EPA Names Battle of the Buildings 2012 Winners

More than 3000 buildings from across the United States took the challenge to reduce energy use during 2012 in hopes of being named winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.

WEF Needs You To Leave Some Green in Chicago

Register early to build a rain garden during the WEFTEC service project

WEFTEC® offers not only a wide range of learning opportunities, but also the ability to improve the host city’s green space. Since 2008, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) has organized an annual WEFTEC Service Project. In that first year, volunteers constructed a rain garden in Chicago.

As WEFTEC returns to Chicago this year, SYPC invites attendees to make another long-lasting impression on the city by constructing a rain garden at a school.

The WEFTEC 2013 Service Project, “Reading, Writing, and Rain Gardens,” will replace approximately 74 m2 (800 ft2) of impervious surface at John C. Haines Elementary School with a rain garden.

WEFTEC Opening General Session Speaker Chosen To Inspire

Kevin Carroll, best-selling author and speaker, will deliver the keynote address for the Opening General Session of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® 2013).


Solving the Silver Nanoparticle Problem

U.S. SJWP winner identifies sulfidation as way to clean nanoparticles from wastewater

Anirudh Jain won the 2013 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) by identifying sulfidation as a means to reduce silver nanoparticle pollution in wastewater. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) announced Jain as winner for his project, titled “Sulfidation as a Novel Method To Reduce Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticle Pollution.”

WEF Past President Adds Another International Achievement to the List

Dale Jacobson, past president and treasurer of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) was elected to the World Water Council (Marseille, France) board of governors. Jacobson served 8 years on WEF’s board of trustees and has spent much of his professional career working internationally.

Presenting an Alternative to BOD

Three lab managers discuss their switch to TOC analysis in a no-charge August webcast

A webcast will help Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members shift from the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) laboratory test to the quicker, less expensive total organic carbon (TOC) test for permit compliance and process control improvements.

The WEF Laboratory Practices Committee is hosting the no-charge 2-hour webcast, “Using TOC to Replace BOD Requirements,” on Aug. 7 from 1–3 p.m. (EDT). Interested members can register online for the webcast, which is sponsored by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (Columbia, Md.).

WEFTEC 2013 by the Numbers: New Pricing Offers Access to More



Distinguished Members Named 2013 WEF Fellows



U.S. EPA Works To Boost the Environmental Workforce



Prepare for WEFTEC by Browsing the Conference Announcement and Mobile App



WEF, Others Recommend Changes to U.S. EPA ‘Affordability’ Criteria



Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members



Learn About Total Organic Compounds, Rate Structures, and More in WEF Webcasts



Water Leadership Institute Builds Leaders of the Future



U.S. EPA Survey Reveals Need for Drinking Water Infrastructure Investment



Submit Abstracts To Participate in WEF Biosolids and Odors Conferences



Chart a Path to Biosolids Resource Recovery With New WEF Report



WEF Releases Year in Review 2012

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