WEF Leader Adds Another Achievement to the List

January 8, 2015

Achievements, Featured

WEF House of Delegates Speaker Receives NAWC Living Water Award
 
Duyen Tran, speaker of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) House of Delegates, received the 2014 Living Water Award from the National Association of Water Companies (Washignton, D.C.). Photo courtesy of Tran.

Duyen Tran, speaker of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) House of Delegates, received the 2014 Living Water Award from the National Association of Water Companies (Washignton, D.C.). Photo courtesy of Tran.

Duyen Tran, a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) member since 1990 and speaker of WEF’s House of Delegates, adds another achievement to her resume: the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC; Washington, D.C.) 2014 Living Water Award grand prize.

Currently director of Sustainable Operations for CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.), Tran has more than 28 years of experience in the water and wastewater sectors. The Living Water Awards program, established in 2012, recognizes water sector professionals who perform exceptional work in the sector and are committed to water quality, service, and community, the NAWC news release says.

“I am honored to receive the 2014 NAWC Living Water award and am thankful for the recognition of my effort and passion,” Tran said. As an active WEF leader, Tran serves as chair of WEF’s Constitution and Bylaws committee, current speaker of the WEF House of Delegates, member of WEF’s Committee Leadership Council Committee, and member of WEF’s Governance Standing Committee.

Previously, Tran has served as speaker-elect of WEF’s House of Delegates, member of the House of Delegates WEFMAX and Operator Outreach committees, leader of the House of Delegates Member Association Sustainability Workgroup, chair of the House of Delegates Nominating Committee, and Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA) representative in the WEF House of Delegates. Tran has served as past president for the AWEA and member of the Arkansas Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. Tran also received AWEA’s Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 2014, and has been named wastewater manager of the year by both AWEA and the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (Little Rock).

“Like most water professionals, I have great respect for work that we do. So, it became my commitment to promote and sustain the water business and water careers,” Tran said. “Through my involvement with WEF, I got the opportunity to learn from and connect with professionals from all over the country and the world. It also gave me the opportunity to make the difference on a larger scale,” Tran said.

Tran, center, receives the Living Water Award during a NAWC ceremony. Photo courtesy of Tran.

Tran, center, receives the Living Water Award during a NAWC ceremony. Photo courtesy of Tran.

In addition to serving as a WEF leader and working to form teams, influence business practices, and complete projects at CH2M Hill, Tran has volunteered to promote public awareness and further career opportunities for water and wastewater operators. In her community, Tran works to educate business leaders about the importance of water treatment, organizes annual household waste collection events, and leads green workshops and wildlife habitat creation, the news release says. She also provides technical presentations at various conferences.

For more details, read the WEF blog post by Tran, “A Personal Commitment to Sharing the Value of Water.”

Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights

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