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1 Understanding the A&WMA Organization How it Works and the Various Roles of Members and Staff Tony van der Vooren Ph.D., P.Eng, QEP Past President Tony van der Vooren P.Eng, Ph.D., QEP Past, Past, Past President Past, Past, Past, Past, Past…….. S&C Chair AMEC Americas Ltd. & Waste Management Association

2 A&WMA Overview Established 1907 Non-profit Technical, Scientific, Educational ~5000 Members International >58 Countries Professional staff in Pittsburgh to serve the members (Headquarters)

3 History For 100 years, A&WMA has played a vital and leading role on air quality and waste management issues for the public and professional communities. Since the earliest awareness of the burgeoning nuisance of smoke in the early 1900s, the growth of environmental consciousness and the Association’s work have been closely tied.

4 Historical Highlights 1907 – Municipal smoke inspectors got together for the first time to discuss common issues. Formed International Association for the Prevention of Smoke At the first meeting of the, held in Milwaukee, WI, a resolution calls for the regulation of smoke by state legislation, rather than by municipal ordinances.

5 Historical Highlights 1952 – July, the first edition of “Air Repair” was published (quarterly). In 1955, this became Journal of the Air Pollution Control Association (JAPCA) 1958 – The Association formed the first national air pollution advisory committee to the U.S. government with representatives of government, industry, and consulting – The first regional A&WMA Sections are formed, including the Ontario Section and Cincinnati Section

6 Historical Highlights 1970 – The Association unveiled its first “specialty conference” in Toronto, Ontario, and more than 230 individuals attended to learn more about the impact of air pollution on vegetation – Bylaw to allow all committees, including Tech. Council to be open to all members. Prior to that, Tech Council was restricted to industry – Reflecting the Association’s new vision and expanded focus on hazardous wastes, the name is changed to the Air & Waste Management Association.

7 About A&WMA A&WMA promotes the effectiveness of organizations and individuals to make critical decisions that benefit society and enhances environmental knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for technology exchange, professional development, networking, and outreach.

8 Priorities Benefit the Member Benefit the Environmental Profession Benefit Society at Large

9 The “Association” Headquarters BoardMembers Councils Sections and Chapters Local Associates

10 But before we get to “structure” and “links” What do we do as an Association at the International Level? We need to provide EM and the Journal Organize and deliver the Annual Conference & Exhibition Organize and deliver various Specialty Conference and Workshops Audio and Web Conferences Publish and maintain publications, on-line library Maintain membership directory Coordinate and encourage volunteer participation in key technical areas, local governance and education Scholarship/student support All the “business” of running an Association of 7000 members, and over 250 committees, local groups and interest groups

11 Online Library The Online Library provides a wealth of technical environmental education material, from books and CDs to downloadable PDF articles. It is a substantial and growing resource to environmental professionals around the world.

12 Specialty Conferences First held in conferences held throughout the world Address timely, highly relevant issues such as: ▫Climate change ▫Utility energy generation ▫Vapor Intrusion

13 Annual Conference & Exhibition One of the world’s largest environmental management conferences, attracting thousands of environmental professionals 150 technical sessions on a range of issues, from air quality to integrated waste management strategies Exhibition is a dynamic showcase of environmental products, technology, and services Social programs and networking events Chicago Long Beach, CA North Carolina New Orleans

14 Education Continuing education courses Webinars Classroom education materials Scholarships (over $200,000 per year (includes S&C))

15 A&WMA Board All volunteers Up to 18 Directors, each having a 3 Year Term A minimum of 6 elected at large At least 2 from the Regulated Community At least 2 from the Regulatory Community Four Council Chairs, who are selected by their Councils Presidents - Current, Past, President-Elect Up to 3 appointed Directors (Need not be Members at time of appointment) Others: Secretary & Treasurer (Non-Voting, not included in above counts) Board Meeting

16 Executive Committee President – Mike Miller President Elect – Dallas Baker Past President – Sarah Head 3 Vice Presidents Harry Klodowski Diane Freeman Brad Waldron Finance Chair (ex-officio)

17 Board Functions Set policy Fiscal responsibilities Direct Executive Director (who in turn directs the staff) Chair & oversee Committees and Councils Serve as liaisons Approve Honors & Awards Approve nominations Set Strategic Direction

18 Board Meetings June Annual Conference & Exhibition Winter Board – January Executive Committee  December  Spring Other as required (conference calls)

19 Headquarters and Staff Staff functions mirror what we need to do as an Association: All the necessary logistics, management and functions you would expect from a 4000 member organization, with major publications, web page, major conferences, workshops, web casts and of course the “business” of running an Association (finances and staff). ▫Publications ▫Conferences ▫Membership Development ▫IT ▫Finance ▫Human Resources

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22 Councils Technical Education Sections & Chapters Young Professionals Councils evolved to provide structure/guidance and direction for: ▫ Technical discussions/topics ▫ Education (member and non-members) ▫ Managing local sections and chapters ▫ Specific Members segment focus (YPs)

23 Technical Council Provides technical expertise & resources Develops technical programs  Annual conference  Specialty conferences  Workshops  Webinars Provides technical reviews and support to other Councils

24 Role of Technical Council Technical expertise Technical review Annual conference program – close coordination with the Local Host Committee Professional development courses/online seminars and courses ▫In coordination with Ed Council Other Workshops and Seminars ▫In coordination with S&C Council, Ed Council, and YP Advisory Council Joint sponsored society meetings

25 Technical Council Structure 4 Groups ▫Air ▫Environmental Management ▫Sustainability, Climate Change, Resource Conservation and Waste Management ▫Industrial Government and Public Sectors 10 Divisions in the Groups 29 Tech Coordinating Committees (TCCs) in the Divisions 2 Inter-committee Task Forces (ITFs) Administrating Committee (Council Chair/VC, Group Coordinators, and Division Chairs) Estimate about 500 members involved

26 Technical Council Leadership Chair -- Pat Brush Vice-chair – Sara Head Past-chair – Ricky Tropp Four Groups with Group Coordinators 1.Air – Richard Countess 2.Environmental Management – John Koehler 3.Sustainability, Climate Change, Resource Conservation and Waste Management – Lee Lundberg 4.Industrial Government & Public Sectors – Charlie Lippert Officer terms – 2 or 3 years

27 Specialty Conferences / Workshops TC Committees should propose conferences on timely topics, as appropriate No specified quota, but as a committee supporting the Association, should be aware of topics appropriate for a S/C on an ongoing basis A TCC can solely sponsor a conference, or do so jointly with other TCCs or Sections & Chapters

28 How do you get involved in Technical Council? Be Interested in One of the Topic Areas of a TCC Show up at a TCC Meeting at the Annual Conference; No Invitation Necessary If You Can’t Make it to the Annual Conference, Contact the TCC Chair (see A&WMA Web Site) What If There Is No TCC in Your Area of Interest? Contact the Technical Council Chair, Group Coordinator, Division Chairs (again, see A&WMA Web Site)

29 How to Participate in Tech Council Activities? You Can Submit a Topic Proposal for the Annual Conference (online prior to ACE or at ACE) You Can Propose a Paper for the Annual Conference by Answering the Call for Abstracts You Can Propose a Specialty Conference with Sponsorship from a Division or a TCC You Can Propose a Paper for a Specialty Conference Do you know who in your area is involved in Tech Council?

30 Education Council Produces and promotes programs and activities in education and training to::  Encourage adequate human resources in the profession  Improve public skills and knowledge Develops educational materials Assists in interacting with the media Working with the student chapters Education chair at local section

31 Education Council Divisions Chair Vice Chair Past Chair Staff Liaison Professional Development Division Higher Education Division Public Education Division Chair: James Blando Vice Chair: Carol Clinton Professional Development: Sashi Pathak Higher Education: George Sorial Public Education: Yogendra Chaudry

32 Education Council – Professional Development Division Continuing Education Committee Webinar Committee Annual calendar of topics is scheduled in advance based upon EM’s monthly themes for the calendar year. Moderators and Speakers are always welcome. Women’s Professional Development Committee draw upon the unique perspectives and talents of women to further the goals of the Association and to encourage women's participation and involvement in the environmental profession.

33 Higher Education Division Scholarship Awards Committee University/College Education Committee Scholarship Campaign Committee ▫Solicits support for A&WMA’s Scholarship Endowment Trust Fund

34 Public Education Division Environmental Education (K-12) Committee ▫Develop, disseminate, and market environmental education materials and encourage teacher-training Public Information Committee ▫D evelops and encourage information offerings to the general public. ▫Facilitates the Annual Student Essay Contest National Boy Scouting Jamboree Committee

35 Webinar Conferences ▫Two hour presentations ▫Use as a local program or present your local program internationally Professional Development Courses ▫Face-to-face at meetings or held at your location ▫Internet – on your schedule Scholarships for graduate work Support for Student Chapters ACE student program Education Council Support of other Councils

36 How to get involved Recruit people interested in Education/Outreach (retiring S&C officers? TC members, YPs) Sponsor a Webinar Conference Hold a live training course (advertise scheduled courses) Use Understanding Air Quality (UAQ) in a presentation to the public Hold an EERG workshop for K-12 teachers Check online to see if your scholarship information is up to date Appoint an Education Coordinator

37 Sections & Chapters Council Represent member units Forum for member units to share info Liaison with headquarters Relate to/interact with other councils Work in concert to enhance the quality of the association and provide member services at the local level

38 Council Purpose Enable, encourage and ensure strong Sections and Chapters to fulfill the core purpose of the Association at the local level and provide a conduit of information between Sections and Chapters and the Association leadership.

39 Council Purpose Help Sections and Chapters deliver member services at a local level ▫ Local Unit “health” Ensure equal access for all members Advise the board on concerns of ▫ Local Issues ▫ Members ▫ Sections ▫ Chapters

40 Sections & Chapters Council Every Section and Chapter is a member Ongoing dialogue and discussion Council of local leader peers

41 S&C Council Structure Board of Directors (Klodowski) Chair (H. Klodowski) Vice Chair (G. Johnson) Membership (J Walker) Communications (J. Graham) Leadership Training (T. van der Vooren) Awards (M. Balagopalan) Governance (Plus) (B. Palermo) Vitality (G. Johnson) Staff Liaison (S. Glyptis)

42 Other S&C Activities Section and Chapter Membership performance recognition Minasian and Chapter Cup Leadership training Continued training – POSS (Periodic Online Training Sessions) Newsletters (Conduit) Linkedin Sites

43 How many Sections and Chapters are there? Sections 33 Chapters64 Does not include Student Chapters

44 Section & Chapters Council Helps Local Units Deliver Member Services 1.Local Programs & Events (279 local programs in 2012) 2.Membership Data, Tips and Support 3.Student Activities 4.Local Scholarship Programs ($183,420 awarded in 2012) 5.Share Best Practices/Lessons Learned

45 Administrative Support to Local Units Insurance (D&O and Liability) Pattern Local Website Model Bylaws Local Membership Reports Accounting Training Support for Local Elections

46 S&C Council Meetings  Inter-Council (Winter)  location of ACE (North Carolina– Jan 2015  Leadership Training  Spring – Pittsburgh  Site of Annual Conference  Long Beach, California  Fall Sections & Chapters Council Meeting  TBD – October  Web meetings – as needed  S&C Electronic Newsletter – The Conduit

47 Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) Formed in June 2009 advises the A&WMA Board and other Councils regarding services and activities to effectively engage young professionals (YPs). will develop and assist with the implementation of plans to recruit and retain YP members by fostering relationships with YP members, employers, A&WMA Sections and Chapters. will assist the leadership of A&WMA in the recruitment, retention, and development of YP members to serve in roles within A&WMA and facilitate the integration of student members into the Association upon graduation. Chair: Jennifer Tullier Vice Chair: Monica Sandoval

48 YPAC Committees & Responsibilities YPAC Local Support Committee ▫Developed “How to Start & Maintain a YP Group in Your Local Section/Chapter”; support all Local YP Group Chairs or those interested in starting a local YP Group YPAC Technical Committee ▫Work with Technical Council to develop YP Technical Programming at ACE YPAC Communications Committee ▫YPAC’s quarterly electronic newsletter - YP Connection, YP LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter Accounts, and the coming soon YP Blog YPAC Vitality Committee ▫Student/YP member surveys, Career Series Webinars, YP Toolkit YPAC Professional Development Committee ▫Development of YP focused webinars YPAC Volunteer Coordinator ▫Providing opportunities to YPs trying to get more involved in the Association YPAC ACE Liaisons ▫YP Events at ACE (YP/Student Networking Reception, YP Mentor Breakfast) YPAC Representative on AWMA Publications Committee ▫YP Perspective and Student Corner in EM

49 How to Get Involved with YPAC YPAC Volunteer Coordinator, Sameer Sane YPAC Chair, Jennifer Tullier YPAC Vice-Chair, Monica Sandoval OR Talk to any member of the YPAC attending Leadership Training Volunteer Coordinator, Sameer Sane Local Support Committee Vice-Chair, Jason Midgett Vitality Committee Chair, Laura Cremer Technical Committee Chair, Christina Alky Opportunities available now: YPAC Technical Committee YPAC Communications Committee YPAC Professional Development Committee Author for future YP Perspective and Student Corner Columns

50 How the Member Sees Us Board Headquarters Section and/or Chapter with publications, meetings and board! International Conferences Publications Councils Web


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