The Young Professionals committee was formed to empower young professionals (less than 5 years in the environmental field) in MEWEA by creating an active environment of learning, networking, and leadership. If you’re interested in getting involved with the committee, want to participate in events, have ideas, or have questions, please contact the YP committee chair. A current listing of committee chairs can be found here: Executive Committee and Committee Chairpersons
The Young Professionals Committee. What’s in a name?
In the 1970s, the Kennebec, Penobscot, and Androscoggin Rivers were some of the most polluted waterways in the Northeast. It was obvious that something had to be done to clean the rivers, and we did it. For those of us who were involved in those restoration efforts, it’s obvious that the works of our profession have substantially benefitted our communities. For those of us new to the clean water fields it is, perhaps ironically, less clear to see what has been accomplished and why we need clean water. It is therefore our committee’s mission to provide understanding to those entering environmental studies, to provide public outreach to those unaware of the clean water industry, and to provide professional growth and networking to those within the clean water industry. It is our responsibility to promote the water environment industry as an attractive career choice… and that mission is something professionals of ALL ages can get behind.
Whether it’s our 4-time award winning 5K team, a treatment plant tour, a fun day of kayaking, our mentor/mentee program at the fall convention, our new scholarship program, or representing our industry to the public, there are plenty of opportunities for you to lend a hand and have a great time doing it. What better way to begin getting involved with MEWEA than with us?
In addition to the Young Professional Award, there are several financial awards for YPs. Students can apply for financial assistance through the Higher Education Award, University Attendee Award, and NEWEA Summit Funding. For more information and to nominate or apply, click here
YP Meeting notes can be found in the executive committee meeting minutes, click here to view them