New Defense State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Program Manager
Ms. Sandra Snelling, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) DSMOA Program Manager, retired in December. Mr. Tom Meyer is the new USACE DSMOA program manager. You can reach Mr. Meyer at (202) 761-7504.
DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification (DAGCAP) Website
DoD launched a website dedicated to the DAGCAP. Visit their site for the latest information on advanced classification and the DAGCAP.
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s ECO AmeriCorps Program
Providing opportunity for local organizations to add capacity for environmental work while training the next generation of environmental leaders
In August 2015, VT DEC launched the Environmental Careers and Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program to enrich the capacity of state, community and governmental organizations to fulfill the “boots on the ground” work for much-needed environmental outreach and technical projects aimed at protecting Vermont’s surface waters and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.
Currently, there are twenty-four fulltime ECO AmeriCorps members serving across the state of Vermont, each serving for 11 months and over 1700 hours. All ECO AmeriCorps members have some college experience, most with at least a 4-year degree with a science or engineering background. Members serve in positions as Conservation Assistants, Volunteer Coordinators and Communications Specialists. Current projects include creating homeowner workshops and maps to minimize impervious surfaces, providing instructions for residential rain gardens, restoring riparian buffers and providing outreach to schools on Vermont’s new Universal Recycling Law.
More than 30 organizations have benefitted from working with ECO AmeriCorps in Vermont to date. In the program’s first year alone, ECO AmeriCorps completed 32,700 hours of service and organized 700 community volunteers who logged 5,840 hours of volunteer service. The current 2016-2017 service year members are on pace to match or exceed these first-year accomplishments.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and a $6,500 fee from each service site. VT DEC provides administrative support for the program including recruitment and member placement, living stipends, health insurance, and regular trainings for members.
Follow the work of ECO AmeriCorps on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram! @EcoAmeriCorps
Picture from AmeriCorps tree planting project
New Jersey DEP wins international award for mobile app that lets public report non-emergency environmental incidents
The Department of Environmental Protection’s WARN NJDEP mobile device app, launched late last year, has been awarded an AVA Digital Gold Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, Commissioner Bob Martin announced on February 3, 2017.
“On behalf of all of our staff who are out in our communities every day protecting the environment, we are very pleased to have been recognized for developing this innovative app, which allows residents to report non-emergency environmental issues directly from their Smartphones or other mobile devices,” Commissioner Martin said. “This app is a demonstration of the Christie Administration’s ongoing efforts to engage the public as partners in strong environmental protection.”
Please follow the link below to read more about this amazing tool!
Maryland Department of the Environment
The Maryland Department of the Environment (the Department) held the first ever Maryland Food Recovery Summit on November 30, 2016 in Linthicum, Maryland. The one-day event brought together almost 200 collaborators – including generators and users of food scraps, government agencies, nonprofits, and elected officials – to share information, needs, and strategies, with the goal of reducing wasted food in Maryland. Among the government attendees were representatives of EPA’s headquarters and Region 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal Food and Drug Administration, Maryland State and local agencies, and other Region 3 jurisdictions (West Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, DC).
Following opening remarks from the Department’s Secretary Ben Grumbles, the event featured keynote speakers from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and MEANS Database. A plenary session on food waste prevention and food donation included speakers from Giant Food, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Hungry Harvest, Maryland Food Bank, Sodexo, and Community Food Rescue. A second plenary session explored options for food recycling at a variety of scales, with speakers from Coker Composting and Consulting, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the American Biogas Council, and Veteran Compost. In the afternoon, participants split into three smaller workgroups to brainstorm top challenges and potential solutions to three food recovery issues: (1) source reduction and donation; (2) food recycling infrastructure; and (3) food recovery education and outreach. At a final closing plenary session, facilitators from the three groups shared ideas from the workgroup discussions and closing remarks from EPA’s Cheryl Coleman highlighted national food recovery goals and initiatives.
The Department looks forward to continuing momentum generated at the Maryland Food Recovery Summit. The upcoming BioCycle East Coast Conference will be held in Maryland on April 5 and 6th and the Department hopes to work with EPA on a Region 3 food recovery summit in fall 2017.
Building New Partnerships
The ASTSWMO strategic plan encourages the Board of Directors and our members to invest in new partnerships, and the Board is doing just that. The 2016 Mid-Year, aptly themed “Succession Planning,” was our first effort to invite students, both high school and university, to actively participate in our meeting. In July, the Board of Directors met with faculty from two universities to open a dialogue and explore opportunities for collaboration. Most recently, at its January meeting, the Board of Directors advanced the discussion and went a step further by establishing an informal workgroup to invite the broader membership to participate in developing a strategy to engage university students with an interest in solid or hazardous waste management or remediation.
Benefits to the Association, its members and to students are obvious. States and Territories have unmatched knowledge and expertise, we provide countless opportunities for research, and we offer on-the-job training and internships. The other side of the ledger could not be more simple: universities are developing and grooming our successors. Through this initiative we have an opportunity to further increase the Association’s national exposure and to educate students about the critical work we do every day and the rewards of pursuing a career in the public sector.
Some ideas discussed by the Board include providing travel scholarships or sponsorships to attend ASTSWMO meetings, posting employment or internship opportunities, offering State subject matter experts as speakers and recognizing outstanding students’ achievement in academics or community service.
Members with an interest in promoting ASTSWMO’s mission and with ideas for promoting student involvement and who either have or aspire to have a closer relationship with our academic institutions are encouraged to contact one of the Board members listed below.
And by the way, if you’re attending the Mid-Year meeting in Cleveland, take the opportunity to introduce yourself to one of the students attending from Kent State University, Past-President Bonnie Buthker’s alma mater.
We look forward to hearing from you! Please reach out to the Board members listed below with any information you would like to share:
Are you close to retirement? Do you know retired State and Territorial managers who used to be active in ASTSWMO? ASTSWMO staff would like the personal contact information for retired or soon-to-retire waste managers. Staff continues to work on a plan to create a mentoring network for young professionals who work in RCRA C and D, Tanks, CERCLA, Brownfields, and Federal Facilities. Send your contact information to Dania Rodriguez: 202-640-1061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members in Action
Are you interested in volunteering on an ASTSWMO Task Force or Focus Group? Fill out the New Member Interest Form and email it to one of our Staff! The 2016 Members in Action Rotation has created many new openings. Check out the Subcommittee Rosters!
ASTSWMO Strategic Plan
Know anyone in your staff that has been with your agency for 5 years or less? Tell them about ASTSWMO! Succession planning has been a big topic for discussion for ASTSWMO members! Help the next generation learn about ASTSWMO and our network!
Annual Meeting: Fostering Environmental Partnerships
Please join ITRC in New Orleans, LA on March 27 - 30, 2017 as we continue our work to positively impact some of our nation's largest environmental challenges by bringing together environmental professionals from across the country. The meeting will provide opportunities to hear from ITRC teams, Director, and Board of Advisors, and to network with the environmental community. Plenary presentations will be given by Chuck Carr Brown Ph.D., Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary, and David Waggonner, a New Orleans-based sustainability expert on sustainability and stormwater. The meeting is open to all that are interested in attending and State staff are complimentary!
Co-Chair Positions Open
ITRC Co-Chairs, Michael Murphy and Tom Schneider, will be stepping down from their roles. Both Co-Chair positions are now open: a one-year term and a two-year term. All State environmental personnel are encouraged to apply (deadline February 24th). Both positions will be voted on by the ITRC general membership at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
2017 Team Registration
Registration is now open for State staff to join the following 2017 ITRC Teams: Environmental Releases of Per- and Polyflouroalkyl Substances (PFASs), LNAPL Update, Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies, Quality Considerations for Multiple Aspects of Munitions Response Sites, TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites, Stormwater BMP Performance Team.
ASTSWMO's IT Specialist, Molly Lowney, will be leaving ASTSWMO to work for a software engineering company in Harrisonburg, VA. Her last day will be February 15th. She is very sad to be leaving the team, but she hopes to keep in touch! Her personal email is email@example.com.
Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 707, Washington, DC, 20036 T: (202) 640-1060 F: (202) 331-3254