Industrial Water Reuse Champion Award Call for Nominations

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By: Brenton McCloskey

Director of Strategic Development, the Water Center at Penn

Call for Nominations

The WateReuse Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Veolia, and University of Pennsylvania Water Center are pleased to invite nominations for the new Industrial Water Reuse Champions Award. The award will recognize the top Fortune 1000 companies that incorporate the best-in-class water recycling and reuse programs to improve water stewardship and achieve their water management goals. The award program has been designed in partnership with other industry leaders and stakeholders. This is part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), which is a multi-stakeholder effort lead by the Environmental Protection Agency to advance the science, policy, research, communications and more supporting water reuse and recycling.

Competative nominations include companies demonstrating water stewardship through water reuse and recycling, innovative approaches to achieving environmental-social-governance (ESG) goals, and collaboration with the local community. The nomination deadline closes on December 5th, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST. 

The initial award will be presented at the 38th Annual WateReuse Symposium March 5-8th, 2023 held in Atlanta, Georgia. The symposium brings together water professionals to envision the critical role of water recycling in the future of water management. Georgia and the Southeast U.S. are quickly emerging as water recycling hotspots, and this year’s Symposium will highlight how diverse communities can benefit from water reuse. 

About the Award

The Industrial Reuse Champions Award was created in partnership between WateReuse Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Veolia, and University of Pennsylvania Water Center in support of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, Action 8.4: Establish a Water Reuse Champion Award

As climate change accelerates, many adverse impacts manifest in water resources challenges.  It is vitally important that the business community invest in water recycling and other new sources of local water to build resilience. Many businesses have been recycling industrial water for a variety of reasons including saving resources and money, reducing the environmental footprint, and ensuring sustainable water supplies for their customers, employees, and the communities where they operate. Businesses want to do even more to help our nation mitigate our water scarcity and quality challenges. To that end, the Industrial Water Reuse Champions Award aims to highlight industries’ committment to improving water stewardship through water reuse.

About the Symposium

The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling — attracting more than 800 water professionals globally for knowledge-sharing, networking, and intriguing discussions! The event is planned in collaboration with the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and will include engaging sessions on the latest reuse-related research projects.

For more information about the WateReuse Symposium, click here.


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About Brenton McCloskey

Brenton joins the Water Center after serving as the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Government Relations at University of the Arts in Philadelphia working to strengthen relationships, build long-lasting partnerships, and increase funding for programmatic and capital projects on campus. Prior to expanding his philanthropic and partnership building skill set at UArts, he served as a Natural Resources Manager at the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at University of Maryland assisting communities in the development of sustainable environmental policy and financing programs relating to water quality, green infrastructure, and climate change resiliency. In addition, before joining the EFC, he served as Associate Director for Environmental Restoration Financing and Policy at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources where he led a team of natural resource managers, restoration specialists, and policy experts working to revitalize the Chesapeake Bay. Brenton brings a diverse set of skills to the Water Center in the areas of environmental policy, fundraising, and partnership building. He received his MS in Environmental Science and Policy from John Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.