WaterNow Impact Award Nomination
WaterNow is committed to elevating and celebrating local leaders who do the hard work of advancing and accelerating innovative, sustainable water solutions in their community. We know that exceptional leaders exist at every level within cities, towns, utilities, and water resource agencies and we are thrilled to acknowledge their work through our Impact and Emerging Leader Awards. Nominations for both awards are open now and close February 1, 2022. Winners will be notified in February and presented with their awards at the 2022 Tap Into Resilience Summit in Philadelphia during our opening evening dinner on April 13th.
Learn more about each award and submit your nominations using the form below. Please note, self-nominations are welcome and we can provide travel support to winners.
Impact Award: Recognizes governing board members and leaders of a public water utility – whether elected or appointed, special district or whether serving a town, city, county or region.
The Impact Award honors public water agency decision makers for leadership in catalyzing climate resilient, environmentally sustainable, innovative water solutions in their communities. The primary criterion for an Impact Award is leadership in the adoption of resilient, sustainable, and/or equitable solutions with meaningful impact at the community or regional level. These solutions could include, but are not limited to:
- enactment of conservation ordinances or equity programs;
- engagement on policy matters at the state, local or federal levels; or
- initiation of a sustainable water project or strategic initiative
Nominations will also be evaluated based on the extent to which they advance social and racial equity – by helping to make water more affordable, accessible and safer, or provide other critical benefits for underserved communities.
Last year’s Impact Award winners were:
Emerging Leader Award: Recognizes mid-level water utility professionals poised to take on leadership positions in the coming years.
The Emerging Leader Award, which was introduced in 2021, is dedicated to celebrating and advancing professionals from under-represented communities in the utility space. These individuals have demonstrated promise and creativity in advancing meaningful cultural change in the areas of sustainability, equity, or community engagement.
Winners in this category will be awarded $1,500 to support their leadership training and professional development.
Click the images below to see last year’s Emerging Leader Award Winner’s & their stories:
The call for nominations closes at 11:59 pm PT on Tuesday, February 1st. You are welcome to submit nominations for yourself or for others. Note that individuals must be or become WaterNow Alliance members to be eligible to receive an award. Membership is free and you or your nominee can join here.
Winners and their initiatives will be recognized during our opening night awards dinner at WaterNow’s Tap into Resilience Summit, taking place April 13-14, 2022 in Philadelphia. Travel support is available to winners and is evaluated on an individual basis. The health and wellness of our community is our first priority, and we are closely monitoring conditions with COVID. If we are not able to gather in-person this year, we will host the 2022 Summit and awards virtually.
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