Dec 11, 2013

Volunteers Sought for APWA Facilities and Grounds Technical Committee

APWA has two vacancies on the National Facilities and Grounds Technical Committee and is seeking members interested in being considered for appointment by APWA President Ed Gottko. One vacancy is to complete the remainder of a term ending in August of 2014; the other is for a term ending in August of 2015. Any APWA member interested in being considered should send a letter of interest to Cindy Long at clong@apwa.net by Friday December 20, 2013.

The Facilities and Grounds Committee is one of nine APWA Technical Committees which serve as APWA “centers of expertise” in various subject matter areas. Their primary purpose is to provide direction and oversight for programs, services and products in support of APWA’s strategic plan. The Facilities and Grounds Committee meets via conference call monthly to conduct business, and all Committee members are also expected to attend face to face meetings in the spring and at the annual APWA Congress. The 2014 Congress will be held in August in Toronto. Travel expenses related to the spring Committee meeting are reimbursable by APWA; expenses related to attending the Committee meeting at Congress are the responsibility of each Committee member.

Information on the work of the Committee, including the current work plan, roster and past meeting minutes are available on our website at http://www.apwa.net/technical_committees/Facilities-and-Grounds.

According to APWA’s Body of Knowledge survey, more than 60% of public works respondents have responsibility for landscape management and nearly 80% are responsible for “most facilities activities”. From urban forestry to maintenance management systems and pollution prevention, the Facilities & Grounds technical area is growing rapidly with advanced technology, increasingly sophisticated public facilities and an ever more complex public works scope. APWA needs member expertise and volunteer time to assure we are addressing important issues in this area of public works.

For more information on the appointment process, please contact Cindy Long at clong@apwa.net.