APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 Dec

APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 Dec

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      Dec 2017


December 5, 2017
Communications Committee Meeting
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December 5, 2017
Arizona Utility Coordinating Committee - Holiday Potluck
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December 6, 2017
Holiday Party
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December 14, 2017
APWA SAB Holiday Mixer
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December 28, 2017
Education and Training Committee Meeting
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As we end this year, I would like to say THANK YOU to all of our Volunteers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs who have given so much of their time this year to making APWA AZ such a great organization. I am so proud to be a member, and value the people I have met through APWA.  Once again, let’s also take the time to recognize and applaud our Annual Sponsors for their support throughout the year. As a nonprofit association, we know it is the sponsors who support our annual programs and scholarships. 

Our annual Membership Survey should be arriving in your email. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and give us your feedback. It will serve as a road map for the next few years as we make decisions based on what your needs are.  We want to hear what you have to say.

Our Membership Challenge is going strong, our goal is to reach 1000 members by the end of December 2017. If you join this month, you will receive a $100 Credit towards the Annual Conference. Refer or Recruit a new member and get your name in a drawing to win a $200 gift card. For membership details click here, http://arizona.apwa.net/Content/Chapters/arizona.apwa.net/file/Newsletter/17MEM%20MemApp_APWA-CPWA_USPrice.pdf

Some things to look forward to in 2018 are:

  • Strategic Planning Meeting February 22, 2018
  • Project Award Submittals  Due January 26, 2018
  • Board Member Nominations and voting will be in the spring
  • Annual Statewide Conference August 1-3rd, 2018 in Tucson
  • National Conference August 25-28, 2018 in Kansas City

Don’t forget to join us for the end-of-the-year Holiday Party and Charity Raffle, December 6, 2017 at Camp Social, 6107 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 8501. This is a free event for members and guests. Please register online. All money collected from the raffle will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season. 

Loretta Flick

The challenge is on!!
Join this month for $100 towards the annual conference.

New Members

Ms. Beth AbramovitzAssistant Town EngineerTown of Sahuarita
Mr. Andy AmadoStreets Crew LeaderCity of Apache Junction
Mr. Richard CurtisMaintenance Worker IIICity of Apache Junction
Mr. Aurelio EstrellaFleet SupervisorCity of Phoenix
Mr. Augustine GonzalesField SupervisorMaricopa County Department of Transportation
Mr. Robert W. GordonSupervisorTown of Gilbert
Mr. Frank A. GranilloPublic Works Maintenance SpecialistCity of Apache Junction
Mr. Troy GriblerField SupervisorMaricopa County Department of Transportation
Mr. John W. HatlerPatch CrewMCDOT
Mr. William KohnFleet SuperintendentCity of Phoenix
Mr. Mani KumarTraffic Engineer IIICity of Phoenix
Mr. Frank Marbury, PEPublic Works Director/Town EngineerTown of Chino Valley
Ms. Holly Elise MooreProject ManagerJE Fuller
Ms. Mary P. Schmidt,
Transit SupervisorCity of Peoria, AZ
Mr. Jeremy Shaver City of Phoenix
Mrs. Myka ShraderAdministrative SupervisorMaricopa County Department of Transportation
Mr. Steven ValenciaField SupervisorMaricopa County Department of Transportation
Mr. Jim WestlingTrades SupervisorCoconino County
Mr. Mike A. WeverCity EngineerCity of Apache Junction
Mr. Steve ZieglerSupervisorTown of Parker

APWA Volunteers take part in Tempe Tree Planting Day

APWA Members joined over 120 volunteers for the Svob Park Community Tree Planting on Saturday, November 18th. Svob Park in Tempe was built in 1984 and named after Robert M. Svob. Mr. Svob was an employee of ASU for 43 years and responsible for campus beautification efforts including many of the trees, flowers and gardens throughout the campus. Mr. Svob’s grandson even made the trek from Huntington Beach, California to join in on the tree planting activities.     


The event was organized by the Tempe Rotary Clubs who joined forces with the City of Tempe in an effort to provide more shade in public spaces and walkways. As Tempe is known as Arizona’s most walkable city, it places a priority on maintenance and replenishment of trees so pedestrians can walk comfortably year-round. Due to several summers of extreme heat and monsoon storms, Tempe had lost some of its tree population. The president of Rotary International had challenged each Rotary member to plant a tree this year. That would amount to 1.2 million trees! Volunteers did their part and together we planted 105 trees that day.  

Thank you to all of our volunteers!



Membership Challenge

Our goal is to increase our membership total to 1000 members by the end of the year, currently we are at 825. How can you help?  Refer or Recruit a new member and get your name in a drawing to win a $200 gift card.

2018 APWA Annual Sponsorship

For more information or to pay for your sponsorship click here, 

2018 Call for Award Submittals

Now that our Statewide Conference is over and things are settling down a bit, it’s time to start thinking about submitting your projects and/or professional individuals for consideration of the 2018 Annual APWA Awards.  Projects should be complete as of December 31, 2017 and the deadline for submissions is January 26, 2017.

The applications and forms to complete with instructions are now available on the APWA-Arizona Chapter website.  The awards that are available this year are:

Chapter Awards include:

  • 2018 Award of Merit – Recognizes an employee of a Federal, State, County, or Municipal Agency involved in public works at the operational level that performs in an exceptionally efficient and/or innovative manner.
  • 2018 Outstanding Public Works Employee Award – Recognizes an employee of a Federal, State, County or Municipal Agency involved in public works at the managerial level that performs in an exceptionally efficient and/or innovative manner.
  • 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award
  • 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award – Small Cities/Rural Communities
  • 2018 Sustainability Practices Award – Recognizes individuals or agencies that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works.
  • Note: The Chapter submits all “Project of the Year” Award nominations to National for the National APWA Awards program.

Submittals require hard copies (verify the number required on each nomination form) and electronic copies (CD or thumb drive) hand-delivered to:

Jeanne Sapon, Awards Committee Co-Chair
DBA Construction, Inc.
1833 South 59th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85043

If you are mailing your submittal, do not use the street address.  Instead, send to:

Jeanne Sapon, Awards Committee Co-Chair
DBA Construction, Inc.
P.O. Box 63035
Phoenix, AZ  85082

The deadline this year for Chapter submittals is January 26, 2018.  Start thinking about your nominations and get those submittals in!  Good luck!

Envision's Future

Craig Bolze, PE, ENV SP

As influencers and decision makers ranging from policy issues to infrastructure design and stewardship, APWA members are framing the economic and environmental fabric that impact the quality of life in our communities now, and most importantly, in creating the future. Tomorrow will come no matter what we do. Tomorrow’s infrastructure will come because of what we do. We touch transportation, transit, trails, bridges, dams, water and wastewater treatment facilities, waste processing, power generation and transmission facilities, airports, port systems, communications, parks, sports facilities, and so much more. Our challenges include limited budgets, difficult political settings, unfriendly regulatory environments, and aging infrastructure. We serve communities with high expectations and strive to provide innovative solutions to demanding problems and challenges. In other words, the better you get, the better you’d better get.

Since 2012, the Envision rating system has promoted best practices in planning, designing, building and maintaining public infrastructure in the communities we serve. Envision was created by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a nonprofit organization jointly founded in 2011 by ACEC, ASCE, and APWA in collaboration with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Envision addresses a full range of the triple bottom line, environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with projects in the built environment. 60 sustainability criteria, called credits, are assigned in five categories; Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, natural World, and Climate and Risk. Completed projects are evaluated by ISI and recognized for their credit achievement levels with bronze, silver, gold or platinum honors. 

The purpose of Envision is to “foster a dramatic and necessary improvement in the performance and resiliency of our physical infrastructure across the full spectrum of sustainability".  ISI offers Envision with the goal of helping "owners, communities, constructors, designers, and other to create cost-effective more resource-efficient and adaptable long-term infrastructure investments". Envision tools and guidelines are available at no cost from the Envision website http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/.

Envision provides a "standard language” and decision making guide and tool to address issues revolving around sustainability and the triple bottom line as well as a common standard to compare project performance. Envision provides guidance and framework on infrastructure projects for both government agencies and private developers in the form of a descriptive and effective system that can be applied to a wide spectrum of projects to meet sustainability goals and objectives. Envision looks at the entire lifecycle of a project - from planning and design to operations and management.

ISI has been busy gathering and processing input and experience gained in application on a variety of projects and context and formulating the next version of Envision. From this experience and knowledge base, the new version of Envision advances two areas of emphasis from the previous version; economic analysis and construction. Changes include modifications to the credit categories replacing the Climate and Risk Category with Risk and Resilience as well as modifications to the credits themselves. Envision V3 also brings a new focus on the construction phase activities and an optional provisional award recognizing achievement in sustainable planning and design at 95% design completion. The Envision v3 guidance manual is currently anticipated to be released in the first quarter of 2018.

Current sustainability professionals (ENV SPs) will be required to take a two hour on-line course on the new version of Envision in order to have their credential remain active. Additionally, the new version of Envision includes an updated credential maintenance requirement for ENV SPs that will be rolled-out in the second quarter of 2018.

Draft Envision credits have been available for review and public comment since September 2017 and can be downloaded from the ISI website. Unfortunately, the comment period closed November 1, 2017. ISI will use the comments in finalizing the document for unveiling in early 2018 according to the website. For more information and a detailed description of new and revised credits visit ISI’s website at http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/. The best is yet to come.

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