Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition

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The Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition exists to identify and reward the best of today's environmental engineering and science. Its criteria define what it takes to be the best in environmental engineering and science practices: a holistic environmental perspective, innovation, proven performance and customer satisfaction, and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency.

The E3S Competition, begun in 1989, is organized around the normal phases of development and implementation of environmental management projects and programs: research, planning, design, and operations and management. Each year, the entrants to the competition display a wide range of projects from innovative designs in waste treatment plants to new water treatment technologies to a one-of-a-kind Superfund site cleanup. At the same time, we see that today's engineers are becoming significantly more integrated in a team/project approach, allowing for greater flexibility and efficiency in project management. The application of new technologies combined with experienced environmental engineering and science practices make these projects the award winners they are.

Those chosen for prizes by an independent panel of distinguished experts, addresses the broad range of modern challenges inherent in providing life-nurturing services for humans and protection of the environment. They are but a small percentage of the many projects involving environmental engineers and scientists around the world. Nevertheless, their innovations and performance illustrate the essential role of environmental engineers and scientists in providing a healthy planet. These award winners testify to the genius of humankind and best exemplify the Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ criteria.

Winners of the E3S Awards will also qualify to compete for the IWA Global Project Innovation Awards (PIA) and have the opportunity to profile their companies' capability and innovation in the field of water engineering on a global level. For more information, please visit http://www.iwa-network.org/iwa-project-innovation-awards/.

Honor Awards are presented to other deserving entries, as determined by competition rules, in each category.

One Grand Prize is awarded in each category.

The Superior Achievement for Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Award is presented to the overall best entry in each year's competition.

Entry Categories

  • Design - of pollution control or other environmental facilities.
  • Environmental Sustainability - the support of the quality of life while living within the carrying capacity of all systems. A long term balance of environmental stewardship, economic development, and social well being is achieved, including renewable resources timely regenerated, timely substitute replacement of nonrenewable resources, harmful substances absorbed timely or made harmless.
  • Industrial Waste Practice - recognizes outstanding projects that incorporate innovative management and technological approaches to industrial water and waste management issues at pilot or full scale, in: treatment of water for industrial uses; reclamation of industrial liquid, solid, toxic and hazardous wastes; and integrated waste management and industrial process modifications to achieve waste minimization and pollution prevention objectives; Management of air emissions; Remediation of groundwater and riverine, lake, estuarine, and marine water; Brownfields/Greenfields restoration; and Management of radioactive waste materials. Grand Prize winners in this category are also awarded the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal, which is sponsored by AquAeTer.
  • Operations/Management - of pollution control or other environmental facilities, prevention programs, or environmental regulatory programs (federal, state or local).
  • Planning - related to an environmental control project, system or environmental management facilities or activities.
  • Research - of a basic or applied nature that advances the state of the art of environmental engineering or science.
  • Small Firms - Any category above conducted by a small firm with annual gross revenue of $5,000,000 or less.
  • Small Projects - Any category above related to a potential or actual capital expenditure of $5 million or less or an operation or management activity with an annual budget of $500,000 or less.
  • University Research - of a basic or applied nature under the direction of a full-time faculty member. Third parties can "nominate" another for the award and provide the entry materials.

E3S Reservation Form

The reservation form acts as an intent to enter the competition. After completing the form, it should be emailed to Sammi Olmo. You will then be assigned a personal and secured drop box for electronically submitting your entry files for the competition (refer to Entry Guidelines for details). This drop box will be available to you up until the entry deadline. At that time, you will no longer be able to upload any additional files. Entries for the E3S Competition must be submitted by February 1.

The entry deadline has passed for the 2017 E3S Competition. Thank you to all who entered. Winners can be found at http://www.aaees.org/e3scompetition-winners-2017.php

2017 Entry Forms

E3S Reservation Form
E3S Official Entry Form
E3S Waiver
E3S Payment Submittal Form
E3S Entry Guidelines
E3S Sample Entry Package

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JUN

28

2017

Free AAEES Webinar: Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility South Secondary Improvements Project

Starts 12 PM Eastern. Click here to register

AUG

15

2017

Free AAEES Webinar: PBMO™ Presentation

Starts 12 PM Eastern. Click here to register.

SEP

14

2017

Free AAEES Webinar: Novel and Advanced Hybrid Oxidation and Enzymatic Technologies for Emerging Trace Environmental Contaminants

Starts 12 PM Eastern. Click here to register

OCT

02

2017

AAEES Breakfast at WEFTEC

Starts 7 AM. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Krishna Pagilla P.E., BCEE, Professor and Environmental Engineering Program Director at the University of Nevada, Reno. Click here to register.

OCT

12

2017

Southern California Annual Event at the Orange County Sanitation District

This year's topic will be Indirect and Direct Potable Reuse and will focus on Are We Ready for DPR. For information, contact Sharon Yin at syin@ocsd.com.

OCT

12

2017

Environmental Symposium, Hampton Inn & Suites, Cazenovia, New York

There will be six one-hour speeches. It will be a one day environmental symposium with a balance between environmental science and engineering issues with focus on emerging issues. For information, contact Howard LaFever at howard.lafever@ghd.com.

OCT

19

2017

AAEES Technical Conference: Protecting Our Precious Resource – Texas Water

AAEES will be hosting a one-day technical conference in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with the Academy's Board of Trustees Meeting the following day. The selected speakers represent the "Best of the Best" professionals. Registration TBA.

OCT

20

2017

AAEES Fall Board of Trustees Meeting - San Antonio, TX

Registration TBA

NOV

14

2017

Innovative Approach for Implementing Performance-Based Remediation at Fort Ord

Starts at 12 PM Eastern. Click here to register.



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