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September 2012

Green Apple Day of Service

We’ve all heard the proverb that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But did you know that a Green Apple can keep healthy, sustainable educational spaces available in our communities?

The Green Apple initiative is spearheaded by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Powered by volunteers, these community-based efforts are aimed at transforming schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments that will “enhance a child’s ability to learn and a teacher’s ability to teach.” According to the Green Apple website, millions of Americans attend school where the air is filled with toxins and mold, classrooms are poorly lit and overcrowded, and resources are limited and outdated.

2012 APWA Washington Chapter Fall Conference

The Great Northern Railroad Depot Clocktower in Spokane's Riverfront Park.

Autumn is here, again! Now that the weather is cooler and the air crisper, it’s time to take a trip to Spokane, Washington, for the 2012 American Public Works Association (APWA) Washington Chapter Fall Conference. Scheduled for Tuesday, 9 October, through Friday, 12 October 2012, the conference features workshops, technical sessions, a golf tournament, scholarship events, socials, fun run/walk at Riverfront Park, and entertainment by comedy hypnotist and mentalist, Joshua Seth.

The Path to Effective and Successful Advisory Groups

Advisory groups can add real value to decision-making processes.

Projects of many different shapes and sizes are the bread and butter of any multidisciplinary consulting firm. When a project is awarded, policymakers armed with knowledge and expertise in the project’s particular discipline measure the importance and complexity of the project and decide which key stakeholders, if any, should be involved in the planning process. If it is determined that the project involves many different facets and will have a significant impact on the community, an advisory group is warranted.