Talk about having friends in high places, how about this: Earlier in the year, Sara Bixby departed the fertile plains of Iowa for the urban climes of Silver Spring, MD, to become SWANA’s Deputy Director. Now, this week, Anne Germain is heading to DC to join NSWMA as its Waste and Recycling Technology Director after a stellar career at the Delaware Solid Waste Association as its engineering and technology chief. Allow me to let NSWMA’s announcement earlier this week spill the beans (so to speak).
Environmental Industry Associations Hires Waste & Recycling Technology Director
Germain Has Decades of Experience with Waste Handling and Diversion
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 3, 2013) — Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) President and CEO Sharon H. Kneiss today welcomed the new director of waste and recycling technology to the association. Anne M. Germain will serve as the association’s technical expert on waste management and recycling.
Germain’s expertise in these areas will allow her to immediately serve as an industry authority on waste and recycling issues. She will work with the EIA Landfill Institute and EIA’s Recycling Committee and will focus on ensuring EIA members have the latest information and analysis on waste handling and diversion. She will also work to bring the industry perspective to regulators and build relationships with regulatory agencies on behalf of the industry. Germain’s duties will also include public speaking and media interviews.
Germain brings more than two decades of related technical expertise to EIA. Prior to coming to EIA, Germain was the engineering & technology chief for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, where she oversaw environmental monitoring and compliance, engineering, building and vehicle maintenance and landfill gas facility design and operations for the state. In addition, Germain served as the International President of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), which recognized her with its Distinguished Individual Achievement Award in its Landfill Division. She also serves on the editorial advisory board of MSW Management: The Journal for Municipal Solid Waste Professionals.
Germain serves as an honorary commander of the 436th Airlift Wing, Civil Engineering Squadron at Dover Air Force Base and as an environmental engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In the past, she served as a state representative for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE).
About Germain, Kneiss stated, “I have no doubt that Anne’s background and expertise in waste and recycling management will enable her to build a well-respected program that delivers technical information about waste management technologies, including the engineering and use of landfills, recycling and composting, and emerging technologies for waste reduction. I look forward to seeing her expand our resources for NSWMA-WASTEC members, become a spokesperson for the industry, and facilitate our efforts to offer leadership on all things waste and recycling.”
Nor does our “In” with associations end there. This past May, longtime friend Lori Scozzafava left SWANA to become The US Composting Council’s Executive Director. Our sincere congratulations to all, and for us, at Forester Media, it’s a solid Hat Trick by any measure.