Education sessions

If We Must Downsize…Let’s Do it Right
Sun., Aug. 17, 8:30–9:45 a.m.

Discover how to maintain core services and make better use of resources in the face of declining revenues. Examine strategies for organizational realignment, equipment and process changes, management system implementation, systematic prioritization, and benchmarks for process improvement.

Superstorm Sandy Debris Management – Unprecedented!
Mon., Aug. 18, 10–10:50 a.m.

Much of the debris from Hurricane Sandy was blown or washed into back bays and adjacent waterways, creating hazards to navigation, health, environment, and safety that are different than land-based debris fields. The lessons learned from this clean-up will help you plan for potential disasters in your area.

An Innovative Approach for Big Ticket Infrastructure Decision-Making — Municipal Waste Management Role in Disaster Clean-up
Tues., Aug. 19, 10–10:50 a.m.

A review of current natural disaster clean-ups in Canada and the U.S. from the perspective of municipal waste managers. Discover the challenges and solutions to disposal operations, collections equipment, staffing, and internal and external communications.

Map 21: The Next Generation – What’s Next in the Federal Surface Transportation Arena
Tues., Aug. 19, 10–10:50 a.m.

Sept. 30 marks the end of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which granted $105 billion to U.S. surface transportation programs. A panel discusses new legislation being considered or adopted.

  • A Workshop Wednesday tour explores an alternative lake-sourced cooling system at Enwave's Energy Transfer Station, where cold water from Lake Ontario is used to cool Toronto hospitals, residential and office towers, entertainment centers, and government buildings.

    Credit: APWA

    A Workshop Wednesday tour explores an alternative lake-sourced cooling system at Enwave's Energy Transfer Station, where cold water from Lake Ontario is used to cool Toronto hospitals, residential and office towers, entertainment centers, and government buildings.
Share the Load! Stormwater Coalitions in New York
Wed., Aug. 20, 8:30–9:20 a.m.

Designated MS4s have created stormwater coalitions to share services and comply with regulations. The resulting cost savings and efficiencies have even benefited some non-designated communities.

Tired of the Dog Fight? Effectively Creating Change
Wed., Aug. 20, 8:30–9:20 a.m.

In the design-build environment, everyone collaborates during the design phase, but owners and contractors are left to wrangle over the bottom line once the bid is awarded. One agency avoids adversarial construction meetings using an alternative delivery method call Project Partners.

Reinvent Your Public Works Agency with a Public-Private Partnership
Wed., Aug. 20, 9:30–10:45 a.m.

Learn how to create a public-private partnership contract to operate an entire agency that includes cost control, risk management, and anticipating volatile fuel and materials costs while managing a fixed budget.

Sewer Collection Planning
Wed., Aug. 20, 9:30–10:45 a.m.

Taxpayers want more accountability. Learn how the City of Bend, Ore., planned a $180 million project to replace aging sewer infrastructure.

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