Ken Weiss receives outstanding leadership award
05 September 2012
Global Air Quality and Climate Change Practice Lead Ken Weiss has received the Charles W Gruber Association Leadership Award recognizing the outstanding contribution he has made to the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA). The A&WMA is an international nonprofit organization that aims to help improve environmental knowledge and decisions by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.
The Charles W. Gruber Award is presented to the individual A&WMA member who has made a sincere, constant, and unselfish effort over an extended period of time, and in a manner best suited to his/her own resources, for the betterment of the Association.
Ken (pictured left receiving his award) was nominated for his outstanding contributions to the A&WMA’s grassroots network and his continuing contribution to the Association’s educational mission where his Workshop efforts have kept the Association at the vanguard of those environmental topics most important to its members for the past 35 years.
Ken has been an Association Leader almost since the time he joined A&WMA’s predecessor the Air Pollution Control Association in late 1977 where he was instrumental in the formation of the Central Virginia Chapter of the South Atlantic Section and a founding Director. In 1983 he was awarded the Edgar B. Boynton Award by the Chapter recognizing his outstanding contributions in the field of air quality management in Virginia.
He continued his leadership role in the Associations Chapter and Section Network and became very active in the South Atlantic Section leadership from 1982 through 1985 during which time he served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the South Atlantic Section. The South Atlantic Section awarded Ken its “Distinguished Service Award” in 1989 recognizing his continued efforts on behalf of the Association.
In 1990 Ken was elected a Director of the International A&WMA including two-years as Finance Committee Chair and including one-year as Chair and Vice-President of the Association.
Having participated at virtually every level of the Association’s volunteer grassroots organization, Ken focused his efforts on helping to deliver a step-change in the Association’s educational program by leading an effort to establish an ongoing Workshop program. In 1992 Ken worked with the Association to conceive the Title V Workshop Series and has lectured on New Source Review at more than 50 Workshops for the Association over the past 15 years. Currently, he is working in a leadership role with the Association as it establishes a new Workshop; “Understanding Today’s CAA Permit Programs: The ‘New’ New Source Review and More.”
Ken was presented with the Gruber Award at its Annual Conference and Exhibition this June in San Antonio, Texas by Merlyn Hough, Association President.