President’s Message – March 2011

Strategic Plan Progress Report

Last August, I described the three core elements comprising the strategic plan that was developed by our Board, and Operating and Strategic Planning Committees. Those strategies are:  an outreach initiative to college and technical school students pursuing  environmental occupations; identifying and encouraging younger members to take on leadership roles in FET; leveraging technology by offering webinars to provide an optional forum for training and education, in addition to our more traditional seminars and workshops.

I am pleased to report that we have made substantial progress on all three of these initiatives. Earlier this winter, we completed work on a PowerPoint presentation that promotes FET to prospective student members and provides information about potential career paths in the environmental profession. We recently reached out to about 20 universities and colleges in Wisconsin, offering to make this presentation, and have already received three positive responses from UW-Whitewater, UW-Stout and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Don Johnston, Cindy Haven, Bob Evangelisti have joined me as volunteers to make these presentations, which provide another recruitment opportunity for future FET members. The powerpoint will be posted on our website soon. Please take the time to check it out and let Barbara know if you would like to serve as a volunteer for future presentations or if you have any suggestions for changes to the slide deck.

We have made strides in identifying and encouraging several of our younger members to take leadership roles in our organization. Ryan Stewart and Michael McCoy are now serving as President and President-elect, respectively, for our CHMM Chapter. Several other members in our Southeast and South Central Chapters have also expressed interest in taking on leadership roles.

Finally, in February we partnered with Foley & Lardner and the DNR to present a webinar on DNR’s NR 700 vapor intrusion guidance. Nineteen people signed up for the webinar, and it was delivered in flawless fashion.  Participants rated the Webinar logistics as Very Good or Excellent, and gave the content an average 3.6 rating on a scale of 1 (low) to 4 (high).  Folks in outlying parts of the state also appreciated the ease of participation without having to travel.

Special thanks go to Tina Reese and Barbara for their planning and coordination of the vapor intrusion webinar. Tina also served as the webinar’s moderator. I also want to recognize Tina and Dave Seitz for their input in the development of the student outreach presentation.

Our strategic plan is working, and our future is bright.

Mark

Mark P. Steinberg, CEA, REM, CHMM, QEP

mpsteinb@scj.com    262-260-6827