YP Lounge/Mentorship Program
2008 HWEA Conference
February 20, 2008
This year at the 2008 HWEA Conference, both service and mentorship were key themes as YPs assisted with the registration desk, helped collect lunch tickets, and got involved by asking questions at the exhibitor booths and technical sessions. The conference also hosted its first ever YP Lounge, the new site of the annual Mentorship Program.
Turnout at the Mentorship Program was excellent as mentors and mentees showed up to discuss current projects and issues, career goals, and the water and wastewater industry. The event was a great opportunity to meet new people in the profession with similar specialties and interests.
Lounge attendees also enjoyed refreshments (cookies and juice) sponsored by The Limtiaco Consulting Group and HDR|Hawaii Pacific Engineers, Inc.
We hope that these offerings have given something fun and informative for HWEA members to enjoy. We are constantly looking for new ways to invite students and young professions and experienced professionals more opportunities to become active with organization, so please feel free contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Students and Young Professionals Committee sends out a big mahalo to all the volunteers, mentorship attendees, exhibitors, speakers, conference attendees, and guests for supporting us and for your continued enthusiasm and guidance.
(Photos courtesy of Troy Ching, and Young Professional Co-Chairs Timothy Lum Yee and Lyuba Puzakova).
Storm Drain Stenciling
As young professionals and private citizens, helping to protect Hawaii’s waters is an obvious goal. On Saturday, March 15, 2008, members of HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals, ASCE YMF, ASCE UH Chapter, and Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, had the opportunity to experience one of the best ways towards achieving that goal: participating in the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services’ Storm Drain Stenciling Program.Servicing the Chinatown area, one of the first things we noticed during the activity was the public taking notice. Many of the pedestrians walking by stopped to look at what we were doing and understood its importance. For example, a mother with two young children stopped to say that they had participated in the program before. The public’s actions informed us that there is awareness, but that we also need to continue to educate others about the importance of not discharging pollutants down our storm drains.
Another observation made was a sense of community. Installing placards and stenciling messages in an area where many of us work or visit made it feel as though we were helping our own neighborhood. The messages stenciled near our storm drains read “E Malama I Ka Wai Ola”, which means “Help Protect Our Waters For Life”. And because we all care about our Hawaii’s waters, doing our part in any neighborhood is ultimately helping our Hawaii community.
After the activity, volunteers received free t-shirts from the City and bentos provided by ASCE YMF. The service activity itself was simple, but the message is strong. And we look forward to continued activities with the Storm Drain Stenciling Program through both service and outreach. Future sites include the Kailua and Hawaii Kai neighborhoods.
Special thanks go to Iwalani Sato of the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services, and Emi Kiyoi of ASCE YMF.