Oct 23, 2009

APWA President-Elect George Crombie Named to Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group

EPA group will develop climate-ready initiative for drinking water and wastewater utilities

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that its President-elect George Crombie, senior faculty member for the Public Works Administration at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group. This group is comprised of members who will develop and implement an effective climate-ready initiative for drinking water and wastewater utilities.

Crombie was a driving force behind the creation of the APWA Center of Sustainability, a newly-created initiative to promote principles of sustainability within the public works profession.

Crombie, who has served on the APWA board of directors since 2004 and as chair of its solid waste management committee, is president of Crombie Consulting, which specializes in public works/utility management, education and sustainability management. He recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the State of Vermont, overseeing more than 600 employees and an $80-million budget. Crombie’s career has included public works directorships in the cities and towns of Durham, N.H.; Burlington, Vt.; Nashua, N.H.; and Plymouth, Mass. He also served as the Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.