Dec 06, 2019

Celebrating Sustainable Projects

This editorial letter originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of iWWD as "Celebrating Sustainable Projects"

Bob Crossen, senior managing editor

Every year, Industrial Water & Wastes Digest and its parent magazine Water & Wastes Digest accept nominations for Top Projects. The editorial team individually evaluates each project and provides scores for each of them. From these, we get a short list of the best projects and we then meet to determine the best of the best.

In this issue, you will learn about the best industrial water and wastewater projects nominated for the iWWD Top Projects awards this year. Projects range from managing wastewater at New Belgium Brewing Co. to conserving water at Castello di Amorosa winery in California. Others highlight work efficiency with smart systems or overcome engineering obstacles to find success.

My favorite part of reading through the nominations each year is just how far industrial users are going to improve their water and wastewater management to conserve water or safeguard the environment. While there likely is some truth to some companies green washing—conducting sustainability initiatives to distract from other environmentally dubious outcomes so as to appear environmentally friendly—I feel that many are introducing these platforms in earnest.

What is good for business has not always been good for the environment. But now companies are starting to recognize that what is good for the environment can also be good for business and growth. It can reduce waste and improve efficiency. It can save energy, reduce overhead and lead to a more satisfied and engaged workforce.

Seeing how companies and businesses are accomplishing this through tangible actions is really interesting and exciting. So if you or somebody you know is doing something like this with their water or wastewater, encourage them to nominate for the 2020 iWWD Top Projects by visiting

About the author

Bob Crossen is senior managing editor for Water & Wastes Digest. Crossen can be reached at [email protected].