WASTEWATER EDUCATION 501(C)3

Water is water - NOT waste!

Traverse Clty, MI   |  https://wastewatereducation.org

Mission

To provide education which increases public awareness of the link between clean drinking water, safe recreational waters, environmentally sustainable surface and groundwater with watershed based, best management practices related to appropriate wastewater systems, technology, treatment and management.

Notes from the nonprofit

The average US adult has barely a 6th grade grasp of basic science. Increasing, and more importantly retaining, that knowledge is already critical to environmental sustainability in the 21st century. The world is already experiencing the social, economic and environmental consequences of that lack of basic knowledge and belief in science with an ever increasing chasm between truth and ignorance. Is it safe to swim here? Is it safe to eat the fish? Do my parents, grandparents remember at time when they could do that? Where does our drinking water come from? Will there be enough for the future? Why are the storms more intense? The impact from our programs will help students, their communities, and those involved in providing wastewater services think about those questions and hopefully find locally relevant solutions. We connect the messages - that water quality is a local public health, a local economic and a local environmental issue.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mrs. Dendra J. Best

Main address

PO Box 792

Traverse Clty, MI 49685 USA

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EIN

20-0042087

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Why is a nonprofit dedicated to education about wastewater? We provide information, resources and education activities to facilitate consensus building in an open, informed, collaborative, and inclusive process. Communities should be directly engaged in determining their specific needs, organizational and financial capabilities, and the water management solution that best meets those criteria. Far too often those decisions are driven not by need but by outside influences. WasteWaterEducation.org is all about bridging the gap between perception and reality. There's a reason the average life expectancy has doubled in this country - electricity, refrigeration, and access to decent, affordable sanitation. We seek to create a platform for wastewater service providers to acquire the skills they need to present that public image of the professionals they are - the original advocates for public and environmental health.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Property Owner Outreach Wastewater Education

We provide water and wastewater education programs to the general public and municipalities

Population(s) Served

We provide online / on demand interactive Continuing Education certified courses via Zoom and Adobe® Connect™ distance learning.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide materials and presentations to link the use of water with energy consumption and the economic and climate impact as a long time EPA WaterSense Partner.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To minimize overhead costs we provide services via our Web site, Zoom, Podcasting, Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and Adobe® Connect™ Distance learning.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are able to offer community planning and conflict mediation which so often erupts due to proposed wastewater changes. Affordable, acceptable solutions can be created when all parties feel they have a say and due regard is paid to both current and long term demographics and economic forecasting. By using nationally developed 'table top' discussion templates, community members can 'see' for themselves what they affordable options are.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Achievement 2012

EPA Watersense

WaterSense Certificate of Achievement 2015

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

WaterSense Certificate of Achievement 2020

EPA Watersense

Affiliations & memberships

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) 2015

National Wildlife Federation 2017

NOWRA 2010

WEF 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wastewater Service Provider Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Continuing Education hours provided

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Wastewater Service Provider Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All available online, on-demand, interactive, distance learning classes and multi part courses.

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Small Community Mediation and Planning Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Wastewater Education 501(C)3 is a public outreach and consulting organization dedicated to advocacy for the protection of water as a vital human and ecological asset through the implementation and man

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average dollar price for classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations

Related Program

Wastewater Service Provider Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of paid registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2016 there was an 18 month reporting period changing from calendar to fiscal year July-June.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program participants who remain employed 12 months after program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of pre-recorded hours of broadcast

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our message is simple and clear - all water is connected, all water use is connected, water is water~ not waste! Our intended purpose is to provide clear, consistent information that emphasizes this fact.

Wastewater Education 501(C)3 is a public, and professional, education, outreach and consulting non profit organization, a dedicated advocate for the protection of water as a vital human and ecological asset through the implementation and management of affordable, appropriate wastewater systems.

We are independent and impartial, assisting individuals and communities, at little to no cost, to discover the financial and environmental advantages of implementing sustainable, integrated water infrastructures.

It goes to the heart of teaching as opposed to presenting. Tell me and I'll listen, show me and I'll watch, write it down and I'll read it later - but let me try it myself and I'll learn!
Because water is water, not waste!

* Expand, online, on-demand, interactive, Continuing Education onsite wastewater and service provider classes
* Capitalize on increased Social Media activity - specifically LinkedIn and Twitter, as the most effective means to reach community leaders and practitioners
* Promote the role of professional environmental health entities in water source protection
* Expand YouTube recordings to provide Closed Captioning and translation services
* Expand guest events in our [email protected] online series and Regulators Round Table
* Fund Flushed With Success public education series
* Secure underwriters for Adobe Connect Distance Learning platform
* Hire a Development Officer
* Expand writing and publishing, both in professional journals and in our online magazine WasteWaterEducation.info

We can be both proactive and reactive in the minimal amount of time.
We have no ego. It doesn't matter who takes the lead. If we can put together a team to address an issue, we don't have to be in charge.

WasteWater Education is a truly independent, impartial entity.
Our network of contacts is extensive - witness the explosion of activity on our web site and social media accounts listed in the most recent Annual Report.
What contributes to our success is the support of professional colleagues, respect from specific vendors, gratitude from the individuals and organizations we have been able to assist.
We have built a community of informed consent which we are consistently taking steps to grow and expand. Our philosophy is gaining acceptance - that we are all stronger together - that 50% of something is better than 0% of nothing.
We have created an organization culture of generosity - both of thought and action.
We continue to entertain and educate at the same time for without joy there can be no learning. We offer solutions and creative thinking, via mobile access on tablets and smart phones - 'the sky is falling' will never be our mantra.

Google For NonProfits Partner
Zoom For Education platfrom
[email protected] Online Public Education outreach
- using 100 Site Adobe Connect Distance Learning License.
- During Earth Month we host an event each week.

Regulator Round Table: An online distance learning/conferencing service to provide environmental health regulators the ability to discuss cutting edge technology or management

Web based small community mentoring service.
WasteWaterEducation.org and WasteWaterEducation.info:
Mi State Admin Code for Wastewater Consensus Platfrom
educaciondeaguasresiduales.org - our Spanish language service
EPA WaterSense Partner
CEU training: via our live, interactive distance learning platform for wastewater professionals

The nation's infrastructure is based on 19th Century thinking. To change it will require a) a huge financial investment for which there is little political support and
b) a 'sea change' in rethinking how to re-plumb, re-power and reuse our water resources. This is where we are focused.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Wastewater Education 501(C)3 is a public national and international education and consulting organization dedicated to advocacy for the protection of water as a vital human and ecological asset through the implementation and management of affordable, appropriate wastewater systems. We are independent and impartial, assisting individuals and communities to discover the financial and environmental advantages of implementing sustainable, integrated water infrastructures. Because, quite simply, water is water, not waste! Priorities: If all politics is local then most certainly is all water and wastewater. We provide training, community planning and assessment services to communities so that they can actually access, and more importantly, afford training and mentoring.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to the unimaginable situation Michigan’s Public Health Departments are currently dealing with – the State Code Consensus project to draft suggested rules has been moved to a virtual online platform. In response to requests for Covid 19 training we made our series of CEU classes free for the duration of OSHA Safe And Sound Week.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Couldn't say it better than this: " Thank you so MUCH for all the training classes you offer - it's been a life saver and I always enjoy your approach! I've sat through hours of these from other vendors and fell asleep more than not! I always learn something new from yours."

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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WASTEWATER EDUCATION 501(C)3

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ben Kele

Arris Water

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Oliver Grievson

WIPAC

Term: 2021 - 2022

Bill Crawford

Benzie-Leelanau District HD Retired

Scott Kendzierski M.S., R.E.H.S

State of Michigan

Sam Lines

Concrete Sealants, Inc.

Oliver Grievson

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/olivergrievson

Lesley Desjardins

Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association

Richard Flynn

Irish Onsite Wastewater

Todd Drefcinski

Jewell-Osco

Gregg Mayfield

Southern Water and Soil, Inc

Ben Kele

Arris Water

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/20/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/20/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.