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United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 90 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
David Gershon is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior change, community engagement and large system transformation. He is the author of 11 books including best-selling Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds and award-winning Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World, from which this column is excerpted. In subsequent weeks David will offer additional excerpts that apply the Social Change 2.0 strategies to issues of community sustainability, livability and resiliency.
Brad Schweikert is Marketing Communications Specialist for Cartegraph, a leading provider of municipal technology. Cartegraph’s emphasis on efficiency, accountability, and transparency gives Brad a unique understanding of governments and the citizens they serve. He can be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com.
Dr. Call is co-founder and principal of Environmental Research and Information Analysts, LLC, which assists clients in finding solutions to environmental issues based on research and data analysis. For 31 years, he taught environmental science and aquatic biology at several Midwestern colleges, retiring in 2010 as Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Dubuque. He has published numerous journal articles on aquatic toxicology. He received his B.A. degree in biology and chemistry from St. Olaf College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the University of South Dakota. He lives in Dubuque with his wife, Jacquie.
Waste Management provides comprehensive collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. Waste Management is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill-gas-to-energy facilities. There’s no better time than now to start making your municipality more sustainable. Call Paul Pistono, Vice President of Public Sector Solutions, at 1-888-558-6390, and let’s talk about sustainable solutions for your city. In the meantime, learn more at wm.com/partner.
Randy Rodgers directs editorial content and audience development initiatives for all Sustainable City Network products. With more than 25 years in the media business, Randy most recently served as director of electronic media at the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa. He previously held several management positions in editorial, advertising and information technologies at the newspaper and its corporate parent, Woodward Communications, Inc., over the course of 21 years with the company. He earned his bachelor’s degree in photojournalism at Northern Illinois University.