We set out to develop a collection of stories based on asking members a simple question: “How has NEWEA helped your education, career or community?” This is one of those stories.
Name: Carina L. Hart
Title: Owner and Engineer, Hart Consulting, LLC
NEWEA member since 2010
Carina has been a member of the Public Education Committee (PEC), now Youth Education Committee (YEC), for over 10 years and served as Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) liaison for 4 years.
How has NEWEA helped her education, career and community?
“Participating in the Youth Education Committee and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) has given me significantly more exposure to the NEWEA community and all it has to offer. Joining a committee and getting to meet people that way really enhanced my presence in the industry. I think that we all understand [that] most of us have a full-time job and doing this additional committee work is a labor of love that is important to all of us. When we see someone else working hard at their job and their committee responsibilities, we appreciate it. I feel like I met my family with YEC and strongly promote participation in committees for all the younger members of our organization.”
Carina facilitated a workshop at NEWEA’s 2016 Planning Session focused on Student Engagement, where participants determined that efforts for reaching students should be expanded to High School students through sponsorship and support of Science Clubs, Engineering Clubs, and Environmental Clubs; Career Fairs, Science Fairs; Community involvement
through Earth Day, Toilet Day, Climate Week, World Water Day, etc.; and involvement with National Teacher Associations, among others. The idea behind this is to spread the word of the good work NEWEA does and the great people we have in our association.
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is the world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. National and international competitions are open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social, or technological significance. In 2020, New England had three state winners: Amara Ifeji, Bangor High School, Bangor, ME; Shreya Nagri, Nashua High School South, Nashua, NH; and Colin Speaker, Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT.
For more information on the opportunities the Youth Education Committee offers to students of all ages, please visit https://www.newea.org/participate/students/
If you would like to support the efforts of NEWEA members like Carina and the work of the Youth Education Committee and other NEWEA committees, please visit our Donations page today. By making a contribution to NEWEA, you are investing in our region’s water quality and supporting essential water workers. https://www.newea.org/donate/
What’s your story? If you have a story to share, please fill out a brief form on www.newea.org/charitable-giving-task-force-survey/ or contact Jordan Gosselin, Communications/PR Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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