CEC Pittsburgh’s Leah Blinn kicks off 2024 by stepping into a leadership role in the international Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA).
Leah, a Vice President and the Air Quality Practice Lead, is the President-Elect of A&WMA. “I look forward to learning as much as I can during this year before becoming President in 2025. I’ll be able to help the 2026 President as well, as I continue to serve on the Board of Directors as Past-President.,” she said.
A&WMA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. It was founded in Pittsburgh in 1907.
An association member since 2005, holding various leadership roles in the Allegheny Mountain Section and serving on the International Board of Directors, Leah’s vision for A&WMA includes providing worthwhile programming, as well as hosting forums to allow members to interact with regulators. These goals perfectly align with the core purpose of the association — to improve environmental knowledge and decisions by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.
“I believe we can enhance the participation of our regulatory authorities in the Association. As President-Elect and President, I will prioritize developing relationships with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and as many state and local agencies as I can,” Leah said.
As with many nonprofits, the pandemic took a toll on A&WMA, and Leah is hoping to continue in efforts to bolster the organization.
“I would like to continue to strengthen our reputation for delivering timely, quality, and impartial education on environmental regulations, issues, and challenges. Through enhanced programming and learning workshops to regulatory authority interactions in a neutral forum, the association can continue to make membership a necessity for any environmental professional,” Leah said.
She encourages young professionals and veterans alike to take part in events and to volunteer their time to make the association better.
To that end, Leah and the Board recently gathered to work on plans for the association’s 117th Annual Conference & Exhibition to be held in June in Calgary. CEC is a sponsor of the event. This year’s theme is “Emissions Reductions for Sustainable Energy Futures” and there are a number of CEC technical presentations planned for the conference.
In addition to her extensive CEC project work and leadership duties and her involvement with A&WMA, Leah is also a member of Marcellus Shale Coalition, Women’s Energy Network Appalachia, Appalachian Basin Gas Processors Association, Association for Iron and Steel Technology, American Iron and Steel Institute, and Pennsylvania Aggregate and Concrete Association.