Students & Young Professionals
A limited number of hotel rooms especially for university students and academics are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the:
La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown
: $155+/night, excluding occupancy taxes & feesReservation Deadline: August 29, 2014Book by Telephone
: 1-888-301-4933 (U.S. & Canada) or 1-415-979-2298 (globally)
- Customer care agents are available Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST
- Reference group code “STUD”
- Complimentary Bright Side Breakfast™, including waffles, hot & cold cereals, fresh fruit, coffee, etc.
- Complimentary high speed internet access in guest rooms
- Complimentary fitness center
- Business center on site
- Valet parking
- Guest rooms renovated in 2011; lobby and public spaces renovated 2012-2013
- Serviced by complimentary WEFTEC shuttles
- Located within walking distance of both French Quarter and Warehouse District restaurants & nightlife
Please visit Hotel Reservations
for more comprehensive housing information if you prefer to book accommodations at a different official conference hotel.
WEF Community Service Project
Saturday, September 27th at Conrad Park
Bus departs at 8:30 am from the New Orleans Morial Convention Center
The 7th annual WEF Community Service Project, organized by the WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) offers WEFTEC attendees the opportunity to give back to New Orleans. This year's project, "Recharge, Restore, Revitalize Hollygrove: Conrad Park Green Infrastructure Enhancements", will consist of significantly changing the landscape at Conrad Park to better manage stormwater and add new native vegetation. Registration for the service project is free and open to all WEFTEC attendees and their guests. We look to have over 100 volunteers help make a positive impact on the local water environment of New Orleans. As part of WEF's mission to increase public awareness on water related subjects, the SYPC will also be organizing Water Palooza to be held on Friday, Sept 26 at a local elementary school. This event brings together water conscious organizations and companies to e4ducate school age children in the community about the value of water through hands-on and demonstrative activities.
Funding for the service project is provided entirely by donations - both monetary and material donations are welcomed. Please contact Michael Quamme to donate materials and Dianne Crilley for monetary donations. Join WEF in committing to civic outreach and sustainability and ultimately making an immediate impact on our host city, New Orleans!
Questions: Contact the WEF Community Service Project Co-Chair, Michael Quamme; SYPC Chair, Haley Falconer or WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.
University Student Lounge
Sunday - Tuesday, September 28 - 30, 2014
The University Student Lounge is sponsored by environmental companies participating in the WEFTEC Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair. Complimentary light lunch and refreshments are provided Sunday and Monday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The lounge offers students their own place to meet with fellow students and develop lifelong friendships.
WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee Meeting
Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Students and Young Professionals are welcome to attend. Connect with young professionals from around the globe through the work of WEF young professionals.
Student Design Competition
Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 8:00 - 3:00 PM
Member Associations proudly select their best Student Chapter Design Team to participate in this annual WEFTEC Design Competition. Each design team will receive a recognition plaque / each team member will receive a certificate. Through sponsorships, award money will be presented to the 1st - 4th place winners from the Wastewater Design competition (hydraulic, capacity design, upgrades to existing systems, biosolids handling etc...) and Environmental Design competition (contemporary engineering topics, i.e. sustainability, water reuse, wetland construction, etc...). The 2014 teams will be announced this summer.
2014 Design Competition Teams:
|North Dakota State University
||Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
|Southern Methodist University
||University of Windsor
|University of Wyoming
||North Carolina State University
|Utah State University
||University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
|University of Maryland-Baltimore
||University of British Columbia
|University of South Florida
||University of Miami
Companies interested in sponsoring this event in 2014 should contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley
WEF Student Paper Competition
Member Associations submit their 1st place winner into the WEF Student Paper Competition by July 1. All paper candidates who participated in this competition are invited to present a poster in the Learning Lounge. Winners will be announced early September.
Student Chapter Annual Meeting
Monday, September 29, 2014 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
More than 30 annually attend this meeting to include Student Chapter Officers from the 108 WEF Student Chapters, academic advisors, and Member Association Leaders. This meeting is held annually at WEFTEC, providing a forum to share ideas and programs. For more information about this meeting or interest in forming a Student Chapter, contact: Darrin Harris email@example.com
Students & Young Professionals Networking & Career Fair
Monday, September 29, 2014 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The Career Fair offers an opportunity to expand the student’s knowledge of the water quality industry and to acquire better interviewing skills. Top environmental firms from the U.S./Canada will be on hand to meet informally with students and also pre-schedule interviewing opportunities.
Students should submit (email) their resume to WEFTECStudent@wef.org by Sept. 2, 2014!
**Word and PDF format accepted**
Click here for a list of the 2014 participating companies
Companies interested in a 2014 Career Fair booth, contact Dianne Crilley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students & Young Professionals Social Events
Black & Veatch Student Appreciation Night
Monday, September 29, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
This annual event provides students an opportunity to network with their peers and to meet the leaders within Black & Veatch. Kick off the evening with Black & Veatch followed by the Students and Young Professionals reception as detailed below.
WEF Young Professionals Reception
Monday, September 29, 2014 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal Street) | Queen Anne Ballroom
Join WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee for a fun-filled evening of conversation and peer-to-peer networking. Your WEFTEC badge is required. This reception is made possible by contributions from corporate sponsors.
For more information regarding 2014 sponsorship opportunities for the above events, details on submitting a resume, or any other questions, contact Dianne Crilley, email@example.com / (703) 684-2445 (t)