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Students & Young Professionals

Students & Academics Hotel Reservations

A limited number of hotel rooms exclusively for university students and academics are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the:

La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown
WEFTEC Rate: $159+/night, excluding occupancy taxes & fees
Reservation Deadline: August 26, 2016

Call a WEFTEC Housing customer care agent to reserve through this dedicated block: 1-888-301-4933 toll-free, U.S. and Canada or 415-979-2298.
Reference group code “STUD”. Customer care agents are available Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EDT.
Located In the heart of the Central Business District and steps from the vibrant French Quarter, the La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown features: 

  • Complimentary Bright Side Breakfast™, including waffles, hot & cold cereals, fresh fruit, and all-you-can-drink coffee 
  • Complimentary high speed internet access in guest rooms 
  • Complimentary fitness center and outdoor pool 
  • Crisp & contemporary guestrooms with pillow-top mattresses 
  • Complimentary WEFTEC Shuttle service to/from the convention center 

There are 37 other New Orleans hotels participating in the WEFTEC 2016 room block. For more information, visit the Hotel Reservations page 


WEF Community Service Project 

Saturday, September 24
New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street

Help Make a Difference! - Learn more about current and past projects
Donor Form. Participate as a donor in giving back to the community!

Bus DEPARTS at 8:30 am from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The 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 summer, the City of New Orleans is implementing multiple green infrastructure and sustainability projects on the City Hall grounds to solve issues and provide an education resource to the community. The 9th annual WEF Community Service Project will help propel this project forward by constructing bioretention cells and bioswales to capture and filter stormwater runoff to alleviate flooding and improve water quality.

Registration for the service project is free and open to all WEFTEC attendees and their guests. All volunteers will receive transportation to and from the site, a t-shirt, lunch, and a WEF Community Service Project ribbon for your WEFTEC badge. 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 a Water Palooza event on Friday, Sept 23. This event brings together water conscious organizations and companies to educate 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. You are welcome to contact Michael Quamme to donate materials and Caroline Pakenham 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:

Chair, Michael Quamme; or WEF Staff, Caroline Pakenham   


University Student Lounge

Sunday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 27  

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 will be open all day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm offering students their own place to meet with fellow students and develop lifelong friendships.  


Student Design Competition

Sunday, September 25, 2016 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Member Associations proudly select their best Student Chapter Design Team to participate in the annual WEFTEC Design Competition. Each design team will receive a recognition plaque and 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 2016 teams will be announced this summer. 

Companies interested in sponsoring this event in 2016 should contact WEF Staff, Caroline Pakenham  


WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee Meeting

 Monday, September 26, 2016 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM  

Students, Academics, Young Professionals, and Member Association Leaders are invited to attend this meeting held annually at WEFTEC. Come join in on helping shape WEFTEC programs for students & young professionals.


Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair

Monday, September 26, 2016 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM 

The Career Fair offers an opportunity to expand a 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 August 22, 2016!
**Word and PDF format accepted**

Companies interested in a 2016 Career Fair booth should contact WEF Staff, Caroline Pakenham


Students & Young Professionals Social Events

Black & Veatch Student Appreciation Night 
Monday,  September 26, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location TBA

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 26, 2016 | 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fulton Alley - 600 Fulton St. 

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 2016 sponsorship opportunities for the above events, details on submitting a resume, or any other questions, contact WEF Staff, Caroline Pakenham.