The North American Regional Office of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) co-hosted AWS water stewardship training at the Global Water Center, April 26-28, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Attendees received AWS Foundation and Advanced training on using and implementing the Standard. Additionally, AWS offered a third-day of Specialist training for individuals who seek professional credentials as AWS trainers, consultants and auditors.
The session addressed an understanding of how water stewardship applies to organizational goals, while providing advanced knowledge in Standard requirements and implementation using case studies. These in-person trainings are tailored for organizations and individuals that will use the Standard as well as consultants, trainers, and auditors interested in working within the AWS system. Six certificates of completion for the Foundation and Advanced courses, and five professional credentials were awarded to attendees that successfully completed the Specialist exam.
The Global Water Center will be the first commercial office building in the world to implement the AWS Standard. The site, at the confluence of three major Lake Michigan tributaries, make it an exciting opportunity to demonstrate that water stewardship is just as important in water abundant areas as water scarce regions. The Milwaukee AWS training was the first of three planned for 2016, additional sessions are slated for California and Washington, DC.