UAJA ComposT Awards
Since the inception of operation (March, 1992) the staff at the University Area Joint Authority has strived to meet and surpass the Boards directive of achieving excellence in compost operations.
All of the efforts put forth by the Authoritys staff and their consultants has paid off. The first organization to recognize the excellence of University Areas achievements was the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA). In June, 1996 the PWEA awarded the University Area Joint Authority its 1996 award for Beneficial Use of Biosolids from a large operating project.
The Authority received the Pennsylvania Governors award for Environmental Excellence in Innovative Technology.
The staff at the University Area Joint Authority felt good about their chances for receiving an award from Region III of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. An application for the 1997 award was completed and forwarded to EPA Region III in Philadelphia. Region III was so impressed by University Areas achievements the application was forwarded to Washington, D.C. for competition in the nationals. In October, 1997 four key University Area staff members, Stephen T. Welch, Maria T. Rhodes, J. Dennis Reif and Jerry Summers traveled to Chicago and accepted, on behalf of the Authority, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys national award for the beneficial use of biosolids from a treatment facility operating at less than 5 million gallons per day. The Boards directive to achieve excellence had been fulfilled!