ACWA Awards—2015

ACWA uses its annual awards to recognize our outstanding members and to recognize the special contributions of individuals.


The City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant was named ACWA Outstanding Members Agency for 2015 for becoming a ‘zero net energy’ treatment plant. Gresham celebrated its net zero energy wastewater treatment plant accomplishment in an Earth Day celebration that included community members, dignitaries, and children from a local school.

Steve Fanscher with the City of Gresham's Wastewater Treatment Plant, awarded the Outstanding Member Agency for 2015

Gresham’s 20 MGD activated sludge treatment plant generates all the power it needs to drive the wastewater plant through best-in-class energy conservation, a ground-mounted solar p/v array, and two biogas co-generation engines driven in part by Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) collection. In March, the City paid NO electricity bills—saving $500,000 annually on power bills—while generating $250,000 annually from FOG hauler tipping fees. Gresham is the first wastewater utility in the Pacific Northwest to be ‘zero net energy’ and one of only a handful in the US.

See CURRENT ACWA Award Winners (2016)


   •  ACWA Award Winners for 2015
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   •  See ACWA Award Winners for 2013
   •  See ACWA Award Winners for 2012
   •  See ACWA Award Winners for 2011

See an archived inventory of ACWA Award Winners.



Stephanie Eisner — Stephanie Eisner was recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Individual for her leadership as the ACWA chair, Vice Chair, and Water Quality Committee co-chair. Stephanie has served on the ACWA Board since 2008. Her technical skills and willingness to serve on a number of ACWA and DEQ advisory committees, along with routinely volunteering for ACWA special projects, is a tremendous ACWA asset. Stephanie brings strong technical knowledge, a profound understanding of policy issues, and a quiet confidence to every project she tackles.

Stephanie Eisner, 2015 Outstanding Individual award recipient

Pam Wiley

Pam Wiley, currently with the Meyer Memorial Trust, was also recognized for her many years of leadership on Oregon natural resource issues and her leadership in crafting and leading the Meyer Memorial Trust funding of the Willamette River Initiative.

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