How can you become a GPD this September?
Your next chance to take the Green Plumbing Design workshop and earn your GPD designation will be September 18-19 in Chicago, prior to the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition. Sponsored by ASPE and IAPMO, the GPD certificate denotes professionals with a high level of experience and training in sustainable practices. Engineers and designers who hold either the CPD certification and/or a PE license are eligible to take this workshop.
Virtual 2014 ASPE Convention offers education and CEUs from the comfort of your home or office
If you can’t make it to Chicago for the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition this September, ASPE is offering a virtual option to attend five of the technical education and professional development seminars that make the ASPE Convention and Exposition a can’t miss event for plumbing engineers and designers seeking to enhance their careers. Each of the seminars will be streamed live from Chicago and will offer CEUs.
ASPE is looking for a singing talent to perform the National Anthem during the ASPE Business Meeting on Saturday, September 20. If you are interested, send a sample recording via email to email@example.com or mail to ASPE, Attn: Stacey A. Kidd, 6400 Shafer Court, Suite 350, Rosemont, IL 60018.
Start the conversation by writing for ASPE Journal
ASPE’s newest member benefit, ASPE Journal, contains thought-provoking articles on technical topics of interest to plumbing engineers. If you would like to contribute an article and start a new conversation among your peers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2016 Board of Directors candidates announced
At the 2014 ASPE Business Meeting on September 20-21 in Chicago, Chapter delegates will elect the members of the 2014-2016 ASPE Board of Directors. To find out who has submitted an application and learn about their credentials for office, go to aspe.org/2014BODcandidates, and then consult with your Chapter’s delegates before they leave for Chicago.
End summer on a high note with ASPE Chapters
You still have time to play golf, go fishing, and attend a product fair with local ASPE Chapters this summer. To find out what’s happening in your area, go to aspe.org/chapterevents.
Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet. Only one answer sheet per chapter will be accepted!
July 24 question: Who was the first ASPE historian?
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