Sustainability in Public Works

Public Employees Leadership Institute
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Modules

1. Introduction
2. Sustainability Basics
3. Policy Development and Implementation
4. Building Collaborative Partnerships between Agencies
5. Data Driven System Management Decision-Making
6. Succession Planning
7. APWA Envision Rating Program


This course is entitled “Sustainability in Public works”. Its focus is related to planning appropriately for the future of a public works agency. The objective is to provide information to the participant that helps in the areas of policy development and application, the use of data, working with other agencies, internal professional development, and the evaluation of sustainability programs. More specifically, the participant will hear about sustainability basics, policy and implementation, building collaborative partnerships, data driven decision-making, succession planning, and the Envision rating system. Additional subjects may be added in the future.

Instructors

Position
Public Works Director, City of Cedar Rapids


Experience
As Public Works Director for the City of Cedar Rapids, Jen Winter manages all daily operations, including strategic planning, goal setting, and policy direction for the department. She oversees engineering, traffic engineering, real estate, flood control management, and street and sewer operations. She is the past Chair and current member of APWA’s Center for Sustainability and serves on the Iowa Chapter Executive Board. Before joining the City of Cedar Rapids as Public Works Director, Jen was a Regional Director for HR Green in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she led a team of engineers focused primarily on transportation design.


Institute course(s)
Sustainability in Public Works

Position
City of Dubuque, Civil Engineer II


Experience
Jon is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has served the City of Dubuque as a Civil Engineer II since January of 2005. Prior to his appointment to the City of Dubuque, he served as a Senior Project Engineer for Eagle Point Software for 12 years and was involved in civil engineering software development, testing and training. Currently with the City of Dubuque, he is responsible for coordinating the City’s Green Alley program, street reconstruction, sidewalk inspection program, public ROW management, and ADA access ramp projects. Jon Dienst was appointed to the APWA Iowa chapter board in January 2014 and served as Region III Director representing NE Iowa for two years. He is currently serving as president-elect of the chapter.


Institute course(s)
Sustainability in Public Works

Position
Public Works Director, City of West Des Moines, Iowa


Experience
Bret has been with the City of West Des Moines Public Works Department since 1989. He started his career as an equipment operator for before moving into various managerial roles. He was promoted into the Superintendent of Public Works position in 1994 and into his current position as the Director of Public Works in 2008.  Bret has served as the APWA Iowa Chapter President and Delegate. In 2006 Bret was presented with the APWA Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education. He was selected by the APWA in 2007 as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders in North America. For several years Bret chaired the National APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee. He currently serves as a Past Chair with this group and is still actively involved. Bret currently is a member of the APWA Institute Review Committee and recently served as a member and Chair of the APWA Leadership and Management Committee.


Professional affiliations
He has served as President of the American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter and chaired the APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee. Was presented the APWA Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education in 2006. Selected by the APWA as one of their Top Ten Public Works Leaders in 2007.


Institute course(s)
Effective Communication Skills
Finance
Resource Management Skills
Winter Maintenance Management
Sustainability in Public Works

Position
Deputy Public Works Director, City of West Des Moines, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University
MS in Public Administration, Drake University


Experience
Joe started his career in the construction industry and has since worked at the City of Urbandale and the City of West Des Moines. Joe is the Deputy Public Works Director and provides direction, coordination, and oversight for the Public Works Department, which includes the following areas; environmental, transportation, construction, and development. Joe has been a longtime advocate and mentor for Asset Management training, development and implementation. Joe is an Iowa State University and Drake University Graduate and is licensed professional engineer in the States of Iowa, Missouri and Hawaii.


Institute course(s)
Team Development
Project Management
Sustainability in Public Works

Position
HR Green


Experience
Larry has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Municipal Engineering. He served from 2003 to 2009 as Director of the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) Program at Iowa State University. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Oskaloosa, Iowa for 22 years, filling the roles of City Engineer and Public Works Director and at the City of Grinnell, Iowa as the Assistant City Engineer for 5 years. At HR Green’s Des Moines, IA office since 2009, Larry provides municipal engineering services to some of the firm’s key clients.


Institute course(s)
Sustainability in Public Works

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