KANSAS CITY, MO - The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced President-Elect George Crombie, MPA, senior faculty member for the Public Works Administration at Norwich University in Northfield, VT, has been named to the EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group. This group is comprised of members who will develop and implement an effective climate ready initiative for drinking water and wastewater utilities. Crombie was a driving force behind the creation of the APWA Center of Sustainability, a newly created initiative to promote principles of sustainability within the public works profession.

Crombie, who has served on the APWA Board of Directors since 2004 and as chair of its Solid Waste Management Committee, is President of Crombie Consulting, which specializes in public works/utility management, education and sustainability management. He recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the State of Vermont, overseeing more than 600 employees and an $80 million budget. Crombie's career has included public works directorships in the Cities and Towns of Durham, N.H.; Burlington, VT.; Nashua, N.H.; and Plymouth, Mass. He also served as the Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

He was also named one of APWA's Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2002, was a former recipient of a Jennings Randolph Fellowship, and was awarded the Charles Walter Nichols Award in 2001 for his work on environmental issues. Prior to his being named President-Elect, Crombie was serving a second term as APWA Board Director-At-Large, Environmental Management. Crombie holds a BS degree from the University of New Hampshire and a MPA degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

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The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and has an office in Washington, D.C.