Member of the Year Award

The Member of the Year Award is an award intended to recognize an organizational member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency serving as a leader in the water efficiency and conservation community. An organizational member that has demonstrated consistent commitment to and support for the work of the Alliance for Water Efficiency--in recognition of their outstanding support and dedication to the Alliance for Water Efficiency and its mission to promote the efficient and sustainable use of water.

Organizational members eligible for the Member of the Year Award have: (1) At least 5 years membership in AWE (must be current for the year being considered); (2) Provided support/resources to AWE beyond membership dues; (3) Contributed staff time and talents to AWE’s operations and mission (e.g., Board, CAC, advisory committees, etc.); and (4) Demonstrated commitment, passion, leadership in the water efficiency/conservation community and to AWE’s mission.

In 2023, AWE created several new award categories, many of which will be chosen from nominations made by our members. To access award nomination forms and learn more, click here

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2022 - Whirlpool Corporation

Congratulations to the Whirlpool Corporation

Recipient of the 2022 AWE Member of the Year Award

  • Platinum Charter Sponsor (2007)
  • Annual member since 2008
  • Served on the Board of Directors since 2007; Chair of the Board since mid-2021
  • Financial sponsor of meetings, events, research, and policy work 
  • Donating clothes washers to disadvantaged households as part of AWE’s Efficient and Affordable Water Initiative
  • Host Board of Directors meetings at World of Whirlpool facility in Chicago
  • Project and webinar partner 

Beyond AWE:

  • Introduced the first dishwasher in 1949
  • Whirlpool’s current dishwashers:
    • Use 3-4x less water than handwashing (less than 4 gallons/cycle)
    • Wash 30% more than previous dishwashers, saving over 2500 gallons a year/dishwasher
  • The average clothes washers built today use 78% less energy and 47% less water than those built in 1992, while their capacity has increased by 57%.
  • Whirlpool’s plants have reduced water consumption by 34% in the last 5 years, saving 1,960 megaliters of water

For their extraordinary support and contribution to AWE and their direct work in and surrounding water efficiency and environmental sustainability, the Alliance for Water Efficiency is very proud to present the 2022 Member of the Year Award to the Whirlpool Corporation.

Date: 2022-10-04

2021 - Southern Nevada Water Authority

Congratulations to the Southern Nevada Water Authority

Recipient of the 2021 AWE Member of the Year Award

For this inaugural award, choosing just one recipient was difficult because so many AWE members have made exemplary contributions. However, this year, one member rose to the top of the list. In 2008, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) stepped in to do what many people wanted but few had the resources to do: create a national water efficiency and conservation conference.

The WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference has become the leading conference of its kind, with a focus on timely, smart content and a price tag that makes WSI available to as many as possible. SNWA staff run the show, and hosting a major national conference is no small feat, especially when you consider they do this in addition to their other responsibilities.

WSI continues to be the nation’s preeminent water efficiency conference thanks to SNWA’s dedication and vision. Moreover, SNWA is a long-standing AWE member and representative on the Board of Directors while also being a national water efficiency leader. To top it off, SNWA led the passage of AB 356 in 2021, a first-of-its-kind state law to ban the watering of certain non-functional turf grass in order to reduce water use in metro Las Vegas. 

“SNWA has been a leader in pushing boundaries, supporting key areas of policy, and has been a collaborator with many of us, including the management of the WaterSmart Innovations Conference since 2008. SNWA has demonstrated vision and hard work to bring 'water smart innovation' front and center in concept and as a conference.”  ~ Ron Voglewede, Chair, AWE Board of Directors

Date: 2021-10-06