Education sessions by date

Education sessions by subject

You’ll come away from the 2015 Congress armed with tools enabling you to make a positive difference in your community and advance your organization. Take part in this exploration of cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions in public works. Expand your network of professional colleagues, rejuvenate your drive and initiative, and become the kind of leader public works needs for today and for tomorrow.



Resilience and Sustainability

Mon., August 31, and Tue., September 1, 
2 – 5 p.m. each day

(Included with all Full Conference Registrations. However, if you are unable to attend the full Congress, you may register only for the Stormwater Summit for $430 to attend the six-hour Public Works Stormwater Summit which will occur Monday and Tuesday afternoons, 2 – 5 p.m. each day.)
The 2015 Public Works Stormwater Summit has so much to offer, we are holding it over two afternoons - a total of six hours of up-to-the-minute and must-know information! APWA's Water Resources Management Committee has planned a program that features the latest approaches for stormwater planning and management in North America.


Monday, August 31, 2–5 p.m.

Stormwater Resiliency
Aging systems and volatile storms and weather patterns have increasingly turned the focus of public works professionals to renewing and strengthening infrastructure using sustainable and green infrastructure tactics. Day One of the summit will feature case studies about creating resilient and sustainable stormwater management systems.
  • Review a state-of-the-art culvert inspection program designed to facilitate rehabilitation and replacement of systems before the situation becomes too expensive and risky.
  • Learn about an innovative multi-objective stormwater basin facility that generates water resource sustainability.
  • Evaluate the essential steps and technologies available for conducting a full asset inventory and effectively managing your stormwater system.
  • Examine a multi-organization collaboration between government agencies, local businesses, environmental groups, and residents to watershed health, more open space and recreational opportunities, and an increase in wildlife habitat.
  • Explore the concept of incorporating reconnection in stream restoration and floodplain management.
  • Examine the innovative approaches used to respond and manage to the major flooding that occurred in Alberta, Canada in 2014.


Tuesday, September 1, 2–5 p.m.

Sustainable Stormwater Management
Day Two of the summit will focus on sustainable stormwater management strategies and best practices. Learn about practical tools and approaches that will help you with your agency's stormwater management responsibilities and obligations.
  • Learn how one agency is applying the CMOM (Capacity, Management, Operations, and Maintenance) framework to manage its drainage system assets.
  • Discover how one Arizona city is using green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) strategies for stormwater management.
  • Review the lessons learned from an integrated collaborative approach for managing a shared water resource.
  • Gain an understanding of the entire roadmap for establishing a stormwater utility program.
  • Evaluate guidelines and processes for implementing green street strategies as part of your water quality infrastructure.

International Public Works Directors’ Roundtable

Monday, August 31, 3–4:50 p.m. 

How many times have you attended a conference and wished that the issues that are at the forefront of your mind right now—this very minute—could be explored in collaboration by experts in the public works profession. Well, here’s your opportunity to tackle the tough issues with public works leaders from across North America. Come prepared to describe your issues and challenges and share your insights, innovations, and solutions. The top minds in public works (including you) will be there. Together, we’ll move the profession forward. 


Envision™ Roundtable

Sunday, August 30, 3–4:50 p.m. 

Cities of the future must employ a means to measure and ensure that public works and infrastructure projects contribute to the overall sustainability of the communities that they serve. Envision is the product of a joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). Likened to LEED certification for vertical construction, Envision was designed to fill a gap and specifically focus on the sustainability of civil infrastructure. It covers roads, bridges, pipelines, airports, dams, levees, landfills, water and wastewater treatment systems and other infrastructure that makes up the built environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with Envision users and discuss the potential applications and uses for this infrastructure sustainability rating system.

Saturday Workshop

Self Assessment Using the Public Works Practices Manual—A Tool for Improving Operations and Management

(Separate fee required: $300 USD member/ $350 USD nonmember. Fees include instruction, materials, and breaks. Lunch is on your own.)
Are your operational performance and productivity levels as high as you want them to be? This workshop is designed to help you examine and evaluate your agency's current management policies and procedures. You'll learn how to target problem areas, identify opportunities, and improve the overall effectiveness of all your public works operations. If you are already using the Management Practices Manual to prepare for APWA accreditation, the new format will give you hands-on training. This workshop is designed for public works directors, managers, supervisors, and accreditation managers, as well as municipal administrators performing public works functions.


Wednesday Workshops/Tours

8–10:45 a.m. 

You must register in advance for all workshop/tours. Tour capacities are limited and spaces will fill up fast. So, don’t wait to sign-up for a tour or you will miss out on one of these exceptional opportunities arranged for by the Arizona 2015 Local Host Committee. Two of these facilities require an additional fee for entrance above your registration fee and are so noted in the descriptions below. CEUs: Participants on all workshop/tours are eligible to receive .25 CEUs. (2.5 PDHs)
  • Behind the Scenes: NRG Energy Center Phoenix and Chase Field Tour (Fee: $5)
  • Arizona State University (ASU) Solar: The Largest Solar Portfolio of any University in the United States
  • University of Phoenix Stadium – Home to the Super Bowl XLIX and the Arizona Cardinals (Fee: $10)
  • Tempe Town Lake Dam Tour
  • Resource Innovation Campus Tour
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Sky Train System
  • PHX Renews: Keep Phoenix Beautiful – 15 Acre Vacant Lot Initiative
For more information of each tour please click here.

Classroom Workshop

8:30–10:45 a.m.

Workshop: Post Disaster Safety Evaluation of Facilities and Infrastructure (ATC 40-45 Cal/OES SAP)

After large-scale disasters involving buildings, bridges, and critical urban infrastructure, assessing the damage and safety is one of the most important first steps to disaster recovery. People are afraid to return to damaged homes, offices, and public spaces. ATC 20-45 and Cal/OES SAP training is critical for our nation’s disaster preparedness.

CEU Credits

.1 CEU = 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour)

The Professional Development Hour (PDH) is a term established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) “Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines” for Professional Engineers (PE). In these guidelines, NCEES defines the equivalency between CEUs and PDHs as: 0.1 CEU (1 hour of instruction) = 1 PDH. (Important note to Florida and New York Professional Engineers: APWA is an approved Florida Board of Professional Engineers provider of Continuing Education. The State of New York recognizes APWA as an approved training provider by virtue of APWA’s standing as an IACET Authorized Provider of CEUs.)
APWA’s education sessions and exhibit showcase presentations are eligible for CEU credit. Your registration covers the processing fee. APWA is an International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Authorized Provider of CEUs. 
The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally accepted measure of participation in continuing education activities. It is a valuable tool for showing employers and professional licensing authorities that you are adding new skills and staying current with today’s ever-changing workplace. APWA is an International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) Authorized Provider of CEUs. This designation demonstrates that APWA’s Continuing Education programs comply with recognized standards for program development and learning outcomes and are recognized by multiple state licensing boards and certifying bodies.
AGAIN THIS YEAR—You can earn CEUs for attending the Exhibitor Solution Theater presentations on the exhibit floor!
CEUs will be awarded for attending Congress education sessions, workshops, Exhibitor Solution Theater presentations and workshop/tours.
APWA uses an electronic system to track attendance at education sessions. The Congress name badge has a bar code on it that contains identifying information specific to each person. To obtain CEUs for the sessions you attend, you MUST have your badge electronically scanned by the room monitors at the end of each session. You must attend the entire session or workshop to be eligible to receive CEU credits.
Within four weeks of the conference, APWA will enter all of your data into the system and then send you an e-mail notice with instructions for downloading your CEU Transcript from the APWA CEU web page. The fee for obtaining a CEU Transcript is included in your Congress full and daily registration fees! 

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Call for Presentations

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Speaker Handouts

In our continuing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of our meetings and events, we've moved to an "almost paperless" Congress. Speaker handouts may be downloaded here as they become available. They will be posted before, during and after Congress, so check back often for updates.