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Wastewater treatment gets very little attention and very little credit, despite being one of the essential services that makes civilization possible. If we spoke less about "the environment" and more ...

Wastewater treatment gets very little attention and very little credit, despite being one of the essential services that makes civilization possible. If we spoke less about "the environment" and more about "public health", that might change.

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Protecting the environment or preserving public health? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Forget the Environment... We're in the Public-Health Business Brian Gongol July 19, 2013
  • 2. What do you do for a living?
  • 3. "He sells s*%! pumps"
  • 4. "I work in public health"
  • 5. "Do you really like working in waste treatment?"
  • 6. "Oh, blood!" "You're full of motor oil!" "That's a bunch of Pepsi."
  • 7. Read "Built to Last"
  • 8. "Environment" sells us short
  • 9. To whom do we answer?
  • 10. Nature loves what we send back
  • 11. If people matter most, we're in public health
  • 12. Please occupy a shower
  • 13. Montezuma's Revenge
  • 14. Your rivals aren't who you think they are
  • 15. Complacency
  • 16. Mindless "infrastructure" spending
  • 17. Bottled water
  • 18. Rival #1: Complacency
  • 19. Roads and bridges
  • 20. Cash for Clunkers
  • 21. "Cheap and dirty"
  • 22. Bottled water: The paradox
  • 23. Time and opportunity are running out
  • 24. Interest rates Shrinking communities Deteriorating infrastructure
  • 25. When to speak up
  • 26. When to stunt
  • 27. Turning "wastewater treatment" into "preserving public health"
  • 28. Changing minds one-on-one
  • 29. Reaching out to the public
  • 30. Changing our self-talk
  • 31. "Helping the environment"
  • 32. Protecting the public health so you can enjoy the privilege of civilization
  • 33. Brian Gongol DJ Gongol & Associates brian@djgongol.com