Event: Water Affordability in Alexandria, VA

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In partnership with the Water Center at Penn, our Water Affordability Community of Practice (COP) spotlights best practices on challenges and solutions related to water affordability, providing ample time for questions and informal discussion among peers. We invite local utility and city leaders that are striving to provide access to safe and affordable drinking and waste water to attend. Learn more about our water affordability program here.

Water Affordability Community of Practice

Thursday, August 19, 1pm CST/2pm EST

Featuring Karen Pallansch, CEO & General Manager, AlexRenew

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AlexRenewthe City of Alexandria, VA’s wastewater utilityhas a number of accomplishments to inspire other utility leaders. We invite all utility and municipal leaders to join us for this informal opportunity to learn from peers and take home a few great ideas.

Karen Pallansch is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Texas A & M University Texarkana. She holds a Class 1 Wastewater License and is a Water Environment Federation (WEF) Fellow.

She has over 30 years of experience in the water industry, having started her water career at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as a senior environmental engineer. For the past 26 years, Karen has worked at Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), the water resource recovery facility serving the City of Alexandria, Virginia and parts of Fairfax County. Since October 2005, she has served as its general manager and chief executive officer.

Throughout her career, Karen has worked to highlight women in the water industry, enable strong workforce development, and given back to the water sector in various leadership roles. Karen has held board roles for a number of organizations, including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and Water Environment Federation.  She currently serves on the board of the international NGO ROCKBlue and is the Treasurer of the WateReuse Association. She has published or presented more than 50 educational papers and talks, and received multiple awards for public service and innovation.