SSP&A is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities in which our employees live and work.
The company matches employee’s contributions to non-profit organizations that help the less fortunate and organizations that work to improve the quality of life in our communities. The company also encourages employees to be actively involved in water resource related community organizations and other community activities.
Some examples of our community involvement are listed below:
Traffic Calming Measures
Dominique Sorel was nominated for recognition at a February, 2009 event staged by the Council for Economic and Social Development (CDEC) called “Recognizing movers and shakers in Cote-des-Neiges/Notre-Dame-de-Grace (CDN/NDG) neighborhoods" in Montreal, Quebec. Dominique is an NDG resident and has been working for many years for the implementation of traffic-calming measures. She has presented briefs on pedestrian safety and traffic and has done a great deal to raise awareness among the general public. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Ecology Centre.
Alternate Modes of Transportation
SSP&A encourages its employees to walk and cycle to work. Bethesda employees Mark Wolff, Jim Cousins, and Charles Andrews were recipients of the Bethesda Bike Spirit Award in 2005, 2006, and 2007, respectively. This award is given annually by the local government to a commuter in the Bethesda area that consistently bicycles to work.
Local Government Involvement
Gil Barth served as an appointed member of the Boulder Water Resource Advisory Board from 2003 to 2007. This board reviews capital improvement projects, utility master plans and advises the City Council on policy issues.
Charles Andrews served as chairman of the Montgomery County, Maryland Water Resources Advisory Group from 2004 to 2007. This advisory group is appointed by the County Council and advises the Council and County Executive on policies, programs and priorities to improve and restore the quality of the County’s streams and groundwater.
The primary pollutant in many of our urban watershed is trash. Shown below is Charles Andrews directing some volunteers in the cleanup of Rock Creek in Kensington, Maryland in April 2007.
Engineers without Borders
Debbie Hathaway spent a week in a rural village in the Ecuadorian Andes in April, joining an Engineers without Borders team, to improve water delivery within a series of rudimentary potable water supply lines and to evaluate the feasibility of providing dry season irrigation water from a series of partially constructed, also rudimentary, irrigation water lines.
Recipients of Matching Grants
Organizations that have recently received matching grants from SSP&A include: