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The solid waste and recycling industry is the fifth most dangerous occupation in the United States. In Wisconsin alone there were four solid waste related fatalities in 2016, including deaths involving two collection truck crashes, one waste collector struck by a vehicle while on a route, and a resident who was hit by his own vehicle at a waste/recycling drop-off site. The national and state safety efforts aim to reduce the industry’s occupational hazard. Lietz’s work has included formation of a safety committee that looks at these and other safety issues, raising awareness to safety issues, and creating best practice guides to assist solid waste professionals in safe operations. Manager to receive award Janice Ash, manager of Ayres’ Southeast Operations Municipal and Utilities group, is being presented with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida College of Engineering on April 8. The award recognizes alumni who have provided distinguished contributions to the profession, the field of engineering, the college, or society at large. Ash has provided scholarships to engineering students for more than 20 years, but her commitment goes well beyond this financial one. She has given many years of service on the USF College of Engineering Advisory Board, which is responsible for advising and counseling on academic and fundraising initiatives. Ash has served as chairwoman of the USF Engineering Alumni Society, which organizes fundraising activities for the College. Ash holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Florida and founded The Ash Group, which last year became part of Ayres Associates. Her expertise is built upon more than three decades of work in civil engineering for public and private sector infrastructure; subsurface utility engineering; utility infrastructure design, construction management, and inspection; and water resources, marine, ecological, and environmental engineering. Her municipal experience includes over 300 miles of water transmission and distribution lines, upgraded booster pumps, and modified water treatment facilities. Award recognizes LA pioneer David Schreiber’s dedication to raising the professional status of landscape architects is one of many accomplishments that recently made him the worthy posthumous recipient of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Schreiber, partner in Madison, Wisconsin-based SAA Design Group before Ayres Associates acquired the firm in 2015, died in 2016 in a horseback riding accident. He was known for his commitment to Wisconsin licensure for landscape architects, as well as for raising the stature of the profession to the point that landscape architects now manage project teams that include planners and engineers. He mentored dozens of employees over the years and carefully listened to clients before delivering projects that brought new vitality to communities through downtown redevelopment and waterfront planning. Throughout his career he stressed the value of sustainability and the preservation of natural areas. The Perspectives segment provides summaries of key new hires and staff achievements at Ayres Associates. Find more company news at www. AN EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANY 3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway Eau Claire, WI 54701 715.834.3161 Editorial Staff: Jennifer Schmidt, Eric Widholm, Wendy Kinderman, and Tawny Quast Graphic Designer: Sarah Howe-Halvorson Manager – Marketing: Susan Leith ©2017 Ayres Associates Inc Phoenix, Arizona 602.275.2655 Fort Collins, Colorado 970.223.5556 Jacksonville, Florida 904.260.6288 Tampa, Florida – Benjamin Center 813.290.8899 Tampa, Florida – Hidden River 813.978.8688 Titusville, Florida 321.747.0066 Green Bay, Wisconsin 920.498.1200 Madison, Wisconsin – Badger Road 608.255.0800 Madison, Wisconsin – Terrace Drive 608.443.1200 River Falls, Wisconsin 715.426.4908 Waukesha, Wisconsin 262.523.4488 Cheyenne, Wyoming 307.634.9888 Photography Credits: Serving & Protecting: Untangling the Underground Maze: Aerial Innovations, Ayres Associates staff Taking Technology to New Heights: Ayres Associates staff Trending Topics: Chemistry in Place photo, Town of Windsor staff Timeless Trends: Ayres Associates staff TRENDS │23 │17