SCS Engineers’ Phil Gearing Wins the SWANA – Wisconsin 2017 Young Professional Award

March 7, 2017

The Solid Waste Association of North America presents the Young Professional award for outstanding achievements in the solid waste industry.

Phil Gearing, PE, SCS Engineers and recipient of the 2017 SWANA – Wisconsin Young Professional Award.

Madison, WI – SCS Engineers today announces Phillip E. Gearing, PE, and Senior Geological Engineer with SCS as a winner of the SWANA 2017 Young Professional Award from the Wisconsin Badger Chapter. The Solid Waste Association of North America honors individuals who make a significant difference in the solid waste industry. Mr. Gearing received the honor recently at the Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC) during the first week of March 2017.

Phil represents the best of the young professionals working within Wisconsin’s solid waste industry. Clients, contractors, and team members appreciate Phil’s leadership and passion for doing the job right. Coordinating construction documentation activities is not a glamorous job, but it is essential to protect and sustain the health and welfare of the environment while keeping businesses thriving and basic utilities running. Municipal solid waste and electric utility companies, for instance, are challenged to compete and serve their customers effectively in today’s highly regulated marketplace. Productivity while maintaining quality and compliance is critical when designing landfills for solid waste and coal ash. Phil helps SCS’s clients successfully keep this balance by providing best practices and lessons learned which lead to better quality designs and save money by avoiding pitfalls and reducing risks. Phil applies best practices and communicates them succinctly to stakeholders, so their projects stay on time and on budget.

“Phil’s excellent reputation with clients, coworkers, and within the solid waste industry comes not only from his work on solid waste projects at municipal and industrial facilities, but because he proactively shares best practices with his peers,” stated Mark R. Huber, Vice President and Regional Office Director. “Shared knowledge is invaluable to the engineering interns and cooperative students whom he mentors, and his peers in the industry.”

Phil teaches and shares lessons learned about landfill permitting, design, construction, and monitoring with others on the job and through his volunteer work as a SWANA Badger Chapter Board Member. He presents or appears in panel discussions at industry events; helps to coordinate and plan events for other Young Professionals as an SWANA Badger Planning Committee Member; and as the leader of SCS’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteer team runs a grounded, solid waste program for the community.