The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (DIAA) recognizes success on behalf of individual members for service to their Technical Division and clients for long-term achievements in the solid waste industry.
LONG BEACH, CA – Michelle Leonard leads Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) at SCS Engineers. Leonard is well-known in the solid waste industry for her guidance helping businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities successfully turn to SMM as a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles. The methods find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, and reduce costs.
Leonard was nominated for the award by Kim Braun, the Environmental Programs & Operations Manager at the Culver City Public Works in California, for her many accomplishments in the last eight years helping California meet some of the most stringent standards in the nation, with tact and innovation.
Leonard has served SWANA on their Executive Board as treasurer, secretary, vice-president, and President in 2016. More than a policy leader, Michelle is instrumental in the education and certification of young professionals, municipalities, and members of professional organizations to help others find ways to reduce waste and recover more materials to meet their environmental responsibilities and do so sustainably.
“Michelle Leonard’s influence and work are supporting communities and states to manage waste economically and responsibly,” said Jim Walsh, president, and CEO of SCS Engineers. “Her work is of great benefit to her clients, in our industry, and to the public.”