WHO WE ARE
The Oklahoma chapter, over 100 members strong, focuses on advancing our profession and improving the careers of members by:
》Organizing Oklahoma’s leading annual solid waste conference and trade show.
》Offering technical training courses.
》Promoting member networking and information exchange.
》Sponsoring academic scholarships in support of future professionals.
Explore the links below and throughout this web site to find out more about who we are and how to get in involved. We're sure you'll be glad you did!"
A "Young Professional" is defined as an individual in the solid waste industry 35 or younger.
YP's are a group of individuals who represent the future of the solid waste industry. They are passionate about the environment, our industry, and helping each other succeed. YP's are eager to offer advice, brainstorm ideas, develop solutions, and share in the struggles and triumphs of working in this business.
Here are a few of the many benefits of SWANA’s Young Professional group:
• Excellent networking opportunities at events, conferences, and online
• Webinars targeting the challenges of the solid waste industry
• Resources that provide tools and information to succeed in your career
• Opportunities to voice your opinion about the future of SWANA
HOW DO I JOIN?
New member Young Professionals pay a special first-year membership fee of $100.
The renewal rates for new YP members following their first year:
• Year 2: $150 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
• Year 3: $200 for a renewing YP under the Public, Private, or Small Business sector
• Year 4: Back to full price at the standard membership rate for the industry sector
Young Professionals Liason
AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS
In order to prepare the next generation for the environmentally and economically sound practice of solid waste, the Oklahoma SWANA Chapter proudly supports several scholarship and internship programs for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.
》University of Oklahoma- Endowed Scholarship: An annual $1,500 scholarship distributed by the University of Oklahoma Foundation and awarded to outstanding students in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences.
》Oklahoma State University- Endowed Scholarship: An annual $1,500 scholarship distributed by the Oklahoma State University Foundation and awarded to outstanding students in the Environmental Science program, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
》Additional scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors and enrolled college students are available through the national SWANA organization. Click below to find out more about these valuable opportunities for support of advanced education.
Everyone has their own reason for joining an association. For some, it’s the networking opportunity. For others, it’s the educational content. And for many, it’s how all of these benefits can take their careers to an entirely new level. That’s the essence of “I AM SWANA”. For more than 40 years, our association has been the leading voice for professionals in our field. We represent leaders like you from every discipline in solid waste management.
What Does SWANA provide?
We’re a group of more than 8,300 solid waste professionals across the United States, Canada and beyond with a mission to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste. SWANA membership provides you with unique opportunities to connect to other professionals, utilize key resources and advance your career.
》 SWANA Chapters – Available in every region of the U.S. Chapters have their own newsletters, host local tours and events, provide training opportunities, and advise their officials on behalf of the profession.
》 Technical Divisions – TDs bring together some of the best minds in 7 different fields of solid waste management, each with their own educational opportunities, events, and newsletters for up-to-date information in your specialty.
》 Members-Only Website and MySWANA Profile – Includes online membership directory and online networking communities.
》 WASTECON® – Held annually in the fall, WASTECON® is the only solid waste conference that is run by and for solid waste professionals, brings thousands of members together for training courses, technical sessions, networking opportunities, and access to hundreds of exhibits and new products.
》 I AM SWANA News e-newsletter keeps you informed of all things SWANA each month.
》 MSW Management, SWANA’s official bi-monthly magazine, explores the latest industry trends. FREE for SWANA members.
》 SWANA’s eLibrary houses over 1,000 documents, presentations and videos.
》 Advocacy for the issues you’re concerned about through legislative action and access to the Applied Research Foundation (ARF) reports.
》 Leadership positions and program development opportunities on any one of SWANA’s many committees.
》 SWANA Career Center, the premier electronic recruitment and job search resource for solid waste professionals.
》 Training Sessions, eLearning and Certification courses at discounted prices for SWANA members looking to set themselves apart through our highly recognized credentialing programs.
》 The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) FREE trial membership only for SWANA members.