DENVER, CO, Dec. 7, 2009 -- Water For People recently awarded Robert Adamski the 2009 Robert W. Hite Outstanding Leadership Award. The Robert W. Hite Award annually recognizes an individual who models the best in leadership with innovation, creativity, and commitment to the principles of Water For People. Adamski was presented the award on October 13, 2009, at the Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Water For People is a nonprofit international humanitarian organization that supports the development of sustainable safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries. As the 2009 recipient of the Robert W. Hite Award, Adamski inspires others to share in the vision of a world where all people have access to safe water and sanitation facilities.
Adamski serves as vice president of municipal infrastructure programs for Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm. Adamski is responsible for providing consulting assistance to municipal water and wastewater system owners in the areas of facility operations and maintenance and utility management.
"I can think of no better recipient of the Robert W. Hite Award than this year's awardee, Robert Adamski," said Ned Breslin, chief executive officer of Water For People. "His contributions to Water For People are truly immense. His service and support, not only to us as an organization but more importantly to people throughout the world, have enabled many to fetch water from clean sources."
"I am honored to receive this award since I knew Bob Hite and shared his passion for helping others," said Adamski.
Robert Adamski previously served two terms on the Water For People board and has been active in their volunteer program, the World Water Corps. While on the board, he chaired the International Program Committee and served on the Local Relations Committee. Recently, he served on the World Water Corps management committee and led a team to the Dominican Republic tasked with making a recommendation about the scope of work needed in the country. The study's recommendation resulted in Water For People adding the Dominican Republic to its program.
"Bob has also helped us coordinate our activities in the Dominican Republic at a time when, without him, we would not have had the capacity to engage in water and sanitation work in that country," Breslin said. "We are investing in the Dominican Republic because of Bob's leadership and tenacity, and the people of the Dominican Republic are better off for it."
Adamski is a registered professional engineer in New York and New Jersey, a board-certified environmental engineer, and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the City College of New York.
About Water For People
Founded in 1991, Water For People is a Denver-based private, nonprofit international humanitarian organization that supports the development of sustainable safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries. The nongovernmental organization is distinguished by its focus on local private sector development, interorganization collaboration, social entrepreneurship, and the engagement of stakeholders, which combine together to achieve sustainability. The organization has active water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Water For People is a charity of choice of the American water and wastewater community. For more information, visit www.waterforpeople.org.