Official ASME Group

Environmental Engineering Division

The ASME Environmental Engineering Division (EED) promotes the art, science and practice of engineering in all issues pertaining to the environment.

Environmental Engineering Division Policies

Establishment and Governance of the EED Editorial Board

  1.  Objective
    1. The EED Newsletter is a vital publication and output of the ASME Environmental Engineering Division (EED).
    2. The Newsletter has a long and storied history of representing the ASME and the EED.
    3. The objective of the newsletter is to present the EED membership and other subscribers a fair and balanced approach to environmental issues.
    4. The Newsletter is predominately the work of an EED volunteers who serve as contributors and Editor.
      1. There is no monetary or other remuneration for contributors or the Editor.
      2. The EED Executive Committee recognizes the need for an Editorial Board to assist the Editor.
    5. The purpose of the Editorial Board (EB) is to ensure that the Newsletter presents a technical non-partisan approach to energy and environmental engineering issues.
  2. Membership
    1. Members
      1. The Editorial Board shall be made up of 3 to 5 volunteers.
      2. At least two of the members shall be ASME volunteers from the EED Executive Committee.
      3. The remainder of the Board shall be volunteers from the ASME EED Roster maintained by ASME.
      4. The members shall be appointed by the Chair of EED with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.
      5. The Editorial Board shall elect a Chair from its membership.
    2. Term of Office
      1. EB Members
        1. The term of office for EB Members shall be for a minimum of 3 years from the day of appointment.
        2. EB members may serve up to 10 years which can be renewed once.
        3. The term shall expire on June 30th of the last full year of service.
      2. EB Chair
        1. The term of office for the EB Chair shall be for 3 years from the day of election until the following June 30th.
        2. The Chair may serve up to 6 years which can be renewed once.
        3. The term shall expire on June 30th of the last full year of service.
  3. Duties
    1. The EB shall review the draft Newsletter according to the Procedures set forth below.
    2. The EB is responsible to ensure that the content of each Newsletter meets the standards and expectations set forth by the EED Executive Committee as detailed in the Policies and Processes for the EED Newsletter.
    3. In case of disagreement between members of the EB on Newsletter content the majority of the EB shall rule.
      1. In case of a tie, the EB Chair shall have the authority to decide the whether or not to exclude the content.
    4. Any member of the EB may appeal to the EED Executive Committee Co-Chair, who in consultation with the EED Executive Committee Chair will make the final decision on the content.
      1. During an appeal the content in question will not be included in the Newsletter until a final decision has been reached.
      2. Upon a decision to include the appealed content it will appear in the next edition of the Newsletter.
      3. Upon a decision to not include the appealed content it will be excluded from the Newsletter.
    5. For articles and opinions that have been written by individuals and excluded by the Board, the submission(s) will be returned to the author with the reason it was excluded.  The article may be revised and submitted for reconsideration.
  4. Procedure
    1. The Newsletter Editor shall send a draft version, by email, to all members of the EB and to the Vice Chair of the EED Executive Committee by Thursday 8AM (CST) the week prior to publication.
    2. The EB shall send all comments, corrections and deletions directly to the Newsletter Editor, members of the EB and the Vice Chair of the EED Executive Committee by Friday 12 noon (CST) the week prior to publication.
      1. In case of disagreement between members of the EB and/or Newsletter Editor on revisions to the draft Newsletter, the procedure set forth in the Duties section above shall be in effect.
      2. The disagreement shall be resolved by Saturday 8 AM (CST) the week prior to publication.  Resolution of the disagreement shall be conveyed electronically to the Newsletter Editor, members of the EB and the Vice Chair of the EED Executive Committee.
    3. If no revisions to the draft are received by the Newsletter Editor pursuant to items A. and B. then the Newsletter will be published using the ASME EED Listserver.
    4. If there are revisions to the draft pursuant to items A. and B, then the Newsletter will be published using the ASME EED Listserver as soon as possible as revised and approved by the EB.

Approved by:

EED Executive Committee

Date: May 19, 2016

Establishment of Policies and Processes for the EED Newsletter

I. Objective

  1.      A. The EED Newsletter is a vital publication and output of the ASME Environmental Engineering Division (EED).
  2.      B. The Newsletter has a long and storied history of representing the EED.
  3.      C. The objective of the newsletter is to present the EED membership and other subscribers the latest developments on environmental issues.
  4.      D. The Newsletter is intended to present to the EED membership and other subscribers a fair and balanced approach to environmental issues.
  5.      E. The Newsletter is predominately the work of EED volunteers who serve as contributors and Editor.
    1.           There is no monetary or other remuneration for the Editor or contributors.

II. Purpose and Scope

  1.      A. Provide EED members information on ASME activities and events of interest.
  2.      B. Provide the EED membership and the environmental engineering community information on topics and developments on environmental engineering issues.
  3.      C. Provide the EED community with a fair and balanced approach to environmental engineering topics and issues.
  4.      D. Provide a forum to share technical information and viewpoints.

III. Newsletter Content

     A. The Editor has the authority to summarize information for inclusion in the Newsletter published by various organizations and/or articles submitted by individuals providing they are of a technical subject matter.

     B. Format - The Newsletter shall take the following format in each edition:

                         I. Disclaimer

                        II. Environmental Engineering Division News/Announcements

                        III. ASME News/Announcements

                        IV. Other ASME Division/Section/Society News/Announcements

                        V. Other Engineering Societies News

                        VI. Editorials by Editor or other members of EED Exec Committee

                        VII. Federal Register notices/rules

                                   a. Environment

                                   b. Energy

                                   c. Safety

                                   d. Health

                                    e. FDA

                                    f. Other

                        VIII. State, Tribal and Local notices/rules

                        IX. Court Issues on environmental and energy issues

                        X. News 

                                    a. Environment

                                    b. Energy

                                    c. Safety

                                    d. Health

                                    e. Food, Drug & Health

                                    f. Transportation

                                    g. Other

                        XI. Technical Commentary/Summaries on items of interest to the Environmental Engineering Community

                        XII. Editorial Comments

IV. Acceptable Content

         1. Announcements from EED and other ASME Divisions

         2. Announcements from ASME

         3. Announcements from other professional societies

         4. Editorials from the EED Executive Committee

         5. Statutory and Regulatory Summaries

                    a) Technical evaluations

          6. News on Energy and Environmental Engineering Topics

          7. Technical articles on energy and environmental issues

                    a) Non-political

           8. Rebuttals

           9. Articles of a technical evaluation that address political actions (e.g., environmental legislation or proposals) will not be deemed acceptable. This will be on a case-by-case basis and evaluated based on the technical merits of the article rather than as political advocacy.

         10. Editorial comments, if the Editor deems that comments are needed on Newsletter content, these comments may be included in the Editorial Comments section (Section XI). 

V. Non Acceptable Content

            1. Articles containing commercial endorsements or solicitations.

            2. Articles endorsing political candidates.

            3. Articles of a non-technical content that address political actions (e.g., environmental legislation or proposals).  

            4. Articles of a non-technical nature or opinion.

            5. Articles that include language that impugns the character or person or organization, whether explicitly or implicitly, is inappropriate for the Newsletter and is not acceptable.

VI. Newsletter Header/Disclaimer

           A. The EED Newsletter is the work of the ASME Environmental Engineering Division. 

           B. The Newsletter shall have the following disclaimer at the top:

 “Disclaimer: This Newsletter may contain articles that offer differing points or views regarding energy and other environmental engineering issues. Any opinions expressed in this publication are the responsibility of the Editor, Editorial Board and the Environmental Engineering Division and do not represent the positions of the ASME.”

 Approved by:

EED Executive Committee

Date: May 19, 2016 

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