By Dan Thompson, City of Tacoma-TAGRO & Regulations Committee Chair
Brown and Caldwell is a 100% environmental and 100% employee-owned firm with over 1,700 employees all working towards a common goal: to make a positive impact on our environment and in our world. Brown and Caldwell has worked on major biosolids management programs throughout the country.
Ask anyone who works with Billy Lewis to describe him and you will hear quiet, considerate, hard worker and a man of few words. You would think someone who sells biosolids products for a living would be a big talker with a crap load of bravado. That is not the case with Billy; instead, he enjoys the quieter things in life like spending time with his wife and two boxers, running, camping and golfing.
Racial equity in wastewater and biosolids
We are in a pandemic. A pandemic that has impacted all of us, but one which is disproportionally impacting indigenous and people of color, especially black people. Deaths from COVID-19 for black Americans are nearly two times greater than would be expected based on their share of the population . The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others show the systemic racism and inequity that persists in the United States today.
If you had asked then-college student, Brady Linden where he thought he would be after graduation, his response likely would not have included the words “wastewater”, “sewer,” or “biosolids.”
Brady earned his BS in Environmental Geology from Central Washington University and his plan was to pursue a job in that field of work.