2022 YP of the Year Award

SWANA Young Professionals: hardworking and dedicated

SWANA’s YP of the Year Award formally acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Young Professionals in the solid waste industry. The award, which is presented to three exemplary Young Professional members annually, recognizes YP’s for outstanding performance and dedication to the solid waste and resource management industry.

Applications are Now Closed for 2022

  • YP of the Year Award Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for SWANA YP of the Year, candidates must be:

    • A SWANA YP (35 year or younger) at the beginning of the calendar year of award
    • An active SWANA YP member (Click here to join SWANA)
    • Working in the solid waste/resource management industry for more than three years

    The YP of the Year Award Applications can be submitted by the nominee or on behalf of the nominee.

  • YP of the Year Award Application Requirements

    1. A letter of interest (LOI). The LOI must answer these questions:
      • Briefly describe your professional experience.
      • Briefly describe your SWANA and/or solid waste industry participation, if any.
      • Briefly describe any volunteer or community activities you are currently engaged in.
      • Why should you be selected for this program?
      • What is your Leadership Philosophy, and how do you exemplify this philosophy in your work, community, etc. (with specific examples)?
      • How will you contribute to the program? What personal and professional strengths can you offer to the other participants?
    2. A completed Application Form.
    3. A current resume.
    4. A letter of recommendation from a professional in the solid waste industry with over 10- years of work experience.
    5. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s immediate supervisor (or similar).*

    If an applicant is self-employed or in a rare situation applicant is unable to receive this letter of support, SWANA may still consider the applicant, provided that the applicant provides a written statement.

YPs of the Year will be formally recognized at WASTECON during the Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to this year's winners!

East Region Winner (Regions 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 13)


Emily Tucker, HDR, Charlotte, NC

West Region Winner (Regions 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, & 12)

Dr. Sonia Samir, P.E.

Sonia Samir, Parkhill, Friso, TX

Discretionary (No specific region)


Haley Kunert, HF&H Consultants, Irvine, CA

YP’s of the Year will receive

  • One-year SWANA membership voucher (following the year of the award)
  • WASTECON or SOAR (nominee’s choice) attendance voucher
  • Physical award (to be presented at WASTECON)
  • SWANA Press Releases acknowledging awards
  • Member spotlights heading into following year’s WASTECON conference



Any question regarding the program and/or selection criteria must be directed to Cassidy Brauns or Hailey Tatum.