Donohue’s Leon Downing, Ph.D., PE,
contributed to the development of the Water Environment Federation’s newly published book entitled Sustainability Reporting Statements for Wastewater Systems
. Dr. Downing served as lead author for Chapter 2 - Sustainability Reporting: Principles, Frameworks, and Standards
and as assistant author on Chapter 5 - Proposed Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
The publication proposes a set of standard environmental performance report formats for use by wastewater utilities to facilitate uniform reporting in a manner similar to that currently used for financial reporting. The publication outlines the environmental reporting equivalent of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for environmental performance reporting by wastewater systems, providing general guidance on how information should be compiled and offering standard reporting templates.
Dr. Downing specializes in nutrient removal, biofilm/attached-growth systems, and resource recovery from wastewater. He is an active member of the Water Environment Federation and Water Environment Research Foundation, serving as vice-chair on two national committees, participating in several project subcommittees, co-authoring over 35 publications, and a presenter at regional, national, and international wastewater and modeling conferences.