Laurie Brenner

Union Sanitrary District
First Place
 San Francisco Bay Section

Laurie is currently employed as the Finance and Acquisition Services Coach at the Union Sanitary District; she has an MBA, holds Wastewater Grade V certification in California, a Career Technical Education (CTE) credential from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and is both a Certified Quality Auditor and Certified Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Auditor with the American Society for Quality.

Laurie is the Past Chair for the San Francisco Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association’s Professional Development Committee (PDC), serving in this role twice, and shares her passion for the industry through teaching Wastewater Operations in the local regional occupational program at the Castro Valley Adult & Career Education Center.

Laurie loves to hike and kayak in the San Francisco Bay Area and is dedicated to protecting the environment and habitats for wildlife.


The Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S) is used by water environment associations (i.e., those working with sewage and sewage treatment) to honour those who have made a particular contribution to the industry.

Pennsylvania started the High Hat Society in 1937 and used the words "Sludge Shovelers Society" in its initiation ceremony. Later, this became known as the Ted Moses Sludge Shovelers Society. The second Chapter of the Five S Society was formed in Arizona in October 1940, the idea being conceived by A.W. "Dusty" Miller and F. Carlyle Roberts, Jr. There are chapters in many of the United States and in Canada, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

5S chapters do not accept applications, but select potential members. Each inductee receives a badge in the form of a gold tie bar in the shape of a round-nosed shovel.

5S recognizes individuals active in protecting the water environment through participation in Local, State, and/or Federal sponsored activities. 

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