Water Environment Federation

United States

Water Environment Federation (WEF) hired Raftelis to develop a communication toolkit to help wastewater agencies communicate confidently about biosolids. Raftelis researched biosolids media coverage and interviewed agencies with successful outreach programs; then wrote a comprehensive guide and training module that walks readers through the steps needed to develop and execute a successful biosolids communication effort. The toolkit includes guidance for making the business case for proactive outreach, it covers best practices for handling a “hit piece,” for managing pushback from the community, using social media and much more, including downloadable imagery, infographics, social media posts and templates. The team also supported WEF with training on the use of the toolkit.