Great Lakes, Great People: Aline Daniel
We are excited to kick off the Great Lakes, Great People series by featuring Aline Daniel, Director of Government Sales for Sloan Valve Company (www.sloanvalve.com). Sloan invented the flushometer technology in 1906 that is now used in millions of public restrooms worldwide, and Sloan’s commercial plumbing system line includes toilet and urinal fixtures, low-flow sensor faucets, showerheads, and energy-efficient electronic hand dryers. Aline can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our common ground is the Midwest’s powerful water resources.
My title, director of government sales for Sloan, says little about how I’m right in the crosshairs of the water conservation movement. There’s been much talk lately of carbon emissions from the government, but not so much about water, except for programs such as EPA WaterSense that have traditionally been more consumer focused.
Growing up in California, I have a healthy respect for water. On the one hand, I have witnessed the power of the ocean. What has impacted me more, however, has been seeing firsthand the vulnerability of communities that have been desperate for steady sources of clean water.
Now that I live in Michigan and work for a plumbing manufacturer headquartered in Illinois, I’ve curiously seen a difference of perception regarding water. In the Midwest, people worry little about water; it’s taken for granted as being plentiful. On the other hand, Midwesterners tend to underestimate the Great Lakes as the powerful, amazing natural resource that it is—and what will happen if we don’t properly care for it.
Regardless, the Midwest is making great strides as a technological hub from which the future of water efficiency is already coming true, especially for industry. Numerous water-related manufacturers, including Sloan, are based in close proximity to the Great Lakes, giving us common ground—both business-wise and geographically—to work together toward the cause.
Plumbing manufacturers, in particular, have a responsibility to take the lead. We need to develop products that promote wiser water use while making businesses more efficient than ever. Businesses look for reasonable ways to conserve water with technologies that will improve efficiencies across the board.
Realistically, businesses want a win-win for the environment and themselves. The innovations we’re delivering now and planning for the future make a difference for both. I’m proud to be part of that effort.