Retired wastewater operations division manager, David Hufford, ’67 worked for the city of Tacoma’s Public Works for thirty years in Washington state. During this time, Hufford developed a sustainable wastewater treatment program in which wastewater byproducts are used to make fertilizer. These bio solids are mixed with sand, sawdust, and other natural ingredients to produce an EPA top-rated and locally made soil that Tacoma green thumbs use in their gardens.
Despite his retirement in 2003, Hufford continues to be active in the Tacoma community. He sits on the committee for the City of University Place, is a member of the Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Team, and also sits on several committees within the Washington State Department of Ecology. He also hosts an annual National Neighborhood Night Out wherein neighbors, city council members, police and firemen gather for an informational meeting.
Hufford has won numerous awards for his work in environmental sustainability. Some of these include three national awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Award from the Association of Metropolitan Sewage Agencies, and a Lifetime Honorary Membership to the Board of Directors at Northwest Biosolids Management Association.
In his retirement, Hufford and his wife spend their time traveling throughout the United States in their RV. The couple has five children and six grandchildren whom they visit on these ventures. Between trips, they reside in University Place, Washington.