Monday, July 21, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
The Mid-America Club, 200 East Randolph Drive, 8th Fl., Chicago, Ill.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and World Business Chicago (WBC), with support from the City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Chicago Sisters Cities Intl., will jointly present Chicago Water Summit 2014: Global Lessons from Great Water Cities. A panel of national and international leaders from the public and private sectors will share their experiences and perspectives about a new paradigm for water that will help communities of all sizes adapt to rapidly changing water management challenges.
Highlighting the program will be a luncheon keynote from Henk Ovink, principal of Rebuild by Design and senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Ovink, who was recently profiled in The New York Times Magazine as a leading international water management expert, will help frame the overall discussion with insights into the famed Dutch water management approach. Other featured speakers include:
In many parts of the world, pressures from population growth, climate change and urbanization are straining existing water systems and resources, sometimes beyond capacity. In order to sufficiently meet current and future water demands, water managers and civil leaders from communities of all sizes are being forced to radically rethink water management by looking for smarter and more progressive approaches that will increase resiliency, enhance livability and conserve resources.
Recognizing the value of global knowledge exchange, this exclusive, one-day meeting will bring together influential leaders to discuss the big picture trends in urban water management and the new thinking around best practices, including technology and innovation; resiliency and sustainability; investments in water infrastructure systems and its impact on job creation and a strong financial future; and collaboratively working with the private sector.
This forward-thinking Summit is the latest in a series of dialogues examining case studies and engaging in discussion to distill lessons learned from leading water cities, in the hopes of changing the agenda for other communities facing similar challenges. It also sets the stage for the high profile and popular water leaders session that will be held at WEFTEC 2014—WEF’s 87th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference—this fall in New Orleans. As the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition, WEFTEC brings thousands of water professionals and water equipment manufacturers to Chicago every other year through 2023.