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Conference drives "one water" integration for green cities
The Clean Water America Alliance will host the Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Oct. 15 to 17.
“Water is shaping our communities and defining our future like never before,” said Ben Grumbles, president of the Alliance. “Our urban water conference provides a national forum for water collaboration and sustainability.” Spotlight Cities from Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Mo., Syracuse, N.Y., and Tucson, Ariz., will present cross-agency, cross-sector, community and business leader panels to share their models of creative integration and innovation for green infrastructure and resource recovery. Different from other more technical meetings, the Leadership Conference examines the equation for success that includes sociology, governance, partnership, funding, regulation and most of all, leadership.
In addition, “Strategic Sidebar” conversations will allow those at the cutting edge to compare notes and tackle obstacles with participation by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials. Speakers from the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council, City Parks Alliance and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, to name just a few, will share reports on financing, trends in conservation and programs for evaluating progress. Roundtable discussions will shed light on emerging opportunities and challenges.
Attendees and presenters will reflect the broad scope of stakeholders needed to recreate our cities with resource recovery and green infrastructure. Join water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation, parks and recreation officials, as well as business leaders, non-profit organizations and EPA regulators as attendees drive the paradigm shift for water sustainability.
The Leadership Conference is organized annually by the Clean Water America Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Council. Through this Leadership Conference the council seeks to connect the dots among water, land use, parks, forests, transportation, energy, agriculture and other sectors around a goal of revitalizing cities with multi-benefit projects that produce triple bottom-line results.
The conference is co-hosted by the CONFLUENCE Water and Technology Cluster of Greater Cincinnati. It is being underwritten in-part by a grant from the United Water Foundation with additional support from CH2M Hill, CDM Smith, Brown & Caldwell, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Malcolm Pirnie ARCADIS, Black & Veatch and Hazen & Sawyer.