Sustainability Thought Leaders to Gather for Virtual Conference

June 3, 2011
The hour-long conference sponsored by Dow Chemical Co. will have 60 speakers offering solutions to global water challenges

According to recent estimates, about 5.3 billion people—two-thirds of the world’s population—will suffer from water shortages by 2025. To bring attention to the global water crisis, Dow Chemical Co. executives will bring together thought leaders actively working on global water issues in a virtual conference to provide insight into how chemistry, along with other fields, sectors and stakeholders, can meet the challenge of supplying the world with clean and sustainable water.

Composed of 60 influential water industry practitioners, non-profit leaders, media, professors and authors from all over the world, the hour-long virtual conference—“The Future of Water”—will provide a platform for experts to offer various perspectives and insights on global water supply and management, global scarcity, aging infrastructure, the water-energy nexus and the human dynamics behind meeting the global water challenge.

Stemming from all walks of life, and touching on a variety of themes related to the international water challenge, the speakers will share a sense of the on-the-ground reality of the global water crisis with online participants. Featured speakers include Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund; Jeff Seabright, the vice president for Environment and Water Resources at The Coca Cola Co.; Lisa Nash, CEO of Blue Planet Network; and William Reilly, the chairman of Global Water Challenge.

The virtual conference will take place on June 7. Leading up to the event, visitors will be able to view and share a trailer previewing the conference as well as see a full list of conference speakers. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to interact with featured speakers and other participants via digital and social-media channels, adding their voices to the overall dialogue on the global water challenge.

Source: The Dow Chemical Co.

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