Water Leaders to Converge in Milwaukee to Discuss Sustainability

Sept. 30, 2011

About 200 water sector, business and community leaders will attend the Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference on Monday

On Monday, Oct. 3, about 200 water sector, business and community leaders will converge in Milwaukee for the 2nd annual Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference. The purpose of the conference is to advance communities through green infrastructure and resource recovery. 

“Water leaders are uniting like never before to share timely success stories and strategies for connecting the dots, drops and watts to sustain communities and ecosystems,” Clean Water America Alliance President Ben Grumbles said. "We'll focus on proven and possible paths to green, as the [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] (EPA) prepares new storm water regulations and full resource recovery as businesses and utilities reclaim the wealth in wastewater.”

The Honorable Mayor Tom Barrett, well known as a green infrastructure champion, will open the event at noon on Monday.  Other keynotes include EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stone,  MillerCoors Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility Kim Marotta and Global Water President Trevor Hill.  Phaedra Ellis-Lampkins, CEO from Green for All, will release and discuss a national study that looks at jobs generated by green infrastructure.

The conference is being organized by the Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability (UWS) Council, a group representing the most forward-thinking and innovative urban areas in the U.S.

“Cities are shifting to green infrastructure at ambitious scales and timeframes,” UWS Council Chair Kevin Shafer said. “The Council and Leadership Conference give us the opportunity to exchange and strategize to put the best practices forward for our communities.”

The conference is supported by a grant from The Joyce Foundation and sponsored by Veolia Water, NA, CDM, CH2M Hill, InSinkErator, AECOM, ARCADIS Pirnie, The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Brown and Caldwell, and Black & Veatch.

Source: Clean Water America Alliance