The National Assn. of Water Companies’ (NAWC) announced the speakers of the 2016 Water Summit. Held Oct. 2 to 4 in San Diego, the summit will gather private water companies, public utility officials and water industry leaders to address water challenges, ranging from cybersecurity to the water-energy nexus.
“The National Assn. of Water Companies is bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors for our annual Water Summit to discuss solutions to the unique challenges facing the water industry,” said Michael Deane, NAWC executive director. “This year is also important as we bring more focus on the importance of new public policy and cybersecurity strategies.”
Each year, the NAWC Water Summit strives to provide a dynamic forum for leaders in the water industry, public officials, and other key stakeholders to exchange ideas and share solutions that sustain businesses and communities. This year’s keynote speakers are Michael Webber and A. Stanley Meiburg.
Michael Webber is deputy director of the Energy Institute, a Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas.
Webber is a leader and teacher in the field of energy technology and policy, explaining how energy and water supplies are linked and how problems in either can be crippling for the other. His newly released book, “Thirst for Power,” offers a new, holistic way of thinking about energy and water. Webber will deliver the Water Summit’s keynote address on Monday, Oct. 3.
Stanley Meiburg, Ph.D., acting deputy administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has broad experience in management of the agency across the spectrum of the EPA’s activities and has received numerous awards, including recognition as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012 and as a Meritorious Federal Executive in 1997. He received EPA’s Gold Medal in 1990 for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments and Silver Medal in 1983 for work on state-federal relations. He will deliver the Water Summit’s keynote address on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Other featured speakers include Philip Quade, special assistant to the director of the National Security Agency for Cyber and director of the NSA Cyber Task Force; Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water for People; Reese Tisdale, president of Bluefield Research; leading public utility commissioners; and NAWC member company executives.
“We have a terrific speaker lineup again this year and NAWC is honored to welcome our keynoters and all of our distinguished speakers, moderators and panelists participating in this year’s Water Summit. These experts and thought leaders will set the stage for new thinking and collaboration about the water challenges we face and the solutions for the water sector,” Deane said.
The 2016 NAWC Water Summit will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego. To learn more, click here.
Source: National Assn. of Water Companies