Leadership Conference Gains Support
Enthusiasm is building for the Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference, October 15-17, in Cincinnati. CH2M Hill will host a special reception at the Underground Railroad Museum for participants. The new United Water Foundation has granted an award to support keeping registration fees low for attendees. “Urban water leaders have a multitude of challenges, that can’t all be resolved through technical expertise alone, but require a new way of approaching the issues, ” explains Brent Fewell, United Water. “We want to support this conference because it takes a holistic approach to problem-solving that examines governance, policies and regulations, partnerships, funding, and sociology – but most of all leadership.“
The Leadership Conference has become a focal point for the national dialogue on green infrastructure and resource recovery. This will be the third annual conference to feature Spotlight Cities. Panels from Chattanooga, Cleveland, Denver, Syracuse, and Tucson, will bring cross-agency, cross-department, community and business leaders to share their models of creative integration and innovative approaches. As in prior years, they will drive the notion of water as an integrating strategy for the urban environment that can serve a multitude of needs.
In addition, speakers from Alliance for Water Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council, City Parks Alliance, and the Institute for Sustainable Development, to name just a few, will share reports on financing, trends in conservation, and programs for evaluating progress. Strategic Sidebar conversations will allow those at the cutting edge to compare notes and tackle obstacles. 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 U.S. EPA regulators as we drive the paradigm shift for water sustainability.
The Leadership Conference is organized annually by the U.S. Water 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, and other sectors around a goal of revitalizing cities with multi-benefit projects that produce triple bottom-line results.