Think about how many streets are named after water. Lake Drive. River Road. Pacific Ocean Highway.
Roads and water intertwine in many ways, from roads destroyed by increasingly frequent flooding to heavy water use in the construction industry. As the government discusses broad infrastructure packages, roads and water are two of the most cited needs. Then there is the figurative road to good water stewardship, a route we as a society are building even as we walk it.
We’ll discuss all that and more at the virtual 2021 Water Leaders Summit. We are bringing together water thought leaders for six morning sessions filled with fascinating panels and interviews. You’ll hear from top transportation officials such as Aimee Flannery of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ed Sniffen of the Hawaii Department of Transportation will tell us about the challenges of maintaining, rebuilding and relocating roads on a collection of islands increasingly threatened by rising sea levels. Carol Ellinger Haddock of Houston Public Works will tell of the harrowing days after a severe winter storm left her city without running water and what she learned from the crisis.
We’ll focus on water stewardship as well, talking to members of the Biden administration about the importance of water in environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and where water innovation and stewardship fit in efforts to combat and address climate change. Rodolfo Perez of the International WELL Building Institute will talk about advancing health and wellbeing in buildings around the world, including through sustainable water practices. Corporate leaders, including Emilio Tenuta of Ecolab, will offer a business perspective on the administration’s climate change efforts.
Click here to register. A single registration gets you access to all six sessions. Prices are $99 for The Water Council members, $129 for non-members and $39 for students.
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Our thanks to Circle of Blue/Vector Center, Michael Best, The Nature Conservancy, SCS Global Services and VISIT Milwaukee.
Since we couldn’t hold our event in 2020, we created a podcast instead. You can find it here.