Summit to showcase 'One Water' strategies to drive water sustainability
On August 26-28, the U.S. Water Alliance's Urban Water Sustainability Council will host the 2015 One Water Leadership Summit in San Francisco, Calif., where it will present integrated and holistic "One-Water" strategies to drive better thinking for water sustainability.
WASHINGTON, DC, July 15, 2015 -- On August 26-28, the U.S. Water Alliance's Urban Water Sustainability Council will host the 2015 One Water Leadership Summit (OWLS) in San Francisco, Calif., where it will present integrated and holistic "One-Water" strategies to drive better thinking for water sustainability in a changing climate.
The future of water is One Water -- integration across the water cycle and within urban management overall. OWLS will convene a number of visionary water leaders who will drive the paradigm shift to break down silos and unify an often fragmented water industry in the name of sustainability, renewability and conservation.
"This year's [Summit] offers many opportunities to learn how practitioners are applying the One Water and integrated water management concepts in the context of a changing and variable climate within the utilities as well as the water sector generally," said Tracy Mehan III, U.S. Water Alliance interim president. "Whether it be at the facility level, or watershed and source water protection at scale, OWLS provides something for everyone."
The Summit arrives on the heels of WERF's newest report "Pathways to One Water," which investigates the steps required to initiate One Water management and the copious benefits of instituting such changes. At OWLS, attendees will hear firsthand from some of water's leading minds as they elucidate water's future in a new "One Water Futures" segment. Speakers include:
- Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment, State of Maryland
- David St. Pierre, Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
- George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water
- Joe Whitworth, President, The Freshwater Trust
- Robin Gilthore, CEO, WaterSmart
Peter Glick, president of the Pacific Institute, will also moderate a panel named "Moving Toward One Water Management," which will hear from panelists including:
- Cynthia Lane, Director of Engineering & Technical Services, AWWA
- Rob Renner, Executive Director, Water Research Foundation
- Tim Williams, Deputy Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
About the U.S. Water Alliance
The U.S. Water Alliance was formed in 2008 as a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization whose goal is to unite people and policy for one-water sustainability. The Alliance awards the U.S. Water Prize and organizes the One Water Leadership Summit annually. A broad cross-section of interests has come together through the Alliance to advance holistic, watershed-based solutions to water quality and quantity challenges. For more information, visit www.USWaterAlliance.org.