Conference drives 'one water' integration for green cities

At the Clean Water America Alliance's Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati this fall, spotlight cities will share their models of creative integration and innovation for green infrastructure and resource recovery...

WASHINGTON DC, July 25, 2012 -- The Clean Water America Alliance will host the Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, October 15-17. "Water is shaping our communities and defining our future like never before," explains Ben Grumbles, president of the Alliance. "Our urban water conference provides a national forum for water collaboration and sustainability."

Spotlight Cities from Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Syracuse, and Tucson will present cross-agency, cross-sector, community and business leader panels to share their models of creative integration and innovation for green infrastructure and resource recovery. Different from other more technical meetings, the Leadership Conference examines the equation for success that includes sociology, governance, partnership, funding, regulation, and most of all leadership.

In addition, "Strategic Sidebar" conversations will allow those at the cutting edge to compare notes and tackle obstacles with participation by U.S. EPA officials. Speakers from the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Natural Resources Defense Council, City Parks Alliance, and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, to name just a few, will share reports on financing, trends in conservation, and programs for evaluating progress. 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 Clean Water America 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, agriculture, and other sectors around a goal of revitalizing cities with multi-benefit projects that produce triple bottom-line results.

The conference is co-hosted by the CONFLUENCE Water and Technology Cluster of Greater Cincinnati. It is being underwritten in-part by a grant from the United Water Foundation with additional support from CH2M Hill, CDM Smith, Brown & Caldwell, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Malcolm Pirnie ARCADIS, Black & Veatch and Hazen & Sawyer.

For more information, visit Urban Water Sustainability Leadership event webpage or contact Lorraine Loken at 202.533.1819 or email lloken@cwaa.us.

About the Clean Water America Alliance
Formed in 2008, the Clean Water America Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 educational organization whose goal is to unite people and policy for water sustainability. A broad cross-section of interests is coming together through the Alliance to advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. In addition to hosting the Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference annually, the Alliance presents the U.S. Water Prize to recognize achievement and inspire action for water sustainability. For more information, visit www.CleanWaterAmericaAlliance.org or contact lloken@CWAA.us.

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