One Water Summit to Draw Top Water Leaders to Atlanta

The One Water Summit 2016 is a premier gathering of utilities, business leaders, policymakers,environmental advocates, community leaders and researchers working to address the nation’s most urgent water challenges.

us-waterHosted by the U.S. Water Alliance and being held June 8-10 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga., the One Water Summit is anticipated to draw some of the nations top leaders and advocates in water, wastewater and environmental policy, including:

  • Dean Amhaus, CEO of The Water Council
  • George Hawkins, CEO & General Manager, DC Water
  • Julius Ciaccia, CEO, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Radhika Fox, CEO, U.S. Water Alliance
  • Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Harlan Kelly, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Adam Krantz, CEO, NACWA
  • Jo Ann Macrina, Commissioner, Atlanta Department of Watershed Management
  • David St. Pierre, Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Nancy Stoner, Water Program Director and Senior Fellow, Pisces Foundation and former Acting Assistant Administrator for Water at U.S. EPA
  • Joel Beauvais, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, US EPA

Click here for a complete list of Summit speakers.

Attendees will hear presentations covering water’s impact on economic growth, environmental sustainability, and opportunity for all in the United States. Through inspiring plenary sessions, interactive panels, mobile workshops and caucuses, participants will strategize on how to accelerate the adoption of integrated, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to water resource management.

The Summit will be organized around the following themes:

Innovations in Project Delivery & Financing. Summit participants will examine innovations in project delivery and financing that are facilitating the deployment of the one water approach. Summit attendees will deepen their knowledge of how to utilize water investments to maximize economic, environmental, and community benefit and leave with a deeper understanding of effective project delivery and financing models.

Partnerships for Progress: Advancing more integrated, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to water management requires effective partnerships within the water sector and beyond. From urban and agriculture leaders collaborating for healthy watersheds, to public-private partnerships focused on financing and operating water projects, to how water reliant businesses are advancing sustainable water stewardship practices with utilities, environmental groups, and community leaders—the Summit will spotlight the necessary and effective partnerships to drive a sustainable water future. Attendees will leave the Summit with a solid understanding of the critical success factors for forging partnerships for progress, and develop new collaborations for their own work at home.

Making the Case: Data, Research, and Community Engagement. What data and information gaps need to be filled to accelerate the adoption of one water management? How do we use strategic communications and engagement strategies to build champions and transform the water mindset in this nation? One Water Summit 2016 will feature some of the latest research to advance one water management, as well as opportunities to caucus on unmet data and research needs. Summit attendees will have an opportunity to learn about and share new ideas for communicating the value of water and engaging water customers as stewards and co-creators of sustainable water solutions.

Policy, Regulation, and Institutional Change. A supportive policy and regulatory environment is crucial for managing water resources in a holistic, integrated, and inclusive way. How is the current policy and regulatory framework thwarting approaches to one water management? What policy, regulatory, and institutional change must happen to accelerate water infrastructure improvements and sustainable water resource management? Summit attendees will grapple with these questions, share success stories, and develop recommendations to create a more supportive and enabling policy and regulatory environment so that one water innovation can flourish.

One of the main events of the One Water Summit will be the ceremony to honor the 2016 U.S. Water Prize winners. The winners of this year’s Water Prize – DC Water, Dow and Emory University – will be formally recognized in a special ceremony and reception on June 8 at the Georgia Aquarium.

RELATED: U.S. WaterAlliance Announces 2016 Water Prize Winners

On June 9-10, the Summit will continue with a series of plenaries andworkshops. The plenaries gather all Summit participants for cornerstoneconversations, exploring how we can work together to scale promisingpractices to secure a sustainable water future for all. Workshopsessions will dive deeply into a wide range of issues, models, andapproaches, allowing participants to focus on a particular topic ofinterest and explore linkages across issues and disciplines.

For more information on the 2016 One Water Summit, please visit uswateralliance.com. To view the schedule at a glance, click here.

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