When is our nation going to get SERIOUS about conserving water?

Author: Travis Leipzig

When is our nation going to get SERIOUS about conserving water? Maybe on June 3rd at the National River Rally in Charleston, SC. River Network and our allies aim to jumpstart this important conversation by bringing together national leaders and progressive water utilities to talk turkey about water conservation.

Groups participating in the Campaign to Sustain Water and Energy will be hosting a 3 hour session on National Initiatives on Water and Energy. This session will start at 1:30pm at the Embassy Suites in North Charleston and is open to non-Rally attendees. Please rsvp with Wendy Wilson at wwilson@rivernetwork.org to attend these important discussions!

Session Description: Friday June 3rd 1:30 – 4:30 National Initiatives for Water and Energy

Across the country the threat of climate change has raised concerns about the security and predictability of our water supplies.

  • Watershed groups want to engage community members in support of watershed protection and sustainable water supplies.

  • Local utilities need resources and public support for leak reduction, cost-recovery and water conservation programs.

  • Federal agencies are looking for ways to help secure water supplies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This session will bring together leaders in the watershed community, water utilities, federal agencies and national experts in energy and water conservation programs to clarify common goals, effective programs and policies that could be moved forwards with better cross-sector collaboration. Discussion Facilitator: Marc Alston.

Panel 1: Water and Energy Policy. What national initiatives, federal programs and policy options could significantly reduce both water and energy use? The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) are soon to release the National Blueprint for Water and Energy. Panelists will share the current policy tools and options that can be used to increase the effectiveness of conservation planning and programs.
Panelists: Alliance for Water Efficiency (Mary Ann Dickinson)
American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Neal Elliot
U.S. EPA - Office of Water & WaterSense (invited)
Duke University (invited)
Southeast Alliance for Clean Energy

Panel 2: On the Ground Strategies. Panelists will address their experience developing successful energy and water conservation programs and identify opportunities for watershed groups and utilities to work together.
Panelists: American Rivers (Peter Raabe)
S.C. Chapter American Water Works Association
Spartanburg Water (Rebecca West)
Beaufort Utilities SC / UNC - Environmental Finance Center
Cobb Ct, Georgia, (Kathy Nyugen)

This is a pre-conference workshop associated with River Network’s Nation River Rally. Subject to room size limits, it will be open to Rally attendees and guests. Please RSVP with Wendy Wilson at wwilson@rivernetwork.org.

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