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The Water Environment Federation is hosting a conference called Energy and Water 2011 - Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts in Chicago, Illinois July 31 – August 3, 2011. The conference will bring together a diverse array of professionals to share their research on the intersections between water, energy and climate change. Abstracts are being accepted until Friday December 10, 2010.
Here’s a description of the Energy and Water 2011 - Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts Conference and their call for Abstracts:
Municipal water supply and wastewater treatment systems are among the most energy-intensive facilities owned and operated by local governments, representing as much as half of a municipality’s total electricity consumption. Approximately 4 per cent of the nation’s electricity goes towards moving and treating water and wastewater. The Water Environment Federation and its cooperating partners are pleased to announce a Conference that covers not just the significant topic of energy in the water sector, but also includes broader issues of climate change impacts and adaptation for the water environment.
Professionals, governments, and utilities are looking for information to guide planning and technical solutions and to start adopting practices and strategies that advance sustainability and improve our energy profile. This conference will bring together researchers, regulators, designers, technology developers, students, municipal agencies/utilities, facility managers/operators, industry representatives, and other environmental professionals from around the world to share and debate the current state of knowledge of the water-energy nexus. Technical presentations will be complimented by open discussions to examine research, design, approaches, strategies, and operational issues and thereby also provide a forum for the discussion of sustainable approaches to the energy-water nexus. Abstracts are being solicited on the following issues, including but not limited to:
1. Energy Efficiency
2. Energy Generation
3. Utility Management
4. Climate Impacts
5. Zero Net Energy Facilities and Beyond
6. Manufacturers Forum
7. Academic Forum
The deadline for submitting abstract, workshop or session proposals is Friday, December 10th, 2010. Click here to submit an abstract.
For more information, including contact information if you have questions about the event, visit the Energy and Water 2011 - Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts Conference website.
The Water Environment Federation is a nonprofit organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF is hosting their Energy and Water 2011 Conference with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Central States Water Environment Association, Illinois Water Environment Association and the Water Environment Research Foundation.