From region to region across the U.S., and worldwide, issues surrounding water use, infrastructure and quality are prevalent and varied. Communities large and small within the Mississippi River Basin confront issues of water abundance and flooding, while other parts of the U.S. face water scarcity and drought. The St. Louis region recently marked the 25th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1993, collectively reminding us of the power of water and the potential impact of future flooding.
How can our buildings and communities—each unique in their location, structure and function—adapt to their conditions and embrace innovative approaches to sustainable water use and wastewater management?
Exploring Current Advances and Innovation in Water Management and Quality
When: Fri., September 14, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63112
As an advocate for green buildings and communities, the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter will host a full-day exploration of sustainable water infrastructure on September 14. Bringing together experts from across the nation and throughout the St. Louis region, the event will feature local success stories and partnerships, infrastructure challenges and case studies from corporations and institutions on environmental stewardship, water efficiency and water quality. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge to more critically analyze their approach to water use, management and quality.
- Keynote presenter Pete Munoz will introduce attendees to a number of precedent-setting projects, including Hassalo on Eighth, a large multi-use residential urban redevelopment project in Portland, Oregon, that treats its wastewater for reuse onsite (60,000 gallons per day), redirecting it away from stressed city sewer infrastructure. Through this state-of-the-art project, Munoz will identify cutting-edge technology and design that truly reduces a building’s ecological footprint. In addition to exploring real-life innovative solutions, Munoz will discuss regulatory barriers and future possibilities for the industry.
- Continuing on the design strand, architect Michael Willis will share stories of community engagement in the reimagining of wastewater treatment facilities. As suburban development expands, proximity to wastewater treatment facilities increases. Willis will discuss how facilities can be designed as neighborhood amenities that make the invisible visible.
- In what can be the most water-intensive facilities, hospitals play a critical role in efforts toward water conservation. Lois Sechrist, Manager of the Ascension Environmental Stewardship Program for Medxcel, will touch upon sustainable water infrastructure in health care and its important role in promoting wellness.
- Water quality will also be analyzed in detailed conversations regarding new water quality testing and the dilemmas of why and how contaminants lodge in piping.
This unique Continuing Education Blitz will deepen your knowledge on water infrastructure in the St. Louis region and beyond. Learn more about the event.