WaterBuild, the new Water Summit at Greenbuild, debuts this year in Los Angeles. It’s a convening of changemakers designed to introduce healthy, efficient and sustainable water solutions in buildings and infrastructure. This daylong summit will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4, prior to the official start of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Join USGBC to learn what professionals in buildings, infrastructure, design, manufacturing, finance and policy are doing to create a more sustainable world for water. We’ll also be workshopping solutions and mobilizing to have an impact—and to do that, we need you!
This year’s summit kicks-off a three-year program where, at Greenbuild 2018 (Boston) and Greenbuild 2018 (Atlanta), USGBC will continue to drive conversation and problem solving around this important resource, using the international platform of Greenbuild to amplify our efforts. Our WaterBuild journey will focus on harnessing opportunity, scaling solutions and making meaningful contributions in water sustainability. Key topics, focused on buildings and infrastructure, will include healthy drinking water; innovative water-saving designs, technologies and policies; and infrastructure solutions for enhanced resilience.
Here are a few highlights from this year’s lineup:
- Opening Keynote: Waterbuild’s opening keynote address, delivered by Dr. Michael E. Webber, promises to present a new, holistic way of thinking about energy and water—a big-picture approach to the inherent interdependence of these two resources. Webber, a leader and teacher in the field of energy technology and policy and author of a new book, "Thirst for Power," identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.
- Charrette: Towards Net Zero Water in Los Angeles County: Attendees are invited to participate in a charrette-style session to help L.A. County brainstorm local and regional approaches to reducing water consumption. In April 2016, Los Angeles County made a commitment to draft a “net-zero water ordinance.” This requires research and learning from best practices, tailored for feasible and cost-effective application in L.A. County. This session will offer attendees an opportunity to contribute to this timely and important policy development.
- Caltech—Getting to a Net Zero Water Campus: Caltech’s Bechtel Residence, a new undergraduate housing complex aspiring to be energy- and water-neutral, is moving Caltech closer to its goal of being a net zero water campus. Speakers will illustrate analysis on conventional and nonconventional methods to reduce water consumption campus-wide. Attendees will acquire knowledge of the regional relevance of mandates and water restrictions aimed at water conservation and gain a deeper understanding of the factors that influence consumption on a large campus scale.
- Pecha Kucha: Onsite Water Reuse, Water Infrastructure + Society: In the afternoon, attendees will have the option to sit in on eight “Pecha Kucha” presentations in which speakers will present very short, fast-moving, cogent presentations. This session will be divided into two one-hour blocks, with the first focusing on onsite water reuse, using case studies from California and around the world to explain the worldwide water crisis and to identify ways to address it. The second one-hour block will address water scarcity, quality, access, efficiency and equity in communities through holistic water management and policy.
In the coming weeks, we’ll hear from a few members of the WaterBuild Advisory Group on their insights and perspectives, which we look forward to diving into at this year’s summit and in the years ahead.