Tuesday, May 16, 2017
2:00-3:30pm ET
Hart Senate Office Building – Room 216


Today, cities across the nation are grappling with significant water challenges from aging infrastructure and poor water quality, to water scarcity or flooding. Not only do these challenges impact public health and quality of life, but they also threaten business growth. Added pressures from a changing climate only exacerbates these challenges, leaving communities more vulnerable to extreme storms, flooding and drought. At the same time, a growing number of companies recognize that water security is a core business input that can’t be taken for granted and are stepping up as valuable partners in protecting and restoring the watersheds vital to their success.

The resilience of our cities and our businesses to withstand future water risks will highly depend on how water is managed today. How are local governments, businesses, and others using integrated water management strategies to address environmental challenges head on? How can these challenges promote economic growth and business sustainability? This panel discussion will feature government and business leaders who are adopting sustainable water practices to improve water infrastructure and secure the resilience of their communities.

Featured speakers include: 

  • The Honorable Mayor Darryl V. Grennell, Natchez, Mississippi

  • The Honorable Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach, Florida

  • The Honorable Mayor Sal Panto, Easton, Pennsylvania

  • The Honorable Matt Zone, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio and President, National League of Cities

  • Sam Adams, Director, World Resources Institute 

  • Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities

  • Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, CEO, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

  • Emily Feenstra, Deputy Director, US Water Alliance

  • Betsy Otto, Global Director, Water Program, World Resources Institute

  • Jon Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Director, Coca-Cola