Presentations – Monday

Monday, December 7

Urban Mayors on Water and Climate Resilience: Think Globally, Act Locally

The hard work of cities around the world to mitigate and adapt to climate impacts embodies the principle of Think Globally, Act Locally In this video, the mayors of Boston, Chicago, Fort Collins, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County and Seattle highlight their cities’ challenges, goals and achievements.

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Welcome Messages

Diane VanDe HeiExecutive Director
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (US)

Halla RazakDirector
San Diego Public Utilities (US)

The Honorable Scott Peters
U.S. House of Representatives

Maureen StapletonGeneral Manager
San Diego County Water Authority (US)

Water and Climate Change: Key Drivers of Risk, Resilience and Opportunity

Climate change as a “disruptive opportunity” and the importance of utility planning in the context of risk management and sustainability.

Simon PollardProfessor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor
School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood
Cranfield University (UK)

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Adapting, Mitigating and Planning: Transitioning from the Past and Envisioning the Future

Water and wastewater utility and city leaders describe where they are now in implementing climate resilience plans.

Paul Reiter (presider)President
ReiterIWS (HK)

Pat McCaffertyManaging Director
Yarra Valley Water (AUS)

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Paula VerhoevenGeneral Director
Department of City Development
City of Rotterdam (NL)

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Rob PritchardGeneral Manager
Utilities and Environmental Protection Department
City of Calgary (CAN)
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Maureen StapletonGeneral Manager
San Diego County Water Authority (US)

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Q & A Session

Citizen Engagement and the Wisdom of Communicating About Climate Change

Effective climate change communications with customers and other stakeholders.

Edward MaibachProfessor and Director
Center for Climate Change Communication
George Mason University (US)

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Douglas YoderDeputy Director
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (US)

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Decision-Relevant, Urban-Sensitive Innovations and Solutions

The interactions between climate and water and an overview of key topics that are the focus of current research.

Mark LeChevallier (presider)Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship
American Water (US)

Casey Brown
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University (US)

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Tony WongProfessor and CEO
Cooperative Research Center for Water Sensitive Cities (AUS)

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Harry SeahChief Technology Officer
Public Utilities Board (Singapore)

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Q & A Session