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2018 Next Generation Water Summit

Ed Marzia Keynote AddressBeautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico will reprise its role as host of the Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) this April. The inaugural NGWS, held last year, was conceived to be the first of its kind, an event directed to three distinct professional cohorts: the building, design, and architectural community; water policy and delivery professionals; water harvesting, water conservation, and re-use experts, all connected through the issue of water scarcity in the West.

Protecting, reusing and conserving water, our most precious natural resource, is vital to sustaining our quality of life and economic growth in the southwestern United States. This is the goal of the Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS). NGWS brings together these industry experts to collaborate, share hurdles and best practices in this volatile, growing environment.

The issue of water scarcity generates big questions, which is why our keynote presenters at the 2017 NGWS, a three-day event with over 40 breakout sessions, featured big thinkers in the industry, including Ed Mazria of Architecture 2030, and Mary Ann Dickinson of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. One of this year’s keynote speakers is Jonathan Overpeck, a water expert from the University of Michigan and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. Overpeck’s address on Monday, April 30, will focus specifically on the threats facing the Colorado River Watershed.

In addition to Overpeck, this year’s Summit has an unbelievable speaker lineup; including, Bill Hoffman, the father of commercial water audits; Peter Mayer, Founder of WaterDM; Dr. Robert Mace, Chief Water Policy Officer of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University; as well as representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Utah discussing their state-wide programs and unique programs within their state. This year also features a pair of professionally facilitated charrettes. The intent of these workshops is to learn, leverage, record and plan. Both charrettes will generate whitepapers that will be given out to all attendees.

This unique event brings together developers, builders and water professionals from around the southwest to network and leverage each other experiences. Mary Ann Dickinson, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Water Efficiency keynoted last year and is a partner of the Summit this year. Per Mary Ann, “We are proud partners of the 2018 Next Generation Water Summit. This unique event is a must attend for those interested in building sustainable communities in the arid southwest."

Prior and post-Summit, the Santa Fe Community College will feature a variety of water certification courses. These courses offer attendees the ability to attend the Summit and obtain valuable water certifications at the same time. More information about these courses can be found on the Summit website.

The Next Generation Water Summit is hosted by the City of Santa Fe and is produced by The Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, KuelWater.org, a non-profit focused on water reuse and recycling, the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, and the Green Builder Coalition, the national nonprofit owner and developer of the Water Efficiency Rating Score®.

The Summit will be April 29th – May 1st in Santa Fe, NM. To register for this event visit: www.NextGenerationWaterSummit.com.

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