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June 03, 2015
08:30 to 17:30
The Economic Power of Water »

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GE and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania invite you to:

The Economic Power of Water

With the global growth of both populations and economies, the demand for water is approaching unsustainable levels. Beyond just the increasing stresses of human and agriculture consumption, water is also used to produce nearly all forms of energy, which further exacerbates the crisis. Yet, even with this rapid and unsustainably growing demand, we’re only reusing four to five percent of wastewater; California—one of the leading water conservation states—is reusing just eight to ten percent.

Against the backdrop of one of our nation’s most water-challenged states, this GE and the Wharton-led Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) event will convince you that water is no longer just an expense or a byproduct but is an opportunity to be seized.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (PDT)
Wharton San Francisco, 2 Harrison St., Sixth Floor, San Francisco, CA

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Program of Events

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.            Welcome

Douglas H. Collom, Vice Dean, Wharton San Francisco

Heiner Markhoff, CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies

8:40 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.            Mapping Global Water Scarcity

Charlie Iceland, Aqueduct Director, World Resources Institute                                       

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.            Report: Framing the Challenges of Scarcity in CA

Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.          Panel Session: Advancing the Potential of Water through Policy and Regulation

Focusing on education outreach, removing barriers and incentives, this panel will discuss how can industry and government work together to advance the potential of our water/energy future.

Panelists include: Melissa Meeker – Executive Director WateReuse Association,  David Sunding – Professor at UC Berkeley, Tom Iseman – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science for U.S. Department of Interior, Michael Carlin – Deputy General Manager of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.        Panel Session: Accelerating and Sustaining the Water Ecosystem through Innovation

This panel session will address how, leveraging social and human capital, the sectors are paving the way to solving energy issues in the 21st century through technology.

Panelists include: Tom Stanley – Chief Technology Officer at GE Water & Process Technologies, Vincent Tidwell – Sandia National Laboratories, Karla Kinzer – MWH Global, Robin Gilthorpe – CEO of WaterSmart 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.        LUNCH

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.          The Economics of the Power of Water w/ Q&A

Through individual presentations and a panel discussion, GE and other Fortune 100 companies will discuss water reuse in their organizations.  Specifically, they will address the corporate risk of not taking action to increase water conservation through reuse and current and possible future practices related to water and sustainability.

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.           Closing Keynote

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Wrap Up

Heiner Markhoff, CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies


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