WC-3 Innovative Partnerships for Decision-making at the Nexus

This session will focus on how business and government are deal with the nexus of food-energy and water. Discussion will focus on what partnerships that we need to address nexus issues. Looking ahead we will also discuss what innovation in science and or policy are needed for success in dealing with the nexus. Speakers are drawn from government and business.

Moderators Alan Hecht, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Speakers:

  • Diana Bauer, Director, Office of Energy Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Robert J. Rose, Office of Water, Policy Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Arthur Cotton,Program Manager, Energy Research & Development, GE Global Research
  • Christopher Lindsay, Government Relations, IAPMO Group*
  • Tim Prewitt, CEO, International Development Enterprise (iDE)
  • Rich Berkland, Vice President, Valmont Industries

Summarizer: Chuck Chaitovitz, US Water Partnership (GETF)

Alan Hecht Dr. Hecht a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service is Director for Sustainable Development in the Office of Research and Development (ORD) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 2003 he has actively advanced the concept of a systems science and sustainability within EPA and with business leaders. Now he is working on advancing tools and approaches to reflect the nexus of air-water and land. On detail to the White House, from 2001 to 2003 he was Associate Director for Sustainable Development at the Council on Environmental Quality (2002–2003) and Director of International Environmental Affairs for the National Security Council (2001–2002) where he served as White House coordinator for preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Dr. Hecht has a Ph.D in geology and geochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. — The Nexus of Food-Energy and Water: Critical Steps to Sustainability

Chuck Chaitovitz (US Water Partnership) is a Principal at the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, Chuck helped facilitate the launch, management and growth of the U.S. Water Partnership – a public-private partnership of more than 109 U.S. private sector, government and civil society organizations to mobilize the “best” of U.S. expertise, ingenuity and resources to address global water challenges. He will lead a panel of public and private stakeholders on the importance of cross-sector collaboration and knowledge sharing, through platforms such as H2infO, to advance towards our common goal of sustainable agriculture and improved water management for smallholder farmers at home and worldwide. (703-379-2713, chuck@getf.org)

Diana Bauer led a 2014 DOE report on challenges and opportunities in the energy-water nexus. Since issuing a 2014 report on challenges and opportunities in the energy-water nexus, DOE has been identifying ways we can work together with partners to: [1]reduce vulnerability and improve reliability of water-dependent energy systems by increasing water efficiency, identifying substitutes, and expanding available water resources via improving water treatment; [2] reduce the energy footprint of water systems by increasing efficiency and extracting energy; and, [3] identify productive synergies between water and energy systems. Work in the energy-water nexus relates to several dimensions of DOE’s mission, including addressing climate change, energy security, and life cycle environmental responsibility.

Robert Rose, Office of Water, Policy Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA is directly engaged in energy-water issues through many programs. ENERGY STAR and WaterSense respectively address end-user energy and water consumption. Long standing grants and loans may be used to recover energy and nutrients from municipal wastewater plants. Tools, resources, and training are promoted to make drinking water and water plants more energy efficient. As a core mission, rules and regulations address the energy sector’s impact on water use and quality. Also, community grants and multi-agency programs exist to help revitalize urban waters and the communities that surround them. These and other activities, along with working relationships with federal and local stakeholders will be discussed.

Arthur ‘Chip’ Cotton, Program Manager, Energy Research & Development, GE Global Research.
GE Global Research provides innovative technology for all of GE’s businesses. This includes merging physical and digital characteristics of sustainable energy and water solutions, efficient turbines and a resilient electrical grid – creating a new frontier in resource productivity. Over the past decade, GE has invested more than $15 billion in R&D. By the end of 2014, we had generated more than $200 billion in revenue and reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 31 percent compared to our 2004 baseline, and water use by 42% as compared to the 2006 baseline. GE is committed to public-private partnerships.

Christopher Lindsay, Manager, Government Relations at The IAPMO Group . The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO Group) helps cities address energy-water nexus issues at the community level through appropriate levels of regulation and enforcement. In 2015, the IAPMO Group partnered with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation to create an Energy-Water Nexus Toolkit designed to help corporate leaders identify best practices in overcoming nexus challenges – solutions that can translate into real cost savings, greater profits, and positive environmental impacts.

Rich Berkland, Vice President, Valmont Industries
U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) partners Valmont Industries and iDE will showcase how they are creating unique partnerships promoting development outcomes through collaborative efforts and innovations impacting the food-water nexus. Tim Prewitt, CEO of iDE and Richard Berkland, Vice President for Valmont will briefly outline the trends, current challenges and opportunities for promotion of sustainable agriculture, water resources management and value chain engagement in the developing world. In addition to setting this context, these panelists will introduce their projects and technologies aimed to alleviate the pressure that smallholder farmers currently face with improving production beyond subsistence. As a part of this discussion, Chuck Chaitovitz of the USWP will lead a panel of public and private stakeholders on the importance of cross-sector collaboration and knowledge sharing, through platforms such as H2infO, to advance towards our common goal of sustainable agriculture, improved water management for smallholder farmers at home and worldwide.

Organizers:

  • Alan Hecht, Director for Sustainable Development, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chuck Chaitovitz, Principal, US Water Partnership, Global Environment & Technology Foundation GETF

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