Great Water Cities continue to work together – learning from each other, sharing innovative solutions, and collaborating for a more resilient future! The Great Water Cities Summit 2015: Collaborating for a Resilient Future on July 21 and 22, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana, will propel forward the discussion on how the water sector is collaborating, managing water in extreme conditions, addressing workforce development and economic challenges, and continuing to foster innovation and investment. The Great Water Cities Summit 2015 is hosted by the Water Environment Federation, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, and Greater New Orleans, Inc. and will bring together leaders and practitioners in the water sector to exchange ideas and lessons learned on how to embrace the future of water management with a sharpened focus on resilience. The Summit is the latest in a series of dialogues to examine the case studies and elicit discussion that can distil lessons learned from leading cities and potentially change the agenda for other great water cities facing similar challenges.




Pre-registration is now closed, but you can register onsite for the same price of $260!  The registration desk will be on the Second Floor of the Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Center.  (You do not need to be a WEF member to register.)  To expedite your onsite registration, bring this completed form with you. 


DAY 1: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1:00-4:00 pm
Key Water Facilities Tour

5:00-6:30 pm
Networking Reception at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Convention Center (300 Julia St)

DAY 2: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
8:00 am
Shuttle bus departs Courtyard Marriott Downtown/Convention Center (300 Julia St) for Tulane

8:30-8:45 am
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Ed McCormick | President, Water Environment Federation
Cedric Grant | Executive Director, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

8:45-10:00 am
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Panel I – Utility / Utility Collaboration
Great Water Cities collaborate with each other and learn best practices that are adaptable and resilient. Innovative communities will share key actions they have adopted that helped them integrate, innovate, and optimize their operations. This panel discusses specific approaches implemented that helped make a difference in their water operations.

Facilitated by:
Lynn Broaddus | President, Broadview Collaborative
Barry Gullet | Director, Charlotte Water
Scott Haskins | Sr. Vice President & Director of Strategic Consulting, CH2M
Tony Parrott | Executive Director, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati

10:00-11:15 am
Room #212 Qatar Ballroom
Coffee and Structured Roundtable Discussions

11:15 am-12:00 pm
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Panel II – Managing Water in Extremes
Great Water Cities are managing their operations under extreme events. Resilient communities are facing drought, floods, sea level rise and other challenges while maintaining service and continuing to protect water quality and the environment. These extreme events are challenging resources, but are also leading to innovation, creativity and new approaches to managing water needs in affected communities.

Facilitated by:
Julie Minton | Director of Research Programs, WateReuse
Adel Hagekhalil | Assistant Director, Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation
Vincent Sapienza | Deputy Commissioner, NYCDEP
David Waggonner | President, Waggonner & Ball Architects
Doug Yoder | Deputy Director, Miami Dade Water & Sewer

12:00-1:15 pm
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Luncheon Speaker
Kyle Graham | Executive Director, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

1:15-1:30 pm Break

1:30-2:10 pm
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Panel III – Workforce Development & Economics
Great Water Cities are increasingly focused on internal workforce and external community economic needs. Resilience planning causes communities to think about broader needs of their communities and how to inspire a more engaged workforce focused on continuous improvement and excellence. Great Water Cities deploy innovative recruitment and training programs while working with their communities and addressing more basic needs as part of their operational planning.

Facilitated by:
Ashleigh Gardere | Sr. Advisor to the Mayor, City of New Orleans
Ted Henifin | General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Joanie Mahoney | County Executive, Onondaga County
Karen Pallansch | CEO, Alexandria Renew Enterprises
Michael Ruffin | Program Manager, The Network for Economic Opportunity

2:15-3:00 pm
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Panel IV – Innovation and Investment
Great Water Cities use innovation and investment to build more resilient communities. These cities prepare for the future through substantial investments in grey and green infrastructure, innovative technologies, and other capital projects. This panel focuses on how Great Water Cities make decisions about partnerships while optimizing their investments. Hear how innovation in other countries can help build our body of knowledge and improve our ability to leverage resources.

Facilitated by:
Mike Eckert | Chairman, Propeller Water Accelerator-NO/LA Angel Network
Ernest Jolly | Energy Chief, DC Water
Andrew Richardson | CEO, Greeley & Hansen
Sue Schneider | CEO, Spartanburg Water
Martin Vilhelmsen | Project Manager, RAMBOLL

3:00-3:15 pm Break

3:15-4:00 pm
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Panel VI – Katrina+10 and Beyond: Engaging Young Leaders in the Future of Resilience and Water Innovation
Great Water Cities will need to develop the leaders of the future-- those that will continue to inspire and innovate around water and resilience over time. As New Orleans looks back a decade to assess progress and challenges, it is also looking forward, cultivating and retaining the next generation while, simultaneously, engaging them in its most pressing challenges and ingenious opportunities. In this session, we will hear from the rising leaders in resilience and water innovation and delve into the obstacles and opportunities that these young leaders face.

Facilitated by:
Robin Barnes | Executive Vice President and COO, Greater New Orleans Inc.
Claire Anderson | Project Co-Director of Ripple Effect
Ginny Hanusik | Water Program Coordinator, Propeller Water Accelerator
Korey Patty | Manager of Business Development, Louisiana Economic Development
Nihal Shrinath | Data Manager and Research Associate, The Data Center

4:00-4:15 pm
Room #213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Next Steps
Eileen O’Neill | Executive Director, Water Environment Association
Michael Arceneaux | Deputy Executive Director, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies

4:15-5:30 pm
Room #212 Qatar Ballroom
Continued Networking and Discussion Time




Thank you to our sponsor for their generous support: 
  Greeley and Hansen    
Questions about this event?  Contact Melissa Rose, WEF Conference Coordinator: