9th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum


9th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum

The Massachusetts Water Forum  is free, but registration is mandatory since space is limited.  Please be sure to sign up here in order to get the zoom link.

This year's event will follow the UN's 2021 theme of Valuing Water by showcasing a number of  innovative ways the Commonwealth can become more water-friendly as it moves towards very challenging times on the climate front. “Valuing Water” is an opportunity to think about how to best guarantee adequate clean water to people across all Massachusetts communities for their many needs. This event is sponsored by Senator Anne Gobi, Senator Jamie Eldridge and Representative Carolyn Dykema of the Massachusetts Legislature.  Confirmed partners to date include the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), and MIT Water Club.

PROGRAM

11:45 am  Opening Remarks

Dr. Karen Weber, Executive Director, Foundation for a Green Future

Senator Anne Gobi, Former Chair, Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Senator Becca Rausch, Chair, Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Fred Laskey, Executive Director, MWRA

11:55 pm  - Program Begins

 PANEL of EXPERTS:

Senator Anne Gobi, Former Chair, Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Senator Jamie Eldridge, Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Fred Laskey, Executive Director, Massachusetts Water Resources (MWRA)

Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission of South Africa

Dr. Bruno Verdini, Lecturer Urban Planning & Negotiation and Executive Director MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program, MIT 

David Kam, Chairman and CEO, Earth Dollar

Elizabeth (Liz) Luc Clowes, Landscape Designer and Owner

Tim Gleason, Supervisory Research Biologist, EPA's Environmental Effects Research Laboratory - Atlantic Ecology Division

MODERATOR: AJ Burnett, Meteorologist, WCVB-TV Channel 5 News

12:55-1:05 pm - Guest speaker:  Austin Alexander, VP Sustainability and Social Impact, Xylem

Introduced by Anselmo Cassiano Alves, MIT Water Club

1:15 pm -1:45 pm - Breakout Sessions