On the blue planet, water is the source of all life – and one of the most potent sources of conflict. Without consistent access to this limited and increasingly unpredictable resource, fertile fields go barren, wildlife populations dwindle and communities suffer devastating consequences.
And yet, water offers a common denominator around which to unite. Water crises around the world are spurring innovative new technologies and inspiring diverse stakeholders to work together on equitable solutions. California tells this story like no other place.
At the Water Summit, The Atlantic gathered the leading voices in water, from environmentalists and policymakers to growers, industry leaders and community representatives, to forge a dialogue around the critical water issues of our time. With an eye toward the future, The Atlantic discussed the challenges, the solutions and the ways that the latest innovations can work to make water safe, reliable and accessible for years to come.
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- Thursday, November 02
- 10:00 a.m.WelcomeBob Cohn, President, The Atlantic
- 10:05 a.m.California’s “Water Czar”Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
With Alex Cohen, Host, Morning Edition, NPR Member Station KPCC
- 10:25 a.m.Bits & Bytes: The Water TrackersScott Bryan, President, Imagine H2O
Emily Hicks, President, FredSense Technologies
Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District
With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
- 10:55 a.m.The Role of Municipalities in Securing an Abundant Water Future*
Produced by our underwriter Nestlé Waters North AmericaLiz Crosson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
With Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America
*This session was produced by Nestlé Waters North America and not by The Atlantic's editorial team.
- 11:05 a.m.Beyond Pipes: Reimagining InfrastructureWade Crowfoot, CEO, Water Foundation
Veronica Garibay, Co-Founder, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
George McGraw, Founder and Executive Director, DIGDEEP
With: Alex Cohen, NPR Member Station KPCC
- 11:35 a.m.Legislating Clean WaterState Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel); California Senate Majority Leader
With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
- 11:55 a.m.From Conflict to Collaboration: A Case StudyShana Epstein, Director, Public Works, City of Beverly Hills
Matthew Fienup, Executive Director, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, California Lutheran University
Sarah Heard, Project Director, Conservation Investments, The Nature Conservancy
John Krist, CEO, Ventura County Farm Bureau
With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
- 12:25 p.m.Closing ThoughtsBob Cohn, The Atlantic
The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies will convene mayors and city practitioners from across the world for conversations on the future of cities.