6th Annual Water Symposium
Thursday, June 16, 2016
SOLD OUT this Year!
At the first annual GIC Water Symposium, a conversation was begun to identify the real issues of water demand and to stimulate creative solutions to the challenging issues of shared water responsibilities within the green industry and beyond.
Water continues to be a key issue as the state’s population grows and becomes more urbanized. Access to water will be vital for all green industry businesses and knowledge of the complex issues surrounding it will be important as we attempt to influence future legislation.
Since its inception, the GIC Water Symposium has continued to explore vital questions about water: What are other sources of water? What are the economics of water? How do we set future policy about it? How will we sustain and preserve our most critical resource? How do we strike a balance and meet the water needs of the diverse economy and environment of our state?
Each year the GIC Water Symposium features presentations by innovative thinkers, policy makers and water experts, with information about new technologies, innovative water conservation methods and ideas that are being considered as the state’s water policy.
Past and Present Speakers:
• Kevin Boyer, PE, Stormwater Management Division, City of Raleigh, NC
• Emily McCoy, PLA, ASLA, Director of Integrative Research, Andropogon Associates, Philadelphia, PA
• Seth Brown, PE, Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC and Water Environment Federation (WEF), Alexandria, VA
• Barrett Kays, President, Landis, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
• Bill Holman, The Conservation Fund, Chapel Hill, NC
• Charles Fishman, nationally acclaimed author of The Big Thirst
• Dr Tom Rufty, NCSU Turf Center Sustainability Chair
• Amy Pickle, Senior Attorney for State Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
• Don Safrit, P.E., Senior Technical Specialist specializing in water reuse and regulatory affairs for McKim & Creed
• Pat Davis, Sustainability Manager for OWASA
• Mitch Peele, Sr. Director for Public Policy at the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
• Mami Hara, Deputy Water Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Trevor Clements, Director, Water Resources, TetraTech, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
• Jeffrey Bruce, Landscape Architect, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, Kansas City, Missouri
• Dr. Bill Hunt, Professor and Extension Specialist, Urban Stormwater Management, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
• Alan Harris, Valley Crest Landscape Companies, Woodstock, Georgia
Companies that have benefited from their sponsorships of the symposiums:
NC Farm Bureau
North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association
John Deere Landscapes
Carolinas Irrigation Association
NC Composting Council
Turfgrass Council of NC
Triangle Land Conservancy
NC Nursery and Landscape Association