NC GIC Water Symposium


The 10th Annual 2020 GIC Water Symposium

Thursday, June 18, 2020
McKimmon Conference Center

1101 Gorman Street,  Raleigh NC 27606

Details will be posted as they are finalized, so please check back often.

Debbie Hamrick
The 2019 GIC Blue Green Innovator of the Year!

The 9th Annual 2019 Water Symposium
Thursday, June 20, 2019
was ANOTHER HUGE Success!


water-droplet-iconAt 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 individuals, companies and towns navigate the future.

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 management methods and ideas that are being considered as the state’s water policy.

Current and Past Speakers:

Dr. Mike Walden, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
Linwood Peele, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Raleigh, NC
Chris Butts, Georgia Green Industry Association, Epworth, GA
Rich Linton, Dean, NCSU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Peter Estournes, Gardenworks, Healdsburg, CA
Dr. Michael Dukes, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Jim Gaston, Duke University, Durham, NC
Ryan Lavinder, Duke University, Durham, NC
Dr. Mark Schmidt, John Deere, Moline, IL

Warren Gorowitz, Ewing Irrigation and Irrigation Association, Phoenix, AZ
Kevin Nunnery, Biohabitats, Raleigh, NC and Baltimore, MD
Barbara Deutsch, Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington, DC
Dr. Grady Miller, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
Dan Gottlieb and Rachel Woods, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Ann English, Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection, Rockville, MD
Dean Rich Linton, NCSU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Zach Johnson, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
Kevin Boyer, PE, Stormwater Management Division, City of Raleigh, NC 
Emily McCoy, PLA, ASLA, Director, Andropogon Associates, Philadelphia, PA
Seth Brown, PE, Storm and Stream Solutions, LLC, 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, Sr. Attn State Policy, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy, Durham, NC
Don Safrit, P.E., Senior Technical Specialist; McKim & Creed, Raleigh, NC 
Pat Davis, Sustainability Manager for OWASA
Mitch Peele, Sr. Director for Public Policy at the NC Farm Bureau, Raleigh, NC 
Mami Hara, Dep. Water Commissioner, Water Department, Philadelphia, PA
Trevor Clements, Director, Water Resources, TetraTech, RTP, NC
Jeffrey Bruce, Landscape Architect, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, Kansas City, MO
Dr. Bill Hunt, Urban Stormwater Management, Bio & Agri Engineering, NCSU, Raleigh, NC
Alan Harris, Valley Crest Landscape Companies, Woodstock, GA

Companies that have benefited from their sponsorships of the symposiums:

Bland Landscaping
Stalite Enviromental

Hoffman Nursery
SiteOne Landscape Supply
Hoffman Nursery
NC Farm Bureau
North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association
John Deere Landscapes
Carolinas Irrigation Association
Duke Energy
NC Composting Council
Smith Turf
Turfgrass Council of NC
Hunter Industries

Triangle Land Conservancy
NC Nursery and Landscape Association

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