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Friday, May 3 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Utilities Discuss the Future of the Water Grid

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The Pacific Northwest, a famously water-rich region, is facing massive changes in the next 100-years. The effects of climate change and increasing regional growth, combined with our aging infrastructure, will be placing unprecedented strain on our municipal systems. Luckily, the Pacific Northwest is also famous for innovation and forward-thinking citizens. Representatives from two local water utilities, on both the potable water and wastewater side, will discuss their vision for the future of utility water management, especially as it relates to on-site systems such as those provided by Living Buildings. There have been many conversations about the energy grid and how it will respond to decentralized and distributed small systems, but what about the “water grid”?

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Identify the specific impacts of climate change on our regional water supply and quality, in addition to the growth patterns that the Pacific Northwest is likely to experience in the next 100-years.
  2. Analyze the current state and structure of utilities in King County, both for providing clean water and managing wastewater. 
  3. Consider the possible near future changes to utility structures as they incorporate on-site systems. 
  4. Discuss the barriers to progress and as-yet unexplored opportunities, pulling in examples from other jurisdictions around the world. 

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Chris Webb

Principal Civil Engineer, Herrera Environmental Consultants
Chris Webb, PE is a 2011 LEED Fellow and a principal civil engineer with Herrera Environmental Consultants in Bellingham, WA.  Chris has been working for over 20 years to make “Sustainable civil engineering” less of an oxymoron. His practice includes planning and design of Green... Read More →
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Molly Freed

Senior Specialist, Technical Services, ILFI
Molly’s passion for applying critical deep green theory to practical problem-solving found a home at ILFI.  She supports the Institute’s policy program initiatives by identifying policy barriers and providing resources, research, toolkits, education, and advocacy to remove these... Read More →
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Heidi Roop

Lead Scientist, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group
Dr. Heidi A. Roop is the Lead Scientist for Science Communication at the University ofWashington Climate Impacts Group and a Research Scientist at the Centre for Sciencein Society at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Heidi combines climateresearch and the science of... Read More →
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Mark Jaeger

Interagency Project Coordinator, Seattle Public Utilities
Mark Jaeger has worked for Seattle Public Utilities since its inception in 1997 in a variety of positions up to Executive Management. He has a broad background in a variety of utility functions including Finance, Operations and Planning. Current work includes interagency coordination... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Skagit Room # 603