Making Connections at the Smart, Clean & Green Session

21st Century Sustainable Water Infrastructure

On Feb. 25, WERF and National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project held a briefing and discussion on emerging smart, clean and green approaches in water management -- systems that use, treat, store and reuse water efficiently at small scales and that blend designs into restorative hydrologies. View photos of those participating in the event below. 

 Elaine Phelen  Thoughtful discussions  Lynda Stanley  Valerie Nelson

Elaine Phelen, a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, explained some of new legislative initiatives, including H.R. 1145, the National Water Research and Development Act of 2009.

The presentations generated thoughtful discussions between government representatives, non-governmental organizations, researchers and consultants. Pictured here: Andrea Mitrovich, Clinton Foundation, and
Shahid Chaundhry, California Energy Commission.
Lynda Stanley, National Research Council, gave participants in “insider’s view” on the NRC approach to water-related research.

Valerie Nelson, from the Coalition for Alternative Wastewater Treatment, brought an innovative perspective on integrating decentralized components into the community setting.

 Informative discussion  Paul Schwartz  Ed Clerico Robert Goo 

Give and take between panelists and participants such as John Crittendan of Georgia Tech was animated, informative, and thought-provoking.

Paul Schwartz, Clean Water Network, called on a long history of activism to present realistic relationships between green infrastructure and an emerging green economy. Ed Clerico, with Alliance Environmental, LLC, presented a case study of benefits – and challenges – in developing buildings with sustainable water and wastewater systems.
Robert Goo, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, articulated EPA’s long list of efforts in promoting the development and use of sustainable water infrastructure.