Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 9 am Registration
9 am - 5:30 pm Program & Speakers
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Water Summit Reception on the Flower Show Floor.
Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and The William Penn Foundation for the first-ever Philadelphia Water Summit. Leading environmental and industry experts will educate on freshwater issues and real-world solutions as part of a larger mission to help keep the region's precious waters clean. This day-long summit will feature speakers on topics ranging from Floating Wetlands to Water in Space.
To view the full Program Agenda, please click here.
Mary Ellen Weber, Astronaut and Competitive Skydiver: Selected in the 14th group of NASA Astronauts in 1992, and serves on the select NASA Advisory Council Committee on Technology, Innovation and Engineering. Dr. Weber is currently a consultant in innovation leadership, risk management, and strategic communications through her company, Stellar Strategies LLC. (Los Angeles, CA)
Dr. Mary Ellen Weber was a NASA Astronaut for ten years. She flew on two flights to the International Space Station — STS-70 in 1995 and on STS-101 in 2000—and received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Weber holds an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University. A nationally competitive skydiver for over 30 years, she holds a world record — with nearly 6,000 skydives, and 19 medals to date at the U.S. National Skydiving Championships.
Water in Space The risks associated with space travel are extreme—even in the foreseeable future and even with innovative new vehicles being developed. Yet astronauts still go. Why? All have the conviction, first, that we must become a spacefaring civilization, and second, that we must seek out other life in our universe. Dr. Mary Ellen Weber will explore the role and criticality of water in both these quests and will share her own spaceflight experiences. She will also reveal surprising tales of water in space, as well as highlight how NASA’s water technology research will be a game changer here on our own planet.
Wm. Robert (Bob) Irvin, President and CEO of American Rivers: As President and CEO of American Rivers, Bob Irvin drives its mission to protect and restore our nation’s rivers. An expert in conservation and wildlife law, Bob has written and lectured extensively on biodiversity conservation issues. He is the co-editor, with Donald C. Baur, of the American Bar Association’s deskbook on the Endangered Species Act, ESA: Law, Policy, and Perspectives (2nd ed. 2011). He co-authored, with Michael J. Bean, the chapter on the Endangered Species Act and marine species in Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (American Bar Association 2008).
Rivers Connect Us: Challenges and Success in Protecting and Restoring Rivers for Clean Water - America is blessed with nearly 3 million miles of rivers. Two out of three Americans get their drinking water from rivers. Rivers are essential for agriculture, industry, fish and wildlife, outdoor recreation, and life itself. Despite their importance, rivers have been dammed, diverted, and polluted. A new era is dawning though, one in which we are protecting and restoring our rivers and conserving clean water for people and nature.
Full List of Speakers:
- Alexandra Liftman, Global Environmental Executive for Bank of America
- Glen J. Abrams, AICP, Senior Director of Planning and Sustainable Communities for PHS
- Bill Kunze, Pennsylvania Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy
- Greening Stormwater in Philadelphia, Creating a Model for Cities Around the World
- Tylar Greene, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Region
- Lamar Gore, Refuge Manager at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
- All about the People: Providing access to water resources
- John Jackson, Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator at the Stroud Water Research Center
- Stream Pollution: A local issue with regional and antional implications
- Christopher Streb, PE, LEED AP, Ecological Engineer for Biohabitats
- Floating wetlands: An ecosystem prosthetic for clean water
- Michele Adams, P.E., Water Resources Engineer, Founder of Meliora Environmental Design
- Maintaining the Water Balance: Our Footprints and Handprints
- Dr. Danielle Kreeger, Ecologist, Senior Science Director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE)
- Investing in Nature’s Hidden Gardens to Promote Cleaner Water and Healthier Communities
- Patricia Johanson, American artist
- Water Infrastructure Re-Imagined: The Beauty of Ecological Parks and Sculpture that Mimic Natural Systems
- Marc Cammarata, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services at the Philadelphia Water Department
- The City of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters Plan
- Matt Rader, President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
- Chris Crockett, Vice President/ Chief Environmental Officer, Aqua America, and Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services, Philadelphia Water Department
- Water Resources: How we can solve today's challenges in the future
- Carol R. Collier, Senior Advisor, Watershed Management & Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences & Director of the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program at Drexel University
- Robert McCracken Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
- The Legacy of Dr. Ruth Patrick
- Andrew Johnson, Program Director, William Penn Foundation
- Clean Water Funding Strategies of the William Penn Foundation
For a full speaker bios and session summaries, please click here.
*Registration includes Flower Show admission and post-summit reception on the Show floor.
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Street
Water Summit Pre-registration and Program - Room 103 ABC
Water Summit Reception - Main Show Floor at The William Penn Exhibit
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration
9:00 am – 5:30 pm: Program & Speakers
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Reception