Program

Tuesday, December 1

Theme: Community based resilience. Utilities cannot go it alone. How a utility works toward being more resilient is often part of a bigger plan. Being a resilient utility often depends on collaborations and partnerships with a larger community – such as the region’s other utilities, other local government departments, community groups and customers.

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Morning General Sessions
    • Welcoming remarks; defining resilience vs. sustainability; opening keynote; community-based resilience panel discussion and case studies featuring what’s working now.
  • Networking Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakouts
    • Breakout discussions on learning from other sectors and utility peer approaches to more resilient infrastructure, water quality and/or water supply.
  • Afternoon General Session
    • Resilience in a regulated, political world. Hear how others are working toward resilience in light of (or in some cases in spite of) political pressure and regulatory constraints; featured speaker on resilience and Day 1 wrap up
  • Evening Reception

Wednesday, December 2

Theme: Focus areas for utility managers to consider for improving their agency’s resilience posture.

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Morning General Sessions
    • Day 1 summary and overview; technology, data and analysis for resilience – how are utilities using current technology or digging into their date to improve their resilience posture?; and financial resilience – what do utility managers need to know about sources of funding, bond ratings, investors and insurance?
  • Networking Lunch
  • Afternoon General Sessions
    • An international perspective: implementing resilience in conjunction with the UN’s sustainability principles.
    • Cyber resilience best practices; energy-water resilience considerations.
  • Afternoon Breakouts
    • Subject matter experts will lead small group discussions on a range of resilience topics to identify specific action items the water sector needs to take to ensure sustainability for the next 100 years.
  • Evening Reception

Thursday, December 3

Theme: Putting it all together.

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Morning General Sessions
    • Day 2 summary and overview; case studies on workable solutions in the face of resilience stressors including earthquakes, flood, fire, sea level rise, extreme temperatures and more; ensuring a resilient workforce; conference wrap up and putting it all together for success.
  • End of Forum – Noon