Opening General Session – Leading the Water Resource Revolution
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Room S100, Grand Ballroom
McCormick Place South
The Opening General Session sets the tone for the conference that draws thousands of water quality professionals from around the world each year. Scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28, this year's program will feature remarks from WEF President Ed McCormick and a keynote address from Rob Stewart, an award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist, filmmaker, and author.
Stewart will discuss his film, Revolution, and his efforts to raise awareness about the greatest evolutionary journey in human history and the awe-inspiring revolution that’s underway to save life on Earth. Stewart’s thought-provoking presentation will help frame the water sector’s own revolutionary efforts to transform sustainable water management and push water to the forefront of innovation.
In dealing with critical issues facing today’s water environment—impacts of climate change, resource depletion, emerging contaminants— water professionals have increasingly found themselves on the leading edge of a major evolutionary leap in water management and environmental protection.
Accelerated innovation in water technologies and approaches; increased collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partners both inside and outside of the water sector; and the transformation of wastewater treatment from waste disposal to resource recovery have all contributed to a new and exciting paradigm for water.
By capturing valuable resources and useful products for society—such as clean renewable energy, recycled water, fertilizer, nutrients, heat, and even transportation fuel—the water sector is rapidly becoming manufacturing facilities, “green factories,” and “Utilities of the Future” that work to reduce costs and increase revenue, while becoming more sustainable, positive contributors to our shared environment.
We are leading a water resource revolution.
About the Film
Revolution is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure of director Rob Stewart and the follow up to his smash hit Sharkwater, the film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and has won numerous awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival, Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Victoria Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. www.therevolutionmovie.com
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