Water Matters! Global Water Conference to Highlight Water Innovations, Opportunities and Challenges

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The Water Matters! Global Water Conference will be held on Thursday, June 3, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The United Nations Environment Programme appointed Pittsburgh the North American Host for World Environment Day 2010, and the Water Matters! conference will be the marquee event held along with other environmentally themed initiatives occurring between Earth Day on April 22 and leading up to World Environment Day on June 5.  

The Water Matters! Global Water Conference will be held on Thursday, June 3, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The United Nations Environment Programme appointed Pittsburgh the North American Host for World Environment Day 2010, and the Water Matters! conference will be the marquee event held along with other environmentally themed initiatives occurring between Earth Day on April 22 and leading up to World Environment Day on June 5.

The daylong conference will include keynote speeches and panel discussions on water-based topics highlighting our dependence on water for public health, energy and economic prosperity, as well as education about water innovations and applied technologies. The lineup of world-class speakers and panelists will substantiate this conference as a milestone in the region's overall strategy for elevating protection, conservation, and innovations around water as a core regional strategy for competitiveness. Among the scheduled speakers are Dr. Mike Magee of healthy-waters.org, Carl Safina of the Blue Ocean Institute, and Jim Rogers of Duke Energy.

The conference will conclude with a networking reception and exhibition that highlights innovative solutions to water and biodiversity challenges, particularly those relevant to our region.

“With the convergence of our three rivers, water has always played a vital role in the economic vitality of our region, whether it is through industry or recreation,” said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. “As the North American hosts of World Environment Day, we will celebrate the progress we’ve made in reducing our ecological footprint and creating policies and programs to further promote sustainable practices. But, we will also use this as an opportunity to learn from others. Through this conference, we will initiate important conversations about the importance of water.”

“In this city and region of rivers, we are united by a common dependence on our rich water resources. The Pittsburgh region is emerging as a global leader in water innovations. The significant water challenges we still face represent remarkable opportunities for both addressing these needs here and providing sustainable water solutions to the world and further demonstrate our strengths and global accomplishments as a green leader," explains Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. “This conference will be a collaborative effort from many different perspectives, all working for the protection and restoration of water resources for future generations. We are thrilled to be able to host this conference to educate and inspire the Pittsburgh community, showing the many ways that water matters.”

The Water Matters! Global Water Conference is open to the public and is intended for all audiences. The cost to attend is $25 and includes lunch. To register, visit http://www.pittsburghwed.com/watermatters.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media representatives interested in covering the Water Matters! Conference must have credentials. To receive a credentials application, please e-mail: lynn(at)mcmahon-cardillo(dot)com. Please use a subject line of: Water Matters.

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