Save the Date: IGEL's 4th Annual Conference-Workshop: Valuing Water

Fourth Annual Conference-Workshop


Save the Date

March 22, 2011
World Water Day
8th Floor Colloquium
Jon M. Huntsman Hall
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Topic: Valuing Water: Business Challenges & Opportunities for Innovation

As part of President Amy Gutmann’s Climate Action Plan, the 2010-11 academic year will be designated the Year of Water at the University of Pennsylvania. The Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at Wharton/Penn will lead salient discussions on how businesses can evaluate how water use and the exchange of water value impact the economy, human rights, and global environmental issues.

Conference-Workshop Objective:   Provide an in-depth, informed and current overview on challenges of managing water scarcity and costs, including a global perspective on best practices of business strategy.   Explore specific opportunities for innovation in this area related to the development of new internal management tools, policy formation and new business opportunities.   Issue report based on collective discussions for future research, potential policy impact and future potential business opportunities.

General description: This series of conference-workshops is designed to address leading environmental issues facing business from academic, practical, and policy-oriented perspectives.  Scheduled formal presentations will be limited to a “Davos rule” of a 15-minute, 10-slide maximum for each contribution.  The distinctive format of this series of conference-workshops is to employ “workshop-style” interactions to promote rigorous in-depth discussion and engagement on issues among different stakeholders, including representatives of non-governmental organizations and government as well as business and academia.  Participation in the conference is by invitation only (though requests for participation from interested and qualified people, including students, have been liberally granted).  The aim of the conference-workshop is to promote a neutral and intellectually rigorous environment for learning and education on major selected issues.  Identification of topics and problems deserving continued research or revisiting at future conferences is another goal of the deliberations.

 

Tentative Agenda

8:30 – 9:00                  Registration &Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15                   Welcome Remarks: 

Vincent Price, Penn Provost

9:15 – 9:30                    Introduction:  

Eric Orts, Faculty, Director of IGEL
Elaine Wright, Conference Moderator                                

9:30 – 11:30                Panel #1:

Business Challenges for Water Management, Strategy, and Policy 

 Robert Giegengack (Penn), Will Sarni (Deloitte), Joe Rozza (Coca-Cola Company), Jeffrey Fulgham (GE Power & Water), Carol Collier (Delaware River Basin Commission), Christopher Crockett (Philadelphia Water Department)

Moderator: Eric Orts (Wharton)

 

11:30 –12:30               Small Group Discussions & Group Reports

12:30 – 2:00                Lunch & Networking

Guest Speaker:  Carl Ferenbach,
Managing Director, Berkshire Partners
Chairman, Environmental Defense Fund

2:00 – 4:00           Panel #2:

“The Value of Water as a Driver for Innovation”

Piet Klop (WRI), Nushin Kormi (Goldman Sachs),Scott Bryan (ImagineH20), Gena Leathers (Dow), Barbara Paxton (United Water), Noam Lior (Penn), Aurelio Ramos (The Nature Conservancy)
Moderator: Stan Laskowski (Penn)

4:00 – 5:00                  Small Group Discussions & Reports

5:00 – 7:00                  Reception: 

Harker Hall, 8th Floor Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Keynote Speaker: Charles Fishman, Journalist and Author
"The Big Thirst: The secret life and turbulent future of water”

Closing Remarks

For more information contact: environment@wharton.upenn.edu

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Fourth Annual Conference-Workshop


Save the Date

March 22, 2011
World Water Day
8th Floor Colloquium
Jon M. Huntsman Hall
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Topic: Valuing Water: Business Challenges & Opportunities for Innovation

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