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Smart Eco-City Solutions for Waste and Water Resiliency

End Water Wars, Waste, and Pollution; Generate Energy and Prosperity
Date: 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 18:00 - 21:00
Venue: 
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Venue: 
1100 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Today, smart eco-city development is the most significant trend of the century because it can provide integrated and resilient infrastructures for managing waste, water, energy and resilient communities. Smart cities empower their growing populations to use/reuse resources more effectively. They empower and educate citizens to live healthier lives, collaboratively solve problems and create new opportunities for themselves, their children and each other.

Severe Droughts on Land & Rivers in the US and China Cause Economic Disruption

The Yangtze – Asia’s biggest river – is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years, forcing an unprecedented release of water from the Three Gorges reservoir.  This tragedy is damaging crops, threatening wildlife, and has left more than 24 million people without adequate drinking water -- forcing villagers to carry water unfit for human consumption out of wells for their cattle to drink. 

China is not the only place grappling with drought. Food prices are rising worldwide as needed water grows scarce. In the U.S., dryness is expected to persist through the Great Plains from Nebraska to Texas and most of California this year. The Missouri and upper Mississippi rivers, the busiest of U.S. waterways, are facing more limits for barges.  The broader concern is that as the Mississippi dries up, so will businesses that have long relied on it for transportation. And where will the water come from to nourish the plants, animals and people of the region?

Waste and pollution must be limited or eliminated to empower resilient growth.  The deployment of such smart city technologies will make their biggest impact in countries, like China, where cities are growing fastest. Yet, slower growing cities in the Americas and Europe have begun smart city retrofit projects with impressive results! Pike Research projects a cumulative investment of over $117 billion in smart city technologies thru 2020 with an average payback in less than five years per project.

Price :

$10 non-members
$5 UCGEC Co-sponsors / members / students (ID request);
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Date : Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Time : 6:00 pm -- Registration
Venue : Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Silicon Valley Office
           1100 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Agenda

6:00 - 6:30pm:  Registration

6:30 – 8:30pm:  Discussion and audience Q&A

8:30 – 9:00pm:  Networking

 

Panelists

James T. Caldwell, PhD, Moderator – Chairman of the UCGEC Green Building/ Eco-City Working Group and CEO of E3 Regenesis Solutions, Inc. He is a China expert working for years in China and the U.S. with a focus on green energy alliances and energy systems integration.

Qian Kevin Yi, Architect -- Director of China Projects at Heller Manus Architects– a leader in collaborative sustainable urban planning. They have over 10 successful projects in China. Kevin is expert in sustainable building design, urban neighborhood development and collaborative planning with clients and stakeholders.

Larry T. Buckle, P.E. -- CTO of Organic Energy Corporation, a leader in integrated full cycle urban waste management and energy recovery with five projects underway in the U.S. and is a partner in the Utah-Qinghai State/Province EcoPartnership which promotes profitible economic growth and environmental sustainability through demonstration projects and their “Green Towns” eco-tourism initiative in Utah and California.

Craig S. Criddle, Ph.D. -- – Professor, Environmental Engineering & Science (EES) Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment. He is best known for his large scale interdisciplinary field projects, and work on microbial transformations of persistent contaminants. See” Green Chemistry is Good for Business, Forbes.com, Aug. 2010, and Wastewater as a Resource.

Lin Zhang -- Professor at Qinghua University, Beijing and Visiting Professor at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley. He is an expert on wireless sensor networks and distributed data processing for environmental health. He has projects in Beijing and beyond and collaborates with U.S. Companies.

Xinyuan Catherine Yang and colleagues – Pacific Rim Eco-Consultants, LLC. They work on major water and ecosystem restoration projects in China. http://www.pacificrimeco.com/what.html

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