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The Environment

From Policy to Reality: Advanced Urban Water Conservation in Texas

Conference: April 18th, 2008 in Austin, Texas

Planners predict Texas' population will more than double over the next 40 years. Supporting this growth and keeping our state's natural water resources viable into the foreseeable future will require that we increase our emphasis on advanced water conservation and better water efficiency in all urban sectors. A number of cities around the country - including a few in Texas -are already pushing the envelope on "standard" conservation strategies. It's time to learn from these efforts and advance beyond the standard.

We dedicated the whole day of this conference to discussions on urban water conservation. We heard what the future may hold for conservation policy in Texas, in addition to examples of conservation efforts taking place both in Texas and nationwide. We also heard discussions on:

  • Energy-efficiency trends that translate into water savings
  • Current and emerging technologies in the high-tech sector and how they benefit our water supply
  • Water conservation innovations in the commercial sector
  • How standards developed within the Green Building Movement add to urban water savings
  • The process of moving conservation policy into implementation
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Conference Presentations and Audio Files

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Keynote: A Vision for Advanced Water Conservation

Water Conservation in Texas: How Far Have We Come?

The Role of Water Pricing

Goals to Reality: Successes and Stumbling Blocks

Highlights from the Commercial Sector and the Green Building Movement

Pushing the Envelope within the High Tech Industry

Opportunities within Energy Production

Panel Discussion: Advanced Water Conservation: Policy, Implementation and Beyond

  • Moderator: Mary E. Kelly, Co-Director, Land Water and Wildlife Program Environmental Defense Fund

  • Ken Kramer, Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club
    State Representative Robert R. Puente
    Jan Klein, Water Conservation Coordinator, City of San Marcos

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Maximizing Urban Water Conservation in Texas
Ensuring that Texas is sustainable in the 21st century depends in large part on smart management of the state's water resources. Are Texas cities doing enough to improve water use efficiency in our urban areas?
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