Austin Hosts Climate Change Forum

“Creating Resilient Cities”
Water Utilities on the Frontlines of Climate Change
AUSTIN, TX – Austin Water will host a one-day forum May 2 at the Palmer Events Center focusing on how water utilities are leading the way in adapting to climate change. Internationally renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe from Texas Tech University will be the keynote speaker.

Creating Resilient Cities” is a forum co-hosted by Austin Water with the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA). WUCA is a leader in this field and currently marking its tenth year collaboratively advancing water utility climate change adaptation. WUCA includes 12 of the nation’s largest water providers and its member utilities supply drinking water for more than 50 million people throughout the United States.

Between them these utilities face a range of climate challenges, including: drought; sea level rise; more intense hurricanes; snowpack (or lack thereof); and more
Forum highlights include:

  • A session exploring water rights and regional collaboration in the arid Southwest
  • A session highlighting the potential impacts on climate change on water utilities and how leading-edge utilities are tackling the issue
  • A panel exploring climate-related extremes and the implications for effective adaptation in a changing climate

Media are invited to attend, and interviews are available upon requests. Media availabilities include:

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, Texas Tech University
Laurna Kaatz – Chair, Water Utility Climate Alliance
Kathie Tovo, Mayor Pro Tem, Austin City Council
Representatives from Austin Water
Panelists will be available upon request

Media interested in attending, or interested in discussing the event in advance, please contact Geneva Guerrero, 512-974-2461, [email protected] for more information.


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