This year, the Water Summit will focus on four of the stickiest brain-teasers facing Net Positive Water and Healthy Watersheds. Each topic will feature an Ignite talk, bringing a fresh perspective, a spark of inspiration or reframing of the issue from a leader in the field. Attendees will then break up into discussion groups and tackle one of these knots, in the hopes of finding some new path forwards and new strategies to try in our journey for holistic, net positive, and watershed appropriates to meeting water needs.
The four “big” topics are:
1. Achieving Net Positive Water in arid climates
2. Achieving Net Positive Water in high-density contexts or with high-intensity use types
3. Finding the right scale and kind of system for each project
4. Up front and long term affordability and equity
Throughout the session, we will use a watershed framing approach and incorporate work that the Institute and other partners have completed and continue to produce. Attendees will leave the Summit equipped with new tools, new partnerships and new understandings of the role Net Positive Water systems plays in designing for a Living Future.
NOTE: Living Future 18 pre-conference workshops, summits and tours are open to both conference attendees looking to add onto their experience and non-conference attendees seeking to attend.
KATHLEEN SMITH VP, Living Building Challenge | International Living Future Institute