By Ken Kopocis
In just five days, over 20,000 people will arrive in Chicago to participate in the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). WEFTEC is one of the largest conferences and exhibitions in North America for the water sector. I’m really looking forward to attending this year’s conference along with others from EPA. During the five-day long conference, sessions and exhibit booths will showcase water technology innovations and good work in the water arena in the U.S. and internationally. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year!
The events listed below are just some highlights of EPA’s involvement in WEFTEC 2015. Please see the full WEFTEC agenda or search the WEF Events App (available through Apple’s App Store or at http://app2.core-apps.com/weftec2015) under WEFTEC 2015 for a complete list of where to find us.
Keynote: Our Acting Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg will deliver the keynote address on Monday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. His speech will be streamed live online at www.weftec.org.
Policy Session: EPA officials will hold a discussion at the Clean Water Policy Forum on Monday, September 28, from 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Central Time in Room S402b.
Innovation and Technology: We will have a display at the Spotlight on Technology Innovation in the circular awards display of the Innovation Pavilion. Here you can learn about examples of technology innovation for water resource sustainability and share your own innovations.
EPA Booth: Our staff will be available to discuss agency activities and resources for the water sector in the exhibit hall at booth #4467. New this year, we will be hosting four short speaking events at our booth to address some of the hot topics surrounding water resources:
Monday, September 28
- 10:30 a.m. Innovative Water Financing with Jim Gebhardt
- 11:30 a.m. Water-Energy Nexus with Jason Turgeon
- 2:30 p.m. DOE Resources for Utilities with Scott Hutchins
Tuesday, September 29
- 2:30 p.m. Climate & Water Tools for Adaptation/Resiliency with Michael Shapiro
Social media: During the conference, keep up with EPA information and announcements by following @EPAwater on Twitter and EPA – Water is Worth It on Facebook. Join the full WEFTEC discussion by using #WEFTEC15.
WEF Events App: All EPA events can be found using the WEF Events App by searching “EPA” under WEFTEC 2015. We will also have select documents available download through the app under our booth. Search for “4467” or “U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!