NYC WATER AND CLIMATE
Cobalt Water Global will be hosting an official Climate Week NYC event: NYC Water and Climate on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
A water charity event focused on climate change mitigation/adaptation in the water sector. The inaugural event at last year’s Climate Week NYC was a big success. We want to continue building on that success so we are doing it again this year!
CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED. What we do with water in cities can impact climate change, and climate change can impact water and exacerbate water scarcity in cities where people are already lacking access to safe drinking water. Therefore, we are partnering with WeWork, to organize a water charity event to make these links, help those without safe drinking water/sanitation, share what is being done in NYC and globally in terms of climate action in the water sector and meeting UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, and inform citizens on how they can better use water to help mitigate climate change.
The reception will continue on our rooftop with amazing views of the whole city. All proceeds will be donated to Water for People, bringing safe drinking water to people in developing countries and helping to mee UN Sustainable Development Goal 6.
We have an exciting panel discussion for these year's event and new lineup of speakers. Our diverse panel of experts will discuss the water and climate change nexus and water and climate action here locally in NYC and globally. See program and panelists details below:
6:00 - 6:30pm: Networking, snacks, and drinks.
6:30 - 6:45pm: Brief Talks by Jose Porro, Founder and CEO of Cobalt Water Global, and Mina Salib, Manager of WeWork Labs Dumbo Heights.
Jose will tell us about NYC's Urban Water Cycle and climate smart water tips for the home; use of AI for mitigating GHG emissions from our cities' wastewater treatment plants and for meeting UN SDG6; and the emergence of Climate Smart Water Utilities. Mina will tell us how WeWork Labs is empowering global innovation and supporting start ups like Cobalt Water Global around the world.
6:45 - 7:15pm: Panel Discussion, moderated by Kimberly Worsham, Founder of Flush
- Peter Glus, Senior Vice President, City Executive at Arcadis. Discussion highlights: Arcadis' water and resiliency work in NYC and globally
- Amy Motzny, Watershed Manager for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. Discussion highlights: Integrated water management around Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn and working with developers to minimize impact of climate change and protect our communities' waters.
- Jurrien Swarts, Co-Founder/CEO at Stojo. Discussion highlights: The Stojo experience ending single use culture and how it can help a sustainable water culture among consumers.
- Ben Igoe, VP at JBS Project Management a CHA company. Discussion highlights: Success lessons learned from Passive House and how we can use them for sustainable water use in buildings.
7:15 - 8:00pm: Food, networking, drinks, and drinking water taste testing.
Food by Creater Awards winner Eat Offbeat.
8:00 - 9:00pm: Reception continues on rooftop with beautiful views overlooking the New York City skyline, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and Statue of Liberty!
Tickets are limited so buy your tickets here asap!
Check out our official flyer and Sponsors here.
Gold Sponsors: Stojo; JBS Project Management, a CHA company; Arcadis
About the Moderator/Panelists:
Kimberly Worsham, MPA, MIWM is a water and sanitation specialist and the founder of FLUSH - a consulting organization that works to improve sanitation and hygiene knowledge and growth. She discovered a passion for toilets early as a child, where her curiosity led her to inspect the facilities of every restaurant she entered. Years later, she was reminded of that love while consulting in India, and then continued to follow her passion with work in Australia and Cambodia. She has worked for international and local NGOs, multilateral institutions, and firms on water and sanitation for a decade. She was also a founding board member of a local water organization, NYC H2O. In different lives, she has worked in local government, corporate marketing, and even taught math in Rwanda. She received her MPA and BSc in business at NYU, and a Masters in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland as an International WaterCentre Scholar.
Peter Glus is Senior Vice President and Cities Executive for Arcadis. Mr. Glus has been engaged in planning, design, and construction of large and complex projects over the past 25 years. In the public engineering field, he was Principle in Charge of multiple billion-dollar capital programs, including the South Nassau County Resiliency Program (1.5B), Hillview Reservoir Design (1.6B), NYC Heath and Hospital’s Post Sandy Improvements (1.7B), and the design of over 20 design contracts related to the City’s water system. In the sustainability field, he is currently Project Director for DSNY’s Commercial Waste Franchise Design and Implementation, and is the principle author of the NYC Housing Authority’s Solid Waste Management Plan. As a transportation planner, he is Director of Arcadis’s analytical team in support of mobility consulting for US cities, the City of Paris, the Province of North Holland, and London. Arcadis’s mobility consulting currently focuses on services for governmental authorities as they prepare for and adapt to shared mobility, autonomous vehicles, autonomous fleet vehicles, MaaS, and advances in ITS/V2I.
Amy Motzny is the Watershed Manager for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy where she advocates for and manages projects that support the clean and healthy water environment of the Gowanus Watershed. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan as well as a B.S. in Environmental Science and Spatial Information Processing. With more than 10 years of experience working in water resource management, she has held positions in both the private and public sectors. As a research scientist and teaching fellow with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, she has conducted extensive research on urban green infrastructure planning and design.
Jurrien Swarts is Co-founder and CEO of Stojo, where he runs the fast-growing collapsible cup company, whose mission is to end disposable culture. Jurrien brings extensive experience in the consumer goods space, crowdsourcing, creative entrepreneurship, management, business development, and accounting. Jurrien holds a BA in Chinese form Dartmouth College. Read more on Jurrien's and Stojo's story here.
Ben Igoe is Co-founder and principal of JBS Project Management, a boutique project management and owner’s representative company started in 2004. Earlier this year JBS Project Management was aquired by CHA Consulting, Inc. and is now operating as a CHA company. Ben has an intricate knowledge of managing construction projects in New York City and his passion for energy efficient projects have led him to work on multiple passive house projects, including those in which he is a owner/developer. Ben has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University and Master's in Finance from University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Prior to starting up JBS, Ben was a Captain in the Army with the Corps of Engineers and worked for Turner Construction in San Francisco and New York focusing on historic restoration, waterfront rehabilitation and base building.
This event is part of the Clean Transport, Buildings and Infrastructure program of Climate Week NYC.