Energy and water are two of the most critical resources for our world and understanding their connectedness is vital to create more resilient cities of the future. As part of Cleantech San Diego’s educational series program, the organization recently hosted, “Building a Resilient, Smart and Sustainable City: The Energy-Water Nexus” on March 2, featuring conversation with key thought leaders and distinguished guests who discussed the issues and opportunities surrounding the nexus of energy and water. Cleantech San Diego is a member-based trade organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy.
The sold-out event began with a keynote from international energy-water nexus expert and Itron’s partner Dr. Michael Webber of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, who emphasized the connection between water resources and energy systems and how they define smart city solutions. His presentation was followed by a moderated panel discussion with national thought leaders and distinguished guests, including Philip Mezey, Itron president and CEO; Robert Hubbard, Cisco smart communities & IoT Channels; Scott Crider, vice president of customer service at SDG&E; David Graham, deputy COO of the City of San Diego; and Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
The event concluded with comments from Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and closing remarks from Jason Anderson, president and CEO of Cleantech San Diego. Bringing together city leaders, technology companies and utilities, the event demonstrated the value and importance of collaboration.
Watch the recording of the keynote and panel on Cleantech San Diego’s Facebook page.