2019 Executive Management Conference

October 2023, 2019
Newport, RI

Equity and Climate Change

Finding the Nexus of Two
Transformative Water Issues

What is water equity? Why is addressing climate change a critical component of achieving water equity? How can water leaders intentionally address the issues of equity in their community?

At AMWA’s 2019 Executive Management Conference, utility leaders and community members will engage in a lively panel discussion highlighting innovative partnerships and practices that are working to build climate resilient communities by addressing urban flooding, as well as institutional and systemic barriers that inhibit transformation of urban water systems.

Urban communities depend on municipal water systems for affordable, safe and reliable drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services. Yet inadequate investment in aging infrastructure and the lack of intentional engagement of impacted communities into the solution-making process have left low-income and other climate vulnerable communities susceptible to more frequent and stronger rain, storms, and flooding.  By providing a diverse set of perspectives to help define water equity, the speakers will offer specific examples of how unique partnerships and practices to intentionally address issues of racial and economic inequity – from the private, the public, and the grassroots – can result in more resilient and sustainable water systems for all.

Facilitating the panel will be Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, senior program officer for The Kresge Foundation’s Climate Resilient & Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative.  Julie Quigley, director of administration and information technology at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, together with other panelists from municipalities and community-based organizations, will share their expertise and advice on how to work toward a transformative water system. After an initial discussion among the panelists, the audience will be brought into the conversation through Q&A designed to help improve understanding of this critical community issue.

Utility social responsibility will also be featured in a presentation by Larry Bingaman, president and CEO of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority on Conscious Capitalism:

Doing Good While Doing Business as a Utility.  The Authority is guided by conscious capitalism tenets: having a higher purpose; engaging stakeholders; having conscious, responsible, ethical leadership; and having a conscious culture. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Customer Service Director Crystal Knight-Lee and Intergovernmental Relations Manager Karyn A. Riley will provide insights on Accessible, Affordable and Equitable Water Service, discussing how the utility is addressing the affordability challenge through comprehensive policy and program design and describing its new rate structure that has resulted in the expansion of affordability programming to innovative partnerships.

Featured on this powerful agenda is an opening workshop on Challenge & Change: Leading Today’s Water Utility, led by noted leadership development educator Mabel Miguel, Ph.D., a professor at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a long-time faculty member at the Water and Wastewater Leadership Center. Other conference sessions will offer practical takes on top-of-mind utility management topics such as on-boarding, succession planning, creating an organizational culture of excellence, innovation, and asset management.

The formal program is backed by receptions and other informal opportunities to network with water sector colleagues. A special awards luncheon will honor winners of AMWA’s 2019 management awards. And, the event closes with a tour of Providence Water’s facilities, including the Scituate Reservoir, Rhode Island’s largest fresh waterbody.

Don’t delay another day. Register now for the 2019 Executive Management Conference.