Water scarcity is a core threat to communities in the American West who depend largely on the water on the Colorado River. Climate change will increase pressure from drought in the future. How can we mitigate the risk?
Join us to discuss remedies to water scarcity focusing on three areas: grey (water recycling), green (nature-based-solutions) and gold (water pricing).
The event is a collaboration between the Ecologic Institute, Citizens Climate Lobby Las Vegas and the Students Sustainability Council at UNLV and is made possible by the financial support of the Klimafonds of the German Federal Foreign Office.
3:30 open doors
4:00 introductory remarks by Max Gruenig, Ecologic Institute, Mike Ross, Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Gabby Squillante, UNLV Student Sustainability Council
4:15 Prof. Ted Greenhalgh: Water scarcity and climate change
4:30 Prof. Harald Kunstmann: Natural Water Availability
4:50 Prof. George Rhee: The color and memory of rivers: Climate impacts on the Colorado River
5:10 Dr. Ganbaatar Khurelbaatar: Wastewater management to counter water scarcity
5:30 Gerardo Anzaldua: Water pricing for water access for all
6:30 get together
Ted Greenhalgh, a professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, studies the effects of new and evolving environmental risks and how best to communicate these risks with the public. Past research has covered such diverse subjects as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), nanotechnology, synthetic biology, and even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His current research deals with the mitigation of climate change and how we can adapt to these changes if mitigation does not succeed. This research looks not only to inform policy decisions at the highest levels, but also educate the public about these risks.
Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann holds a diploma degree in Physics from the University of Heidelberg and obtained his PhD in Environmental Natural Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich in 1998. He also worked as a guest scientist at the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein/South Africa. Since 1999 he is with the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research at Campus Alpin of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (KIT/IMK-IFU). Since 2005 he is head of the division Regional Climate Systems at KIT/IMK-IFU and since 2009 additionally holds the Chair for Regional Climate and Hydrology at the Institute of Geography at the University of Augsburg. His expertise comprises high-resolution regional climate and hydrology modeling, the development of coupled atmosphere- hydrology model systems, the integration of remote sensing information in hydrometeorological analyses and the establishment and operation of terrestrial observatories. His climate and hydrological studies focus on water- and climate sensitive regions worldwide: besides the Alpine region, his research focus on West Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East, and China. He is member of the Scientific Steering Committee of TERENO (http://www.tereno.net), vice president of the International Commission on the Coupled Land- Atmosphere System (IAHS-ICCLAS) and associate editor of Journal of Hydrology.
George Rhee is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies; he also works on water and climate issues with an emphasis on the southwestern US. He earned a B.A. in physics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Leiden University in the Netherlands. After three years of postdoctoral work at New Mexico State University he moved to UNLV.
Dr. Ganbaatar Khurelbaatar is a researcher at the Environmental Biotechnology Centre at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Germany. He has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and did his Ph.D. in Urban Water Management and Sanitation at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. Dr. Khurelbaatar has a working experience of more than 6 years in the fields of Integrated Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, Innovative Treatment Technologies in Extreme Climatic Conditions, and GIS-based Decision Support Tool for Wastewater Management. He has been working on research projects in Central Asia (Mongolia and China) and in the Middle Eastern countries (Jordan and Oman). Currently, his research focuses on the methodologic development of decision support tool for the Assessment of Local Lowest-cost Wastewater Management Solution “ALLOWS” comprising of GIS Analysis and Economic Assessment.
Gerardo Anzaldúa is a Fellow at Ecologic Institute. He leads the institute’s consultancy work on business development and innovation management. In projects like SWITCH-ON, FIThydro, and BRIGAID, Gerardo is supporting environmental technology firms on product- and business strategy development activities. On the research front he has focused on European water policy and the operationalization of the ecosystem services approach. As a member of the European Topic Centre on Inland Coastal and Marine waters (ETC-ICM), which supports the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its research and assessment of European waters, Gerardo has worked since 2010 on a number of projects analyzing the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. His activities in this domain have included the study of water pricing policies and water governance structures; the development and analysis of water resource efficiency indicators; and the evaluation of public participation processes. As part of a project for DG Environment, Gerardo conducted cost-benefit analyses of ecosystem-based measures for climate change adaptation and mitigation across Europe. Within the DESSIN project he led the development of a framework to evaluate changes in ecosystem services that result when innovative water management measures are implemented.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
pay for metered parking in the nearby lot (Lot D) until 7 pm
-Park in metered areas or properly marked visitor parking spaces.
-Display a valid temporary permit available through the Parking & Transportation Services.
After 7 p.m., visitors may park in any available faculty/staff, student, or metered parking lots for free.
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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
no need to print out the tickets