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Past · April 24, 2015

From Droughts to Floods: Water in Silicon Valley

April 24, 2015 · 12:00 am

California Water Service (Cal Water)
1720 N 1st Street, Media Room
San Jose, CA

About the Program

California’s increasingly variable climate requires innovative solutions to manage severe droughts and growing flood risks. The California Water Service (Cal Water), the Public Policy Institute of California, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group invite you to an event that explores how Silicon Valley is coping with the current drought and how this hub of innovation can contribute to water solutions. The event features a presentation by Ellen Hanak, director of PPIC’s Water Policy Center, a conversation with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and a panel of local leaders who will discuss key water issues facing the region.

This research was supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.


1:00 p.m. Doors open

1:30 p.m. Welcome
Marty Kropelnicki, president & CEO, California Water Service Group

1:35 p.m. Presentation
Ellen Hanak, center director, PPIC Water Policy Center

1:45 p.m. One-on-One Conversation
Sam Liccardo, mayor, City of San Jose

Paul Rogers, environment writer, San Jose Mercury News, and managing editor, KQED Science Unit

2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Paul Rogers

Angela Cheung, deputy operating officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Juliet Christian-Smith, California climate scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

David Sedlak, co-director, Berkeley Water Center, University of California, Berkeley

2:40 p.m. Audience Q&A

2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
Mike Mielke, vice president, environmental programs & policy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

3:00 p.m. Program Concludes

3:00-3:30 p.m. Refreshments


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