With the changing cilmate, growing population and rise of urbanization, cities are faced with a variety of water challenges. The fifth annual WSSS symposium, "Water and Cities: Shaping the flow of our Urban Future" At the symposium, students, academics, and professionals from the public, private and non-governmental sectors explored the past, present, and future challenges faced by global cities and the innovations and mobilization that enable us to shape our future as an urban society. Special thanks to our sponsors: Water Diplomacy - Tufts, Fuss & O'Neill, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Industrial Economics, Inc. The keynote speaker was David Warne, Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Water Supply for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
The event featured panels around the topics of urbanization and the water cycle, urban resilience and disaster management, regional systems and planning, and water and society. Panelists included: Terri S. Hogue - Colorado School of Mines, Scott W. Horsley - Horsley Witten Group, Nicholas Pevzner - University of Pennsylvania, Marcus Quigley - Geosyntec, Anamarija Frankic - UMass Boston, Patrick Herron - Mystic River Watershed Association, Marion Stoddart - Nashua River Watershed Association, Heather Roiter Damiano, New York City Office of Emergency Management, Vincent Lee - Arup, Jim Newman - Linnean Solutions, Sarah Slaughter - Built Environment Coalition, Kathleen Baskin - Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Patrick Ray - University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Stephen Estes-Smargiass - Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Ayah Badran, Jennifer Bogle, Matt Capone, Michael Coty, Nelly Czajkowski, Brooke Davis, Margaret Garcia, Amy Hunter, Margaret Holmes, Tania Mercedes Alarcon Falconi, Meg Keegan, Monica Mejia, Nolan Nicaise, Josh Peters, Andrew Petit de Mange, Matthew Simon, Terrence Smith