WaterBuild Summit

Rising Above: Using Innovative Solutions To Build Resilience

At WaterBuild 2017, some of the brightest minds in the fields of resilient and sustainable community planning, water cycle management, risk mitigation, green building, and more, will come together to connect and explore what lies ahead at the nexus of water and building.

Radhika Fox

Chief Executive Officer,
US Water Alliance

Brendan Owens

Chief of Engineering,
U.S. Green Building Council

The second WaterBuild summit at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will focus on resilience to climate and storm related community stresses, with specific emphasis placed on the role of innovative infrastructure solutions. We are faced with the growing threat of frequent extreme weather events as our bridges, tunnels, levees, dams, buildings, and streets continue to age. At WaterBuild, leaders come together to drive discussion around innovative solutions that will ensure the survivability and sustainability of our cities and communities.

The availability of safe and healthy water goes hand in hand with our ability to meet human needs and manage environmental challenges such as rising sea levels, flooding, mudslides and wetland degradation. We must address a host of interconnected water issues in order to effectively create more resilient communities, and one of the most important elements of sustainable development is infrastructure. The ways we address existing infrastructure improvement today and plan new infrastructure for tomorrow will have a lasting impact on our ability to endure future climate and geopolitical fluctuations.

The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to developing practical solutions to social equity challenges, including those that arise from issues related to bias in communities of diverse racial, economic and social composition. At the heart of the summit will be the belief that equitable access to quality water is paramount to resilience. In order to ensure the safety and security of diverse communities, we must address concerns around potable water availability and use, water capture and treatment, water reuse, wastewater management, and more.

WaterBuild is perfect for...

  • Government and community leaders concerned with water politics, management issues, infrastructure investment, quality, and availability, as well as general resiliency.
  • Non-profit and organizational leaders whose work centers around water issues and issues of resilience.
  • Building professionals working to improve water efficiency standards and practices in commercial, residential and municipal projects.
  • Real estate professionals seeking a better understanding of the impact water issues are likely have on a variety of markets in the coming years.
  • Manufacturers looking to share and connect around innovative technologies, products, applications and more.

First launched in 2016 at Greenbuild in Los Angeles, Waterbuild is a one-day summit that convenes multi-disciplinary leaders for dialogue, knowledge sharing and problem solving to address water issues such as scarcity, security, quality, efficiency and site water management. Waterbuild 2017 in Boston will take a closer look at what it means to be resilient in the face of ever-changing conditions. The WaterBuild summits constitute a three-year program (2016-2018), through which USGBC will continue to drive conversation and problem solving around this important resource, using the international platform of Greenbuild to amplify our efforts.

November 7, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

WaterBuild was conceived to focus on harnessing opportunity, scaling solutions and making meaningful contributions in water sustainability. Join USGBC to learn what professionals in building, infrastructure, design, manufacturing, policy and finance are doing to create a more sustainable world for water and how rating systems like LEED are helping to advance these solutions. As our most valuable resource, water conversation and management issues are at the forefront of conversations at every level of government, in business across sectors, and are the subject of in-depth research and waves of new innovation. WaterBuild is the summit that convenes multidisciplinary leaders from each of these areas of expertise, to increase our chances of making significant progress toward sustainable, equitable water solutions.

  • Andy Bennett, Perkins+Will
  • Doug Bennett, WSI
  • Sandra Brock, Nitsch Engineering
  • David Crawford, Rainwater Management Solutions
  • Daniel Huard, Humann Building Solutions, LLC / Greenview Global, LLC
  • Atiya Martin, City of Boston
  • Jim Proctor, McWane, Inc.
  • Gretchen Rabinkin, Boston Society of Architects
  • Joanne Rodriguez,Tremco, Inc. 
  • Ashlynn Stillwell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Duyen Tran, CH2M
  • Rob Zimmerman, Kohler Co.

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