MEDIA ADVISORY: GOT WATER PROBLEMS? JNF WATER SUMMIT IN CHICAGO KICK'S OFF EFFORT TO SHARE ISRAEL'S WATER TECHNOLOGY IN UNITED STATES
October 13, 2015
Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
GOT WATER PROBLEMS?
JNF WATER SUMMIT IN CHICAGO KICK'S OFF EFFORT TO SHARE ISRAEL’S
WATER TECHNOLOGY IN DROUGHT-AFFECTED REGIONS ACROSS UNITED STATES
Summits to Also Feature Seth Siegel and His Book,
Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World
WHO: Seth M. Siegel, author of the book Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water- Starved World; Commissioner Thomas H. Powers, P.E., City of Chicago Water Management Department; Commissioner Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; Oded Distel, Director of Invest in Israel and Israel NewTech; Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim; Clive Lipchin, Ph.D., Director of Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; Peter Mulvaney, Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners LLC, Energy & Utilities Practice. Also attending: elected municipal officials; environmental leaders; water industry professionals; urban planners, and university-level educators.
WHAT: CHICAGO WATER SUMMIT – Register here to attend
WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2015 11AM to 2PM
WHERE: Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park - Gold Room - 200 North Columbus Drive Chicago, IL
WHY: With a global water crisis upon us and Israel having gone from water deprived to water abundant, Jewish National Fund is sharing Israel’s drought solutions in the United States by launching of a series of Water Summits beginning October 26 in Chicago. At each Water Summit, keynote speaker Seth M. Siegel, author of the new book Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World (St. Martin’s Press; Sept. 15, 2015), will discuss global water issues and Israel’s successes in water governance, infrastructure and technology. In addition, a panel of regional experts will confer on local challenges and break-out sessions will bring participants together to formulate plans to meet long-term water needs.
JNF has been at the forefront of water management and conservation in Israel for three decades, increasing the country's total water supply by 12% and helping Israel become a leader in water recycling. JNF's network of 250 recycled water reservoirs provide almost half of the water used for agriculture in Israel, saving enough freshwater to meet the needs of 4.4 million people a year. With JNF's assistance, more than 85% of the sewage water in Israel is recycled and reused, the highest rate in the world. To put that into context, Spain comes in a distant second, reusing 17% of its wastewater, and the U.S, at 5%.
About Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World
After learning of a global water crisis and hearing that Israel had a world-leading approach to water, author Seth M. Siegel decided that it was an important lesson to share. Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World is the culmination of his meticulous research and hundreds of interviews (including with world leaders).The book tells the inspiring story of how Israel turned its scarcity of water into an opportunity to avoid its inevitable water crisis and become an innovative pioneer in the global quest for a new water paradigm. To visit the book’s Amazon webpage, click here.
About Seth M. Siegel
Author Seth M. Siegel Seth M. Siegel is a businessman, activist, and writer. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other publications around the world on business, political and cultural issues. Siegel has often appeared on television and has been widely quoted in major print media. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. While writing the book, interviewing and visiting Israel’s water developments, Mr. Siegel has developed deep appreciation for JNF’s huge impact on Israel’s water economy. Siegel writes and tweets about water issues on Twitter @sethmsiegel. Visit his water website at www.sethmsiegel.com.
This event has more than 150 registrants attending and is a good media event with excellent visuals and opportunities to interview key water experts in the U.S and Israel, elected officials, environmental leaders and water utility professionals.
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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.
JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.
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