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Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship Program Seminar

"Say Goodbye to 'Chinatown':
Sustainable Water Management in Los Angeles"

Nancy Sutley
Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water And Power Former Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Monday, April 4, 2016
11:30 - 12:30
Bren 1414

"Nancy Sutley is a tremendous environmental leader at both national and local levels. As chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, she oversaw many of the Obama Administration's biggest accomplishments, including establishing historic new fuel-economy standards, new national monuments, the first comprehensive National Ocean Policy, and the Climate Action Plan. At this talk, we'll learn more about how our nation's largest public utility is reducing its dependence on imported water during our current drought."

— Jayme Ohlhaver, MESM 2017

Los Angeles is transforming the way it manages water to meet the challenges of drought and climate change in a dynamic, growing city. Going beyond its traditional reliance on water imports, Los Angeles is executing an ambitious plan to rely on water conservation and local sources of water, including recycled water and stormwater capture, to meet current and future water needs.

In July 2014, Nancy Sutley was named Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), where she oversees energy efficiency, water conservation, economic development, and electrification of the transportation network. Previously, as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 2009-2014, Sutley was one of the chief architects of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution. From 2005-2008 she served under Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosaas as city's Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003-2005 and was Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, and Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California EPA from 1999-2003. During the administration of President Clinton, Sutley worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and Special Assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C. Sutley received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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