2017 Schedule

Wednesday, March 15th
5:30 pm Amphibious Territories and Urban Wetlands

Ila Berman
Dean, UVa School of Architecture

Dean Berman addresses how we can build our cities and houses, so that they help filter water properly, and reduce the toxic quality of storm water, a major source of water pollution. She will focus on the evolution of topographical, infrastructural, and urban systems in relation to fluid environments and the potential to rethink the relationship between land and water by reconceptualizing the urban environment according to more dynamic models that embrace, rather than resist, the fluid and material ecologies that engender them.

Campbell Hall 158

This event is open to the public.
Friday, March 24th
3:00pm – 6:00pm Ragged Mountain Reservoir Tour and Trek

Do you know where your water comes from? Join UVA Sustainability for a tour of Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Charlottesville’s primary clean water source, led by Brian Richter of the Nature Conservancy. Learn about the sustainable design of the reservoir and the impacts of Charlottesville’s water demand on local ecosystems. Afterwards, enjoy the beautiful landscape on a scenic hike of the natural area. Free round-trip shuttle will leave from the UVA Chapel at 3:00 & return by 6:00. Email  sustainability@virginia.edu to reserve a spot on the shuttle or park at Trinity Presbyterian Church and we will shuttle you the rest of the way.

Tuesday, March 28th
4:00 pm The Next Urban Water Revolutions: A Path for Avoiding Water Scarcity

Dr. David Sedlak
Professor and Director
Institute for Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley

Over the past 2,500 years, three technological revolutions have made it possible to quench the thirst of cities, control waterborne diseases and eliminate the pollutants that fouled urban waterways.  Water-stressed cities are currently making large investments in new, centralized approaches for obtaining drinking water that can be considered as a fourth urban water revolution.  But this may not be good enough.  Ultimately, challenges associated with climate change, sea-level rise and urbanization may create a need for yet another revolution.  The best approach for responding to these challenges is still unclear, but distributed water treatment technologies, managed natural systems and more holistic urban water management systems all have important roles to play in a fifth urban water revolution.

Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall 108

Saturday, April 8th
10:00am – 12:00pm Water Quality Testing at Riverview Park

Join the Rivanna Conservation Alliance to test water at three levels: chemicals, bacteria and bugs. Students will learn about how to test, and what the value (information) of the individual test methods are. No sign-up necessary!

Thursday, April 13th
6:00 pm Flint, Two Years Later
Water Quality, Infrastructure and  Social Justice

Amy Pruden
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Dean and Director of Interdisciplinary
Graduate Education in the Graduate School, Virginia Tech

G. Ruffner Page, Jr.
President and CEO, McWane

Cale Jaffe
Assistant Professor of Law, General Faculty
Director, Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic
University of Virginia

The panel “Flint, Two Years Later” reflects on water infrastructure, water quality and social justice in the United States. Prof. Amy Pruden who co-led the Virginia Tech team that uncovered Flint’s lead problem, gives an update and looks into the future. Ruffner Page shares his perspective on the U.S. infrastructure challenge, as CEO and President of McWane, a major water infrastructure multinational. And UVA’s Prof. Cale Jaffe will sketch the legal and regulatory framework that defines our water infrastructure and use.

Darden Business School, Room 50