​The Mississippi River: ​Is Sustainable Infrastructure a Watershed Solution?

Live Broadcast on March 2​5​, 2015 at ​12:00 – 1:​15​ pm EDT

Mississippi River – Is Sustainable Infrastructure a Watershed Solution? from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

For your convenience, you can find the slide presentation for the webinar here.

This webinar provides a look ​into how sustainable ​infrastructure, like that advanced by​ the​ Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision™​ framework​, could provide a watershed solution, particularly on the Mississippi River. ​In this interview​ of experts William Bertera and Anne Lewis​, participants learn about Envision™’s watershed approach to water infrastructure as panelists explore Envision™’s application to water infrastructure projects on the Mississippi River. In this day and age of casting about for ways to address the great river’s water quality and its infrastructure, Envision™ ​can ​provide a practical and feasible way forward.

The Panel:

Moderator: ​Robert “Bob” Sinkler serves as the director of water infrastructure for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Water Program. He and his team focus on influencing national policy so that it better incorporates natural water​ ​infrastructure into integrated approaches for managing and developing water resources—particularly the nation’s large river systems. He helps ensure investments and management plans for water resources are made at scale, and based on water resource region, or basin-wide, perspectives in order to optimize the wide range of benefits to both people and nature. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Bob completed a 30-year career with the U.S. Army, and most recently served as the strategic initiatives chief for the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In this role, he assisted in setting the Corps’ strategic direction. He also previously served as the chief of the Army’s environmental programs in the Pentagon.

William Bertera is Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. He is the former Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation, the Rebuild America Coalition and the American Public Works Association. He has also held senior executive and management positions with the International City Management Association, the National Association of Counties and the National Solid Wastes Management Association.

Anne Lewis is the founder and director of America’s Waterway, a non-profit organization advocating civic engagement and a National Dialogue for the Future of the Mississippi River. Coming from a background of professional communication planning, she created America’s Waterway to address the Mississippi River’s sustainability in holistic ways, taking its social and economic – as well as environmental – aspects into account, with stakeholder involvement as the pivotal component.