The Chicago region's water resources are abundant compared to those of many of our domestic and foreign counterparts. Managed wisely, that water offers substantial advantages for water-intensive economic growth. However, Northeastern Illinois' water is not infinite, and given increasing demand for groundwater and federal limits on diversion of Lake Michigan water, consumption must be matched with stewardship. For large users, from breweries to data centers, power plants to hospitals, short-term investment in water-efficient practices and technology can result in long-term bottom line savings, while conserving water for future use, new businesses, and the environment.
Join the Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands for "Growing Blue: Water, Economic Growth, and Corporate Stewardship" to explore the private sector's role in utilizing and sustaining our shared water resources. At this roundtable, Laurent Auguste, president and CEO of Veolia Water North America, will introduce Growing Blue, a data-driven resource for communities and businesses looking to take charge of their water futures. A panel of local business leaders will share case studies of real investments that have saved water, energy, and money, and provide insight on how those models can be replicated elsewhere.