LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Black & Veatch senior executives today presented a vision of how cities can meet the opportunities and challenges of the future at a Super Session moderated by Miles O’Brien, Lead Science Reporter for PBS NewsHour. Specifically, they addressed the critical human infrastructure needs for Water, Wireless and Energy at the Annual Conference of the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) held in Las Vegas.
Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch's Global Energy Business (Photo: Business Wire)
A recorded version of the webinar will be available 7 March via the following link: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/qubzyvcj
By 2035, the world’s demand for energy and water will increase by more than 50 percent and the number of wireless devices will increase by about 15 billion units by the year 2020. In addition, the development of social media is changing the relationships between governments and citizens. All of this creates big opportunities for innovative solutions.
Super Session presenters were Dean Oskvig, President and CEO, Black & Veatch global energy business; Martin Travers, President, Black & Veatch telecommunications division; and Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Black & Veatch global water business. They offered advice and solutions on how to meet demands for energy, water and wireless services that are so critical to cities, county governments and academic institutions.
“Energy and water are totally dependent on each other,” said Oskvig, “Planning and managing these vital resources must be combined. In the U.S., the water needed to create electricity nearly equals the water needed for food production.
Wallis-Lage said, “We currently spend significant effort on categorizing water: drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, fresh water and impaired water. Nature’s water cycle makes no such distinction; water is water, and the sooner the water industry and the public recognize that, the better off we will be in delivering solutions to meet our growing water demand.”
Travers observed, “In just a few years, anything that can be connected will be connected. Not being a ‘connected community’ is like being left without a railway stop in the 1860s. The time to build these networks is here.”
The 2012 ASPA conference themed “Redefining Public Service Through Civic Engagement” brought together government and nonprofit professionals, scholars, students, and citizen groups to learn innovative solutions and obtain skills that they can implement in their communities, states and countries.
- On average, energy costs represents 30 percent of a typical building’s annual operating budget and is the single largest operating cost.
- Placing water into categories such as potable, storm and waste creates a division on water value, its uses and the understanding of water challenges. This lack of understanding that “Water is Water” inhibits public and financial support for investment in water infrastructure.
- The American Society of Civil Engineers rated water infrastructure as D-.There is nearly $200 billion in private capital available that could accelerate water infrastructure projects and enhance funding.
- Over the last 30 years wireless device usage worldwide has grown from almost nothing to nearly 6 billion users.
- Studies have shown that local economic growth and secondary investment enabled by broadband investment is 10 times the initial investment.
- The American Society of Public Administrators is a 9,000-member global professional organization of government and nonprofit administrators, scholars, educators, and public administration students. The association advocates greater effectiveness in government at both the local and international levels.
Black & Veatch (www.bv.com) is a global leader in the consulting, engineering, construction and operation of what the world needs now and in the future in the crucial areas of energy, water and telecommunications and in providing up-to-the-minute services in the fast changing federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, the employee-owned, $2.3 billion company operates out of more than 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries.
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