The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Forum on Industrial Water Use focused on water supply and related quality issues affecting the U.S. manufacturing sector. Water quantity is a growing concern in the U.S., and companies across a range of industry sectors are raising questions about water scarcity now and in the future. These questions highlight the potential risk water scarcity poses to business continuity and the need to include the issue in company sustainability strategies.
Presenters at this forum discussed the current state of industrial water use, including trends, challenges, and needs from the government, NGO and industry perspectives.
- Eric Evenson, Coordinator, National Water Census, U.S. Geological Survey
- Cam Metcalf, Executive Director, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
- Christopher Williams, Director, Freshwater Program, World Wildlife Fund
- Steve Hellem, Executive Director, GEMI
- Bruce Karas, Director, Sustainability, Environmental and Safety, Coca-Cola North America
- Charles Souders, Manager, Environmental Compliance, Johnson & Johnson/ McNeil Consumer Healthcare
- Piet Klop, Senior Fellow, Markets & Enterprise Program, World Resources Institute