Water in the West Symposium
Program

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18

Optional virtual tours in the AM. Plenary session is from 1-5 p.m. MST; exact times TBA. All content is virtual.


Optional tours
Denver Zoo — live virtual tour and Q&A regarding their water conservation and quality initiatives and sustainability goals
Denver Water — live virtual tour and Q&A regarding their work in the watershed on forest restoration and fire mitigation

Welcome, land acknowledgement, + opening remarks
Jocelyn Hittle — Colorado State University System
Tyrone Smith — Colorado State University
Tony Frank — Colorado State University System
Jim Lochhead — Denver Water

 

Mayor’s welcome
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

 

Keynote
Gary Knell — National Geographic Partners

Moving Minds: How Social Movements, Campaigns, and Storytelling Shape Public Sentiment
Moderator: Yolanda Bevill — Colorado State University
Gary Hirshberg — Stonyfield Organic
Sarah Soule — Stanford University
Justin Worland — TIME

Secretary’s Conversation
Moderator: Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System
David LaFrance — American Water Works Association
Secretary Karen Ross — California Department of Food & Agriculture

THURSDAY, NOV. 19

Plenary session is from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. MST; exact times TBA. All content is virtual.


Welcome + opening remarks
Jocelyn Hittle — Colorado State University System

Governor’s Remarks
Colorado Governor Jared Polis

Moderated Zoom Breakouts

Secretary’s Dialogue
Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System
David Axelrod — Institute of Politics, University of Chicago

Closing Remarks
Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System

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