Saving Water Through Behavior Changing Technologies

Lemont, Illinois
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Saving Water Through Behavior Changing Technology
April 29-30, 2015
Argonne National Laboratory

The purpose of this workshop is to promote discussion and collaboration between stakeholders who have a wide range of different experience with water-related issues.  The agenda will be structured around four primary sessions, with each session consisting of three components:

1. A short presentation from an expert in the field to motivate discussion.
2. 3-4 concurrent breakout sessions where attendees will discuss relevant topics in an open and informal setting.
3. Reconvening of the larger group, with each breakout session presenting a brief overview of their discussion and findings.

April 29, 2015

11:00am – 11:30am:      Welcome and workshop overview

11:30am – 12:00pm:      Opening Address: The Water-Energy Challenge 

                                    Speaker: Gary Klein – President, Gary Klein and

12:00pm – 1:00pm:        Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm:         Session 1 – Trends in Water Consumption in the U.S. 

                                    Speaker: Mary Ann Dickinson – President, Alliance for
                                    Water Efficiency

                                    An overview of the trends in how and where water is
                                    currently consumed in the US,                   
                                    including observations on barriers to achieving greater
                                    efficiency, including breakout sessions on:

                                                • Barriers to achieving greater efficiency
                                                • Perception of conservation as impacting utility
                                                • Connection of water and energy

3:00pm – 3:30pm:           Break and Networking

3:30pm – 6:00pm:           Session 2 – Influencing Behavior Through


                                      Speaker: Peter Yolles – Founder, WaterSmart Software

                                      How has technology been used to alter behavior in the
                                      past? What characteristics of a technology are desirable
                                      for changing behaviors?  How can the lessons learned
                                      from these experiences be applied to the unique
                                      challenges facing the water sector?  
                                      Including breakout sessions on:

                                        • Technology design: How to effect behavioral change
                                                o Technology characteristics
                                                o Social acceptance 
                                        • Examples and lessons from the electric sector

7:00pm – 9:00pm:           Dinner and networking at a nearby restaurant 

April 30, 2015

8:00am – 8:45am:           Breakfast and Networking

8:45am – 9:00am:           Welcome and review of day 1

9:00am – 11:30pm:         Session 3: Water Programs

                                     Speaker: William McDonnell – Water Use Efficiency
                                     Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern
                                     What is the current state of water efficiency and water
                                     utility programs in the U.S.? Where can existing
                                     institutional support be leveraged most effectively and
                                     what programmatic challenges will need to be
                                     addressed?  Including breakout sessions on:

                                                • Institutional support: Opportunities and gaps
                                                • Regulatory and structural challenges
                                                • Innovative water programs 
                                                • Strategies for technology diffusion

11:30pm – 12:30pm:       Lunch

12:30pm – 2:30pm:        Session 4 – Paths Forward

                                    Speaker: Troy Sherman - Director of Products &
                                    Marketing, Evolve Technologies

                                    What are the most promising new or conceptual
                                    technologies that can influence behavioral
                                    change?  What are the specific challenges and
                                    barriers preventing the wide spread development
                                    and adoption of these technologies?  Including
                                    breakout sessions on:

                                                • Promising technologies
                                                • Research and development
                                                • Commercialization
                                                • Utility programs

2:30pm – 3:00pm:            Wrap-up and next steps



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