Sustaining the Blue Planet

Sustaining the Blue Planet is an official lead-up event to the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles, France!

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Seeking Sponsors & Partners

Please click here to learn about the many excellent opportunities to sponsor Sustaining the Blue Planet. Various sponsorship levels are available to allow your organization to reach the educators, corporate sustainability experts, international, federal, state and local government officials and many, many more people interested in water education who will be attending Sustaining the Blue Planet. To learn about sponsoring specific portions of the conference--including meals, scholarships and social events--please click here.

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Why Bozeman?

Located in southwestern Montana just 90 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is home to Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies, world-class ski resorts and much more. Nationally ranked as one of the nation's best college towns, ski spots and retirement prospects, Bozeman truly has something for everyone.

The Bozeman Convention and Visitors Bureau has a free travel guide available to help you plan your trip. Download or order your copy here.

Getting to Bozeman is easy. Bozeman's Gallatin Field Airport (BZN) boasts direct flights to and from 11 major cities around the United States, including hubs such as Los Angeles, Salt Lake, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Airlines serving BZN include United, Delta and Allegiant. Click here for the most complete list and contact information for the airlines.


Thanks for your interest in Sustaining the Blue Planet. The next Blue Planet conference is scheduled for June 24-27, 2014 in Big Sky, Montana. Please visit the new conference website to learn more. This site is archived and not active.

The goal of the Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference is to increase the knowledge and capacity of conference participants to effectively reach children and youth through education that leads to action in schools, communities and corporations.

Waterfall in Yellowstone National ParkIn September 2011, water is going to be big in Big Sky Country!

The Project WET Foundation—publisher of the most complete water resources education materials available and leader in the field of water education in the United States and around the world—is inviting everyone with an interest in our most precious natural resource to join us in beautiful Bozeman, Montana for Sustaining the Blue Planet.

The first conference to focus exclusively on water education and its role in solving the world's pressing water issues, Sustaining the Blue Planet will offer five conference strands, a full array of speakers, the much-anticipated launch of Project WET's Curriculum & Activity Guide 2.0, pre- and post-conference workshops, pre-conference field experiences and dedicated networking opportunities...all within easy reach of some of the best fishing, hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation anywhere. And did we mention that Yellowstone National Park is just down the road?

Sustaining the Blue Planet begins on Tuesday evening with a reception perfect for networking and continues through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with presentations, poster sessions, keynote speakers, exhibitors, the Guide 2.0 launch and more.

Who will be at Sustaining the Blue Planet?

  • Teachers, professors and other educators
  • Corporate sustainability experts
  • Ecologists
  • Economists
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Foresters
  • Planners
  • Policy makers
  • College and graduate students
  • Researchers
  • Local/State/Regional/Tribal/Federal government representatives
  • Ministerial government representatives
  • Business leaders
  • Regulators
  • Waste water professionals
  • Representatives and delegates from international organizations
  • Natural resources managers
  • Watershed managers
  • Legislators
  • International leaders and officials
  • NGO/nonprofit staff and funders
  • Storm water managers
  • Water education providers

The planned conference strands are:

  1. Innovations in Water Education: How is water education being used in new and more effective ways in schools and communities?
  2. Successful Approaches to WASH Education: How are effective program models and innovative partnerships in WASH education resulting in behavior changes and local solutions?
  3. Technology & Water Education: What are ways that technology can be used to expand the scope and reach of water education and to assist in solving water issues?
  4. Encouraging Water Education in Corporate Sustainability: How are corporations using employee education and training to promote personal sustainability practices and business goals while helping employees effectively and credibly tell their company’s water and sustainability story through strategic interaction with schools, communities and other key local, national and global stakeholders? How can corporate giving support educational programs that lead to meaningful results and actions?
  5. Education Solutions for Priority Water Topics: What are the most successful methods for addressing the most important water challenges of the day, including:
    • Risk (drought and floods).
    • Watersheds.
    • Ground water.
    • Water and health, including water, sanitation and hygiene.
    • Storm water.
    • Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in water.
    • Weather and climate change.
    • Water and energy.
    • Water conservation.

Sustaining the Blue Planet Sponsors & Partners:

Nestle Waters

UN Habitat

Rio TintoGrand River


To learn how your organization can sponsor or partner with Sustaining the Blue Planet, click here or contact us.

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