Registration Fee

Alliance Member: $345
Non-Member: $395
City Team (3 or more): $245


Monday October 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM CDT
Wednesday October 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM CDT

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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza 
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Phone: 1-800-445-8667

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Lorraine L. Koss
U.S. Water Alliance


The Conference is supported in part by a grant from the:

United Water Foundation


Additional Sponsorships from:





Williams Creek Consulting
PaveDrain, LLC
Calgon Carbon Corporation
Hazen and Sawyer
BHE Environmental

CONFLUENCE Water Technology Innovation Cluster


Alliance for Water Efficiency
American Public Works Association
American Rivers
Arbor Day Foundation
Association of Clean Water Administrators
Denver Botanic Gardens
Green for All
Low Impact Development Center, Inc.
Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition
The Conservation Fund
    WateReuse Research Foundation   
WateReuse Association


Pennwell Publishing

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In its 3rd year, the Leadership Conference has become a focal point for the national dialogue on resource recovery and green infrastructure.  It is driving the notion of water as an integrating strategy for the urban environment. 

  • Spotlight City panels will feature cross-agency, cross-department, community and business leaders to share their models of creative integration and innovative approaches. 
  • Multi-disciplinary and geographically diverse presentations will demonstrate the flexibility of green infrastructure to serve a multitude of needs. 
  • Strategic Sidebar conversations will allow those at the cutting edge to compare notes and tackle obstacles.
  • Roundtable discussions may shed light on emerging opportunities and challenges. 

Attendees and presenters will reflect the broad scope of stakeholders needed to recreate our cities with resource recovery and green infrastructure.  Join water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation directors, parks and recreation, as well as business leaders, non-profit organizations, and U.S. EPA regulators as we meet to drive the paradigm shift for water sustainability. 

The Leadership Conference is organized annually by the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Council.  The Council seeks to connect the dots among water, land use, parks, forests, transportation, energy, and other sectors around a goal of revitalizing cities with multi-benefit projects that produce triple bottom-line results. The Leadership Conference is supported in part by a grant from the United Water Foundation.

Professional Development Hours
The U.S. Water Alliance is now a Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP) Provider.  Join us for the 3rd annual Leadership Conference and earn up to seven Professional Development Hours.

Spotlight Cities

This year the Leadership Conference has invited the following cities to share their models of creative integration and innovation for sustainable urban water management: Cleveland (OH), Denver (CO), Kansas City (MO), Syracuse (NY), and Tucson (AZ).


Daniel Bena 
Senior Director, Sustainable Development, PepsiCo

Steve Maxwell
TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group

Nancy Stoner
Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Nancy Sutley
Chair, The Council on Environmental Quality


Catherine Nagel, City Parks Alliance

William J. Bertera, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency

Lawrence Levine & Alisa Valderrama, National Resources Defense Council

Cincinnati's Green Bus Tour

Cincinnati is gaining a national reputation in the sustainable management of stormwater to prevent combined sewer overflows (CSOs).

Join the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) for a “Green Bus Tour” to find out why!

The tour - from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 following the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference – will visit seven different locations to see a high volume CSO and view stormwater controls ranging from green roofs and bioinfiltration basins to pervious pavement, level spreaders and dry wells.

The tour highlights include the following click HERE for more information about the tour destinations.

1. Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO ) #5 on the Mill Creek
2. St. Francis Court Apartments

3. San Antonio Church
4. Rapid Run Park

5. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
6. Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station

7. Washington Park