Peter Gleick to Speak on Water Technologies for a Growing Global Population

Next Tuesday, September 5, President Emeritus Peter Gleick will speak on the evolving technologies that could be vital to providing water to a growing global population at the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineerings’ second meeting on “Grand Challenges for Environmental Engineering and Science in the 21st Century” in San Francisco. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences will outline the size of the food challenge and the new approaches and technologies that are needed to sustainably meet demand. Saul Griffith, CEO of Otherlab, will share his recent work on mapping energy flows in the U.S. economy and how those might shift to address a host of issues including climate change.

The demand for clean water, food, and energy is expected to rise sharply as the global population expands toward 10 billion by 2050, while at the same time standards of living are increasing for much of the world. Meeting that demand will be difficult enough in itself, but the challenge is even greater in the context of global climate change and the pressing need to reduce the environmental impacts of human activities.

These events are part of the National Academies’ study on Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science.

The session will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM PDT at the California Academy of Sciences at 55 Music Concourse Drive in San Francisco, CA 94118.

Register to attend here.