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Building a Resilient, Smart, and Sustainable City: The Energy-Water Nexus

February 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join Carnegie Mellon University for an in-depth exploration into the connections between energy and water, and their impact the city of Pittsburgh!



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Energy and water are the world’s two most critical resources, yet their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized. Smart, resilient cities are tackling these connection points head on – metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, known as the “city of three rivers.” Always a center for groundbreaking ideas – from the earliest days as the center for industry to the recently launched p4 Initiative and upcoming Climate Action Plan 3.0, Pittsburgh leads the country as a thriving hub of innovation, technology, education, environmental stewardship, and sustainability.

The nexus between water and energy, though not formally defined,  refers to the relationship between the water used in energy production, either in the creation of electricity or as sources of fuel, and the energy consumed to heat/cool, treat, process, extract, deliver, or dispose of that water (or waste water). This energy required to manipulate the water is called the energy intensity (EI), and is calculated as units of energy per unit of GDP, with higher EI values denoting a higher cost of converting energy into GDP and vice versa. Given that all forms of energy produced are either directly or indirectly impacted by the use of water, this nexus as well as exploration into its intricacies, is absolutely paramount.

We invite you to join the conversation with a gathering of national thought leaders and distinguished guests as we discuss the issues and opportunities surrounding the Nexus of Energy and Water management, both nationally and in Pittsburgh specially given that the visualization of this nexus is inextricably contingent on the physical environment of a particular region. The evening event will feature a keynote speaker followed by insights from a panel of experts from around the country.

This event is free. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. 


About the Speakers


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Michael E. Webber, Deputy Director Energy Institute 

As Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources, Author, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Michael E. Webber trains the next generation of energy leaders at the University of Texas at Austin and beyond through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization.  His recent book, “Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival”, which addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, is receiving wide praise. Learn more.


Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive 

Rich Fitzgerald took office as Allegheny County Chief Executive on January 3, 2012. He is currently in his second term. Rich grew up in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, Rich attended Carnegie Mellon University after high school where he worked his way through school, earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a business minor.

Bill Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh

Bill Peduto was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 5, 2013.  He has worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council, as a staffer and Member of Council representing District 8, and resides in the Point Breeze neighborhood of the city. Learn more.


Phillip Mezey, Chief Executive Officer, Itron Inc.

Philip Mezey was appointed president and chief executive officer and named to Itron’s board of directors on January 1, 2013. Mezey has served the company in several capacities during his career at Itron, most recently as chief operating officer for Itron’s global Energy segment, with responsibility for the operations of Itron’s electricity and gas businesses around the world. Learn more.


Morgan O’Brien, President & Chief Executive Officer, Peoples Natural Gas

Morgan K. O’Brien is president and chief executive officer of Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC, affiliated utilities serving approximately 700,000 customers in southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. In that capacity, he is responsible for the company’s strategic, operational and financial performance. Learn more.


Richard Riazzi, President & Chief Executive Officer, Duquesne Light Holdings, Duquesne Light Company

A 36-year power and natural gas industry veteran, Richard Riazzi currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Duquesne Light Holdings and Duquesne Light Company, a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania, including downtown Pittsburgh. Learn more.


Rick Stafford, MetroLab and Metro21 Founder and Distinguished Service Professor Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College

Prior to his Heinz appointment, he served as Chief Executive Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated regional development organizations, the Pennsylvania Economy League-Western Division, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, and Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. Read more.



Dr. Jared L. Cohon, Director for Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, President Emeritus and University Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy

Professor Jared L. Cohon is Director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, President Emeritus and University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Cohon focuses on overall management of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. He served as president of Carnegie Mellon University for 16 years (1997–2013). Learn more.


Anna J. Siefken, Associate Director for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

In her role at CMU’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Anna J. Siefken cultivates corporate and industrial partnerships, fostering energy-related initiatives across the Carnegie Mellon University campuses to create synergistic relationships and new opportunities including commercialization – linking together industry, faculty and staff, start-ups, other universities, regional and nonprofit organizations, corporate foundations, and government agencies. Learn more.


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February 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation


Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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