UC Riverside to observe World Water Day on April 3 with symposium focused on water-energy nexus
California is facing its most severe drought in decades. Governor Jerry Brown has asked each state agency to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent over the next year. Recently, University of California President Janet Napolitano urged each UC campus to take drought response measures aimed at reducing short-term water consumption.
To observe World Water Day, the University of California, Riverside is hosting a symposium on April 3 in Room 240, Orbach Science Library. Extending from noon to 4 p.m., the symposium is free of charge and open to the public.
“World Water Day, a United Nations initiative, is celebrated around the world with one theme chosen each year,” said Ariel Dinar, the director of UC Riverside’s Water Science and Policy Center (WSPC), which is hosting the symposium. “It is apt that the theme this year is water and energy. A significant amount of energy goes to move and pump water. Therefore, saving water will save energy and saving energy will save water. This nexus is very important in semi-arid regions such as California. UCR has several researchers and graduate students working on the water-energy nexus. We expect in this symposium to raise awareness of the linkage between water and energy so that both resources can be conserved and used in an optimal way today and in the future.”
A number of experts will give short talks at the symposium. They will cover a wide range of water- and energy-related topics, including renewable energy, using marginal land to produce biodiesel, energy considerations needed when purifying water for potable reuse, and how the Emirate of Dubai makes decisions related to water and energy.
The World Water Day symposium that will take place at UC Riverside exemplifies the seizing our destiny pillar catalyst for innovation. Creating and redeveloping processes to attain and retain energy resources is one the most important subjects of our future. Since most forms of energy require the use of water, the symposium at UCR will focus on increasing efficiency with our water supply to prepare for energy demand in the future. UCR’s commitment and efforts to raise awareness of the water and energy initiative illustrates itself to be a catalyst for innovation in our community, as well as the scientific community.
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