Hansen, Allen & Luce’s Rob Sowby, Ph.D., a water resources engineer, will participate in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference to be held Aug. 26–28 in Salt Lake City.
Under the conference’s theme of sustainable communities, Dr. Sowby will share lessons learned in energy-efficient water supply and how developing nations can plan, design, and operate water infrastructure with energy efficiency in mind. He will co-present with researchers at the University of Utah on how these issues affect the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for clean water and sanitation.
“Even in developed countries, energy-for-water demands are increasing due to water scarcity, stricter water quality standards, and population growth,” Dr. Sowby said. “Without energy, there can be no clean water. These demands need to be understood across the world in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The conference is expected to draw up to 4,000 attendees from 80 countries. Salt Lake City is the first U.S. city outside New York to host the conference.