2019 Fall Plenary

Hosted by: U.C. Davis, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency

Location : U.C. Davis Conference Center
Davis, CA

Date : September 24, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 PM

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10:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Greg Bundesen, CalWEP Board Chair

10:50 AM Keynote Speaker: Joaquin Esquivel
Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

10:05 AM Host Presentation
Kendra Olmos, Executive Director
Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE)

11:05 AM Feature: Planning for Climate Change
Juliet Christian-Smith, Water Foundation

11:30 AM CalWEP News & Happenings
Sarah Foley & Tia Lebherz, Executive Directors

11:55 PM What’s New at the Alliance
Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO, AWE

12:05 PM Lunch

1:05 PM Tap Into Resilience
Danielle McPherson, WaterNow Alliance

1:20 PM New Member Spotlight: InPipe
Gregg Semler, President & CEO

1:25 PM Are you Smarter Than a Computer??
Understanding Water Delivery Decision Making
The UC Davis CWEE Team

2:30 PM CalWEP is your Implementation Partner: Framework Tools Update
Tia Lebherz, CalWEP
David Mitchell, M. Cubed

2:55 PM Wrap up & Closing


Don’t miss CalWEP’s Fall Plenary!  We’ve put together a program that will cover topics related to water efficiency, innovation, climate resilience and the water-energy nexus. Members will hear updates from CalWEP and The Alliance for Water Efficiency about advocacy, tools and resources to support your programs.

Keynote Speakers

Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

E. Joaquin Esquivel was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board by Governor Jerry Brown in March 2017 and designated by Governor Gavin Newsom as Chair in February 2019. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for federal water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency in the Governor’s Washington, D.C. office, where he facilitated the development of policy priorities between the agency, the Governor’s Office, the California Congressional delegation, and federal stakeholder agencies. He was born and raised in California’s Coachella Valley. He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in English.

Juliet Christian-Smith, Senior Program Officer, The Water Foundation

Juliet brings more than a decade of scientific research and policy analysis experience to her role at the Water Foundation, with expertise in water, climate and sustainability issues. She came to the Water Foundation from the Union of Concerned Scientists where she helped lead water and climate work as a Senior Climate Scientist. She also brings a comparative perspective, having received a Fulbright Fellowship. Juliet has a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley.

CalWEP Fall Plenary 2019 Agenda

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Note: Parking is $9/day

Thank you to our host and lunch sponsor:



Hotel Information:

University Park Inn & Suites —  1111 Richards Blvd, Davis, CA, 95616

$125.00 (federal government rate)

Please call the hotel directly 530-756-0910 and ask for a reservation under the “CalWEP Fall Plenary” room block. Cut off date: August 18, 2019. Rooms may still be available. Call the hotel to inquire.

Pre-Plenary Networking Event

Join us the evening before for our meet-and greet at the U.C. Davis Arboretum and Public Garden from 6pm-8pm. Featuring local beer, wine, and refreshments, CalWEP members are invited to join this free networking event.


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Date: September 24, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 PM
Location: U.C. Davis Conference Center
550 Alumni Ln
Davis, CA 95616