About this Session
The Linda Hall Library is delighted to present the 2020 Science Conference Keynote Lecturer, Sandra Postel. In this session, one of the world’s leading authorities on freshwater conservation will present How to Build Water Security in a Changing World with her trademark innovative vision and practical approach. This culminating conference session is sure to illuminate and inspire as we look to the future of water.
A leading authority and prolific author on international water issues, Sandra Postel has been hailed for her “inspiring, innovative and practical approach” to promoting the preservation and sustainable use of freshwater. From 2009-2015 she served as Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. She is also co-creator of Change the Course, a national water stewardship initiative awarded the 2017 US Water Prize for restoring billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands. She is the author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity; Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?; and Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, which appears in eight languages and was the basis for a PBS documentary. She has served as a commentator on CNN’s Futurewatch, and has also appeared on CBS’s Sunday Morning, ABC’s Nightline, NPR’s Science Friday, BBC’s Planet Earth, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary, The 11th Hour, and National Geographic Channel’s Breakthrough series.
Get to know our keynote speaker and her approach to water sustainability with this brief introductory video.
Explore the themes of the session further with recommended resources from Linda Hall Library, more from our speaker, and other resources.
- Developing the Circular Water Economy by Robert C. Brears, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
- Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity by Sandra Postel, Island Press, 2017
- The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Waters by Gary E. Machlis and Jonathan B. Jarvis with foreword by Terry Tempest, The University of Chicago Press, 2018
- Urban Water Sustainability: Constructing Infrastructure for Cities and Nature by Sarah Bell, Routledge, 2018
- Toward a Sustainable Water Future: Visions for 2050 by W. M. Grayman, Daniel P. Loucks, and Laurel Saito; Environmental and Water Resources Institute (U.S.) Emerging Innovative Technology Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2012