October 4-6, Austin, Texas
AT&T Conference Center
ARCSA educates professionals and do-it-yourselfers on the best techniques for harvesting and using rainwater. With over 700 members across the world. Austin was selected for this year's conference location for various reasons: besides being a great Texas venue, the southern and southwestern areas of the United States have seen tremendous growth in rainwater catchment systems due to recent drought conditions; the city is extremely active in green building initiatives; and ARCSA was founded in Austin. Gardeners, landscapers, architects, builders, retailers, engineers, installers, plumbers, state and local water conservation/policy officials, and any individuals interested in rainwater harvesting are invited to join us at this year's innovative event.
This year's conference will feature 3 keynote speakers, one each day as well as many world-class speakers for a total of 40 sessions. Several of the speakers include:
Mr. Robert Glennon - Author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, which was published in April 2009 by Island Press. His previous books include the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters (2002). Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.
Ms. Vessela Monta - Executive Director of International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance out of Geneva, Switzerland. She is the author of the Blue Schools programme, which is now spreading through many countries. Under her management, many projects are now enhancing the access to water through Rainwater Harvesting in schools and institutions, improving the lives of about 6,000 children and staff members, with at least 1,700 more to be added to this number in 2010. An important part of Mrs Monta’s activities in the framework of the IRHA is training and awareness. IRHA organized a RWH training course in India in 2004, and another one in Kenya in 2006. A new training session on the theme "RWH for food security” is planned for March 2010.
Rep. Patrick Rose - State Representative Patrick Rose is serving his fourth term in the Texas House of Representatives representing District 45, which includes the Central Texas counties of Blanco, Caldwell and Hays. A leader known for his fierce independence, Rep. Rose has built a record of delivering results to the Texans he serves. Rep Rose submitted a Rainwater Harvesting bill in last year's session and will submit another bill this year.
The Honourable Peter Beattie -Past Australia Premiere his honorable Peter Beattie - He was Premier (Governor) of the state of Queensland from June 1998 to September 2007 and formerly Queensland’s Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Americas. As Premier his key strategy was to turn Queensland into Australia’s Smart State by refocusing the education system, skilling the workforce, encouraging research and development and creating thousands of long-term, new-age jobs in high tech industries such as biotechnology, information technology and aviation. In 2005, Queensland faced its worst drought in 100 years. Taking bold steps to reduce water consumption, develop infrastructure and manage resources effectively, the Queensland government accomplished things previously thought unthinkable to combat the water crisis.
Additionally, this year's conference will feature 2 fun-filled tours of rainwater systems in the Austin area. The Monday night tour and dinner - Spend a wonderful evening touring some of the major rainwater installation around Austin and end up with a great BBQ dinner at the world famous Salt Lick Restaurant. Tour sites include: Johnson Wildflower Center and the Southwest Elementary School. Tour starts at 6PM, leaving from the hotel and returns around 10PM. Tour costs $60 and includes transportation and dinner.
The Wednesday afternoon session will be after the end of conference. Spend Wednesday afternoon seeing a wide variety of site around Austin. Tour sites include: ARCH Community Center (rainwater used for toilet flushing), Zilker Gardens, Feather and Fur Animal Hospital, Las Casas Verdes, HEB Grocery Store and the Lower Colorado River Authority building. Tour starts at 12:30, leaving from the hotel and returns around 5PM. Tour costs $25 and includes a box lunch.
The tours are open to guests and non-members. When registering select option tour to join these great events.
Conference registration includes: daily breaks (morning and afternoon) refreshments, Tuesday breakfast, Tuesday lunch, Wednesday breakfast and Wednesday lunch.
This year schedule registration options exist for the conference - Entire Conference, One Day, Tours, and Exhibit Hall Pass Only. Please select from the choice below. Purchase of any of the conference admissions provides access conference sessions, exhibit hall and a copy of the proceedings. Purchase of the tours pass also provides access to the exhibit hall. Tour passes are limited and will be on a first come basis.
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