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The Living Technology Institute Commemorates UN World Water Day with Local Charlottesville Event, March 22

– Speakers present novel insights on and comprehensive approaches to water and food security from a global and local perspective –

– In conjunction with the 2012 VA Festival of the Book, featured speakers include widely recognized writers and authorities Jerry Yudelson, Cynthia Barnett, Wenonah Hauter, and Tara Lohan –

Charlottesville, VA – (February 7, 2012) – The Living Technology Institute (LTI), a new nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, Va., today announced its first annual World Water Day forum, a United Nations recognized event. The forum is part of a worldwide UN World Water Day program celebrating the importance of freshwater and sustainable water management.

LTI’s World Water Forum theme is ‘Securing the Foundation of Life: the Water-Food Web.’ The event will be held March 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the McGuffey Art Center in Room #11.

The Forum offers compelling presentations by a diverse group of highly regarded experts.

The keynote speaker is Jerry Yudelson, dubbed ‘Godfather of Green’ by Wired Magazine. Jerry’s newest book, Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis, describes the best ways to manage scarce water resources and handle upcoming urban water crises.

Cynthia Barnett, esteemed journalist on freshwater issues, calls for a water ethic for America in her new book Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.

Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, is a respected and well-known voice at the forefront of public policy issues. Food & Water Watch is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization working to keep our food and water safe, accessible and sustainable.

Senior editor at AlterNet and Editor of the book Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource, Tara Lohan is widely recognized as an eloquent, solution-focused voice in the call to action for our global water crisis.

VA Festival of the Book attendees are welcome to attend the Forum. Entry to the event is free. Seating is limited.
To attend the World Water Day Forum, please visit www.livingtechnologyinstitute.org or email info@livingtechnologyinstitute.org.

More about the World Water Day Forum
The LTI Forum will explore water and food security from a holistic perspective. The complexity of the issues and the urgent need for new strategies require going beyond simple, single-focus answers. Multifaceted approaches are needed that respect the interconnections among water, food, humanity, and nature.

The Forum speakers will:
• establish a framework for this perspective,
• describe common problems faced across the U.S. and other parts of the world,
• set a context for local/regional issues, and
• identify potential strategies and technology needs.

The Forum will conclude with an interactive session where attendees and speakers will discuss innovative practices and technologies for achieving water and food security, and economic sustainability.

World Water Day Forum Schedule
1:30 -1:45
Introduction and Overview
Will Kirksey, Executive Director
The Living Technology Institute

1:45-2:30
Jerry Yudelson
“Godfather of Green”

Mr. Yudelson will discuss innovative ideas for managing scarce water resources and the barriers to solving water problems in the U.S. outlined in his recent book, Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis.

2:30-3:00
Cynthia Barnett
“Part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist” according to the Boston Globe

Author of the new book, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, Ms. Barnett will describe the relationship of water and community, report on innovative water solutions worldwide, and present the case for a national water ethic.

3:00-3:30
Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director of Food & Water Watch and a highly visible advocate for safe and sustainable production of food and water, Ms. Hauter will discuss the need for a new vision to protect our common resources for the future and choose appropriate technologies.

3:30-4:00
Tara Lohan
Tara Lohan is a senior editor at AlterNet, leading the Environment, Water, and Food sections, and is the editor of the book Water Matters. Ms. Lohan will outline the need for meaningful personal, policy, and legal changes to protect and share water equitably with each other and the rest of nature.

4:00-4:30
Interactive session with Speaker Panel/Q&A
Time for attendees to ask questions of the speakers regarding local, regional and global water issues.

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New Living Technology Institute Supports and Advances Ecological Technologies to Solve Complex Water Challenges

Charlottesville, VA – (January 20, 2012) – Today’s complex water challenges require technologies that address the interconnection among water, food, energy, climate, and health.

The Living Technology Institute (LTI), a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, Va., has been established to advance innovative, ecological technologies based on a new, whole system approach to water.

Living technologies adapt ecosystem processes (“eco-mimicry”) and augment natural functions through the power of 21st Century ecological science and engineering.  The result is cost-effective, practical water infrastructure for sustainable communities, economies, and environments.

LTI is designed to complement and collaborate with other organizations that share a holistic view of water and work toward integrating natural and human ecosystems.

As part of its mission, LTI will:

  • form partnerships with organizations that create or need innovative ecological water technologies,
  • develop pilot projects to validate new technology applications, and
  • conduct educational programs.

Will Kirksey, Executive Director of Living Technology Institute said, “People intuitively understand that water is the foundation of life and the medium tying all life together; yet, conventional engineering and economic analyses treat water as just a commodity. Solving our water challenges requires understanding water at multiple levels and building ecological infrastructure that reflects that understanding. Our goal is to find and advance those practical, cost-effective ecological water treatment and reuse technologies.”

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About Living Technology Institute (LTI)

LTI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, Va. with the mission to advance ecological water strategies and technologies that meet human and environmental needs through enhancing nature, rather than replacing it.

LTI integrates eco-mimicry concepts with the best of ecological science and engineering to define a new generation of water infrastructure technology.  LTI is dedicated to advancing innovative whole system concepts and solutions that can solve our most challenging water problems.

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