NEW VIDEO: Yudelson as Keynote Speaker at Municipal Green Building Conference in Southern California
In his recent keynote speech, Blue is the New Green, Jerry Yudelson discussed the need for a new water ethic, and what we can do as citizens, public officials, and consultants to make positive changes, in terms of water usage and efficiency.
The keynote was presented to an audience of 500 local government officials and staff, along with green building consultants, architects, engineers and builders at the Southern California Gas Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA. Yudelson, the noted green building consultant, author and sustainability expert provided three key take-aways.
- Know how to get energy use down to net zero, almost on a conventional budget. Water is the next big (green) thing we have to tackle in the Green Building Movement.
- International experience and technology can be adapted to help with water issues in the U.S.
- Addressing water efficiency will provide major opportunities for builders, owners, project designers, facility managers, public sector and contractors.
Population and urban growth are creating large water footprints all over the world. Global climate change is having a huge impact on water supplies. It seems clear that major droughts are ahead for not just California and the Southwest, but the entire southern tier of the U.S.
As discussed in Yudelson’s book, Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis, water is the oil of the 21st century.