2010
Summit will explore what people can do to conserve fresh water 

Summit will explore what people can do to conserve fresh water 
December 14, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Lisle, Illinois ~ What will humanity do when the earth's fresh water supply is gone?

Thirst. A lot.

Seventy-two percent of the Earth's surface is covered with water, but 97 percent of the water is salty and not suited for drinking. Just 3 percent of the earth's water supply is fresh water, and less than one-third of 1 percent of that is available for human use.

What people can do to conserve water is the subject of the Eighth Annual DuPage Environmental Summit, "Until the Last Drop: Water Conservation in DuPage County," from 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5 in the Krasa Student Center of the campus of Benedictine University in Lisle.

The summit is sponsored by the DuPage Environmental Commission, the Conservation Foundation, the DuPage Community Foundation, the DuPage County Board Environmental Committee, the DuPage Water Commission, Benedictine University and the School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE).

Attendees will learn about local efforts to conserve, preserve and reuse our fresh water supply. Local vendors and organizations involved with water conservation will be on hand in the exhibit area to provide additional information.

Speakers will include: Tim Loftus with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Terry McGhee and Jenessa Nesbitt with the DuPage Water Commission; Mary Ann Dickinson with the Alliance for Water Efficiency; Ed Beaulien with Aquascape Designs, Inc.; Kay McKeen with SCARCE; and Jim Kleinwachter and Erin Tuttle with the Conservation Foundation.

The summit is free, but the courtesy of pre-registration is requested. For more information or to pre-register, contact Carrie Thompson at (630) 428-4500, ext. 10, or e-mail cthompson@theconservationfoundation.org.

Attendees are encouraged to carpool, bring their own mug or cup for beverages, and bring a reusable bag for handouts. Lunch will be available in the Krasa Center Dining Room for $6.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.