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The Torch – May 9, 2024

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Sedlak, Klein to Keynote 2024 Next Generation Water Summit

Esteemed leaders and experts David Sedlak and Gary Klein are set to keynote the 2024 Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) on June 20 and 21, respectively. Join us for these exciting keynotes at this year’s event, “Solutions in a Changing World.”  Each keynote will begin at 9:00am local time.

David SedlakDavid Sedlak, author of “Water for All” and Professor at University of California, Berkeley, will deliver a highly-anticipated keynote address on June 20 drawing connections among seemingly disparate problems as a powerful means of bringing about change.

“It is not your imagination; water crises are arriving at a greater frequency because the twentieth-century approach to water cannot keep up with our new reality,” Sedlak stated. “Although water is a big challenge, I am hopeful that together we can solve any crisis. If we open our minds to new ideas and act before crises get out of hand, I am certain that we can realize Water for All.”

Gary KleinGary Klein, a pioneer in energy efficiency and renewable energy since 1974, will present as you’ve never seen him before in his keynote on June 21st. Mr. Klein has a passion for hot water: getting into it, getting out of it, and efficiently delivering it to meet customers’ needs. He is widely regarded as the nation’s pre-eminent hot water expert. Reflecting on his journey into the field of water conservation and efficiency, Gary Klein draws inspiration from experiences in Lesotho, the California Energy Commission, and others.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share 50 years’ worth of observations about what works, what doesn’t and why water is so undervalued… and what we can do about it,” said Klein.

Event Details:

  • Date: June 20-21, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am Mountain
  • Venue: New Mexico state capital building, also known as “The Roundhouse”
  • Registration:


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Hosts of the Next Generation Water Summit are the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce; Green Builder® Coalition; City of Santa Fe; KUELwater and the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. The national media partner is Green Builder® Media, Alliance for Water Efficiency is a promotional partner and the education partner is Triconic.

About the Next Generation Water Summit
The Next Generation Water Summit brings together the building and development community, water reuse professionals and water policymakers in a collaborative setting to share best practices and learn about innovative water conservation and water reuse techniques that can be used to comply with water conservation restrictions spreading across the southwest.

2024 Next Generation Water Summit – A Primer

The 7th edition of the Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) will take place June 20 – 21, 2024 in Santa Fe, NM. The annual event will once again be offered in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual attendance options. The 2024 theme is “Solutions in a Changing World.”

The New Mexico state capitol building, known as “The Roundhouse,” will host professional sessions on both Thursday and Friday. A New Mexico-focused track joins the agenda on Friday, June 21. The NGWS focuses on both regional and national water challenges, and is historically known for holding 2-3 concurrent session tracks after each day’s opening keynote.Next Generation Water Summit logo

Some of the confirmed sessions include:

  • “Panel: Educating the Next Generation”
  • “Water-Energy-Carbon Footprint: A Case Study”
  • “Innovative New Water Products”
  • “Panel: WERS, EPA and HERSh2o Outdoor Water Use – What is the Difference?”
  • “AI Role in Water – Today & Tomorrow”


See the entry above for full details on the two keynote speakers.

As with previous Summits, there will be numerous ancillary events: an awards and networking event on Thursday evening at the Drury Plaza Hotel; a host of pre-NGWS training opportunities; and tours following the event on Saturday, June 22nd.

Trainings preceding the event include:

  • Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS)® Consultant for Single-Family and Multi-Family dwelling units. WERS is the only water rating system that analyzes new and existing, single and multi-family properties, and includes water reuse in its widely-used tool. This training is FREE with a paid, on-site Summit registration and is offered in conjunction with Triconic, the NGWS’ Education Partner.
  • Commercial Restaurant Water Auditor training. This introduction to commercial water auditing class provides the background on how audits are performed, the required measurements, and tools necessary to audit restaurants and other small commercial establishments. This class is FREE to all paid registrants, regardless if in-person or virtual.
  • New Mexico Waste Water Installer certification class. This half-day class enables the participant to take the New Mexico Installer exam and become a ‘certified designer and installer’ in the state of New Mexico. This class is FREE to all registrants, regardless if in-person or virtual.


There will be a plethora of free, in-person events for locals and out-of-state guests to attend. The Mayor’s Reception will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel on the evening of June 20.

Tours include:

  • The City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Office, with a host of tables from local vendors and the ability to meet with local water conservation staff
  • Tour of a local home with a graywater system
  • Tour of the Santa Fe Community College’s greenhouse
  • Tour of a permaculture garden


All registrants (in-person or virtual) will be able to attend live and on-demand sessions, and network with fellow attendees from around the world. To register and/or for more information on the Summit, educational workshops and tours, visit

Hosts of the Next Generation Water Summit are the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce; Green Builder® Coalition; City of Santa Fe; KUELwater, and the Santa Fe Area Homebuilder’s Association. The national media partner is Green Builder® Media, the education partner is Triconic, LLC and the Alliance for Water Efficiency is a promotional partner.



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