For those of us in Wisconsin, it is great to see the snow melting away and feeling the warmer temperatures – spring is on its way! Another great sign of spring is that over the weekend I had the opportunity to inspect my yard and I see that the flowers are starting to pop out of the ground. It all leaves me itching to get out on my Harley for a nice ride in the countryside and see everything blooming.
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This sense of renewal reminds me of last month’s newsletter where I talked about the positive trends of fighting COVID. It also seems that spirits are more positive, an outlook that I see for activities with The Water Council.
Before we move “spring forward,” as we did with our clocks last weekend, I want to wrap up the first round of our BREW 2.0 post accelerator that ended in February with a final week of virtual programming along with a public Demo Day event. The 12 cohort companies presented to over 140 guests in the virtual event; showcasing their technologies and teams to investors, industry guests and potential customers. Nearly 50 network connections have been fostered for the cohort companies to date and ongoing engagement, connections and training with the companies will continue throughout 2021. Would you like to be connected to any companies in the cohort? Reach out and we’ll gladly make an introduction! Interested in the next round as a participant or sponsor? Reach out to Karen Frost, our VP Economic Development.
Spring also brings our recent announcement that we are accepting applications for TWO of our innovation programs. Tech Challenge is accepting applications until May 9th for coatings, materials and technology to address anti-fouling, anti-scale, and anti-corrosion. To learn more about the challenge and begin your application click here. I want to provide a special shoutout to our Tech Challenge sponsors A. O. Smith, Badger Meter and our NEW sponsor Watts Water. By applying, you may get the opportunity to work with the outstanding R&D teams for these water technology companies!
The second opportunity is the open application period for our Pilot Program. We are accepting applications through April 25th for funding and sites for technology demonstrations in a variety of topics. For more information on the technologies of particular interest and to start your Pilot Program application click here. Thanks to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Fund for Lake Michigan and Wells Fargo for making the Pilot Program possible.
If spring is here, then summer is just around the corner and so is The Water Council’s annual Water Leaders Summit. Like most other events, our Summit in 2020 had to be canceled so we pivoted to a podcast series. This year, to be on the safe side, we plan on conducting a virtual Summit in late July. We are looking at this on the bright side as we can include more international or national speakers and our audience can reach across the globe.
We are fortunate that, once again, we will be working with author and journalist Charles Fishman to be our lead moderator for a number of the sessions. The topics range from “Insider” perspectives within President Biden’s Administration to WELL buildings, infrastructure, and water workforce diversity. A special Thank You to our Presenting Sponsors A. O. Smith and Baird. To learn how your business can be part of this acclaimed group, contact me.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) continues to see interest and adoption in new sectors. We are especially pleased with the latest development from Wisconsin with Green Bay’s Austin Straubel Airport’s commitment to certify to the AWS Standard. This marks the first international airport to register its intent to certify. 2021 is already a banner year for AWS membership, as companies seek opportunities to signal their commitment to water stewardship and grow their water stewardship programs.
In addition to membership, a great way to attain the knowledge to implement water stewardship in corporate strategies and at facilities in through AWS Training. These sessions continue to draw interest – the February session sold out, the April session will sell out and individuals are already signing up for the July session! This tells me that the AWS Training is a hot commodity. So, if you’re interested in a deeper dive on water stewardship, I invite you to explore upcoming AWS training options here.
That’s a wrap-up on our activities and what is on the docket in the next few months. Keep us posted on your accomplishments and opportunities, we are always interested in knowing what is up with our friends and colleagues.
As always, be safe!