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Changing Planet: Adapting to Our Water Future

The Honorable
Bill Richardson »

The Honorable Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson completed his second term as Governor of New Mexico in December 2010. Since entering life as a private citizen, Richardson was named chairman of APCO Worldwide's executive advisory service Global Political Strategies. In January 2011, Richardson was named special envoy for the Organization of American States, adding another platform for initiatives within peace and reconciliation in the Western hemisphere. In addition, the Governor serves on several nonprofit and for-profit boards. He also gives speeches on domestic and foreign policy through the Washington Speakers Bureau.

Governor Richardson was first elected to office in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 with the support of 69% of voters, representing the largest margin of victory for any governor in state history. Richardson's bold governing style moved New Mexico forward in areas of clean energy, commuter rail, education, tax cuts, public safety, spaceport, film industry, environment, and health Care. In 2008, Richardson sought the Democratic presidential nomination.

Before serving as governor and running for president, Richardson enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career in public service, academia, and the private sector. He represented northern New Mexico in Congress for 15 years, served as Ambassador to the UN, and Secretary of the US Department of Energy. While a congressman, Richardson was a special envoy on many sensitive international missions. He won the release of hostages, American servicemen, and prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, and Sudan. For his work, Richardson has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2001, Richardson became chairman of Freedom House, a private, nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy worldwide. He also worked as a business consultant in Santa Fe and served on several boards including the Natural Resource Defense Council and United Way International.

Grady Gammage, Jr. »

Grady Gammage, Jr.

Grady Gammage, Jr. is a part-time academic, a practicing lawyer, an author, a sometime real-estate developer, and a former elected official. He thinks life is more interesting if you do lots of different things. In his academic role, His work there focuses on urban growth and development, quality of life, and local economic issues. He also teaches at the College of Law and at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. As a lawyer, he has represented real-estate projects ranging from master-planned communities to sprawling subdivisions to high-rise buildings and urban mixed-use redevelopments. He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years and was president during a period of turbulence when the CAP was suing the Federal Government over the cost of the canal. As a real-estate developer, he built an intense, urban mixed-use project in the City of Tempe which won three architectural awards and has been widely acclaimed. Gammage is the author of the book Phoenix in Perspective and man articles on land use and growth issues.

Dr. Heidi M. Cullen »

Dr. Heidi M. Cullen

Before joining Climate Central—a nonprofit science journalism organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ—where she reports on climate and energy issues for programs like PBS NewsHour, Cullen was The Weather Channel's first on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television series focused on climate change and the environment. Before that she worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. She received the NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowship and spent two years at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society working to apply long-range climate forecasts to the water-resources sector in Brazil and Paraguay. Cullen is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and is an Associate Editor of the journal Weather, Climate, Society. She received a PhD in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She is also the author of The Weather of the Future (2010) and is a visiting lecturer at Princeton.

Patricia Mulroy »

Patricia Mulroy

Pat Mulroy oversees the operations of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, which serves over 340,000 customers, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which acquires, treats and delivers water to local agencies that serve 2 million residents and nearly 40 million annual visitors. Mulroy joined the District 20 years ago and became its general manager in 1989. She was a principal architect of the Authority, which has served as a model for other Western water agencies since its creation in 1991. As general manager of one of the country's most progressive water agencies, Mulroy is exceptionally active in regional and national water issues. She serves on the board of directors of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the National Water Resources Association, and the Board of Trustees of the Water Research Foundation. Additionally, she was the original chairperson of the Western Urban Water Coalition and served on the Colorado River Water Users Association's board. A resident of Southern Nevada for over 30 years, Mulroy is equally active in the community. She chairs the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Sciences Advisory Board, and has served on the Nevada Public Radio Board of Directors. Mulroy is also active with the Diocese of Las Vegas. Her honors include National Jewish Medical and Research Center's Humanitarian Award; the University and Community College System of Nevada Board of Regents' Distinguished Nevadan Award; and the Public Education Foundation's Education Hero Award.

The Honorable Bill Richardson

The Honorable Bill Richardson

  • Former Governor of New Mexico

Grady Gammage, Jr.

Dr. Heidi M. Cullen

  • Director of Communications, Research Scientist, and Correspondent for Climate Central

Patricia Mulroy

  • General Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District / Southern Nevada Water Authority

Anne Thompson

  • Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Welcoming remarks by ASU President Michael M Crow.

Since ancient times, civilizations have struggled to control water, wringing every drop out of this precious resource. Today, freshwater resources are threatened by a rising population and the effects of climate change.

Join us for a dynamic dialogue where a panel of scientists and policymakers will discuss how shifting climate patterns are stressing our freshwater resources and how we can develop better, more sustainable water practices. Audience Q&A will follow.


There has been extraordinary interest in this event; we are over capacity and are no longer accepting reservations. Those who have registered for the event should arrive early for best chance at a seat. Doors close promptly at 5:45 p.m.


The event can be viewed live at 6:00 p.m. on ASUtv: www.ustream.tv/channel/asutv

Learn More:

To learn more about Arizona's current and future water supplies and the relationship between water and future growth along Arizona's Sun Corridor, check out a new report from ASU's Morrison Institute: Watering the Sun Corridor (PDF).

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011
6-7:30 p.m. Town Hall (videotaped)
Doors open at 5 p.m. Please arrive early.
Doors will close at 5:45 p.m.
No entrance or exit will be permitted after that point due to videotaping.
Galvin Playhouse  
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(located within Nelson Fine Arts Center)
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
51 E. 10th St., Tempe, Ariz.
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