At our latest Water 2.0 Event on November 3rd at the GE Aviation Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Biju George, Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, was the recipient of the Innovator of the Year Award presented by Sally Gutierrez, Director of the Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program of the EPA. 










From left to right: Vincent Caprio, Water 2.0; Sally Gutierrez, EPA; Biju George, Cincinnati Water Works; Renee Armstrong, GE

Our water industry presenters spoke on a wide variety of topics.  They were led by our Keynote Speaker, Scott Dyer, Ph.D., Principal Scientist of The Procter & Gamble Company.  Mr. Dyer’s presentation on Environmental Protection:  History, Chemical & Treatment Innovation was the most comprehensive talk on sustainability I have ever experienced.

Innovator of the Year Award Winner, Biju George, spoke on Getting Your Water Utilities Ready for the Water 2.0.

We welcomed back Sally C. Gutierrez, Director of the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program to our stage.  Ms. Gutierrez has spoken at our Water 2.0 Conferences numerous times.  Ms. Gutierrez’s presentation, Update on Water Technology Innovation Clusters and Key EPA Issues, updated us, as of 2014, on water clusters in America.  It is wonderful to see how the clusters have evolved in various regions of the U.S.

One of the fastest growing private companies in the water industry is led by Stephen Spoonamore, P.E., Director/Co-Founder of ABSMaterials Inc. Mr. Spoonamore’s topic was Developments in Stormwater & Pollution Control and Oil & Gas Environmental Protection.

All of our water industry speaker presentations can be found here: SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS

8:30  Water 2.0 and the Industrial Internet
Alan Hinchman, COO, The Water Initiative

9:00 Confluence – The Water Technology Innovation Cluster of OH, KY & IN Presents Regional Water Technologies
Moderator: Melinda Kruyer, Executive Director, Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster
Jim Uber, CEO, CitiLogics
John Young, CEO, Green Forward Technologies
John Brooks, CFO, Searen

10:00 Facing the challenge of water distribution in a changing world
John Leeuwenburg, Global Product Manager, Realworld Systems

11:00 Innovation in Digital Communication, Education, and Community-Building
Cat Shrier, Ph.D., P.G., CEO & Publisher, WaterCitizen.Com

2:30 Maximizing Your Investment in Energy Efficiency
Maryanne McGowan, CPA, CEM, Manager, Business Strategy & Implementation, Duke Energy

3:00 Water Energy Nexxus
Ken Russell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Applied Technology Acceleration Institute – Wichita State University

3:30 Getting More Out of Your Machine
Jill Burdette, Water Vertical Sales Leader, GE Intelligent Platforms

4:00 Activated Ceramics
Dan Page, CEO, Max Flow Media

After hearing a day of presentations at our Water 2.0 Conference, I am encouraged that American utilities are embracing innovation.   I look forward to seeing you at our 2015 Water 2.0 event.


10th Annual Livingston Securities Innovators Conference
December 8-9, 2014 – Chicago, IL
Seating is limited.  Reserve your space today


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Once again, I would like to congratulate Biju George on receiving the EPA’s Innovator of the Year Award.


Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation