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Water and Energy Conservation: U.S. Department of Commerce Services for Agribusinesses

September 15 and September 17

Fresno and El Centro, California

It is estimated that at least one-third of the U.S. gross domestic product is climate sensitive, with a potential economic impact of $4 trillion per year. Many U.S. businesses are already taking steps to factor climate and sustainability into their business planning, and these two one-day conferences on water and energy conservation are designed to address those vital issues.

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The conferences will focus on services and programs about water and energy conservation that the Department of Commerce offers companies in the agribusiness sector in California and neighboring states. Several sessions will be devoted to topics about manufacturing, including the Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Green Suppliers Network. Other sessions will focus on climate services offered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), such as the National Integrated Drought Information System.

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Jean Toal Eisen, deputy director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at the Department of Commerce. She will discuss the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, and their significance for U.S. businesses.

The International Trade Administration and NOAA, with California State University–Fresno’s International Center for Water Technology and the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, have organized this event. Other participants include the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Imperial Irrigation District, and the California State Department of Water Resources.

There is a $30 registration fee for each one-day conference, which includes lunch. For more information, or to register, visit www.icwt.net/usdc.htm (for Fresno) or www.ivedc.com/?pid=1188 (for El Centro).