Utah Water Experts to Speak on Conservation at Westminster Theatre Department Production of Urinetown: The Musical
Stopping Utah from Becoming "Urinetown"
When: Saturday, November 4, 2006 4:30 p.m.
Where: J.W. Lees Courage Theatre
Cost: Admission is Free
A group of Utah water experts will speak at Westminster College in conjunction with a performance of Urinetown: The Musical on Saturday, November 4, 2006. The water conservation panel will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Jay W. Lees Courage Theatre of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Speakers will include Kerry Case, the coordinator of the Westminster College Environmental Center; Stephanie Duer, the water conservation program coordinator for Salt Lake City; and Kelly Kopp, the water conservation specialist at Utah State University. The discussion panel will take place immediately after the 2:00 p.m. matinee.
The panel will address the major water concerns facing Utah and how community members can do their part to help conserve water. The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions and express their own concerns about water shortage in Utah.
According to the Utah Division of Water Resources, Utahns consume about 293 gallons of water per person per day, second only to Nevada in water usage. If Utahns can reduce water consumption 25 percent by 2050, they will conserve the equivalent of 400,000 acre-feet of water per year. That is more water than can be held in Jordanelle Reservoir.
Living in a desert such as Utah requires that corrective measures be taken to conserve our water usage as much as possible. Through simple acts such as taking shorter showers, watering your lawn only when it needs it, and shutting off water that you are not using, you can do your part to help ensure that Salt Lake City does not become its own “Urinetown.”
Kerry Case– Environmental Center Coordinator
Kerry Case coordinates Westminster College’s new Environmental Center. The center was created in 2006 to foster campus engagement in local and global environmental issues. Prior to joining Westminster, Kerry was with Utah State University, serving as Director of the Utah House, a green building demonstration and learning center. While in that capacity, she helped educate tens of thousands of Utahns about energy and water conservation. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Colorado. In addition to her professional passion for sustainability, Kerry finds personal inspiration while gardening, hiking, and fly-fishing in Utah’s unique landscape.
Stephanie J. Duer– Water Conservation Program Coordinator
Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
Stephanie has worked for the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities as Water Conservation Coordinator since the job was created in 2001 and is responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of water conservation programs for Salt Lake City and portions of unincorporated Salt Lake County, among other duties. Stephanie serves as the information officer for the department on issues relating to water and water use, and represents the city and the utility on a number of committees and boards relating to conservation and drought planning management, locally, regionally, and nationally. She is currently serving as vice chair of the Planning, Evaluation, and Research Committee for American Water Works Association, and as the chair of the Public Education Committee for Intermountain American Water Works Association.
Kelly Kopp– Extension Water Conservation Specialist
Utah State University
Kelly Kopp is a faculty member in the Department of Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology at Utah State University where her research efforts are focused on landscape water conservation and turfgrass science. She is also an Extension Specialist at USU and has traveled extensively throughout Utah and the US giving seminars, presentations, and other educational programs on landscape water conservation. She is a board member of USU’s Center for Water Efficient Landscaping as well as the Utah Water Conservation Forum. She works directly with many of the federal, state, and municipal agencies in Utah—as well as individual citizens—that are working toward achieving meaningful landscape water conservation in the state. She was recently awarded the US Department of the Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award for her work with the US Bureau of Reclamation toward landscape water conservation.