For many decision-makers, the major bottom line that is on their minds is the financial one. However, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant are presenting a water resources forum that hopes to bring to light the often-forgotten bottom lines – environmental and social.

The event is “Sustaining the Triple Bottom Line: The Full Value of Water Resources.” It will provide information to policymakers, sustainability managers, sustainability officers, and others on how water resource impacts can be measured, valued, and incorporated into decision-making. Speakers will address valuing sustainability initiatives, water certification, water impact indexing, methods for valuing water resources, and other related topics. The forum is part of implementing the CMAP “Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply Plan,” which was commissioned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to address rapid population growth that could lead to water shortages in coming years.

“Measuring the full impact of human activity on our water resources and increasing awareness of economic valuation techniques will go a long way toward moving our region forward with sustainable water supply planning,” said IISG Water Resource Economist Margaret Schneemann.

The forum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 9th at the CMAP offices in Chicago, 223 S. Wacker Drive, suite 800. It is being sponsored by the University of Chicago Program on Global Environment, as well as the Environment, Agriculture, and Food Working Group at the University of Chicago. To RSVP for this event, e-mail Jamie Krell at jkrell@cmap.illinois.gov or call (312) 386-8658.