The Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Risks and Opportunities for the Private Sector

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
1111 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is hosting the second in a series of roundtables, The Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Risks and Opportunities for the Private Sector. The roundtables identify the nexus risks to businesses, and examine why and how leadership from the private sector, in collaboration with key stakeholders, is critical to successfully managing the synergies and tradeoffs among water, food, and energy infrastructure for the benefit of society, business, and the environment.

The term “energy-water-food nexus” refers to the complex interdependencies between energy, water and agriculture that vary by geography. Energy is required to secure, treat, transport, and recycle water; water is needed for nearly all forms of energy production; both energy and water are required to produce food. As the global population continues to grow, so will demand for these increasingly strained natural resources. Scarcity of any of these resources threatens community welfare, economic growth, and global security. Only by understanding nexus issues on the ground can we better manage our natural resources so they are both available and sustainable over the long-term.

In partnership with Lockheed Martin, this roundtable will contrast nexus realities in specific U.S. geographies -- the Western Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and the Gulf of Mexico. This includes a discussion of cutting edge research, how data and science can drive collective action, and how nexus-based approaches can inform regional and emerging national energy and water policy processes.

Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the energy-water-food nexus in the U.S. This includes a greater awareness of nexus implications on critical infrastructure in specific U.S. geographies, and the importance of integrated, multi-stakeholder approaches to address the increasingly complex and interlinked challenges the nexus presents to business and society.

Listen to the Roundtable (via



Moderator: Diana Bauer, Director, Energy Systems Analysis and Integration, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Department of Energy


Welcome, Session Overview, Speaker Introductions

  • Al Martinez-Fonts, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Keynote Remarks


Overview of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus in the United States

  • Michael Hightower, Distinguished Member Technical Staff, Energy Security Center, Sandia National Laboratories PDF iconPPT Slide Download


Spotlight: Western Rocky Mountains

  • Dagmar Llewellyn, Hydrologist, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior PDF iconPPT Slide Download


Spotlight: Gulf of Mexico


Spotlight: Great Plains


Q&A Session




In Partnership with



May 5, 2014: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center hosted its first meeting in the Energy-Water-Food Nexus roundtable series. In partnership with The Atlantic Council, this meeting described some of the current trends and interdependencies associated with energy, water, food and ecosystems, and explored the risks to businesses in specific sectors, including IT and financial services. Click here to learn more and access key meeting materials.

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