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Equinox Board Member, Kristen Victor, Represented San Diego on a Water Technology Mission to Israel
Kristen Victor, CEO of Sustainability Matters and Equinox Center board member, represented San Diego region
As California struggles to cope with extreme drought, state leaders are looking to other communities for solutions.
One place they've turned is Israel, which has managed to overcome water shortages in its dry, desert climate.
Two weeks ago Sustainability Matters CEO and Equinox Center board member Kristen Victor joined a delegation of California scholars, business leaders and government officials on a trip to Israel to learn more about the strategies and technologies that have made Israel a global leader in water resiliency.
The trip was organized by the U.S.-Israel Center on Innovation & Economic Sustainability at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management, and Victor was there representing the San Diego region.
will present her
findings this month at an event at UCSD's Rady School of Management
also will debrief and share ideas with Congressman Scott Peters, Senator Ben Hueso, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and water officials in San Diego.
"It was extraordinary to experience first-hand Israel's holistic approach to water resiliency, using multi-tiered strategies built on a basic understanding of water as a valuable commodity," Victor
experience and the lessons she
learned in a series of blog posts at the Sustainability Matters
Other participants in the program also shared their experiences on the UCSD Rady School of Management blog . For an Israeli perspective on the journey, read the coverage in Yedioth Ahronoth , one on Israel's
largest daily newspapers.
The California Delegation in the photo above included the following, (L to R):
Lori Glasgow, Assistant Chief Deputy, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Scott Houston, West Basin Municipal Water District; Professor Jay Famiglietti, UC-Irvine, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA; Kathleen Brown, Manatt Phelps and Phillips (also former Head of Goldman Sachs Public Sector and Infrastructure Group and former California State Treasurer); Professor Glenn Yago, Milken Innovation Center, Jerusalem Institute; Michelle Moskowitz, Office of the Chancellor, UC Berkeley; Tim Strobel, Opterra Energy; Professor David Sunding, Water Center, UC Berkeley; Kristen Victor, Sustainability Matters, City of San Diego Environmental and Economic Task Force; Robert Feyer, Orrick; Eli Cohen, Ayala Water and Ecology.