Event Detail

Infrastructure Week 2020 - Webcasts Begin at 3pm Each Day!

Monday, May 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to Friday, May 15, 2020 - 6:00pm
IW-2020 discusses the history and present state of infrastructure, its many components, and the role we all play; together #buildfortomorrow

About this Event

Infrastructure Week is a nation-wide event series, with education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting communities throughout America.


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Join us from the comfort of your home for the 2nd annual Seattle event-series, showcasing our city’s many infrastructure-related projects and initiatives imperative for sustainable Modernity; emphasizing collaboration, leveraged with equitable development strategies, to directly benefit our communities and regional ecosystems.

IW is not just for those involved in planning, designing, building, maintaining, moving, or managing assets, including programs and policy pertinent to public infrastructure and utilities...it is also for the community our infrastructure serves!

» Share your experiences & provide insight to our city’s challenges…

» Engage with industry peers, your community, and build strange new partnerships!

» Give an online presentation to represent your organization, its mission and current projects & initiatives (fill out the Google Form if interested)

Join us [now online] for interesting presentations, digital conversations, and of course, beer! Sorry - Optimism Brewing will have to wait till 2021...so BYOB!!

Webcast begins at 3:00PM each day, starting Monday 5/11 through Friday 5/15!

Monday 5/11: History of [Modernity] and Building for Tomorrow

Virtual Kick-off event to launch IW-2020, with Utility² discussing the history and present state of MUSI, its many components, and our role in it... Join Seattle City LightPort of SeattleEarth EconomicsKiterocket, and Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure+ (IYAI+) in this family-friendly infrastructure crash-course.

Tuesday 5/12: [MSW] The Tale of Trash and Q&A

SPU Solid Waste Division walks us through the journey that often begins in our kitchen. Tune in to learn about their efforts to increase recycling and reduce landfilled material. Impact Bioenergy will discuss a novel approach to decentralize waste-to-energy infrastructure and create renewable resources! Learn about these sustainable Municipal Solid Waste methods, and how their success depends on YOU...

Wednesday 5/13: Protecting the Environment [Wastewater & Stormwater]

King County WWTD provides an overview of Seattle's regional wastewater treatment system, major ongoing projects, and a presentation of the Brightwater Treatment Plant. SPU Drainage & Sewer Division talks about surface water pollution, runoff, and the infrastructure to protect regional ecosystems. SLR International explains the differences with industrial treatment. Then an influents/effluents discussion! (Q/A? bad joke...)

Thursday 5/14: [Greenspaces] and [Energy] in our City

Check out the story behind Seattle's Gasworks Park & Portland's Fields Park to discuss the importance of urban greenspaces and remediation projects. SLR International discusses the transition from GHG energy sources to keep our cities healthy for future generations to come…Seattle Parks & Rec talks maintaining nature, and how we can help.

Friday 5/15: Seattle History & [Sustainable] Development Strategies

Did you know Seattle is known for numerous engineering firsts? How about the work being done to make infrastructure more equitable? Join US Army Corps of EngineersFront and CenteredOlympians for People-Oriented Places (O-POP) and Duwamish Tribe for a viewing of Seattle's most famous (and infamous) infrastructure projects. Learn about cultural preservation & environmental justice initiatives to have a discussion about building a coalition towards a Green Economy!

Check our website for updates on speakers and participating organizations.