Sustainability Report 2015


Case studies

Working collaboratively to address watershed issues

Alexandria, Louisiana, US

The US Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) launched the Louisiana Water Synergy Project to test the viability of its collaborative work process to address watershed issues. Water issues generally are best addressed locally; the Water Synergy Project provides one of only a few forums where leaders from multiple industries can work jointly to identify issues, prioritize solutions and craft implementation plans. One of the key objectives of the Water Synergy Project pilot is to develop a replicable process that can be applied in other watersheds and regions.

ERM's involvement in the Water Synergy Project is being coordinated by Patrick Moore, a Partner in our Alexandria, Louisiana, office. ERM is working to support creation of a "safe haven" for a cross section of 20 to 30 industrial clients with facilities and an interest in the watershed – including representatives from the oil, chemicals, power and agriculture sectors – to participate in a facilitated discussion of sustainable water management practices.

As water sourcing becomes increasingly important, ERM's participation in the project has been an invaluable opportunity to build relationships within the affected industries and understand key issues facing the region.