Ron Nichols stepped down as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at the end of January 2014. For the past three years, Nichols has managed the utility in providing reliable and competitively priced water and electricity while continuing to expand and implement environmentally conscious policies and priorities. Nichols has guided a major transformation at LADWP to more strategic and sustainable water and power supplies to meet the needs of the 4 million residents, businesses and governmental organizations in Los Angeles. In the next 2 decades, LADWP will cut its reliance on imported purchased water in half through increased conservation, reclaiming contaminated ground water, more storm water capture and expanded recycled water projects.
Nichols' Athenaeum presentation is the first in a series on Environmental Leadership sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center and the Kravis Leadership Institute. Subsequent lunch speakers include Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board on March 11th, Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board on April 15th and Thomas Steyer, Climate Change Activist on April 22nd.