THE WATER CENTER
Engaging the University community with regional decision makers, national thought leaders and global water practitioners for the purpose of developing integrated and innovative urban water strategies that address public health, infrastructure, and the socioeconomic and environmental challenges of long-term urban water sustainability and resilience.
OUR MISSION & VISION
To be the preeminent center that provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems
In The News
Water Stays in the Pipes Longer for Shrinking Cities – A Challenge for Public Health June 7, 2019 (Story from The Conversation)
Setting Clean Water Standards is the EPA’s Job. PA. and Other States Are Doing it Instead June 3, 2019 (Story from Philadelphia Inquirer)
Keeping Rain Out of the Drain June 3, 2019 (Story from PennToday)
Road Salt Levels in Some Philadelphia Area Streams Hit Toxic Levels May 28, 2019 (Story from The Inquirer)
Many Businesses at Sea When it Comes to Water Stewardship May 24, 2019 (Story from GreenBiz)
Putting Mussels to the Test May 9, 2019 (Story from Penn Today)
Water Center Happenings
There’s a straight line from water access to social progress, according to Eleanor Allen, CEO of the international nonprofit Water for People. “If we don’t have basic services, if we don’t know where we’re going to go to the bathroom,” she explained, “how can we concentrate on creating a better future for ourselves?”
As part of the keynote talk at this year’s Global Water Alliance (GWA) meeting, held at Penn, Allen laid out the rationale that drives her organization’s mission of ensuring that people around the world have access to clean, reliable water that can help break the cycle of poverty and set the stage for economic growth, a trajectory that paves the way for social progress.
Date: June 7, 2019 9am – 4pm
Location: PSt. Jones National Estuarine Research Reserve (818 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover, DE 19901)
Date: June 21-22, 2019
Location: University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
Design With Nature Now will highlight dynamic and visionary approaches to landscape design and development in the face of climate change and urbanization.
Taking as its point of departure the landmark book Design With Nature (1969) by Ian McHarg, the project comprises three parallel exhibitions supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, an anthology published by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, and a major international conference featuring leading design thinkers and practitioners from around the globe.
This two-day conference will open on June 21 with a keynote discussion between Ursula Heise and Erle Ellis, followed by an opening reception in the Design with Nature Now exhibition–which documents 25 built and unbuilt projects exemplifying what it means to design with nature, now. There, visitors can explore projects like Room for the River (H+N+S), Freshkills Park (JCFO), and New Urban Ground (dlandstudio + ARO).
The event will continue on June 22 with panel discussions involving James Corner, Anne Whiston Spirn, Nina-Marie Lister, Rob Holmes, and many others. It promises to be a singular event for anyone involved in design, climate change, and planning.
The conference is sponsored by Carl and Roberta Dranoff, Biohabitats, ESRI, OLIN, WRT, James Corner Field Operations, MIthun, Civitas, Hargreaves Associates, and Rhodside & Harwell.