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. 

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Our vision is to be the preeminent center for the regional and global advancement of innovative urban water strategies that create integrative real-world solutions for our shared water problems. 


Our mission is to support the resiliency and sustainability of our cities through collaborative and innovative research focused on integrated urban water policies and practices, water sciences, systems management, technology and water ecology


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New Jersey is the First State to Regulate Toxic PFNAs in Drinking Water September 5, 2018, (Story from The Inquirer)

Where Would Millennials Take The Water Industry August 24, 2018, (Story from Global Water Intel)

Mapping the Ocean With Marine Robots  August 20, 2018, (Story from Penn Today)


Highlights from a watershed scoping project in Enriquillo, Dominican Republic to better understand the water supply system. The community, dependent on a river named Rio Sito, dwindling in volume, there was a lot to investigate. How safe is this water to drink? How many people can this water supply service?  What is the willingness to pay? How can the water supply system be improved? Why is this river’s water volume reducing?


The Adaptation Blueprint

Date: Sept 28, 2018 8:30am

Location: Huntsman Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

For the next few years, coastal communities will be on their own to plan for and adapt to climate change. This is the time for new, bold thinking about how to plan, design, and finance the coastal cities of the future. This is the time to develop a blueprint for adaptation along the U.S. coast.

Seas and Cities – Paintings by Lisa Reindorf

Date: October 11, 2018, 4pm

Location: Burrison Gallery, The Inn at Penn 2nd Floor (3611 Walnut Street)

Lisa Reindorf’s work focuses on the obliteration of the natural world to make way for cities—and the obliteration of cities by the natural world. She paints aerial views of coastal areas that depict cities and architectural infrastructure inundated by rising seas and storm surges. 
On Thursday, October 11 at 4 PM, Lisa will present a talk entitled: Melting ice to rising seas- the Artist’s view on how artists depict the chain of sea rise, starting with global warming, melting icebergs, rising seas. The talk will be held at the Gallery and will be followed by a reception from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.


A Year After Maria: Current and Future Challenges in Puerto Rico

Date: October 15, 2018, 9am-1pm

Location: Rutgers-Camden Campus Center Multipurpose Room, 326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ

The Community Leadership Center Hispanic Heritage Month symposium marks one year following Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico and triggered a critical process to identify new methods to reconstruct and revitalize communities and people’s lives. Speakers will discuss how to re-imagine, re-invent, re-shape, and re-think Puerto Rico around the issues of education, health, energy, and the economy in this critical time to improve the island’s security and safety. The event will also coincide with a special book signing with Judge Nelson A. Diaz on his upcoming memoir, Not from Here, Not from There/No Soy de Aqui ni de Alla, published by Temple University Press.



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