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Supports the resiliency, sustainability and equity of urban water systems through guidance, assistance and by directing applied collaborative research
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The Water Center provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems

We engage and connect the University community with regional water practitioners, decision makers, and national and global thought leaders 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 resiliency.

In the News

Water Challenges Inside and Outside China’s Borders: A Conversation with Scott Moore

February 19, 2020 | China Power

This episode explores the major challenges that threaten China’s water resources, from scarcity and mismanagement, to pollution and climate change. 

Dr. Scott Moore is the Director of the Penn Global China Program and Senior Fellow at The Water Center and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania


The World Today: Lessons in Water Innovation from Global Water Leaders

February 25, 2020

Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania

For more information: The World Today


Congratulations to all the Water Center at Penn Research Support Program Recipients!

Thank you everyone who attended the 2019 Water Center Student Grant Recipients lunch event. Can’t wait to see all the great things you will accomplish.

Student Opportunities

Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM)

Deadline: February 16, 2020

PURM-Water Center Project

Water as a Universal Connector in West Philadelphia

This project offers students a unique opportunity to work in an historically under resourced community in West Philadelphia to harness and synthesize arts, citizen science, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education. The goal of the project is to generate greater community engagement with the natural world and work towards engaging natural and anthropogenic communities for sustainable development. 

1st Annual Financing Coastal Resilience Summit

1st Annual Financing Coastal Resilience Summit

By Alison De Luise

On January 16, the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania joined forces with Coastal Strategies and the Coastal States Organization to convene experts in the fields of finance, municipal administration, environmental management,

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Congratulations 2019 MES/MSAG Grant Recipients

Congratulations 2019 MES/MSAG Grant Recipients

By Andrea Garay

The Water Center at Penn awarded research grants during Fall 2019  to 5 Master of Environmental Studies (MES) and Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) students under the Student Support Program Award.

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