NewsletterWater Exchange, the Water Center at Penn’s quarterly newsletter, explores why and how water matters from a wide variety of perspectives to help readers gain new insights and consider new ways of thinking when approaching their own water challenges.
Water Exchange Newsletter
Issue 5, October 2020
By Karl Russek
The built environment - and water infrastructure in particular - is often a stark physical manifestation of the deep systemic racial and social inequities with which our country continues to struggle.
Experiences in Guatemala Water and Sanitation: Challenges, community priorities, and student engagement
By Tony Sauder
The Penn chapter of Engineers without Borders (PennEWB) has been involved in water and sanitation projects in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala for the past 10 years. Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, is characterized by the indigenous Mayan towns on its shores.
By Dr. Elesia Glover
When most people think about the water industry they think of a male dominated field. Historically, it has been overwhelmingly male driven although there have been and are many great women in the industry today.
Cool Collaborations Go Beyond Green: The Practitioners’ View on Planning, Partnerships & Public Engagement in One of Philly’s Hottest Neighborhoods
By Tiffany Ledesma, Elizabeth Svekla, and Maura Jarvis
What have we learned about green investments, planning, partnerships and public engagement? Almost a decade ago, the City of Philadelphia embarked on a remarkable journey to improve the health of its waterways through an approach that led with green infrastructure investments while also improving traditional infrastructure at a scale unlike any other in the nation.
By Gregory Donworth and Vaidehi Uberoi
Single-use plastic water bottles are a major source of pollution and energy consumption while also imposing a financial burden on consumers worldwide. In the United States today, less than one out of every five bottles of water are properly recycled, while the remaining sum ends up discarded as litter or in landfills, where over 2 million tons of tossed away plastic bottles can be found.