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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.

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Accelerating Transformational Change in Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Management-A Project Newsletter from the Water Center at Penn

October 28, 2020 | 

 I am incredibly excited about this month’s launch of our ‘SW PA Water Leadership Incubator Program’.  This six-month program brings together a diverse group of our region’s next generation water leaders.  We intend to promote relationship and trust-building and expose our future leaders to the collaborative leadership skills needed to catalyze a sustainable and just water future in the region.

At the same time, we continue to convene a high-level working group of regional stakeholders tasked with drafting the mission, values and goals for a regional water network, as well as the processes that will be needed to support its functioning.  Stay tuned, as we will be testing the outputs of this group with you all shortly.


6th Annual Jersey Water Works Conference

The sixth annual Jersey Water Works Conference will bring together more than 300 state and local decision-makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to amplify the importance of addressing New Jersey’s water infrastructure crisis, explore national models for innovative solutions, and celebrate the work of Jersey Water Works and its members

Job Opportunity at the Water Center

Senior Research Implementation Lead

 Job Description

Position leads implementation of key Water Center programs and applied research, with a primary focus on stakeholder engagement and leadership development at the intersection of integrated water and watershed management, water affordability, equity, and climate resilience.  Projects occur across diverse geographies and at various scales. This role involves development of implementation strategies for the equitable co-production of knowledge, financial and personnel supervision of multiple existing and planned projects, and interaction with stakeholder groups across social, economic, racial, political, and geographic divides.  Position involves regular interaction with project funders, detailed report preparation, subgrantee and vendor oversight, and assisting Water Center leadership in the development of competitive funding proposals.

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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