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December 13, 2019
New Brunswick, NJ
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April 15-16, 2020
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Organized by Isla Urbana at Penn
October 24, 2019 | 6 p.m – 8 p.m.
SHDH Room 107
University of Pennsylvania
Howard Neukrug, Executive Director, will present
“Is your Tap Water Safe to Drink?”
Date: October 22, 2019 12pm – 1pm
Location: McNeil Building, 2nd floor Atrium, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Date: October 25, 2019 8am – 5pm
Location: Convene CityView, 30 South 17th Street, Suite 1300, Philadelphia, PA 19103Open to the publicFree of chargeTo register for the conference visit: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/enviro-justice/rsvp/Penn students are invited to present their topical research in a poster session. For more information: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/enviro-justice/posters/
Knowledge by the Slice
Date: September 26, 2019 at 12pm
Location: Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, University of PennsylvaniaHoward NeukrugProfessor of Practice and Executive Director, The Water CenterIs Flint a Signal of Things to Come? Our Nation’s Water Infraestrcture Issues
1.5 Minute Climate Lectures
Date: September 11, 2019 at 12pm
Location: Ben Franklin Statue-College Hall, University of PennsylvaniaHoward NeukrukProfessor of Practice and Executive Director, The Water Center“Adapting our cities for Climcate Change: Revolution or Evolution?Fore more information: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/climate-1point5/schedule/
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.
Date: June 7, 2019 9am – 4pm
Location: PSt. Jones National Estuarine Research Reserve (818 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover, DE 19901)This FREE symposium will include the topics: 1) Managing Water Resources: Law, policy, and partnerships, 2) Research to action: Bridging the gap between doing research and making policy, and 3) Projects and strategies for managing water resources. Speakers for this symposium will be announced shortly on our website. The deadline to register for the Student Poster Competition with monetary awards is Friday, May 24th at 5 PM and the deadline to register for the symposium is Friday, May 31st at 5 PM. **Space is limited!**Here is the link to register for the symposium: https://forms.gle/
xmWAfGkdSijakKsA6Please check our website, http://www.denin.udel.edu/ symposium-series/, for the speakers and agenda.
Date: May 9 – 11, 2019
Location: Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania
May 9, 2019
4 PM | Screening of Toxi-city, a combinatory film by Roderick Coover
5 PM | Opening remarks from PPEH Director Bethany Wiggin
5:15 PM | “What is Water?: Science | Humanities | Art | Health”
A public conversation with artist Roderick Coover, scientist Bill Dennison, and humanist Rachel Price
– How can we apprehend water to more effectively represent and respond to the challenges of sea-level rise?
– What collaborative communities do we need?
6:45 PM | Reception
2019 Philadelphia Urban Water Workshop: Understanding Water Challenges, Bridges and Barriers
Date: April 23 & 24, 2019
Location: University of PennsylvaniaThe Water Center at Penn and the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is hosting an Urban Water Sustainability Workshop to discuss opportunities for involvement with the $12M National Science Foundation Sustainability Research Network (SRN). The workshop is scheduled for April 23-24, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania.The first day (April 23) will be dedicated to learning from the local academic team about current research efforts and areas of potential collaboration with ongoingUWIN activities. Day 2 (April 24) will host invited regional stakeholders as well as academic team members to discuss regional challenges and identify potential barrier and/or bridges in the transition to urban water sustainability.The Urban Water Innovation Network is a consortium of nearly 20 academic institutions and key water industry partners, with research and engagement a
ctivities currently underway in six regions across the U.S. designed to capture water challenges in a variety of contexts from coastal communities to high plains deserts.Please feel to contact us if you have any questions (watercenter@sas. upenn.edu)
University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Earth & Environmental Science Graduate Research Conference
Date: March 29, 2019
Location: 3675 Market Street, floor 2
On Friday, March 29 the Department of Earth & Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania will host the Annual Graduate Student Research Conference.
This event is a celebration of academic excellence for our Professional Masters Programs with over 40 Masters of Environmental Studies and MS in Applied Geosciences graduating students presenting posters of their research.
The program also includes tables from local organizations and employers and a Keynote address from Howard Neukrug, Executive Director of the Water Center at Penn followed by a networking Happy Hour (see attached flyer)
This is an opportunity to see the diverse set of projects our students have been working on for the past year and network with other local organizations and Penn collaborators including the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, the Water Center at Penn, Tookany/Tacony- Frankford Watershed Partnership, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and more.
The event will be held at 3675 Market Street, 2nd floor QU4. Please RSVP via Event Brite:
If you are interested in having a table at this event, please contact:
Sally Cardy: email@example.com
By February 20, 2019 for exhibitors
There is no fee for the table this year.
Title: Solving US and Global Water Inequities: Sharing Solutions from Around the World
Date: March 21, 2019, 8am – 3pm
Location: Huntsman Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Lack of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is still a global crisis associated with excess deaths among children, high morbidity, and crippling development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 is to provide access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene for everyone by the year 2030. Access to WASH is a stated public policy goal of all nations, yet every single country still experiences WASH inequalities. The Global Water Alliance announces its 12 th annual conference, in association with the Water Center at Penn (WCP) and Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), with the theme of “finding solutions to water inequities.”
Date: March 22, 2019, 9am – 4:30pm
Location: Stroud Water Research Center, 970 Spencer Road, Avondale PA 19311
Human and Climate Series II topics will include: dam removal and stream restoration, agriculture (water quality, best management practices, and resiliency), and technologies for water quality improvement.
Registration and abstract submission information will be released in February. For more information, visit http://www.denin.udel.edu/symposium-series/.
Sponsored by: University of Delaware Office of Graduate and Professional Education
In partnership with: Delaware Environmental Institute, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and Stroud Water Research Center
Date: March 22, 2019 8:30am – 3:30pm
Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, promoting the growth of free enterprise at the confluence of companies and communities, is convening the “first ever” Small Communities Water Dialogue. The event will bring together approximately 150 public and private sector leaders and practitioners in the community water space, including member companies and state and local chambers to discuss how solutions to water challenges in small communities can catalyze business growth and innovation across rural America. Co-hosts include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Water Partnership, the National Rural Water Association, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, and the Columbia University Water Center.
Date: March 23, 2019
Location: University of Pennsyhlvania
NOTE: We are currently in the process of getting our route for the walk approved by the city. The official location of the walk will be updated on the website. Those who have already purchased tickets will also be notified through email when when the route is finalized. Thank you for your patience and support!
Groups of 3-5: $15 per person
Groups of 6-9: $12 per person
Groups of 10+: $10 per person
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
In honor of World Water Day, join the Wilson Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U,S. Water Partnership in a discussion with those leading the efforts to implement the Global Water Strategy. Speakers and panelists will share where progress has been made, and where there are continued opportunities to support the Global Water Strategy’s objectives.
Date: February 26, 2019, 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Please join us as we welcome Senior Fellow Water Center at Penn at the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Scott Moore as he presents “Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins”
Date: January 27-30, 2019
Location: Grand Hotel, Cape May, NJ
Every two years, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) holds a summit that focuses on developing practical solutions to challenges facing our tidal Delaware River and Bay. We invite scientists, managers, educators and the public. Our next summit, set for January 2019, will be a four-day event featuring dozens of experts and more than 100 presentations about clean water, healthy habitats, shellfish, tidal wetlands and more.
Since its launch in 2005, the summit has served as a catalyst for collaboration, bringing experts from diverse sectors who share a common cause and a passion for environmental preservation.
The theme is Estuary 2029: Saving Our System Through Collaboration
Date: January 14, 2019 – 11:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
The REACT project will be hosting a symposium (“Policy, Technology and Science for Global Challenges”) on Jan. 14 right before the Spring semester begins. It will be at the Perry World House, on campus, and focus on bringing together experts on policy and research in the water, energy and health domains
Registration is free and all are encouraged to attend.
Date: November 29, 2018, 6pm
Location: University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor
“The Invention of Rivers is a radical and timely book that will stimulate considerable debate on matters of the greatest contemporary urgency.”—Arjun Appadurai, New York University
“A highly original argument and extraordinary piece of scholarship that comes at a time when rain is behaving unpredictably and challenging humanity’s attempt to contain it within banks. It offers an alternative way of thinking about our relationship with the hydrological cycle and of living with wetness.”—Lindsay Bremner, University of Westminster
Featuring more than 150 illustrations, many in color, The Invention of Rivers integrates history, art, cultural studies, hydrology, and geography to tell the story of how rivers have been culturally constructed as lines granted special roles in defining human habitation and everyday practice.
Date: November 28, 2018, 9am – 5pm
Location: Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Water is critical. It grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity. As the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program marks water’s central role in our work at a special event highlighting innovative approaches to water, health, and security.
A rapidly changing climate and shifting demographics means the future of water resource management may not look like the past:
- What is the new face of water conflicts?
- Where are the opportunities to secure access to water and create more resilient communities?
- How can we protect our oceans from pollution and conflict?
- What are governments doing to elevate the importance of water security?
Join us on November 28th as we take stock on the 1st year of the 1st U.S. Global Water Strategy; explore new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict; and highlight the centrality of water to global prosperity.
Date: November 16, 2018 – 10am – 5pm
Location: Independence Seaport Museum
Date: Oct 24-26, 2018
Location: Lowes Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
The American water sector is riding high with investment growth at its highest level for more than a decade. A strong economy and continued support for key federal funding programs have helped drive demand for new technologies and infrastructure. But what is next? This is the question that top executives in the water industry – public and private – have on their minds. It is also the reason why they will be taking part in the American Water Summit in Philadelphia on 24-26 October: to get answers.
The Summit brings together C-suite executives from across the industry to talk frankly about money and water, and how the two combine with innovation and leadership to create strategy. AWS is a space where the decision makers and thought leaders join the dialogue that will shape water’s future. It is a compelling discussion for all of the industry’s key participants: utilities leaders, engineers, technology suppliers, service providers, and investors.
This year’s edition is particularly urgent. The systems that have worked for the North American water industry for the past 40 years are looking more vulnerable than ever: at the same time the opportunities in change are looking brighter than ever.
Water as Leverage: Stories from Rotterdam to Philadelphia Networking Reception
Date: October 18, 2018 5-7pm
Location: Fairmount Water Works
Date: Sept 28
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.
Equity Analysis of Lead Policies Consensus Conference Meeting
Date: August 15, 2018, 9am – 4pm
Location: The Joyce Foundation
321 North Clark Street, Suite 1500
Explore the extent to which policy-makers are implementing housing- and water-related lead poisoning prevention policies in consideration of equity impacts in low-income communities and communities of color, and to make recommendations to improve
equity considerations in those communities.
Singapore PUB Urban Landscape Resiliency Presentations
Date: August 7, 2018
Location: University of Pennsylvania, Singh Center for Nanotechnology
Date: July 30 – August 1, 2018
Location: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
This year the focus is on team interaction and the meeting is designed to maximize the time together by promoting project collaboration and interdisciplinary communication facilitated by Thrust-level break-out sessions. Each half-day session will provide ample time for individual project updates, poster presentations, student interaction and will conclude with a facilitated discussion on data integration and project synthesis. An afternoon PI Research Retreat is planned following the conclusion of the all-hands meeting to discuss project integration plans, interdisciplinary collaboration, planned special issues on urban water and Network synthesis plans.
Date: July 23 – 26, 2018
Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
With sights set on Management & Governance for a Sustainable Clean Water Future, the compelling agenda for this Conference will examine investment in the water sector and explore how utilities can strike the right balance among public, private and peer-to-peer solutions to meet their future needs.
Howard Neukrug will be facilitating the Roundtable Discussion International Perspectives on Governance.
As the US explores models for utility governance that can better position the current, highly-fragmented water sector for the future, models from around the globe provide helpful insights and lessons learned. Perspectives from Portugal, Australia and other international efforts will set the stage for a conversation around solutions that could work domestically.
[Jersey Water Works] Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting [Free]
July 19, 2018 | The third annual Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting will bring together more than 100 attendees on July 19 at the Robert Wood Johnson Conference Center in Hamilton to brainstorm ways to make faster progress, celebrate the work of the collaborative and its members, and learn from experts.
[One Water Solutions Institute] One Water Perspectives Webinar: Marc Cammarata – Deputy Water Comissioner for Philadelphia Water Department, City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters Program: 7 Down [Free]June 14, 2018 at 3:00pm | The City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters Plan just completed its seventh year of implementation. This Plan, resulting from a groundbreaking agreement with the regulatory community, to take on stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows, a big source of pollution impacting our rivers today, relies in substantial green stormwater infrastructure investments. Working with numerous public, private and non-profit partners, the City of Philadelphia has added thousands of green tools to our neighborhoods, protecting our rivers and streams while making our city a better place to live, learn, work and play. Come year about the successes to date and what is still to come for the next 18 years and beyond.
[The Water Center at Penn] Making Ends Meet: A National Dialogue on Water Affordability [free with registration]
May 30/31 2018|“A conversation among water utility leaders, mayors, city council members, community leaders and organizations representing the urban poor.”
View full Agenda HERE
[Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities] Green Infrastructure? A Symposium on the Technologies of Nature and the Nature of Technologies
May 10, 2018 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Morgan Building Gallery |205 South 34th Street Philadelphia
Key Focus Area: The implementation and effectiveness of green infrastructure and the impact it has on the community.
[Waterfront Alliance] Cities on the Edge: 2018 Waterfront Conference
May 08, 2018|8:40 AM – 5:00 PM Aboard the Hornblower Infinity Hudson River Park | Pier 40 New York City
Key Focus Area: “Cities on the Edge will explore how local and municipal leaders in coastal cities are leading the response to adapt to climate change.”
[Leonhard Ventures] WaterVent Forum
May 2 – May 3, 2018 | Baker Hostelter LLP Philadelphia, Cira Centre
Panel II: Triggering Water Tech Innovations I – Chair: Howard Neukrug, Director – The Water Center at Penn
[Columbia Water Center] America’s Water: We Know the Problems, We Know the Solutions – The U.S. Can Get to an A Rating, co-sponsored by the U.S. Water Partnership
May 1, 2018 | 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Columbia University Faculty House
Key focusing area: “Holes in our nation’s water data that when filled can help us better understand the root causes of our water crisis; Public and private funding mechanisms; Ways the water sector can unite and modernize to effect significant change.”