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Jersey Water Works Conference 2019

December 13, 2019 

New Brunswick, NJ 

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WaterNow 5th Annual Summit

April 15-16, 2020 

Philadelphia, PA 

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A Conversation on Global Water Scarcity

Organized by Isla Urbana at Penn

October 24, 2019 | 6 p.m – 8 p.m.
SHDH Room 107
University of Pennsylvania

Water Matters Series

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

Environmental Justice and Health Disparities in the US Symposium

Date: October 25, 2019 8am – 5pm

Location:  Convene CityView,  30 South 17th Street, Suite 1300, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Open to the public
Free of charge
To register for the conference visit:
Penn students are invited to present their topical research in a poster session. For more information:

Knowledge by the Slice

Date: September 26, 2019 at 12pm

Location: Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania

Howard Neukrug
Professor of Practice and Executive Director, The Water Center
Is 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 Pennsylvania

Howard Neukruk
Professor of Practice and Executive Director, The Water Center
“Adapting our cities for Climcate Change: Revolution or Evolution?


Design With Nature

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 Associatesand Rhodside & Harwell

Water Management and Policy: Local and Global Perspectives Symposium

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:
Please check our website,, for the speakers and agenda.

Teaching and Learning with Rising Waters

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 Pennsylvania

The 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 activities 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 (

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:
By February 20, 2019 for exhibitors
There is no fee for the table this year.


2019 Global Water Alliance Annual Conference

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.”

The Human and Climate Series II: Future of Water in the Mid-Atlantic: Agriculture, Restoration and Technology

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

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

Small Communities Water Dialogue

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. 

Isla Urbana Walk For Water

Date: March 23, 2019

Location: University of Pennsyhlvania

On March 23rd, Isla Urbana at Penn will be hosting a Walk for Water to support the Isla Urbana Foundation in combatting the water crisis in Mexico City through the installation of rainwater harvesting systems into the most vulnerable communities and schools. Join us for a walk through Penn’s campus that will end with a party at the Class of 1923 ice skating rink! Music, food, and t-shirts will be provided. Buy your tickets online here!

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!
Entrance Fees:
The entrance fee covers the cost of a Walk for Water event t-shirt and a donation to Isla Urbana. 
Individual: $18 per person
Groups of 3-5: $15 per person
Groups of 6-9: $12 per person
Groups of 10+: $10 per person

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First Year Review

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. 

Dr. Scott Moore, Booktalk

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”


2019 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit

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

REACT @ Penn: Policy, Technology and Science for Global Challenges

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.

The Invention of Rivers Book Event

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.

Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict and Negotiation

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.

River Alive! Partner Open House

Date: November 16, 2018 – 10am – 5pm

Location: Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum is excited for our newest exhibit, River Alive!, a groundbreaking new experience exploring the wonders, challenges and complexity of the Delaware River watershed. Full of fun tactile, sensory and immersive elements, River Alive! is an unprecedented chance to connect with the living river.
On Friday, November 16, get to know the river’s wildlife, perform water experiments and discover what makes our watershed so incredible before the exhibit opens to the public over Thanksgiving weekend. Friends and colleagues from the maritime, cultural and environmental fields are invited to drop by.

American Water Summit 2018: Inspiring Innovation

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

Cities are experiencing their rivers as a threat because of flooding, pollution, and land subsidence. Urban nature-based solutions help ensure that water is a competitive advantage. We will explore insight into challenges, successes, and failures of landscape interventions aimed at flood protection in the city of Rotterdam.
Networking reception including wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.

The Adaptation Blueprint

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
Chicago, IL

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

Urban Water Innovation Network Annual Meeting, 2018

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.

NACWA Utility Leadership Conference: Management and Governance for a Sustainable Clean Water Future

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.”



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