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Water Exchange

Welcome to Issue #7 of The Water Center at Penn’s newsletter, The Water Exchange. 

Thanks to all of our authors for contributing such interesting and varied articles to the Water Exchange Newsletter. The breadth of subject matter in this edition really shows how fascinating water is in terms of its unlimited research potential, wide array of related professional opportunities and essential role in creating a sustainable future for all.

The authors in this issue show that while our collective water future will be challenging, with new thinking about water risk, new approaches to water technology and water management, and encouraging the next generation to contribute their ideas and energy to solving these challenges, we can indeed have a secure water future. 

Please enjoy this issue of the Water Exchange Newsletter.

In addition, we invite you to participate in a conversation with my fellow alumnus, Jon Freedman, WG ‘91, Senior Vice President for Global Government Affairs at Suez Water Technologies and Solutions, who will be discussing The Path to a Sustainable Water Future: Technology, Policy and Philanthropy this Thursday, May 13 to kick off Penn’s Alumni Weekend.

Howard Neukrug, PE
Executive Director


What's Ahead for the Water Center at Penn?
By Swati Hegde

As the US economy continues to grow, there is still a struggle to translate this growth into more equitable and inclusive employment opportunities. The US water infrastructure has aged calling for an urgent need for repair, maintenance and restoration.
Read Inside the Water Center


New Bolton Center: A living laboratory for protecting water quality and pursuing sustainability
By Zhengxia Dou, PhD
Situated in the rolling hills of horse country in Chester County, Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center is the large-animal campus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Read Faculty Opinions


Wading through worldly waters: my journey to inspire the next generation of water leaders
By Chantal Victoria Bright
I’m a Philadelphia native, born to immigrant parents from Liberia—a small country on the coast of West Africa with historical ties to the United States.

Read Alumni Views


The Influence of Water in Environmental Risk Management
By Anthony M. Wagar
Most businesses and organizations consider risk management an integral part of their operations and continually prioritize the importance of assessing actual or potential threats to their capital and earnings.

Read Professional Prospective


Exploring Mangrove
Biomimicry for
Desalination of

By Cooper Yerby
Water scarcity is one of the pre-eminent challenges of the 21st century, affecting roughly 4 billion people globally.

Read Student Voices
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This Week's Events

Women, Water, & Health: A virtual discussion with wH2O contributing authors

Alumni Weekend Event: The Path to a Sustainable Water Future: Technology, Policy & Philanthropy

Project Spotlight

Tackle your local flood and stormwater challenges with this navigable step-by-step guide and curated list of external technical and financial resources.

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Speaker Series


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