Nine new faculty affiliates from across the academic spectrum are transforming IIHR with fresh ideas and new focus areas, all in support of water sustainability. The Water Sustainability Initiative (WSI) includes (clockwise from center): David Cwiertny (seated, back), Craig Just, Eric Tate, Kajsa E. Dalrymple, Adam Ward (seated, front), Tori Z. Forbes, and Hans-Joachim Lehmler. Not pictured: Ananya Sen Gupta and Aaron Strong.
We are the University of Iowa’s new WSI, working together as an interdisciplinary team with the hopes to develop sound strategies and technological solutions to meet the challenges facing society’s growing need for sustainable water resources and educate future generations of sustainable water citizens. The initiative began as a faculty cluster hire in 2009, and our members come from many diverse professional backgrounds to work to meet our water sustainability goals.
The University of Iowa has recently established the Water Sustainability Initiative (WSI) to advance research, education, and outreach activities regarding the stewardship and responsible management of our water resources. Working together, WSI hopes to identify key challenges on a local, regional, and global scale regarding the availability, quality, reuse, health impacts of water resources and its relationship to a changing climate.
WSI is an interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators that encompasses the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Public Health, Law, Engineering, the Graduate College, the Public Policy Center
, and the UI Flood Center
. Ten new faculty positions have been added to expand the University of Iowa’s existing research strengths in engineering, natural and social sciences, public health, and the humanities. The University of Iowa is committed to creating a sustainability campus through its support of the WSI, UI Office of Sustainability
, and the undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability.
The Initiative also hopes to transform education for university students by providing additional graduate and undergraduate opportunities for interdisciplinary training and research, and by integrating sustainability concepts and behavioral change strategies to existing coursework. There is also a profound opportunity for the WSI to help inform upper level high school students, community college students, and professional trades-personnel in the areas of sustainability literacy, applied mathematics and information sourcing as it applies to future career paths. As the WSI continues to develop research and education programs oriented toward greater water sustainability, the team also facilitates engagement with the university community, Iowa citizens and the world.
Working together as an interdisciplinary team, the WSI hopes to develop sound strategies and technological solutions to meet the challenges facing society’s growing need for sustainable water resources and educate future generations of sustainable water citizens.