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Photo by Kaptain Kobold.

Photo by Kaptain Kobold.

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 faculty members will identify key challenges on a local, regional, and global scale regarding the availability, quality, reuse, health impacts of water resources and their 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, Engineering, the Graduate College, and the Iowa 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 sustainable campus through its support of the WSI, the 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 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, WSI affiliates are committed to develop sound strategies and technological solutions to meet the challenges facing society’s growing need for sustainable water resources and to educate future generations of sustainable water citizens.
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Last modified on April 11th, 2016
Posted on August 5th, 2013