Engaging the University community with regional decision makers, national thought leaders and global water practitioners for the purpose of developing integrated and innovative urban water strategies that address public health, infrastructure, and the socioeconomic and environmental challenges of long-term urban water sustainability and resilience. 

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 *[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.

Register HERE


[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 [registration closed]      

May 30/31 2018|“A conversation among water utility leaders, mayors, city council members, community leaders and organizations focused on water affordability.”

View full Agenda & Briefings HERE








Natural Selections: Small Pocket Park Packs a Big Wallop June 20, 2018 (Story from The Review)

During the heavy rain storms that flooded parts of the city, the newly opened Roxborough Pocket Park on Ridge Avenue sailed through the storm unscathed. This tiny park’s stormwater management system is unbelievable – Truely a model for future parks!

Fine Arts Professor Marries Art and Science on the Schuylkill River Banks June 13, 2018 (Story from PennToday)

For years, Penn Fine Arts Lecturer Deirdre Murphy tucked away the idea of creating an art piece based on a river, long mulling over which of the world’s many rivers could be her perfect muse. 

In Search of Solutions to Detroit’s Water Shutoffs, Could Philly Hold the Answer? June 14, 2018 (Story from

 This is a massive humanitarian crisis,” says Emily Kutil, an architecture professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. Kutil also researches and studies water shutoffs for We the People of Detroit.

Kutil echoes what the United Nations said in 2014, that the shutoffs in Detroit were “contrary to human rights.”

Kutil says there’s a possible solution out there. And it’s already in place in Philadelphia.


Mayors, Municipal Elected Officials, Water Utility Leaders and Advocates Come Together to Discuss the Depths of Water Affordability at Making Ends Meet: A Workshop on Water Affordability in Philadelphia

When it comes to water, “Leadership is being provided at the local level by local officials and activists who are paying attention to what is really going on in the world.”

– Michael Nutter, Former Mayor, Philadelphia



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