Jan 27, 2011

UCF Trustees and NY Residents Instrumental in New UC, EPA Water Initiative

Have you ever wondered where your water comes from? Do you know the steps of purification that happens before it comes out of your tap?

On January 18th, UC launched a joint partnership with the EPA and created the Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC). The initiative is geared towards research and development of new water technologies for better availability and usage.

Right now, nearly 40% of the world’s population does not have a clean supply of water. And this percentage will grow, potentially leaving 50% of the world’s population with severe water shortages by 2050.

UC President Gregory H. Williams and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson committed to work together to:

• Conduct joint research and collaborate on innovative technology development.
• Include undergraduate and graduate students in the discussion, and emphasize courses of study in the environmental sciences.
• Identify innovative practices to advance new water technologies at local and global levels.

Two members of the University of Cincinnati Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Jerry Leamon, Business ’73, and Jeff Williams, DAAP ’75, HON ’09, were major drivers in WTIC’s formation. Jerry and Jeff both reside in New York City.

UC and the EPA already have a longstanding relationship, which will be further strengthened by this new partnership. WTIC hopes to ultimately become the world’s leading source for practical solutions and sustainable practices in water usage.

Have you given much thought to environmental conservation?

What do you think about this new partnership? Let us know!

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