Tackling Our Global Water Challenge

Event Date and Time: 
11/11/2013 - 5:00 pm
Dana Building (Room 104)

The U-M Community is invited to a presentation by Monica Ellis, CEO of the Global Water Challenge, on November 11, 2013 at 5 p.m. in the Dana Building (Room 1040). Sponsored by the Graham Sustainablity Institute, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and The Dow Chemical Company, this special event will feature a lecture, panel discussion, and Q & A  session. Details below.

Tackling Our Global Water Challenge

Around the world today, nearly 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation. Clean water and sanitation form the cornerstone for healthy, sustainable communities. They are also drivers for progress for a range of critical developmental needs in emerging markets, including education, economic growth, nutrition, environmental conservation, and gender equality.  The private sector has an important role to play as a provider of sustainable solutions in the clean water and sanitation field.  This talk focuses upon the linkages between clean water, sanitation and growth in emerging markets and will highlight some innovative social enterprises that are successfully addressing the global water and sanitation challenge in the developing world.

Monica Ellis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), a leading not-for-profit foundation that advances sustainability through public-private partnerships.   Founded in 1988, GETF partners range from Fortune 100 companies and water technology start-ups to the Executive Branch agencies, private foundations, and multi-lateral donor organizations. A primary focus of GETF’s work is helping to build sustainable communities through clean water and sanitation.  To that end, GETF manages a $100MM plus portfolio of clean water and sanitation programs in over 32 developing countries.   GETF manages the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), an effort funded by The Coca-Cola Company and its partners to bring safe water to at least 2MM people in Africa by 2015. The Foundation also manages the Water and Development Alliance, a global water stewardship-focused partnership between USAID and The Coca-Cola Company.  Ms. Ellis has worked with The Coca-Cola Company on its water risk and stewardship platforms since 2004.

Following the presentation, Prof. Don Scavia, Special Counsel to the U-M President on Sustainability and Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute, will moderate a panel discussion with these panelists:

  • Monica Ellis. In addition to her role with GETF, Ms. Ellis also serves as CEO of Global Water Challenge (GWC), an action-oriented coalition of major corporations, NGOs and other organizations committed to achieving universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation (WASH). GWC’s mission is to accelerate the delivery of safe water and sanitation throughout the world.  GWC has sponsored path-breaking WASH projects in Africa, Central and Latin America and India.
  • J. Carl Ganter, Co-Founder and Director, Circle of Blue. J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, the internationally recognized center for original front-line reporting, research, and analysis on resource issues, with a focus on the intersection between water, food, and energy. Ganter is an award-winning photojournalist, reporter, and broadcaster credited with helping shape the multimedia journalism era. He is vice-chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security and, for more than five years, served on the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Navigating Peace Water Working Group. He earned his MSJ in investigative and magazine writing at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism after graduating with honors from the University's American Studies Program. He is the 2012 recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award.
  • Neil C. Hawkins, Vice President, EH&S and Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Neil Hawkins drives strategy and implementation for Dow’s sustainability and EH&S programs, including the enterprise-wide 2015 Sustainability Goals. Since 1988, he has served at Dow in a broad range of functional, business, and operations roles. Hawkins is a widely recognized authority on sustainable business practices, environmental policy and win-win solutions for business and ecosystems.  He is a board member of numerous organizations and he chairs the strategic advisory council of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.  He is also a trustee of The Nature Conservancy Michigan Chapter and a past member of the Science Advisory Panel for Green Chemistry for the States of California and Michigan.
  • Allen C. Burton. Dr. Burton is a Professor in the School of Natural Resources & Environment and also in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Director of both the Water Center and the Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research at the University of Michigan. His research on ecological risk assessment and aquatic ecosystem stressors has taken him to all seven continents with Visiting Scientist positions in New Zealand, Italy and Portugal. His research has focused on sediment and stormwater contaminants and understanding bioavailability processes, effects and ecological risk at multiple trophic levels, and ranking stressor importance in human dominated watersheds. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, past president of the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, and has served on numerous national and international panels with over 160 peer-reviewed publications.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, however, so be sure to come early to secure a seat.