- Click to download course syllabus for ENVS 637: Global Water Issues
ENVS 637: GLOBAL WATER ISSUES— SPRING 2012
This course taught at UPenn by Stanley L Laskowski, PGWI president, uses the MDG targets as a central focus and provides an overview of water issues around the world. The goals of the course are to provide an understanding of the scope of the water-related problems, the causes of these problems, what is being done to address them, and how the students can become involved.
Research Opportunities for Students
Recommended General Readings & Reports
- Report: Philadelphia’s Water Supply and Sanitation History: Lessons in Sustainability for Developing Urban Areas.
- Performance Indicators for Water and Sanitation Projects in the Developing World: A Survey of Current Practices
Other Readings and Reports
- Ned Breslin, the outspoken CEO of Water For People, is calling for transformative change in the water and sanitation sector, and he is starting with his own organization.
- Water Watch. National Geographic’s special web section on water issues, with fascinating descriptions from around the world, powerful photos, and a series of maps that puts things into perspective.
- For Her It’s the Big Issue: Putting Women at the Centre of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene. UNICEF, Gender and Water Alliance, Norweigan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. 2006.
This 36-page publication emerges from a joint undertaking by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) to collect and analyse noteworthy examples that demonstrate the widespread impacts of women’s contributions to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions, worldwide.
- http://www.unwater.org/members.html for UN-Water organizations.
- Children Short Stories and Educational Tools, by Nalat Phanit, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Running Dry is a comprehensive public information/education project, established to raise awareness regarding the worsening global humanitarian water crisis. The project’s centerpiece is an explosive and enlightening in-depth documentary, Running Dry. It was inspired by former U.S. Senator Paul Simon’s book Tapped Out: the coming world crisis in water and what we can do about it.
- You can view the 20-minute “Call to Action” version of Running Dry on their website
- Water Quality Worldwide (Searchable Database)
- From Mashable: “HOW TO: Help Solve the Global Water Crisis with Social Media”
Background on Finance Issues
PGWI at the 2012 World Water Forum 6- Marseille, France
- PGWI’s (Stanley Laskowski) Presentation on findings of the Report: Performance Indicators for Water and Sanitation Projects in the Developing World: A Survey of Current Practices
- Check out Oikos/University of Pennylvania’s students blogging about WWF6
PGWI at the 2009 World Water Forum 5- Istanbul, Turkey
- Click to download student’s report on the WWF 5 by Reema Walia
- Click to download student’s interview with Professor Vivian L. de Vignaroli, Director of the Department of Education at Asociación de Amigos de la Patagonia, by Nalat Phanit
- Student’s interview with Julisa Tambunan, Communications Coordinator for Mercy Corps, by Libby Newman
- Student’s interview with Dr. Sara Ahmed, Chairperson for the Gender for Water Alliance (GWA), by Reema Walia