The WaTER Center
The University of Oklahoma WaTER Center aims to promote peace by advancing health, education and economic development through sustainable water and sanitation solutions for impoverished regions.
Earth Day Celebration
SOCIALLY-FOCUSED DESIGN: EXPERIENCE THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION IN OKLAHOMA AND ABROAD
Join us on Thursday, April 17th from 6-8pm at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History for the 2014 Social Entrepreneurship Symposium. Experts, designers, and innovators from across Oklahoma and the nation will come together to discuss the role of design thinking in social entrepreneurship and in University of Oklahoma curricula and programs.
Social Entrepreneur and author of Out of Poverty Paul Polak will deliver a keynote lecture, followed by a panel discussion with social innovators and designers from the Oklahoma community. Finally, there will be a reception showcasing socially innovative designs from across Oklahoma. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Dr. Paul Polak is the CEO and founder of Windhorse International, a social venture leading a revolution in the way companies design, price, and distribute products to the poor. He also founded iDE, which has helped bring nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty through innovative product design and distribution.
WATER CENTER EVENTS
During the recent Thanksgiving holiday, a group of University of Oklahoma college of Engineering students and professors made a trip to El Salvador to help build water systems. To read more about the efforts of these Sooners Without Borders members and their positive experiences with the local community, click here.
The 4th Biennial University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference is scheduled for Sept. 21-23, 2015, Norman, Okla., USA. Full two days of meetings and presentations (Sept. 21-22) are followed by optional workshops on Sept. 23.
This year's WaTER Conference featured original works by Native American artists from nine different tribal nations. A sample of one of the works that were on display can be seen here. Please explore and enjoy the imaginations of these talented artists by visiting their individual websites.
Oregon State University Professor and longtime WaTER Center friend Michael Campana has spent 40 years seeking sustainable water and sanitation solutions for developing countries. Through academic work and the Anna Campana Judge Foundation, Dr. Campana does more than just talk about helping others, but is a practicing "hydrophilanthropist". In recent issues of Water Well Journal and National Driller, Campana speaks of the history of this passion, the history of the WaTER Center, and the ways that other may get involved.
Did you know
- Approximately one SIXTH of the world's population lacks access to safe water
- 2.6 billion people lack access to improved sanitation
- On average a child dies every 15 seconds because of lack of safe water and adequate sanitation
- 88 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene
- The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day while the average African family uses about 5 gallons per day