PUC Water Institute hosts first-ever World Water Day Summit Thursday (3/22)

Fresh off its “Emerging Technologies…” research briefing earlier this week, the Purdue Water Institute at Purdue University Calumet hosts a first-ever World Water Day Summit, Thursday (3/22) that focuses on the importance of Lake Michigan and sustaining freshwater resources.

This event, a spinoff of the United Nations’ annual International World Water Day observance, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Purdue Calumet’s Powers Computer Education Building CIVS Theater.

“The goal of our World Water Day event is to highlight the value of Lake Michigan and Great Lakes resources from global, national, and regional perspectives,” Water Institute Director, Professor and Purdue Calumet Department of Mechanical Engineering Interim Head George Nnanna said. “This event is significant, because we are bringing together such a diverse set of expert speakers to talk about different water issues and a variety of relevant water quality topics for our community in a more interactive format.”

Special Assistant for the Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Great Lakes EPA Region 5 Great Lakes National Program Office Scott Ireland will offer the keynote address, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

There also will be a panel discussion, featuring Mandy Sharp from UNICEF in Chicago, Michelle Caldwell of the Merrillville office of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Mandy Burrell Booth of the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago and Dr. Nnanna. Northwest Indiana Lake Shore Public Televisions news anchor Jodi Juhl will host and moderate the discussion.

Another unique aspect of this summit is the opportunity for attendees to use the event’s Q&A session as a community roundtable for helping advance and shape the direction of future Water Institute research.

Attendees also will hear remarks from Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon and a representative of Northwest Indiana U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky.

Purdue Calumet’s World Water Day Summit is free, though advance online registration is encouraged. To register or access more details, visit http://webs.purduecal.edu/pwi/2012/01/18/world-water-day-summit/.

Purdue Calumet and its Powers Education Building are located three miles east of the Indiana-Illinois state line. Motorists from Interstate 80/94 should exit north onto Indianapolis Boulevard, continue two-thirds mile to 169th Street, then east (right) less than four blocks to the traffic light and south (right) into the main campus parking lot, where there also is a parking garage.

The Purdue Water Institute (PWI) at Purdue Calumet is an interdisciplinary academic research institute comprised of researchers actively engaged in the development and evaluation of advanced water technologies.

Other information can be obtained by contacting Water Institute Program and Outreach Coordinator Kasandra Tenbarge at 219/989-8411, or by e-mailing Kasandra.tenbarge@purduecal.edu.