Environment and Water

Society is becoming more acutely aware of the ramifications of failing to protect our environment for future generations, but our ability to bring about meaningful change while balancing the needs of our growing population continues to be elusive.

Developing new environmentally friendly practices that are also cost effective for today’s businesses and consumers will be a key factor in bringing about perpetual change to our environment. Our approach must not only protect what we have now, but also make our world stronger. By bringing together some of the best minds in environmental science with some of our most impactful companies throughout the IIN, we can develop new approaches to long standing obstacles in global environment and water protection.

Shrinking water resources and rising demand will have negative economic and social implications. Problems associated with drought, flooding, supply scarcities, and pollution are expected to cost some of the world’s biggest companies a combined total of more than $14 billion a year (CDP Report, 2016).

The expertise of our faculty and students can be leveraged to develop innovative approaches to regional water supply planning and water quality management. Clean air, water, and productive land are vital to sustain the required growth in food production, but our natural resources are under stress and will be further strained by climate change.

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Environment and Water Working Group

SAMUEL DOREVITCH

Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

PRASANTA KALITA

Institutional Lead
Professor
Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

DENNIS RUEZ

Institutional Lead
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield

NING AI

Assistant Professor
Department of Urban Planning & Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago

MAX BERKELHAMMER

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

BRIAN DEAL

Associate Professor
Department of Urban & Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SYBIL DERRIBLE

Associate Professor
Department of Civil & Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

MARCELO GARCIA

Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SHIPRA GUPTA

Assistant Professor
Department of Business Administration
University of Illinois at Springfield

MADHU KHANNA

Professor
Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KRISHNA REDDY

Professor
Department of Civil & Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

TOM ROTHFUS

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield

LUCIA VAZQUEZ

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Illinois at Springfield