Partnering for Innovation at USF

Posted by Jeff Eger
April 4, 2013
 

 

Last week I was part of a delegation visiting the University of South Florida (USF) with Nancy Stoner, U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, who was touring university laboratories where researchers are developing new technologies in water sustainability and energy. Stoner was visiting USF as part of EPA's focus on innovative, technology-based water initiatives, and it was inspiring to see some of the latest water research in action.

 

Blog_Yeh-Stoner-EgerDr. Kala Vairavamoorthy, director of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, set the stage with examples of innovative approaches to water-infrastructure management from around the world, and lab tours followed. Some of the innovative work we learned about  included anaerobic MBRs for nutrient, energy, and water recovery (Dr. Daniel Yeh, pictured left, with Nancy Stoner and myself); biosensors and portable water quality testing equipment (Dr. Daniel Lim), and algae biotechnology for energy production and water-quality improvement (Dr. George Philippidis). We also saw how technology incubators and partnerships with private entities can spur innovation.

 

Stoner announced EPA's Blueprint for Integrating Technology Innovation into the National Water Sector, which calls for greater national support for emerging technologies in water treatment, testing and reuse, and easing barriers to greater collaboration and innovation among academic, industry and government researchers. One blueprint action item is continued support for the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology, a joint effort by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) designed to help move innovation into practice through technology evaluation, removing policy barriers and creating a forum for utility research and development leaders.

 

WEF and WERF will also be working with EPA and other water sector organizations to convene regulators, utilities, and other sector players to create a space for innovation and a culture that allows flexibility and experimentation to drive innovation.  Details will be announced soon. Other examples of collaboration for innovation include WEF's upcoming work with the Johnson Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund and others on a Nutrient Roadmap, and the Utility of the Future Blueprint developed by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, WEF and WERF.

 

It's an exciting time to be a water quality professional! With a shared commitment to innovation and amazing partners like these, clean water's future is bright, indeed.

 

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Last week I was part of a delegation visiting the University of South Florida with Nancy Stoner, U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, who was touring university laboratories where researchers are developing new technologies in water sustainability and energy. Stoner was visiting USF as part of EPA's focus on innovative, technology-based water initiatives, and it was inspiring to see some of the latest water research in action

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Partnering for Innovation at USF

Posted by Jeff Eger
April 4, 2013
 

 

Last week I was part of a delegation visiting the University of South Florida (USF) with Nancy Stoner, U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, who was touring university laboratories where researchers are developing new technologies in water sustainability and energy. Stoner was visiting USF as part of EPA's focus on innovative, technology-based water initiatives, and it was inspiring to see some of the latest water research in action.

 

Blog_Yeh-Stoner-EgerDr. Kala Vairavamoorthy, director of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, set the stage with examples of innovative approaches to water-infrastructure management from around the world, and lab tours followed. Some of the innovative work we learned about  included anaerobic MBRs for nutrient, energy, and water recovery (Dr. Daniel Yeh, pictured left, with Nancy Stoner and myself); biosensors and portable water quality testing equipment (Dr. Daniel Lim), and algae biotechnology for energy production and water-quality improvement (Dr. George Philippidis). We also saw how technology incubators and partnerships with private entities can spur innovation.

 

Stoner announced EPA's Blueprint for Integrating Technology Innovation into the National Water Sector, which calls for greater national support for emerging technologies in water treatment, testing and reuse, and easing barriers to greater collaboration and innovation among academic, industry and government researchers. One blueprint action item is continued support for the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology, a joint effort by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) designed to help move innovation into practice through technology evaluation, removing policy barriers and creating a forum for utility research and development leaders.

 

WEF and WERF will also be working with EPA and other water sector organizations to convene regulators, utilities, and other sector players to create a space for innovation and a culture that allows flexibility and experimentation to drive innovation.  Details will be announced soon. Other examples of collaboration for innovation include WEF's upcoming work with the Johnson Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund and others on a Nutrient Roadmap, and the Utility of the Future Blueprint developed by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, WEF and WERF.

 

It's an exciting time to be a water quality professional! With a shared commitment to innovation and amazing partners like these, clean water's future is bright, indeed.

 

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