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Global Water Institute leads effort to improve water and food security with the Navajo Nation

Michelle Brkljacic General

A new effort led by researchers at The Ohio State University will help the Navajo Nation mitigate the lack of water and food security at a time when the Navajo communities are facing new challenges due to COVID-19. The Global Water Institute (GWI) is partnering with the Navajo Nation and a consortium of partners including Assist International, Netafim, Suez WTS USA, Inc., WorldServe International and the Duke University …

GWI Student Advisory Board Completes a Successful First Semester

Michelle Brkljacic General

GWI has established a Student Advisory Board (SAB) to provide insight and advice on student issues, goals, and programming gaps related to water. This will help GWI better align its current programming with student needs and create new initiatives based on student input. In addition to GWI’s student assistants and capstone/study abroad sponsorships, the SAB provides another way for Ohio …

GWI Director to Lead Wilds Research Project

Michelle Brkljacic General

With the recent trend towards cleaner energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, there is work being done to determine the impacts of shale-gas production and limit its environmental impact. A highly interdisciplinary team has come together for a project to address these concerns, including GWI’s Executive Director Dr. Tom Darrah serving as PI. Other team members are post-doctoral researcher Dr. …

Engineers Without Borders Partners with Green Columbus to Bring More Trees to the City

Michelle Brkljacic General

In the midst of such a tumultuous time, there is hopeful work being done in the communities of Linden and Hilltop. The Ohio State chapter of Engineers Without Borders has partnered with Green Columbus to expand the capacity of their work involving tree nurseries. Green Columbus is a non-profit that works to increase sustainable living and environmental education in central …

Trees for the Future Sustainable Forest Gardening Program a Huge Success in GWI Pilot Villages

Michelle Brkljacic General

The Global Water Institute’s partner organization, Trees for the Future, has successfully implemented their Forest Garden Training Project in the villages of Mughanga and Ghalunyangu in the Singida region of Tanzania. In an area with severe poverty, food insecurity and land degradation, this project has led to significant improvements in the day-to-day lives of the participants. The project began in …

Responding to COVID-19

Michelle Brkljacic General

Like the rest of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected GWI’s work. Travel and public gathering restrictions in Tanzania have impacted our partners’ ability to work, further compounding an extremely heavy rainy season that has caused destructive flooding in our partner communities. Work to complete installation of sustainable water systems in 15 villages through the WADA project, originally scheduled …

Did You Know Presentation Recap

Michelle Brkljacic General

GWI’s second annual Did You Know event was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the breadth of OSU activities going on in East Africa. With an audience that spanned the university, we hope some new connections were made that create opportunities for future collaboration! To see a list of presenters and their topics, click here. Each presenter had 4 minutes and …

Vice Provost for Global Strategies and Dean of College of Engineering to provide Introductory remarks at GWI’s Did You Know Event

Michelle Brkljacic General

As GWI gears up for our Second Annual Did You Know event next week, we are excited to share more about our lineup of speakers. We are also very pleased to announce that Dr.Gil Latz, the Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, and Dr. David Williams, the Dean of the College of Engineering, will be providing introductory remarks. …

Second Annual Did You Know Event Coming in January

Michelle Brkljacic General

Following the success of GWI’s first Did You Know: Ohio State Activities in Tanzania event last year, we are excited to host the second annual Did You Know event, focusing more broadly on East Africa. This year, we are pleased to include several student speakers in the lineup including student organizations, undergraduate capstone students, and graduate students. The purpose of …

Did You Know: The Links Between Food and Water

Michelle Brkljacic General

The link between food and water seems simple – we need water to grow the plants we eat. And sometimes, the relationship is that simple. But more times than not, water is linked to the food we eat in ways we have probably never considered. Let’s break down a boxed lunch you got for free at a conference. It wasn’t …