Global Sanitation and Water Supply: Linking Aid, Technology and Lessons Learned to Deliver Sustainable Solutions that Work in International Communities and in the United States

  • 26 Feb 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Pyramid Alehouse 1201 First Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134


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Global Sanitation and Water Supply: Linking Aid, Technology and Lessons Learned to Deliver Sustainable Solutions that Work in International Communities and in the United States

February 26, 2013

Pam Elardo, President, Living Earth Institute; Kirk Anderson, Director of International Programs, Water 1st International and Carl Hensman, Ph.D, Program Officer – Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Please join us at Pyramid Alehouse as we invite local non-profit organizations that deliver aid globally in water supply and sanitation to a panel discussion.  While the Washington Section of AWRA typically addresses local water resources issues, we acknowledge the great work being done abroad and are excited to provide our membership with an opportunity to learn about accomplishments and get involved beyond the border of our state.  Our guests will share their missions, current work, challenges and solutions being developed to bring clean water to international communities.  The discussion will also touch on

  • Challenges in bringing sustainable solutions to communities with limited resources
  • Holistic approaches that go beyond technology
  • The role of clean water in quality of life
  • Innovations that can inform more sustainable water management in the U.S. 

Living Earth Institute

The Living Earth Institute (LEI) is a Seattle-based non-profit 501(3)(c) organization founded in 1999 to aid international communities in developing sustainable water resources. Our primary focus is the development of water supply and sanitation projects; however, through experience, we know that in order to make these projects sustainable, we must take a holistic approach. This means that we work with the community to implement income generation training, micro-lending programs, literacy classes, hygiene education, and other programs to meet community-defined needs.

Water 1st International

Water 1st International is a Seattle based non-profit with the mission of helping the world’s poorest meet their most basic need: safe water. We work with poor communities to implement water supply, sanitation (toilets), and hygiene education projects. Since 2005, we have raised over $7.5 million which has funded 726 projects serving 82,105 people. We hope 2013 is the year we reach the 100,000 beneficiaries mark!

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all peopleundefinedespecially those with the fewest resourcesundefinedhave access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. In 2011, the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program initiated the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge to bring sustainable sanitation solutions to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to safe, affordable sanitation.

Event Details:

February 26th , 2013

Social 5:30-6:15

Dinner 6:15-7:00

Presentation 7:00-8:00


Students: Free

Member: $30

Non-Members: $40

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Cancellation Policy: WA-AWRA will fully refund the registration fee if cancellation notice is received within 5 days of the event.


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