Sanitation, Technology, and Environmental Justice

with Kartik Chandran
Monday, December 6, 2021 • Tuesday, December 14, 2021 • Tuesday, December 21, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Applications & nominations are closed.
Deadline: November 11.

When thinking about the future, we must consider clean water. A substantial part of the world’s population doesn’t have access to clean water or sanitation today. While many industrialized nations have the luxury of affordable wastewater treatment options, it is the least developed countries and communities that remain untouched by progress in the field of wastewater management, treatment, and sanitation. Through the lenses of science and environmental engineering, this master class will discuss current and proposed models to enhance access to wastewater treatment and sanitation. We’ll also consider the importance of access when looking at environmental and social justice issues on a global scale, and ways to empower communities to take charge of their sanitation demands.

This is a three-session master class. In the first two sessions, teachers learn from the master. In the third, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Kartik Chandran is professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. In 2015, he was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Grant. He has also won the Water Environment Research Foundation Paul L. Busch Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and a National Academies of Science Fellowship. His appointments prior to joining Columbia include his role as a senior technical specialist with the private engineering firm Metcalf & Eddy, where he contributed to New York City’s efforts to achieve significant improvements to its water quality. Chandran earned a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee and a PhD from the University of Connecticut.

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