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Loyola Educates Community on Global Water Issues

Loyola University Chicago will host Water Colloquium Week 2010, a week-long series of events on campus that will raise awareness of the issues associated with bottled water. From Monday, April 12, through Friday, April 16, students, faculty, staff, and community members will discuss and debate the important local, national, and global issues surrounding the privatization of water, bottled water, and water usage.

Water Colloquium Week 2010 was created by the University as a response to student concerns about how the bottled water industry is impacting the privatization of water and exploiting communities in developing countries, as well as contributing to the increasingly large island of plastic floating in the Atlantic Ocean. The development of a global bottled water industry has inadvertently led to multiple issues of social, legal, environmental, ethical, political, and economical concern regarding access to clean water. The issues have become large enough that there have been violent conflicts over water in developing countries where the privatization of water is being contested.

“The shortages of clean drinking water are reaching crisis levels in many developing countries,” says Nancy Tuchman, director of Loyola’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP) and co-director of the colloquium. “Our colloquium, while just a start, will offer a week-long series of events aimed at heightening awareness of the human rights, environmental, human health, and economic problems associated with water privatization and water extraction industries.”

The week’s events include a chemical analysis presentation that will compare tap, bottled, and Britta-filtered water, a tap water challenge, and the bottled water debate, which will pit Loyola and Hillsdale College debate teams against one another. Each team will debate the pros and cons of the issues surrounding the privatization of water and consumption of bottled water.

The colloquium will also feature film screenings of Tapped and Blue Gold, documentaries that discuss the privatization of water in developing countries, and the impact on human health and the environment.

Lastly, the colloquium will feature an artistic component as well. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts and CUERP are partnering up to design and create a sculpture out of bottled water, which will be placed in various locations on campus throughout the week. Also located on the Lake Shore Campus will be the used plastic bottle corral, which will serve as a collection point for anyone’s used plastic bottles.

For more information about Water Colloquium Week 2010, please visit www.LUC.edu/cuerp/Bottled_Water_Colloq.shtml.

About the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy
Launched in September 2005 as one of Loyola’s Centers of Excellence, CUERP is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to research, teaching, training, and outreach activities that focus on the urban landscape as an ecosystem and how human populations can interact with this landscape in a sustainable way. CUERP’s commitment to teaching and training is conducted through the integration of a variety of academic departments and the environmental studies/science program. Additionally, outreach to the local community is fundamental to CUERP’s mission of advancing the understanding and appreciation of sustainability in the urban environment. For more information, visit www.LUC.edu/cuerp.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in its 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.




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