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Water: Peril and Promise | 7th Annual Richard L. James Lecture

February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

As the cities of Flint and Houston have so starkly highlighted, water is a major global concern.  While 85% of humanity lives in the driest half of the planet, our use and abuse of water is causing many rivers to disappear while we choke others with pollution.  Meanwhile, climate change causes rivers to disappear, sea levels to rise, droughts to bedevil huge swaths of the world, and floods to inundate others.  

Water is such a critical concern the Schuylkill Center establishes 2018 as the Year of Water in our programming.  We inaugurate our Year of Water by inviting the region’s foremost water experts to share their insights into the perils and promise of water.

Scientist Bernard Sweeney, businessman Brian Linton, activist Maurice Sampson, architect José Alminana, utility expert Debra McCarty, and educator Aaliyah Green Ross share their most important thoughts on water, and engage our community in a town meeting conversation on this huge environmental concern. 

After the discussion, enjoy a reception in our art gallery presented by Yards Brewing Company.


Rabbi Arthur Ocean Waskow, Founder, Shalom Center


  1.   Educator: Aaliyah Green Ross, Director of Education, Schuylkill Center
  2.   Scientist: Bernard Sweeney, Founder and President, Stroud Water Research Center
  3.   Utility expert: Debra McCarty, Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department
  4.   Businessman: Brian Linton, Founder, United by Blue
  5.   Activist: Maurice Sampson, Eastern Pennsylvania Director, Clean Water Action
  6.   Landscape Architect: José Alminana, Principal, Andropogon Associates


February 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
215-482-7300, 110
8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States