NASA Hosts First-Ever Water Sustainability Forum March 16 -18

WASHINGTON -- NASA today announced its founding partnership of Launch,
an initiative to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches
to sustainability challenges through a series of forums. The first
forum, "Launch: Water," will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space
Center in Florida from March 16-18.

"NASA is perfectly positioned to host a conversation with experts
about potential solutions to the world's most perplexing
sustainability problems," said NASA's Deputy Administrator Lori
Garver, the host of the forum. "NASA offers a culture of
problem-solving, deep technical expertise on sustainable systems such
as the International Space Station, and a unique capacity to capture
and analyze data about our home planet."

Other founding partners are the U.S. Agency for International
Development, the U.S. State Department and Nike. The event will bring
together 10 entrepreneurs from around the world who have proposed
solutions to water shortages and 40 council members who represent
business, policy, engineering, science, communications and
sustainability sectors. During the two-and-a-half day forum, the
invited innovators and the Launch Council will participate in
sessions designed to identify challenges and discuss future
opportunities for their innovations.

Media are invited to attend this first Launch forum. U.S. journalists
must contact Katherine Trinidad at 202-358-1100 by March 15 to
arrange credentials. Credentialed journalists may request interviews
with the participants. For those unable to attend the event, it will
be broadcast live at:


Launch is a global initiative to identify and support innovative work
that will contribute to a sustainable future. Organizers have begun a
global search for visionaries, whose innovative world-class ideas,
technologies or programs show great promise in making tangible
impacts on society. Through a series of forums focused on key
challenge areas including water, air, food, energy, mobility and
sustainable cities, Launch will give thought leaders a forum to
present innovative ideas among peers and join in collaborative,
solution-driven discussions.

To learn about the 10 innovators and their proposed solutions, and for
a list of the 40 council members, visit:


Source: NASA

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