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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2004

Engineers For A Sustainable World Talk At Oct. 4 International Mondays

Representatives from the University of Iowa student organization Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) will present a case study on sustainable water treatment technology in Mexico on Monday, Oct. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge as part of the International Mondays lecture series.

"The Xicotepec Project: Sowing Seeds of Sustainability" will be presented by ESW members Marcelo Mena, Loreto Stambuk, Georgette Stern and Forrest Meggers. This lecture, which is sponsored by UI International Programs, is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

Members of ESW will demonstrate a new water treatment technology that has solved urgent drinking problems for a portion of the population of Xicotepec, Mexico. The new treatment method evolved through ESW's work with the Proctor and Gamble Health Sciences Institute using a multi-level educational approach, which ESW members say can propagate sustainable practices. Both prevention of water pollution and a cognizance of how a population's activities affect water quality in the water cycle are necessary for appropriate technology implementation, said an ESF spokesperson. ESW will also provide insight into its future plans for Mexico, as well as for a new project in Haiti.

Members of the organization believe that unconventional solutions, such as those in this case study, will thrive in solving the world's environmental problems.

Through domestic and international development work, education and public outreach, ESW uses the engineering mentality to address the challenges of global poverty and sustainability. Members and volunteers are building a better future by developing innovative technologies, shaping policy, and fostering small-scale enterprise, improving lives and building a more sustainable world. For more information on ESW, contact Mena at 319-353-4787.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays or for special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Po Li Loo