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Our Mission

The Center for a Sustainable Water Future is an interdisciplinary initiative that brings together academically diverse faculty from across campus to advance research, creative expression, teaching, and outreach activities promoting and enhancing effective and viable water solutions and stewardship within Illinois and with our regional, national, and global partners. Through action research, our interdependence and relationship with water will be explored, investigated, and shared promoting a broader sustainable water ethic for the future. 

Learn more about some of the water research projects in McLean County.


Water Sustainability Minor

The Water center proudly announces the new Water Sustainability Minor.

Water is a global resource and water security is crucial. Sustainable water management has profound implications for a variety of sectors. Meet and learn from professionals whose work focuses on water. 


Water Resources Management And Environmental Sustainability A Global Perspective


Dr. Kalita is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering and the director of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Spring 2021

Title TBA

Dr. John Schwartz, University of Tennessee

February 24, 2021

Water, Climate Change, and the Risk of Violent Conflict

Dr. Ken Conca, American University

March 24, 2021


Innovation Consulting Community team proposes sustainable farming container at ISU

In just a few months, a team of motivated students put together a proposal to implement a shipping container farm on Illinois State’s campus.

Hands in the water: Hydrogeology students investigate local fish kills

Dissolving oxygen in water is vital for aquatic life. Illinois State University’s hydrogeology students found real-world experience by exploring whether depleted oxygen levels impacted fish at a local lake.

Student project on sustainable construction wins EPA grant

A team of students led by Illinois State University’s Pranshoo Solanki has been awarded a grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for efforts to make construction materials more sustainable.

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Dr. Noha Shawki

Professor and Co-Director

Department of Politics and Government


Dr. Joan M. Brehm

Professor and Co-Director

Department of Sociology and Anthropology


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