Alcoa funds chair in sustainable water management

Tuesday, 02 September, 2008

Water management is one of the top three issues for Australians, according to the inaugural Australian National University poll.

In recognition of Murdoch University’s work on environmental sustainability, Alcoa has partnered with the university to fund a professorial position for three years.

Commencing in January 2009, this funding agreement is worth $600,000.

The new role will provide leadership in the field of water management and help address water queries specific to Western Australia and broader issues faced by Australia including impacts of changing rainfall patterns, water capture, water reuse and recycling.

“Action is needed now to support this global issue and we are working hard to help provide critical solutions to worldwide water management,” Murdoch vice-chancellor Professor John Yovich said.

“The establishment of this new chair reinforces Murdoch’s position as a progressive university, committed to engaging with industry partners to support vital research for the benefit of the community."

Alcoa’s managing director Alan Cransberg said that as part of its environmental stewardship, the company was focused on developing better ways to ensure a sustainable future, and this included seeking solutions to water management challenges.

 

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