"Water Hero"

Impeller magazine names USF Patel Center’s Vairavamoorthy to an elite list of people devoted to solving water issues.

By Vickie Chachere

USF News

TAMPA, Fla.  (March 28, 2012) – Jimmy Carter. Kofi Anan. Kala Vairavamoorthy. The three share in common the new distinction of being named to Impeller magazine’s list of 25 global water heroes.

The online magazine, a publication of global water technology provider Xylem, compiled the list from thousands of names of people devoted to solving water issues through research, policymaking and new efforts. Included among the luminaries are those who draw attention to the world water crisis through advocacy, journalism and documentary filmmaking.

Vairavamoorthy, who joined USF in 2010 and serves as the director of the Patel School of Global Sustainability – which also houses the university’s Office of Sustainability – was cited by Impelier for his work in urban water systems around the world. With training in civil engineering and public health, Vairavamoorthy is the former director of UNESCO-IHE’s innovative SWITCH program – a 12-city international effort to confront the world water crisis in both modern and emerging cities with sustainable water and sanitation systems.

Vairavamoorthy now heads both USF’s water systems research program and its unique master’s program in global sustainability. He regularly travels the world to participate in high-level water policy discussions, such as international World Water Day conferences, while bringing international water groups to the Tampa Bay region in the Resilient Tampa Bay project, an effort to focus attention to the area’s needs in the face of climate change, sea-level rise and urban flooding.

Read more about Impelier’s world water heroes here: http://impeller.xyleminc.com/en/2012/03/08/25-water-heroes/.