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This year's annual WSSS Symposium is canceled due to concerns around COVID-19.  We are following Tufts University guidance in doing so, and we apologize for any inconvenience. Stay Well!

Historically, our relationship with water has defined the structure and location of our cities, given rise to power and conflicts, and turned the resource into a commodity for a myriad of uses. Harnessing the resource for hydropower, quantity control, irrigation, flood management, sanitation, supply, and industrial operations has allowed water wealthy communities to flourish and adapt to natural hazards. Simultaneously, great challenges have plagued communities that are water poor, often preventing even basic needs from being met, concerning clean drinking water supply and adequate means of supporting food production.

The valuation of water is multi-dimensional, and can be perceived through its inherent value, its assigned value per a given use related to human consumption or health, and/or a captured value per a suite of ecosystem services provided by the resource. The manner in which we view water wealth is constantly evolving with new sustainability challenges on a global and local scale. In this year’s Symposium, the value of water for various sectors, policy-makers, investors, water/infrastructure managers, and water users/owners will be explored.

Water Wealth will be discussed within the following sub-topics:

  • Water security and supply management
  • Water quality, public health, and environmental justice
  • Resource use and corporate social responsibility
  • Resource access and just/sustainable food systems
  • Resource management and environmental impact investing

Coming Soon!
Guest speakers and agenda announcements

Date and Location

Date: April 17th, 2020

Location: Tufts Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155 .text-marker{}.map-generator{max-width: 100%; max-height: 100%; background: none;


This annual water symposium is entirely student-organized. Below is the list of students involved with planning the event this year:

Katie Harrigan

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Agriculture Food and Environment

Sean Hogan

Graduate School of Arts and Science Dual Degree with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; International Resources and Human Security

Meredith Houghton

Graduate School of Arts and Science, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning


A huge thank you to all of our WSSS symposium sponsors!

Friedman Student Council

Agriculture Food and Environment Program at the Tufts Friedman School