By the CH2M HILL Access Water Team

With World Water Day this week, it’s the perfect time for us to share that CH2M HILL has become a Steering Committee member of the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP), a joint effort of both public and private sectors in the U.S. that unites and mobilizes U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, particularly in the developing world. CH2M HILL Global Water Business President Bob Bailey will provide keynote remarks at the celebration of USWP’s first anniversary and reception for new members at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, on the evening of March 21.

“Sustainable management of water, energy and food resources is critical to the future of our global community, economy and environment,� shared Bailey. “CH2M HILL has a passion for and commitment to solving water resource management challenges around the world. We support the U.S. Water Partnership because we know it takes a holistic approach and collaboration and action from all sectors of society to create a more sustainable world. We are proud to lend our knowledge, resources and skills as a member of the U.S. Water Partnership as we continue to tackle the pressing, intertwined challenges that face everyone who influences or is influenced by the water cycle.�

Dr. John Holdren, the President’s Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, Chair of the USWP Steering Committee, and Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley, Commander of the U.S. Army Reserves will also speak at the event. Thursday evening’s reception and ceremony will kick-off the USWP’s World Water Day events (World Water Day is Friday, March 22), which will continue into Friday with an all Partners Meeting to discuss further deepening collaboration around projects and initiatives. Bill Bellamy, CH2M HILL Senior Vice President, will participate in the all Partners Meeting to help define the strategies needed to meet the USWP mission and vision.

Launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on World Water Day 2012, the USWP continues to grow in influence with more than $600 million dollars in financial and in-kind resources contributed by partners so far. With new members joining in 2012, the Partnership is supported by more than 61 members including USG agencies, academic organizations, NGOs, water coalitions and the private sector.  

The greater our collaboration with our friends in the public and non-profit sectors, the more we will succeed in making an impact on the world’s greatest water challenges. We are honored and excited to be joining this very special initiative.