The Price of Water: Right vs. Commodity

Cambridge Innovation Center | 6PM - 8PM

1 Broadway, Cambridge | View Map

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Join BOSTON+acumen as we take a closer look at the issues of water access, water rights and the increasing commoditization of this necessary resource. Light snacks and refreshments from Bon Me and Spindrift will be served.
The 2010 UN General Assembly recognized the human right to water and sanitation as a human right with Resolution 64/292. Today, more than 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, face water scarcity. This panel, The Price of Water: Right vs. Commodity, will explore the progress and challenges of implementing sustainable technological innovation, and the responsibilities of investors and organizations towards the global water crisis.

David S. Abraham | ClearWater Initiative, CEO

ClearWater Initiative is a non-profit that promotes innovative solutions for clean water in conflict-affected areas in northern Uganda. David is a strategist in the natural resource sector with vast experience in business, non-profit and government. Previously, David oversaw natural resource and international assistance programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget.  His experience also includes work with a United Nations program in Indonesia and a German consultancy, as well as Peace Corps service in Lithuania. David holds degrees from Boston College and Tufts University.

Brooke Barton | Ceres, Director of Water Program
Ceres is an advocacy consortium that mobilizes investor and business leadership to build a thriving sustainable global economy. Brooke directs the organization’s research and corporate investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. Brooke co-authored The Ceres Aqua Guage, a first-of-its-kind tool to support corporate action on water stewardship.



Mark Williams | Harvard Kennedy School, Human Right to Water and Sanitation Fellow

For the past several years, Mark has focused his research on understanding solutions for improving global access to clean drinking water and sanitation. In his travels, he has studied the “right to water” constitutional amendements in Ecuador, and small-scale water projects in Haiti. He co-authored the article, “Resilience and Water Governance: Adaptive Governance in the Columbia River Basin” which has been submitted for publication in the Ecology and Society Journal. Mark received his J.D. from teh University of California at Hastings, and he has practiced law domestically and internationally for nearly twenty years.


Professor Lee P. Breckenridge | Northeastern University, Professor of Law
Professor Breckenridge specializes in environmental and natural resources law. Early in her career she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, where she contributed to the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. She has a strong professional interest in aquatic ecosystems, and she advocates for policies to maintain adequate water quality and water flows.




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Nearest MBTA: Kendall Square
Parking: Parking garage attached to One Broadway, with the entrance on the Third Street side of the building. Rate after 5 PM: $10 (until 10 PM)