Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO)
Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO) members areuniversities, research institutes and corporations that are committed tosustainability outcomes through their initiatives, research and teaching.
The GCSO funds collaborative projects that fulfill GCSO’s mission: toimplement and scale solutions to sustainability challenges. Thesecollaborative projects create far-reaching, on-the-ground impact andinvolve implementers from the beginning.
Along with Arizona State University (USA), King’s College London (UK) andTecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), DCU Water Institute is implementingwastewater epidemiology in the context of a technique known as UrbanMetabolism Metrology (UMM), a methodology and scientific tool thatmeasures sustainability and community health indicators in near real-timeusing urban wastewater as a diagnostic matrix.
The global teams obtain near real-time data on the following sustainabilitymetrics: 1) occurrence of toxic agents within urban environments, 2) relatedhuman exposures and toxic body burdens, and 3) the consumption oflimited natural resources (e.g. phosphorus, rare earth materials) that posethreats to ecosystems and urban sustainability. Using UMM, theidentification of these metrics will be used to inform programs and policiesto reduce the threat of endocrine disrupters and drug-resistant bacteriaglobally, reduce the production and consumption of non-green chemicalsthat persist after wastewater treatment, and help manage the ongoingsubstance abuse crises around the globe.
The project will grow and scale the impact of UMM and improve globalhealth outcomes by creating analytical Centers of Excellence andestablishing new municipal partnerships worldwide.
With one year of GCSO funding, this project will:
Scale the number of UMM labs around the globe
Scale the number of sustainability indicators tracked routinely
Improve the data quality attained by participating labs
Scale the number of institutions and municipalities utilizing UMMmethodology
Contribute to the size of the Human Health Observatory, the largestrepository of UMM samples in the world
Increase the percentage of the human population monitored by UMM
Increase the number of fee-for-service UMM subscribers
Prof. Rolf Halden and Joshua Steele, Biodesign Center forEnvironmental Health Engineering (ASU)
Prof. Fiona Regan, Dr. Jenny Lawler, Catherine Allen and Dr.Matthew Jacobs, Dublin City University Water Institute (DCU)
Dr. Leon Barron and Dr. Kelvin Ng, King’s College London (KCL)
Dr. Roberto Parra Saldívar and Dr. J. Edwardo Sosa Hernández,Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC)
City of Tempe
City of Louiseville
DCU Water Institute is hugely active in the international water space, and International Collaborations are core to the future growth and development of DCU Water Institute, so please contact us here if you are interested in becoming a partner or collaborator of DCU Water Institute.
We are delighted to have current and on-going collaborations with the following renowned and esteemed organisations:
2) DCU International Projects
Two DCU Water Institute PI’s, Dr Brid Quilty and Dr Brian Corcoran have been involved in research projects under the Water Is Life Programme.
Led by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), the large multi-disciplinary project entitled ‘Water Is Life: Amazzi Bulamu’ comprising of a partnership of Irish Higher Education Institutions (NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, the Medical Missionaries of Mary and various NGOs.
Dr Brian Corcoran’s research is aimed at improving water supply and water quality in developing countries through the development of low maintenance pump technologies. You can read more on Dr. Corcorans work here.
Dr Brid Quilty’s research focussed on the photo-disinfection of water using sunlight. Dr Quilty’s Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu” project, is another fine example of a research programme that incorporates a variety of partners, such as Irish Aid and the Higher Education Authority, and emphasises community engagement. As Dr. Quilty noted, the technology for treating our wastewater is not particularly new – instead, a large part of the challenge for WASH is a matter of infrastructures, the growing scale of populations, and the load put on the systems. However, these often forgotten basics really are “absolutely essential to our well being.”