Special Lecture: An Introduction to US Drinking Water and Environmental Justice Issues

July 7, 2023 (Friday, 17:00-18:30 PM JST)
Community Space, MIRAI CREA 1st Floor

About the Lecture

In this special lecture, Dr. Katherine Alfredo will highlight some key U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Safe Drinking Water Act policy concerns and environmental (in)justices.  The lecture will focus on a select number of drinking water regulations to include the recent positive regulatory determination for the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (“forever” chemicals), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

About the Guest Lecturer

Dr. Katherine Alfredo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Alfredo’s research focuses on sustainable potable water provisions to include technical treatment, regulatory policy, and community uptake and trust both within the U.S. and internationally. While Dr. Alfredo has experience working in Ghana (U.S. Student Fulbright Fellow, ’08), her current international work is based in India where she investigates how and why rurally implemented drinking water treatment plants succeed or fail when their management is transferred to the community. This line of inquiry began during her Postdoctoral tenure as a Columbia University Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Columbia Water Center, and was enriched during her 2015 Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Scholarship. Prior to joining the faculty at USF, she was the Research Program Manager at DC Water focused on the difficulties large, urban utilities face in ensuring a constant supply of high quality, potable water.  She earned advanced degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Professional Engineering license in the state of Virginia.