Sweetwater Creek




Partnerships and solutions for
water and environmental health.

July 1, 2016 -- Sam Williams, former President of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and a nationally recognized expert in urban competitiveness, has joined H2OTECH as a Founding Member of the Board of Advisors.



Mr. Williams led metro Atlanta’s high-profile business community for 17 years as President of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, after leading the downtown Atlanta business community as president of Central Atlanta Progress. He was a partner with Portman Properties, a global architect-development company, and the first staff member for Research Atlanta. Williams has earned a national reputation for harnessing the power of business leaders to make cities thrive. He has penned a new book, The CEO as Urban Statesman (Mercer University Press, 2014), in which he uses case studies to argue that business leaders can and should contribute to their communities by using their business skills to solve public policy problems. Williams is Professor of Practice at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and he holds degrees from the Harvard Business School and Georgia Institute of Technology

March 15, 2016 -- H2OTECH has been invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to attend and participate in the White House Water Summit on March 22, 2016 !

OSTP is leading the Summit to highlight efforts for a sustainable and secure water future for our nation. The event will be livestreamed here Tune in on Tuesday March 22, starting at 9AM!



March 3, 2016 -- H2OTECH collaborated with Water Innovation Clusters across the country to develop a Joint Policy Paper that was submitted to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) '

OSTP is leading a White House Water Summit on March 22, 2016, to highlight innovations and sustainable water use across the nation. The Paper is titled "Overcoming barriers to water innovation in the United States of America", and the main recommendations are to support policies that 1) increase market-pull rather than technology-push for sustainable water innovation; and 2) generating national support for regional water clusters, such as H2OTECH.



February 24, 2016 -- H2OTECH made a presentation to the North Georgia Metro Water Planning District's Reuse Committee

The regional water district serves 15 counties, and 92 cities. H2OTECH is building relationships with members of the district, who provide water resources to an economy of over 6 million people.



February 11, 2016 -- Georgia State University, one of the leading academic partners of H2OTECH, has joined the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science

CUAHSI is the nation’s leading consortium promoting education and research in the water sciences. This will allow access for GSU students and faculty, and H2OTECH affiliates, to CUAHSI’s water data, research infrastructure, and educational and outreach programs, and it will highlight GSU Geoscience’s growing strengths in the water sciences.



January 19, 2016 -- H2OTECH made a presentation to the Georgia Association of Water Professionals's Reuse Committee

The Committee is working closely with the State of Georgia to develop guidelines for ensuring safe public water supply using indirect potable reuse. H2OTECH is focusing efforts on technology development in support of this strategy, which is important for water supply in Georgia and throughout the region.

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December 15, 2015 -- Law Firm Baker-Hostetler to Provide Incorporation Services for H2OTECH

H2OTECH will soon be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, with the assistance of Baker-Hostetler, one of the nation's largest law firms working internationally, and known for their cutting edge approach to intellectual property law.

June 24, 2015 -- H2O Tech Meets with EPA Region 4 Water Protection Division and EPA Office of Research and Development

The H2O Tech team had a discussion at GSU's CURVE facility to learn more about national EPA and Region 4 priority areas for innovation. Sally Gutiérrez, Director of EPA's Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program, gave a presentation on how clusters have led to environmental solutions and economic development in other regions of the nation, and discussed ways for clusters and EPA Region leadership to support each other.

Download Presentation by Director Gutiérrez here.

Download Presentation by Dr. Deocampo here.

June 18, 2015 -- Ms. Sehoy Thrower joins H2O Tech as Intern!

Ms. Sehoy Thrower has joined H2O Tech as a Student Intern! Sehoy is a GSU Senior double-majoring in Biology and BIS/Environmental Science, and is an Honors College University Assistant. She has previously interned at Trees Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and is currently working at Citizens Climate Lobby. She is recipient of the Zell Miller Scholarship, Second Century Scholarship, and the Fred L. McGhee First Generation Indian Descent Scholarship, and she is an active member of the Sustainable Energy Tribe at GSU. Welcome, Sehoy!



April 12, 2015 -- Clean Water Industry Leader Joel Rosenfield Joins the H2O Tech Leadership Team!

Mr. Joel Rosenfield, internationally recognized for his leadership in Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Management, has joined the leadership team at H2O Tech! He recently retired from the Coca-Cola Company where he served for 35 years, including as Sustainability Environmental, Safety, and Loss Prevention Manager. He has also served as Director and Chair of the Environmental, health, and Safety Committee of the International Society of Beverage Technologists; he is affiliated with the American Chemical Society, the Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Works Association. He sits on the Editorial Review Committee for Standard Methods for the Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastewater. He is currently President and CEO of WaterGuru Associates, LLC. Mr. Rosenfield brings tremendous experience, expertise, and understanding of the environmental and safety challenges facing us in the 21st century, and will be a tremendous asset to the H2O Tech effort!



March 24-26, 2015 -- H2O Tech Leadership Team Attends EPA Cluster Leaders Meeting!

The H2O Tech Leadership team of Gary Keller, Clarisse Croteau-Chonka, and Dan Deocampo, attended the annual EPA Water Cluster Leaders meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, hosted by the Water Economy Network. The H2O Tech group met leaders from other clusters around the country, discussed successful cluster development models in other cities, and explored possibilities for economic development in Atlanta. The focus of the meeting was to talk about Small Business Innovation Research funding with representatives from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, and National Institutes of Health. The meeting was successful in introducing H2O Tech to the national Water Cluster community, and the group will be following up on the next stage of building the academic-federal-industry partnership!

February 1, 2015 -- GSU to Launch Water Cluster!

In collaboration with Xomix, LTD, Georgia State University has begun planning to establish a Water Cluster in Downtown Atlanta! To be housed in the CollabTech innovation hub at 58 Edgewood Avenue, the new cluster, to be named "H2O Tech", will serve to build, incubate, and accelerate new startup companies that will develop, commercialize, and deploy new technologies addressing cutting edge problems in clean water and environmental health. The effort will leverage academic excellence, industrial strengths, and technological innovators in the Atlanta region and beyond. Stay tuned!