Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) is sponsoring a series of webinars related to Water in the 21st Century. ESP is one of the oldest organizations of Extension Professionals. It’s mission is to foster standards of excellence in the Extension System and to develop the Extension profession and professional. Since Epsilon Sigma Phi was established in 1927, members have worked to strengthen the impact of the Extension System’s ability to address needs of individuals and communities through research based education.
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The webinars are listed below:
ESP Public Issues Webinar Series: Water in the 21st Century
Wed. Sept. 20; 4pm EST
Water: Human Consumption and Safety
Debra Bolton, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University Research & Extension This webinar will explore human water consumption as it relates to people living in poverty because of displacement from homelands and other factors contributing to risk. A measurement of success in moving populations away from vulnerability and toward self-sufficiency came from the Millennium Development Goals of reducing persistent poverty and infant mortality, and increasing access to clean water. Dr. Bolton will discuss how we can identify families-at-risk and provide community education to address issues of water quality and poverty.
Wed. Sept. 27; 4pm EST
Water: The Lifeblood of Communities
Jonathan Aguilar, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University Research & Extension
This webinar will explore water use topics in Kansas, which can be applicable throughout the country. Kansas is unique because the eastern section, often, has more-than-adequate water. In the western region, which is semi-arid, other issues have to be addressed through varying conservation practices. Dr. Aguilar will discuss the issues between water quality and water quantity addressed by states with abundant water and those with inadequate water resources.
Wed. Oct. 4; 3pm EST
Water First for Thirst: Policy, System, and Environment Changes to Promote Water Consumption
Carol Smathers, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor and Field Specialist in Youth Wellness and Nutrition, Ohio State University Extension
Replacing sugary beverages with healthier options—especially water—is a key public health priority. Over 100 studies have linked sweetened beverages and overweight/obesity. On average, each American consumes almost 50 gallons of sugary drinks a year, equivalent to about 38 pounds of sugar. Every serving of sugary drinks a child consumes increases his or her chances of becoming overweight or obese by about 60%. For adults, consuming 1 or more sugary drinks each day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 25%. Learn about policy, system, and environment change strategies Extension can help implement to promote water consumption across communities.
Wed. Oct. 18; 4pm EST
Water-related Impacts from Climate Change: Tools and Resources for Extension Professionals
Paul Lachapelle, Associate Professor and Extension Community Development Specialist, Montana State University
Madison Boone, Institute on Ecosystems, Montana State University
Droughts and extreme precipitation events are projected to become more acute and impactful as a result of climate change in the coming decades. This webinar will explore issues related to water and water supply for rural and urban areas in the United States and various tools and resources available to Extension faculty for outreach and research.