100 Water Heroes: Mike Giglio

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Photo: Kelvin Trautman

Biologist and owner of High Desert Native Plants

Mike Giglio is a Biologist and the owner of High Desert Native Plants, an “environmental consulting and restoration services company delivering client-focused solutions with natural resources conservation in mind at every step.”

In 2017, they won obtained a US International Boundary Water Commission contract to restore the habitats for the Southwest Willow Flycatcher and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, both of which are endangered. By planting the specific trees and shrubs these species require in order to flourish, they hope to restore their natural habitats and encourage overall population growth. With this growth of this project, High Desert planted approximately 7000 indigenous trees in 2016, and plan on growing this number to over 15 000.

In addition to this contract, High Desert is involved in an array of other conservation efforts, including the development of innovative water conservation initiatives that make use rainwater harvesting. Speaking on the global water crisis, Mike noted, “The way we’re currently using water in this area is just not sustainable… We’ve got to do a better job of managing, and we’ve got to conserve more of the water that comes down that river.”

Mike is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading High Desert Native Plants as they carry out projects and help clients to develop innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues.

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Sharon Megdal

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Director of the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center

Dr. Sharon Megdal is the Director of the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) at the University of Arizona, a research unit within in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Sharon’s research centres on regional and international water policy and water resource management issues and solutions. In addition to her role as Director of WRRC, Sharon holds a number of prestigious positions at the university, including Director of the Water Sustainability Programme and the Co-Director of The University of Arizona Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions Program.

During the final USA leg of #RunningDry, Mina was able to meet Sharon and learn about her work with WRRC. Sharon said that she works as a bridge between researchers and the real world. Much of her work has focused on the Colorado River, and one of the predominant issues she highlighted was the fact that it has been largely over-allocated.

The general health of the Colorado River is of great importance to Arizona, as it accounts for approximately 40% of the water used in the state, and most of the drinking water used daily in the Tucson metro area. Sharon noted the absolute necessity of cutting back on the delivery of water from the Colorado River, particularly because of issues surrounding over-allocation and the ongoing drought.

Sharon also spoke to Mina about the Sweetwater Wetlands project, which is part of the City of Tucson’s reclaimed water system that provides non-potable water to use primarily for turf irrigation. The area is a popular urban wildlife habitat and riparian zone, and is one of many ways that the city and state is looking to offer alternative sources of water rather than relying on the dwindling Colorado River.

Sharon is one of our #100WaterHeroes for the impactful work she has done in the fields of water policy and management, and for successfully leading the Water Resources Research Center.


100 Water Heroes: Mike Mallozzi

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President of Borderlands Brewing Company

Mike Mallozzi is a PhD microbiologist and the President of Borderlands Brewing, a company that produces beer in the most sustainable manner possible. One of the many ways in which they seek to further the sustainability of their business is through the use of solar power purchased through the Tucson Electric Power programme. While they cannot yet afford to have their own solar panels, making use of locally generated sustainable power is definitely a step in the right direction.

Mike is a council member of the Conserve2Enhance water conservation group, an organisation that is committed to helping people and businesses to reduce their water footprints, and to improving the health and flow of local water bodies. Borderlands is also a participant in this group, and they undergo thorough water audits that help them to identify areas in which they can further reduce their water usage.

Borderlands also recognises the importance of buying locally, and has steadily been working towards sourcing local ingredients. Mike is dedicated to sustainable development, and this commitment is evident throughout Borderlands’ practices. Speaking on the importance of sustainability in business, Mike stated:

"Generally speaking, as people in business, we need to be more focused on finding the sweet spot where we can look after the planet, people, and profit. Too often we chose to leave out the planet in this equation. If we continue to do business like this soon we won’t have the planet to even include this equation. And to customers, I say vote with your dollars. Support those businesses that look to make a profit without exhausting our resources unsustainably."

Mike is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his dedication to sustainable development, and for leading Borderlands Brewery as they seek to produce the most sustainable beer possible.

100 Water Heroes: Eileen Fisher



Eileen Fisher is the founder of EILEEN FISHER INC, a highly successful clothing brand that puts human rights and sustainability at the forefront of their work.

Currently, 70% of the cotton used in their production is organically sourced and, as a way to cut down on fabric and fiber waste, the company has developed a recycling programme. Customers can take their ‘gently used’ clothing back to the store and are gifted a $5 coupon for each returned item. The garments are dry cleaned and resold, with all revenue put towards funding leadership programmes and business grants for women. This system has collected and sorted over 1 million pieces of clothing.

As part of their move towards complete sustainability, the company has launched Vision2020, an overview of their goal to reach 100% sustainability by 2020. This includes a pledge to use only the most sustainable, organic fibers, as well as wool that comes from ethically raised sheep. They are also funding alternative energy sources, and reducing their reliance on air shipping. By 2020, they aim to be not only climate neutral, but climate positive.

Speaking on the role her company has to play in changing the world, Eileen states:

I feel there's a role for EILEEN FISHER to play in this shift by sharing the collaboration skills we practice and helping to create the kind of change that wouldn't be possible if each of us acted alone. When I give talks, I often say that business can, indeed, change the world. EILEEN FISHER has done a lot by committing to organic and sustainable fibers, manufacturing clothing in the USA and recycling our clothes with EILEEN FISHER Renew. There's much more to do. And I believe we can do it. I believe we can make a difference. Business can be a movement.

Eileen is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading a clothing company that has put human rights and sustainability at the forefront of their work, showing us that businesses can make a difference.

100 Water Heroes: Gary Woodard


Water Policy & Economics Consultant at Montgomery and Associates

Gary Woodard is a Senior Water Policy and Economics Consultant at Montgomery & Associates, a company that focuses largely on hydrology, geology, soil science, water resource planning and groundwater modelling.

A large part of Gary’s work involves leading a 3-year-long study that seeks to unpack how effective the city of Tucson’s rainwater harvesting subsidies have been. Having completed the first year of this study, Gary has noted that “the first year of data gathering confirms that residential rainwater harvesting has reduced the city’s overall potable water demand” (Weiser, 2018).

Gary has been a great asset to the water sector, and has dealt with water issues as both an academic and a consultant for over 30 years. Prior to his work with Montgomery & Associates, Gary was the Deputy Director of the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center. Additionally, he founded a water conservation alliance and was president of Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR). Gary has also worked closely with UNESCO water centres throughout the world, namely in the Middle East and North Africa.

Gary is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his significant contributions to addressing issues within the water sector, both as an academic and a consultant.


100 Water Heroes: Elizabeth Boyer

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Associate Professor of Water Resources at Penn State University

Elizabeth Boyer is an Associate Professor of Water Resources at Penn State University. She has also been named the Director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center, as well as Assistant Director of the Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

Elizabeth’s research interests include unpacking the ecological and hydrological systems that impact upon water quality and quantity. Her academic career is filled with a range of varied publications, including a number of papers on the impacts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon on watersheds throughout America. This topic is particularly important because it “provide[s] a scientific basis for design and implementation of land management programs and policies to mitigate the effects of pollution, and to protect, conserve, and restore surface waters.”

Speaking on her interest in how changes to eco-hydrologic systems impact water quality and scarcity, Elizabeth stated:

Many parts of the world already lack clean water, many landscapes are being degraded, and many surface and ground waters are being polluted.  Water scarcity will be an even greater problem in the coming years as demand for water increases with population and economic growth. Concepts and tools from ecohydrology can help achieve sustainable management of water, and to help solve global water problems.

Elizabeth is a member of numerous advisory committees, including the US Environmental Protection Agency where she focuses on air pollution and water resources. She also serves on the National Academies Advisory Committee, evaluating the New York City Watershed Protection Program. Elizabeth’s vast career in the water sector continues on to include being the Editor of the international journal of Hydrological Processes, on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Sciences and a leader of one of the National Institutes for Water Resources’ centres.

Elizabeth is one of our #100WaterHeroes for helping us to make sense of the hydrological and ecological processes that impact upon water quality and water scarcity.

Twitter: @bethboyerPSU

100 Water Heroes: Michael Campana


Professor of Hydrogeology & Water Resources Management

Michael Campana is a Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management at Oregon State University. He is a respected scholar with extensive experience in the academic sphere, including 16 years spent as a Professor of Water Resources and Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. He remains an Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of New Mexico.

His vast career in the water sector includes having been the President of the American Water Resources Association. He also served as President and Chair of the National Ground Water Association. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership.

One of Michael’s most significant contributions to the water sector has been his leadership of the Ann Campana Judge Foundation, which he founded and is currently the President of. This NPO focuses on overseeing and funding projects linked to water, health and sanitation in developing countries.

Michael is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his expertise in the fields of Hydrogeology and Water Resource Management, and for his impactful WASH initiatives.

Twitter: @WaterWired 



100 Water Heroes: John Oldfield


Principal at Global Water 2020

John Oldfield serves as Principal of Global Water 2020, “a two-year advocacy and facilitation initiative designed to accelerate progress toward water access and security for all people in developing countries.” The Global Water 2020 initiative focuses on transforming local and international responses to a core number of global water issues that have been historically under-funded and under-represented.

John joined the Global Water 2020 team in 2017, following two decades of extensive experience in both non-profit and private sectors. Immediately prior to his involvement with Global Water 2020, John was the CEO of Water 2017, a year-long initiative that sought to urge President Trump, the White House and the 115th Congress to “elevate and integrate global water security across the U.S. foreign policy and national security architecture, and to position this issue as a leadership opportunity for the United States across the globe.”

John was also the CEO of WASH Advocates, an organisation that focused its efforts on raising awareness surrounding international WASH issues, and implementing solutions where possible. John’s impressive career in the water sector also includes his past leadership of Water Advocates, a United States-based group committed to furthering global access to clean, affordable water and sanitation services.

John is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his vast experience in the water sector and for his commitment to ensuring global access to safe, affordable water.

Twitter: @JohnforWater


100 Water Heroes: Christopher Swain


Human Rights Advocate and Open Water Swimmer

Christopher Swain is a Human Rights Activist and Open Water Swimmer who has been advocating for clean waterways since 1996. Through his swimming expeditions, Christopher became the first ever person to swim the lengths of the Hudson, Columbia, Mohawk, Charles and Mystic Rivers, as well as significant portions of the USA’s Atlantic coastline and Lake Champlain.

Christopher swims to draw the world’s attention to threatened waterways and encourage related conservation and restoration efforts. Christopher takes photographs, videos and journals throughout his swims, and interviews a variety of stakeholders in the sector. His swims have taken place in a myriad of concerning contexts, and he has come into contact with sewage, nuclear waste and pesticides. All of this to spotlight the global water crisis.

Christopher was the youngest conservationist featured in Rachel White Scheuring’s 2005 book Shapers of the Great Debate on Conservation: A Biographical Dictionary. In 2007, he was awarded the Harry E. Schlenz Public Education Medal from the Water Environment Federation.

Christopher is one of our #100WaterHeroes for dedicating his life to swimming and advocating for our threatened waterways.

Twitter: @SwimWithSwain

Facebook: @SwimWithSwain


100 Water Heroes: Patrick and Elizabeth Shores


Co-Founders of Untapped Shores International

Today’s #100WaterHeroes are couple Patrick and Elizabeth Shores, Co-Founders of non-profit organisation Untapped Shores International. They decided to launch this initiative after becoming aware of the global water crisis and its heavy impact on women and children in the developing world. Using innovative technological solutions, Untapped Shores brings inexpensive, clean water to people in developing countries.

Untapped Shores strives to solve the global water crisis, and empower women and children in the developing world by introducing hydroponic farming and water sanitation technologies into their lives. One of the organisation’s core pieces of technology, Pure Shores CPS, is a small hand-held device that “is deployed as a ‘water business in a box’ with third-world entrepreneurs and can create clean water for up to 2,000 people per day.” Reflecting on this innovation, Patrick stated:

“We don't just give them the solution and walk away, we teach them how to use this to create a water business, so that we're maximising our donors' dollars because we can honestly say that when we start a project, we solve that water crisis forever. We teach them how to make money to keep that project going."

Patrick and Elizabeth are today’s #100WaterHeroes for their commitment to positively disrupting the global water crisis through the empowerment of women and children in the developing world.

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Elizabeth Twitter: @Eliz_Shores

100 Water Heroes: Jessica Long


Managing Director - Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture

Jessica Long is the Managing Director of Strategy and Sustainability at Accenture, where she started as a Strategist in 2001. With over 18 years of experience, Jessica now leads Sustainability and Trust throughout North America.

Together with her team, Jessica works on a range of strategic services throughout the sustainability field. This includes “ethical and inclusive supply chains, intelligent cities strategy, efficient and alternative energy solutions, innovative business models and partnerships, green technology and analytics, and circular economy.”

Jessica was also on the leadership team of Accenture Development Partnerships, a not-for-profit branch of Accenture that gives business and technology services to the global development sector. Jessica serves on the boards of Raise DC, The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Forum and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

In 2014, Jessica was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She and her team at Accenture have been a great support of the #RunningDry movement, and have collectively contributed 18.4km to the tally!

Jessica is one of our #100WaterHeroes for doing meaningful work in the fields of strategy and sustainability, and for her active support of #RunningDry


Twitter: @jessicalongdev 

100 Water Heroes: Lindsey Aldaco-Manner


President at World Youth Parliament for Water

Lindsey Aldaco-Manner is the President of the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), a youth network that advocates for safe, clean water throughout the world. Stretching across 80 countries, WYPW comprises of dynamic young people seeking change in the water sector. Their work ranges from active engagement with local communities to advocating for youth involvement in the water sector at the United Nations General Assembly.

As President, Lindsey leads the WYPW in their goal to activate youth participation in the decision-making processes of water industries around the world. In addition to her work with WYPW, Lindsey is also a Research Assistant for the Dean of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University of Beruit, where she explores water governance in Lebanon, and Water-Energy-Food Nexus governance in the Middle East.

Throughout these various facets of her career, Lindsey has exhibited a passion for inspiring change in the water industry, and has worked tirelessly to advocate for sustainable, community-based water management. Lindsey has also been a key supporter of the #RunningDry, and has contributed a hefty 59km to the movement. With her expertise on the water sector, Lindsey meaningfully spotlights #RunningDry and its message.

Lindsey is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her dedication to solving global water issues, and for being a key member of the #RunningDry movement.


Twitter: @LindseyAManner 

100 Water Heroes: Mary Conley Eggert


Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer at Global Water Works

Mary Conley Eggert is the Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Global Water Works, an organisation that “showcases the technology, experts and networks that are helping water work for the planet, people and profit.”

Mary joined Global Water Works in 2015, and has since been integral in their development as “integrated marketing professionals.” Working at the convergence of big data, finance and water, Global Water Works seek to promote the adoption of smart water technologies.

Mary traces her passion for water conservation back to when she was 12-years-old and began delivering speeches on water pollution in Watertown, Wisconsin. Mary officially began her career in water advocacy after WEFTEC 2015, where she realised the immensity of the global water crisis.

Mary is one of our #100WaterHeroes for working towards global water security through the development and promotion of smart water technologies.


Twitter: @MaryEggert 

100 Water Heroes: Kelsey Leonard


Shinnecock Tribal Co-Lead on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body of the U.S. National Ocean Council

Kelsey Leonard currently serves as the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s Tribal Co-Lead on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body of the U.S. National Ocean Council. In conjunction with tribal, federal and state entities, Kelsey aids in the protection and conservation of American oceans.

In 2012, Kelsey became the first Native American woman to have receive a degree from the University of Oxford, where she obtained an MSc in Water Science. Kelsey seeks to advocate for the conservation of Indigenous waters and “has been instrumental in protecting the interests of Tribes with the development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Action Plan.”

Kelsey is also a successful academic, and is busy doing her PhD in Comparative Public Policy at McMaster University. Her research focus is on Indigenous water security and its climatic, territorial, and governance underpinnings. At McMaster University, Kelsey is a Trillium Scholar in Water Policy, as well as a Research Assistant for the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN).

Kelsey is a scholar who uses her academic expertise to advocate for Indigenous communities affected by climate change and the global water crisis. This makes her one of our #100WaterHeroes.


Twitter: @KelseyTLeonard 

100 Water Heroes: Tara Lohan


Environmental journalist and editor

Tara Lohan is an Environmental Journalist and Editor and has been writing on issues surrounding energy, water and the environment for over a decade. She is currently the Deputy Editor of The Revelator, an “online news and ideas initiative” of the Centre for Biological Diversity.

Prior to working with The Revelator, Tara was the Managing Director of Water Deeply, an initiative that covers water crises happening in the American West, and their various implications. In addition to writing for Water Deeply, Tara’s work has been featured in a number of publications, including the Nation, the American Prospect, Salon, Pacific Standard, KQED, and others.

Tara has also edited two books on the global water crisis, including Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource. Throughout her work, Tara draws attention to the intersection of water, climate, energy and food, and uses her platform to highlight global environmental issues.

Tara is one of our #100WaterHeroes for using her expertise to draw attention to global issues of water, energy and environment.


Twitter: @TaraLohan


100 Water Heroes: Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy


Executive Director at International Water Association

Professor Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy is the Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA) where they have established the largest networks of water experts “working towards a water wise world.”

Kala is an established voice in the water management sector, and has worked studiously to implement clean water and sanitation projects throughout the world. In collaboration with UNESCO and the EU, Kala has been involved in a range of successful WASH initiatives and raised awareness surrounding the global water crisis.

In addition to his work with UNESCO and the EU, Kala is also closely affiliated with the World Bank, UN-Habitat, GWP and SIWI. Kala also serves on several international scientific committees and is currently on the Stockholm’s World Water Week’s Scientific Program Committee (WWW-SPC) and the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Committee (GWP-TEC).

Prior to leading IWA, Kala was the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) Deputy Director General for Research. He was also the Founding Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, as well as a tenured Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the University of South Florida. Kala’s extensive experience also includes being Professor and Chair of Water Engineering at the University of Birmingham, and Professor and Head of Core of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE.

Kala is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with the International Water Association, and for his commitment to sustainability transforming urban water management systems.


100 Water Heroes: Alex Mung


Director, Head of Water Initiative at World Economic Forum

Alex Munn is the Head of Water Initiative at the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he raises awareness of the global water crisis and encourages public-private cooperation in this sphere.

WEF is a renowned non-profit organisation that “engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

Prior to joining WEF as a Project Manager in 2008, Alex worked as an Environmental Engineer for Alcan, an environmentally conscious aluminium company in Canada. Alex career in sustainable development began at Queen’s University, where he obtained a degree in Civil Environmental Engineering.

Alex is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his contributions to the World Economic Forum’s Water Initiatives, and for his dedication to sustainable development.


100 Water Heroes: Scott Harrison


Founder and CEO of charity: water

Scott Harrison is the Founder and CEO of charity: water, an NPO that works towards providing clean, safe water to people in need. Working in developing nations, charity: water raises money to build wells and sanitation facilities in 26 countries throughout the world.

Prior to launching charity: water, Scott spent 2 years as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships and became aware of critical WASH issues in Liberia. Scott witnessed the devastation of having little to no access to clean water, and decided to dedicate his life and career to solving the global water crisis. This led to the creation of charity: water, where Scott assembled a small team that worked out of a cramped Manhattan apartment.

Today, charity: water is a highly successful NPO, with over 1 million international supporters. They have raised more than $320 million that has funded almost 30 000 water projects throughout the world. In recognition of his work, Scott was named in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, as well as the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list. He is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Scott is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with charity: water, and for his commitment to providing people around the world with safe, clean water.

Twitter: @scottharrison


Instagram: @scottharrison

100 Water Heroes: Cindy Wallis-Lage

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President, Global Water Business at Black & Veatch

Today we are honouring Cindy Wallis-Lage as one of our #100WaterHeroes. Currently, Cindy is President of Black & Veatch’s water business. Black & Veatch are a engineering, consulting and construction company and, when named president of their water division in 2012, Cindy became the 100-year-old company’s first woman president of a functional division. In addition to being president of their water business, Cindy also serves on Black & Veatch’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Cindy is a highly influential thought leader on Water - she has unified many global players around Sustainable Development Goal 6, as she leads over 2,700 professionals in more than 75 offices throughout the world. Cindy’s expertise in water reuse and treatment are renowned throughout the industry, as she has been involved in over 100 global water projects in both municipal and industrial sectors.

Cindy’s experience in the water sector include being on the Board of Directors for both the US Water Alliance, as well as for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation. Prior to this, Cindy also served as Chief of the Water Technology Group, “a team of technical experts focused on the development, selection and implementation of innovative and sustainable solutions in four treatment process areas – water, wastewater, residuals and operations.”

Cindy is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her expertise in the treatment and reuse of water and wastewater, as well as her longstanding commitment to achieving SDG6.

Twitter: @CWL_BVWater


100 Water Heros: Eric Firmann

Co-Founder of Re:Down

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Eric Firmann is co-founder of Re:Down, a company that recycles down and feathers from discarded consumer goods and turns them into products such as sleeping bags, bedding and other apparel. Re:Down also up-cycles broken feathers and down fibers into effective organic fertilizers, all towards their mission of zero waste.

Eric describes passion and work with Re:Down as being a result of “the rapid evolution of mass consumption and its consequences on the environment and on our natural resources.” In Europe alone, it is estimated that annual textile waste comes up to 7,500,000 tons. Eric’s work with Re:Down is integrally linked to the global water crisis in that their recycling and zero waste focus reduces the invisible water footprint of manufacturing.

With over 20 years in the Textile industry, Eric co-founded Re:Down “in order to make this industry more sustainable and actively participate to make a better world!”

Eric’s commitment to environmental sustainability and his zero waste initiatives are why he is one of our #100WaterHeroes


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