University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced today that OU is establishing an Institute for Water and Sustainability using the University's research expertise to benefit Oklahoma and the nation, including emerging regions of the world. The institute will be led by a national expert, who will be appointed to an endowed faculty position funded by a $2 million gift from Corix, a multi-utility infrastructure company, which is in a long-term association with OU in its utility system. The Institute will include the new Oklahoma Water Survey patterned on the Oklahoma Geological Survey, which is also housed at OU.
"The formation of the Corix Institute was guided by the importance of understanding and managing water in all its dimensions," Boren said. "The demand for water to sustain life and the economy as well as for its natural beauty presents challenges for many organizations involved in its protection and management. The Corix Institute seeks to bring together experts from many disciplines to understand the complexity of this precious natural resource and to provide research and data for leaders to make informed decisions regarding its conservation and use."
"The endowment to help set up the Corix Institute is consistent with our commitment to both sustainability and investing in the communities where we work," said Brett Hodson, President and CEO of Corix. "It also builds on our unique collaboration with OU, which we believe is the first of its kind between a company like Corix and a major university in the United States."
The Corix Institute, which will be located within the National Weather Center, will consist of three programs: the established and internationally noted Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Center; the Oklahoma Water Survey, a new program that will be created; and a future program focused upon water and sustainability in critical regions. The Institute will be led by an established expert to be iden
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