On March 7, 2018, Habithèque partnered with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to host an interactive discussion exploring the scientific, political and structural facets of clean water, an essential human right. This inaugural summit served as a gathering space for multi-disciplinary visionaries to share inventive ideas and conceivable solutions that will impact the future of clean water. Presented during the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, the Summit connected with a long local and institutional history of ecological innovation—including the PHS partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department’s pioneering “Green City, Clean Waters” initiative, and the nation’s first successful municipal water treatment facility, the Fairmount Water Works. Nestled between the Schuylkill River and the Delaware (the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi) the city of Philadelphia. has long been sensitive to the relationship between healthy waterways and thriving, prosperous urban life—many leaders in the global freshwater preservation and restoration movement call Philadelphia home, including the Stroud Water Research Center, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Each year, PHS brings over a quarter million people to the internationally renowned Philadelphia Flower Show—This year, the Water Summit presented an extraordinary additional forum for discussion, innovation, and collaboration.

All presentations from the 2018 Philadelphia Water summit are on Vimeo. 

Presentation slides are available as a pdf