Associate Professor co-hosts webinar discussing lead pipe exports and environmental justice implications

July 26, 2023

Dr. Marcela González Rivas, an associate professor at GSPIA and leader of the research working group Closing the Water Gap, led a recent webinar focused on discussing the environmental impact of the export of lead water pipes. 

The event, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Exporting U.S. Lead Water Pipes and Solutions to this Environmental Justice Problem, in partnership with Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies, focused on what happens to lead water pipes once they are removed. The discussion also included global occupational health and public health experts who talked about the implications of exporting these pipes abroad while also focusing on how U.S. environmental justice initiatives can take a more global approach. 

Closing the Water Gap is a group of faculty and students who do research on water governance issues like water equity and affordability. They work with community groups and local organizations on the practical implementation of the human right to water. Follow along on Twitter @ctwatergap. You can also learn more about this and other GSPIA working groups here