Safe Water Together for Brunswick Initiative
Enhancing Access to Safe Water in Brunswick
The Safe Water Together for Brunswick project in the City of Brunswick and Glynn County, Georgia addresses environmental health and justice for all residents in the community. As a collaboration with Rebuilding Together Glynn County, the local school system, Georgia Southern University and Georgia Tech, this project will co-develop solutions based on community experiences and scientific data.
Led by Dr. Asli Aslan, founding Director of the Institute for Water and Health (IWH) and Dr. Stacy Smallwood, Director of The Office of Health Equity & Community Engagement at Georgia Southern University, and in collaboration with Dr. Russ Clark, Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology, Safe Water Together will utilize advanced water quality detection technology to target microbial and chemical contamination exacerbated by sea-level rise.
“We are happy to hear that the Workforce Development Study in Solar Technology and Business proposal had been funded as part of the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge. The City of Milledgeville looks forward to working with GCSU, its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Nicholas Creel as well as other faculty members to provide support as the project creates a targeted workforce where participants have been certified in the design and installation of solar power energy systems. Along with the development of this workforce, the program will provide an entrepreneurship education component to this program, giving participants information needed to build start-up businesses that will generate high paying jobs which will enhance the economic development of our city.” – Mary Parham-Copelan, Mayor of Milledgeville.
Through community engagement and effective science communication, the project fosters stewardship and enhances the understanding of environmental impacts, bridging information gaps to inform policy decisions. Aligned with the clean tech theme, the project minimizes emissions, optimizes data transfer and integrates eco-conscious technology. The integration of low-cost technologies establishes decision-making framework to assist local governments and citizens. Ultimately, this endeavor will improve water quality, address environmental disparities and contribute to long-term solutions for a more sustainable and just community in Brunswick and Glynn County.