Our exemplary and diverse team of researchers, extension specialists and educators have 1) worked extensively on water reuse issues, and 2) collaborated successfully with each other. Our proven collaborative capacity speaks well for the success of the Center and will allow us to maximally leverage existing resources. The Israeli team includes faculty members at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, who have extensive expertise in diverse scientific disciplines relevant to water reuse on food crops. The US team includes faculty members at the University of Maryland, the hub for CONSERVE: A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health, a program that is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The focus of CONSERVE is to facilitate the adoption of transformative on-farm water treatment solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops in the U.S. 

Next, our experts from the United States and Israel bring expertise from diverse climates that are in different stages of need for nontraditional irrigation and are, therefore, representative of much of the world’s current water challenges. Specifically, Israel has emerged as an international model for the adoption of nontraditional irrigation water practices for food crop irrigation, effectively transforming the arid nation from a state of drought crisis to a nation with an abundant water supply. Meanwhile, the US has widely varying climatic and water availability conditions. For instance, the Mid-Atlantic region of the US is currently not experiencing serious water shortages, and the exploration of emerging agricultural water reuse practices in this region represents a proactive approach to climate change. In contrast, the Southwest region of the US is currently experiencing severe water shortage crises, and thereby represents a region in need of reactive solutions to climate change. 

UMD Delegation members

Prof. Amy Sapkota (School of Public Health, University of Maryland)

Prof. Shirley Micallef (College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland)

Prof. Robert Percival (School of Law, University of Maryland)

Prof. Kent Messer (College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, U. of Delaware)

Prof. Cynthia Baur (School of Public Health, University of Maryland)

Prof. Xin-Zhong Liang (College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences, U. of Maryland)

Prof. Amir Sapkota (School of Public Health, University of Maryland)

Prof. Debra Weinstein (School of Public Health, University of Maryland)

HUJI Delegation members

 Prof. Benny Chefetz (Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)

Prof. Yael Mishael (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)

Prof. Ora Paltiel (School of Public Health)

Prof. Eran Feitelson (Institute of Urban and Regional Studies)

Dr. Iddo Kan (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)

Dr. Zvi Hayouka (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)

Dr. Zvi Peleg (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)

Mr. Maoz Dor (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)

Ms. Ariela Fleger (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment)