People of IonE: Kate Brauman and what’s next in water

Read the full story from the University of Minnesota Institute on Environment.

This fall on the Twin Cities campus has been a season brimming with water. From the We Are Water MN exhibition to weekly River Walks, our minds are never far from the integral resource that runs so prominently through our lives. It might not be too surprising, then, that the same is true for IonE’s Kate Brauman, who tells us she chose to pursue water research because it made her heart happy. As the lead scientist of IonE’s Global Water Initiative, Brauman was a natural person to tap to lead one of our new IonE Impact Goals – ensuring safe and clean drinking water. Between this new leadership role at the Institute, her work with IPBES as a coordinating lead author on the global biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment, her collaboration with IonE’s NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, and a recent featured interview on MPR, Kate found time to chat about her work with water, and how the key to achieving clean water may not have to do with water at all.

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