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Nonprofit aims to advance ecological water technologies

January 20, 2012

Charlottesville, Va. – Today’s complex water challenges require technologies that address the interconnection among water, food, energy, climate, and health.

The Living Technology Institute (LTI), a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, Va., has been established to advance innovative, ecological technologies based on a new, whole system approach to water.

Living technologies adapt ecosystem processes (“eco-mimicry”) and augment natural functions through the power of 21st Century ecological science and engineering. The result is cost-effective, practical water infrastructure for sustainable communities, economies, and environments.

LTI is designed to complement and collaborate with other organizations that share a holistic view of water and work toward integrating natural and human ecosystems.

As part of its mission, LTI will:

  • form partnerships with organizations that create or need innovative ecological water technologies,
  • develop pilot projects to validate new technology applications, and
  • conduct educational programs.

Will Kirksey, Executive Director of Living Technology Institute said, “People intuitively understand that water is the foundation of life and the medium tying all life together; yet, conventional engineering and economic analyses treat water as just a commodity. Solving our water challenges requires understanding water at multiple levels and building ecological infrastructure that reflects that understanding. Our goal is to find and advance those practical, cost-effective ecological water treatment and reuse technologies.”

About Living Technology Institute (LTI)

LTI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, Va. with the mission to advance ecological water strategies and t t t technologies that meet human and environmental needs through enhancing nature, rather than replacing it.

LTI integrates eco-mimicry concepts with the best of ecological science and engineering to define a new generation of water infrastructure technology. LTI is dedicated to advancing innovative whole system concepts and solutions that can solve our most challenging water problems.

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