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USA: The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Program, a joint initiative of The Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment Federation, has released a new strategic plan for 2020-2025. The LIFT Program is an interactive forum that supports collaboration, evaluation, and testing to accelerate the deployment of innovative research and technologies across the water sector. The LIFT community engages academia, technology developers, and utility end-users.

The strategic plan outlines specific actions that will contribute to four key strategic goals:

  • Goal 1: Empower and Accelerate Water Technology Innovation – Empower utilities to embrace water technology innovation
  • Goal 2: Energize the Water Innovation Environment – Create conditions that enable and embed innovation with partners in and beyond the water sector
  • Goal 3: Broaden and Deepen the Water Innovator Community – Grow and inspire the water innovation community to advance knowledge and technology transfer
  • Goal 4: Align and Grow Resources for Impact – Ensure program sustainability by focusing and augmenting the efforts, resources, and interests of stakeholders

“We’re thrilled that LIFT will continue to support WRF’s central role in bringing innovation to the water sector,” said Christobel Ferguson, Chief Innovation Officer at The Water Research Foundation. “LIFT is a seamless connection between our research programs and the delivery of cutting-edge innovative approaches for utilities to meet the needs of the communities they serve. We’re excited to carry this successful partnership with WEF forward towards a very promising future.”

“Providing a platform for water sector innovation is one of the main components of the Water Environment Federation’s Mission. LIFT is an outstanding program that has advanced resource recovery and technical approaches to meet the needs of utilities now and in the future,” said Jackie Jarrell, WEF President. “We look forward to continuing our productive, longstanding partnership with WRF as LIFT is reimagined for the next five years.”

In addition to the new strategic plan, WRF and WEF are currently working together to develop a new LIFT operational plan, governance framework, and delineation of key roles and responsibilities, which will allow the LIFT Program to maximize its impact.

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the world’s leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a nonprofit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems – all in pursuit of protection of public health and the environment. WRF represents approximately 1,200 subscribers, hosts an online research library of more than 2,300 completed projects valued at $700 million, manages an innovation platform (LIFT Link) with a database of more than 140 innovative technologies, and supports the world’s largest body of stormwater best practice data.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment.

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