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International Education Week Keynote Speech, Thursday, Nov. 15

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IEW Keynote Speech to focus on sustainable development

Erin Huber is no stranger to sustainable development.

In the eight years since her organization’s start, Drink Local, Drink Tap has brought safe water to 17,718 people in Uganda, brought safe sanitation to 5,244 people, and has educated countless people on the importance of water conservation.

Huber will head the Keynote Speech for International Education Week on "Sustainable Development - Building the Foundation to a Future for Everyone.” The speech, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Huber is the executive director and founder of Drink Local, Drink Tap (DLDT), an organization that looks to educate people about the importance of water conservation and water scarcity around the world. Creative education, events and providing safe access to clean water for those in need are a part of DLDT’s mission to “inspire individuals to recognize and solve our water issues.”

“As human beings, we have the capability every single day to do something to care; we just have to take that first step,” Huber said in a letter on her website. “For me, that first step was water. Water connects every single thing on earth. It brings life to the world, it brings beauty to some and, it is extremely vulnerable to the pressures of people, politics, industry, climate change and development. This is where we all come in.”

Since DLDT’s inception in 2010, the organization has completed 27 international projects working to bring clean water solutions to towns in developing parts of Africa. The projects range from digging wells, building latrines to bringing clean water to primary schools. Currently, DLDT also has 20 projects in the works.

Huber has a history regarding civic engagement, project management, youth mentorship, volunteer activities, activism and environmental stewardship. She was also voted Best Activist by Cleveland Scene Magazine in 2017.

All students, faculty, staff and area residents are encouraged to attend this dynamic presentation, which is part of the International Education Week events at Ohio University. For additional information on the week, please visit the International Education Week website or contact the Office of Global Affairs at 740-593-1840.

Those who cannot attend the speech in person are invited to watch the livestream of the speech.