2022: The Year in Review

We look back at 2022 with gratitude for WaterRising Institute’s supporters, advisors and partners that made our international launch and rollout of WaterWoman Project a success.

First Quarter 2022

  • In January, the Wege Foundation provided a matching grant for the WaterWoman Project of $25,000.
  • In March, WaterRising Institute, in collaboration with a sustainability and DEI engagement strategy consultancy, Out of the Blue Solutions, rebirthed WaterWoman Project, a 25×25 city strategy to increase gender-inclusion in water management to accelerate progress toward UN SDGs 5 (Gender Equality), 6 (Water and Sanitation for All) and 14 (Life Under Water) by 2030. WaterRising also updated its mission and vision statements.

Second Quarter 2022

  • In May, during Aspen Ideas: Climate in Miami, WaterRising hosted an ideology meeting with a former Miami-Dade Water and and Sewer Department operator and the leadership team at SUEZ Smart & Environmental Solutions North America to examine barriers for women in water management. WaterRising also met with Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and secured SUEZ Smart & Environmental Solutions North America’s commitment as WaterWoman Project Founding Partner.
  • Later in May, SUEZ Smart & Environmental Solutions North America leadership joined the WaterRising Board and worked with Out of the Blue to finalize the WaterWoman Project workforce development study and technology training program. Following the success of this collaboration, Out of the Blue joined WaterRising as a consulting advisor.
  • In June, WaterRising, in collaboration with Out of the Blue, then recruited a progressive media, technology and creative agency, Five59 Labs, to join WaterRising as a consulting advisor.
  • By the end of June, Out of the Blue Solutions and Five59 Labs collaborated to develop, build out and launch WaterWoman Project’s comprehensive engagement platform.

Third Quarter 2022

Fourth Quarter 2022

Meeting with Madam Mayor Cantrell

WaterWoman Project is the first women-led, diplomacy-driven initiative working to increase gender inclusivity to solve the water workforce crisis and accelerate progress toward United Nations SDGs 5, 6 and 14 by 2030. WaterRising Institute is a Detroit-based 501(C)3 nonprofit organization born out of the Flint water crisis. To learn more, visit

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