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Ceres and World Resources Institute Join Growing Blue

The World Resources Institute, a global non-profit organization that focuses on the environment and economic development, and Ceres, a non-profit group that mobilizes business and investor leadership on sustainability challenges, have become the newest members of the Growing Blue network.
CHICAGO May 29, 2013

The World Resources Institute, a global non-profit organization that focuses on the environment and economic development, and Ceres, a non-profit group that mobilizes business and investor leadership on sustainability challenges, have become the newest members of the Growing Blue network.

Growing Blue is a data-driven, online resource designed to help local communities and businesses gain a better understanding of water resource challenge and the need for thoughtful solutions.

Both Ceres and World Resources Institute are now serving on Growing Blue’s executive committee. Their addition expands Growing Blue’s information resources to provide decision-makers with the data and best practices required to face a world marked by increasing water scarcity and challenge.

Betsy Otto, Director of the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Project, explained, “We are excited to join Growing Blue in its efforts to increase awareness and generate new ideas around sound water management. Aqueduct, WRI’s platform for measuring and mapping water risks worldwide, is just one of the ways WRI is providing the best information on complex natural resources issues. We look forward to working with Growing Blue to help people and businesses identify and respond to the mounting water risks in today’s world.”

Brooke Barton, Ceres Water Program Director, said, “Our investor members want better information on how water risks are affecting the financial performance of corporations and water utilities. We're excited to partner with Growing Blue and its contributors to advance better analysis and public discussion on this critical topic."

The Growing Blue site offers a number of resources, including water management tools, interactive maps and case studies, all of which can be found at www.growingblue.com.  The site’s blog features a diverse group of innovative environmental thinkers.  To follow Growing Blue on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/growingblue.

About Ceres

Ceres is a nonprofit that mobilizes business and investor leadership on sustainability challenges such as water scarcity and climate change. It directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of more than 100 investors with collective assets totaling more than $11 trillion.

Ceres provides tools and resources to advance corporate water management including the Ceres Aqua Gauge, a roadmap that helps companies assess, improve and communicate their water risk management approach and that allows investors to evaluate how well companies are managing water-related risks and opportunities.

For more information, visit www.ceres.org

About World Resources Institute

WRI focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. We go beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people’s lives. For more information, visit http://www.wri.org.

About Growing Blue

Growing Blue was created to tell the important story of how water is as essential to economic and social growth as it is to ensuring healthy ecosystems and the environment.  In consultation with environmental industry colleagues, scientists, academia and environmental professionals at leading NGOs, Growing Blue is a repository for water-focused data that is used to generate interactive maps that better inform people on the current state of water and the impacts of daily life on dwindling water resources around the world. The web site is managed by representatives from the non-profit, academic and corporate sectors including Cardno ENTRIX, Ceres, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, GE Intelligent Platforms, Global Water Intelligence, IBM, International City Managers Association, The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, U.S. Water Alliance, Veolia Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Resources Institute, and Xylem. The site is available online at www.growingblue.com.

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