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Water vs. Carbon: Why Achieving Water Sustainability is Uniquely Challenging

What I’m Learning as I Help Set Science-Based Targets for Cities & Corporations

Three Big Differences: Models, Local Impacts, and Stakeholdering Finesse

Because water is local, it requires finesse that you don’t have to have in other realms. To get the targets to mean something in the context of an entire watershed, you have to factor in a host of local variables — culture and religion, for example, as well as the capacity and functionality and potential corruption of local agencies.

— John Sabo

How is the SBTN Water Hub Approaching These Challenges?

The Final Carbon vs. Water Difference: Where’s the Technical Expertise Coming From?

Our hope is to focus companies on basins that really need attention. But there will always be a balance between private governance wanting to get to the finish line in a year, and the science telling the company: “No, you need to work on harder problems.”

— John Sabo

Science is done by scientists, not by magic algorithms. But producing customized science for every company in every watershed is prohibitively expensive. Ideally, we can get the process down to a cost point where corporations could invest in several basins per year.

— John Sabo

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