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The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions

Dear Friends of USF, Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel, through their generous gift to create the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, have not only provided the means to inspire solutions to the world’s most pressing issues, but they have shown visionary leadership that influences great outcomes when combined with the diverse resources of a world-class research university like the University of South Florida. The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions is a results-oriented research center that contributes to solving world problems through the application of cutting-edge technology, innovative policy advice to governments and educational programs that enhance global sustainability. Established in 2005 through the generous support of the Patels, the Center focuses on improving the living conditions of the world’s most vulnerable citizens within a context of cultural and environmental sensitivity. This Center stands as a physical reminder of USF taking a leadership role in influencing global change, policy and progress. The Patel Center is dedicated to working with the university community to identify challenges faced by developing countries and then to create practical solutions. Interdisciplinary research techniques are employed that focus on the natural, social and economic environments within those countries. Thank you to the Patels, and thank you for your interest in the visionary work being conducted at the Center that bears their name. Sincerely,

Judy Genshaft President T h e D r . K i r a n C . Pat e l C e n t e r f o r G l o b a l S o l u t i o n s


About the Patels The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions was launched in 2005 with the generous support of Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel. Born in India, Pallavi Patel and the Zambia-born Kiran Patel first met while studying medicine in Ahmedabad, India. Both doctors received their advanced specializations in New York at Columbia University; he in Cardiology, and she in Pediatrics. While in private cardiology practice in the Tampa Bay area, Dr. Kiran Patel not only earned a respected reputation as a physician, but also gained a unique vision of the future of medical care. Rather than shun the growing trend toward managed health care, he began to develop solutions that made sense from the physician’s point of view. In 1982, the Patel’s started physicians’ practice ownership and Management Company, which quickly expanded to 14 practices, including Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Cardiology, serving several thousand patients in Hillsborough County. Rather than complain about “HMO” Dr. Patel, a Believer of “Control your own Destiny” opted to start a Physician owned Physician run health plan – Wellcare! Under his leadership, WellCare grew to become the largest Medicaid HMO in Florida, serving more than 200,000 members. Expanding the horizons in the managed health care field, in 1999 Dr. Kiran Patel acquired and turned around a struggling New York/Connecticut HMO and together the companies became the WellCare Management Group. By this time, WellCare had revenues of over $1 billion, served over 400,000 members and employed more than 1,200 members. In 2003, the Patel’s sold their majority of their interest in their business, and Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel turned their attention to many of the Family’s philanthropic endeavors. They have earned a reputation for generosity for developing and funding a variety of programs in health, education, arts and culture, both locally and around the World.


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About The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions Building In line with USF’s commitment to sustainable, healthy communities, it is anticipated that the U.S. Green Building Council will certify the new Patel Center building as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold facility. Visitors to the building will also note how its design represents the university’s role in solving sustainability problems, and its particular strength in the area of water solutions. The building’s wave-like lines are reminiscent of flowing water, with an open feel that welcomes the global community. The diverse and multicultural photographs that adorn the building’s lobby represent the broad global constituencies that USF serves. The building synergizes global research and education by strategically co-locating USF’s global initiatives, including USF World, International Services, the School of Global Sustainability, the Patel Center for Global Solutions, the Office of Sustainability, the Confucius Institute, the Center for India Studies, the Institute on Black Life, the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, and Education Abroad, among other administrative offices.

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About the Patel Center Vision: The Patel Center supports distinguished research and educational programs that promote sustainable, healthy communities in a globalizing world.

Mission: The Patel Center promotes and supports nonpartisan, independent applied research that leads to the discovery, dissemination and application of new knowledge about the sources of and solutions to problems of global concern. In addition to research programs, the Center supports educational programs that train current and future leaders and educators and expand public awareness about global issues.

Our Impact on Global Sustainability Alternative Energy Export Markets for Florida’s Small Businesses: This US Department of Education funded project helps students, faculty and small businesses in the state learn about the opportunities and challenges in export markets for alternative energy goods and services. This project includes a summer research experience for students to go to Panama and the Dominican Republic, “how-to” workshops for Florida businesses and faculty workshops to enhance curriculum. Global Teacher Training Initiatives: With support from the US State Department, the Patel Center brought 37 teachers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic to USF for a 6-week intensive training program in the Summer of 2009. The coursework, field trips and cultural activities exposed participants to the topics of democracy and diversity, teacher training and English language enhancement. The Patel Center also hosted, in the spring of 2010, a training program for 22 teachers from 12 countries around the world to enhance their pedagogical and technological skills.

The Patel Center encourages research and application of alternative energy products.

Patel staff visit with Haitian teachers in Port-au-Prince in August 2010.

Undergraduate Global Research Scholars: In collaboration with the USF Honors College, the Patel Center has provided students with onthe-ground research opportunities related to the provision of drinking water in Monteverde, Costa Rica, La Manzanilla, Mexico and El Seibo province in the Dominican Republic. Students analyze the impact of ecotourism on a mangrove ecosystem in La Manzanilla


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Public Events The Patel Center specializes in bringing together academics, practitioners and policy makers to exchange ideas and design practical solutions. Examples of the collaborative conferences hosted by the Patel Center include: • Resilient Tampa Bay: An exchange with Dutch experts (2009—2011). This annual event brings Dutch and Tampa Bay-based participants together to discuss the shared challenges and potential solutions associated with developing resilient coastal cities. • Coastal Cities Summit (November 2008, May 2012). Over 250 people from 19 US states and 22 countries attended the first Summit, held in partnership with the International Ocean Institute-USA. The themes for the 2012 event include: sharing risks and vulnerabilities; smart growth; and alternative energy opportunities, all within the context of climate change. • Social Movement Governance, the Poor and the New Politics of the Americas (February 2011). Academics and activists involved in poverty issues in Latin America met at the Patel Center for a three day conference to discuss the ways in which social movements impact policy and vice versa. In addition, scholars had the opportunity to reflect on how their research influences the movements they study and how they, in turn, are affected. T h e D r . K i r a n C . Pat e l C e n t e r f o r G l o b a l S o l u t i o n s


Introducing the Patel School of Global Sustainability All of USF’s efforts to provide cutting edge research and education in global sustainability will now be housed under one entity: The Patel School of Global Sustainability (PSGS). This natural outcome, born from the Patel Center for Global Solutions, the School of Global Sustainability and the Office of Sustainability, will be inclusive and holistic, and based on interdisciplinary research, design, and education. It will provide advanced research and training in five key areas: water, energy, security, entrepreneurship, and environmental science and policy.

Vision: The Patel School of Global Sustainability (PSGS) will foster sustainable urban communities and environments, through collaborative research, education and community involvement. Its research will generate innovations and new knowledge that will help cities around the world, including those in developing countries, to reduce their ecological footprint, while improving their form and function to make them healthier, more livable and resilient. Through its research, PSGS will influence global practice and policy and become the hub of a global network of sustainability experts. The education and capacity-building activities in PSGS will attract world-class participants who will be educated and trained in the latest innovations by leading international experts in the field. Its graduates will be champions of developing the green economy and promoting policy changes. PSGS will position USF as an international exemplar and leader in institutional sustainability through implementing innovative, cost-effective systems across campus which demonstrate that sustainability can be feasible and affordable.

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Patel-sponsored USF students make water quality assessments near Miches, Dominican Republic.

Aims and Objectives • PSGS will provide world-class programs in the area of environmental sustainability for the next generation of sustainability practitioners, entrepreneurs and leaders. It will provide graduate programs in Global Sustainability with concentrations in Energy, Entrepreneurship, Global Security and Water. • PSGS will undertake interdisciplinary research that addresses global challenges in sustainability. The research will be based around USF’s broad, interdisciplinary expertise in sustainability and its integration with a wide range of international partners with capabilities in implementation, regulation and policy development. PSGS research will be influential in setting the global sustainability agenda. • PSGS will develop appropriate transfer mechanisms to maximize the uptake of its research so that it has a demonstrable, tangible impact on the ground. It will undertake capacity building programs to disseminate research results. It will develop a global platform to encourage dialogue and debates between the USF research community, decision makers, practitioners, policy makers and the public. • PSGS will also ensure that USF reduces its ecological footprint by integrating sustainable practices into institutional decisionmaking, campus design and control. Its research will support the development of a green campus strategic plan that will develop and will implement innovative and practical systems which improve the sustainability of the campus and establish a campus culture that values sustainability.

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You Can Join Us in Making a Difference We welcome your participation as we launch four new ambitious initiatives that will lead to real-life applications and tangible changes in current policies and practice. Over the next three years, we are planning the following priority programs: • Global Grand Challenge Competition: This annual competition will encourage students and researchers from around the world to identify innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. The competition will start with a challenge to develop a robust low-cost, zero-waste water system for medium-sized communities in Africa. Future challenges will include the development of low cost, quick and easy water quality testing sticks; solar powered household cooling systems for developing countries and SMART technologies for low-income communities. • Global Sustainability Training Series: PSGS will develop a Global Training Series (GTS) to support capacity building activities. Innovations and insights in the field of global sustainability will be converted into problem based, interactive training materials. The GTS will be made freely available and distributed through international organizations, such as UNESCO, UN-Habitat and World Bank. The first in the series will focus on resiliency of coastal cities and will be field-tested in several coastal cities along the Gulf of Mexico. Future titles for GTS include: Smart Cities – What does this mean?; Urban Form and Function – How to optimize the city machine; Flexible design for a changing world. • Partner Cities Program: PSGS will establish a collaborative research project with a global alliance of partner cities in Latin America and Africa to create a new generation of urban leaders with a radically different way of thinking. This alliance of Cities of the Future will work together (with the support of UNESCO, IWA and the World Bank) to find new solutions to the problem of providing for more people who have needs with scarcer and less reliable resources. These solutions will require technology breakthroughs and innovative designs coupled with comprehensive system changes to the urban processes as they need to recognize the high-level relationships among water resources, energy and land use that ultimately shape our cities. • Global Sustainability Knowledge Management Portal: As part of our efforts to ensure the transfer of knowledge and innovation, PSGS is developing a knowledge management portal. The portal will provide one of the tools through which networks are brought together within the PSGS and will serve as the first stop for reliable up-to-date information and knowledge on global sustainability issues. The portal will be an interactive, web-based knowledge management tool.


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About our Director, Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy recently joined USF as the founding Director of the School of Global Sustainability and Executive Director of the Patel Center for Global Solutions. He is also a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Vairavamoorthy is an internationally-recognized expert on urban water issues who has worked to create clean and sustainable water and sanitation systems through programs for UNESCO, DFID and the European Union. He comes to USF from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, where he was Chair and Professor of Water Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering. He is also Professor of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands. Since 2006, Dr. Vairavamoorthy has served as Scientific Director of SWITCH (Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities Health), the largest European Union research project on water. As the Director of SWITCH, Dr. Vairavamoorthy led more than 100 researchers and practitioners from 32 organizations in 15 countries. He has also worked closely with a dozen governments, mostly in developing nations, on water issues and with intergovernmental organizations such as UN-Habitat, UNESCO and the World Bank.

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