Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 11, 2010

Founding Partners NASA, NIKE, Inc., USAID, and the U.S. Department of State today announced LAUNCH, an initiative whose mission is to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to humanity’s sustainability challenges through a series of forums, each focused on a specific sustainability challenge. The first forum, LAUNCH: Water, will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center March 16th -18th, 2010.

With the support of the Founding Partners and Resource Partners The Pacific Institute, Sandia National Labs, The Water Center at the Earth Institute and IDEO, LAUNCH: Water will present a collaborative sustainability forum that leverages the collective expertise and networks of 40 LAUNCH Council Members - a cross-disciplinary group representing business, policy, engineering, science, communications and sustainability – and 10 international water innovators — each representing a unique and compelling approach in clean-tech, science, policy, activism, and education. Together over the two days, the LAUNCH Council and invited Innovators will participate in collaborative sessions designed to help propel these innovations forward through an action and solution-focused agenda.

For more information about our 10 innovators and their work go to:

Media are invited to apply for credentials to attend the LAUNCH: Water forum. Please contact Christina Valencia at For those unable to attend the event, it will be broadcast live at:

For more information, visit:

Media Contact
LAUNCH, Christina Valencia, 415-624-4832,

Department of State Global Partnership Initiative, Jim Thompson, 202-647-3227,

PRN: 2010/286