Lauren Joca

WaterCorps Intern
lkjoca@live.unc.edu

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Lauren completed the first year of a Master’s program in the School of Public Health and the Department of City and Regional Planning. She will graduate in 2018 with a M.S. in Public Health from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering and a M.A. in City and Regional Planning with a specialization in Land Use and Environmental Planning. In these departments, Lauren studies how the built environment can impact human health and the integrity of the natural environment. This summer, she will be working as a research assistant with Glenn Barnes on two small water system-focused projects.  First, in conjunction with American Water Works Association, she will provide financial analysis, training, and support to small water systems across the US as a part of a larger EPA initiative. She will also be working with the EPA WaterCARE program to provide guidance on the development of resilient water infrastructure finance strategies in specific at-risk communities. In the future, Lauren hopes to work at the intersect of research and policy, at the state and local level, to develop evidence-based policies that protect both human and environmental health.