Water is an essential natural resource for communities, ecosystems and economic development. It is also integral to our operations. As water resources become stressed locally, finding solutions to the diverse and specialized challenges affiliated with competition for water use is crucial. That is why we invested in the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST (Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology) at Colorado School of Mines.
Wrapping up its third academic year, the center was formed to promote the sustainability of unconventional energy production and conduct research on both community acceptance of resource development and water resources related to energy production. It aims to be the go-to institution for research, with faculty and students working to address the range of challenges associated with water lifecycle for oil and natural gas operations. A specific emphasis is placed on finding ways to use less fresh water. Our unique relationship with the center offers opportunities for students to learn and research the science behind water use while exploring the issue holistically — not just in one department, but across all disciplines.
Watch our video to learn more about how we are working to promote sustainable water solutions.