Director of Teaching and Learning
at the Water Institute

MSEE,  PhD,  Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Pete Kolsky

Pete is an environmental engineer with over 35 years of experience in promoting health in poor communities around the world through improved water and sanitation. As Director of Teaching and Learning at the Water Institute, Pete’s main focus is the professional development of water, sanitation and health practitioners from a range of disciplines. In addition to a first-rate engineering education at UNC and good academic preparation elsewhere, Pete feels he learned the most from work with consulting firms, governments, the World Bank, and NGOs in a range of different settings. Pete also manages a number of projects at WI addressing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

Key Publications

  • Kolsky, P.J. and Cotton, A.P. (1995)  “Educating Engineers in Water and Sanitation,” (chapter 12 in Educating for Real: the Training of Professionals for Development Practice, edited by Nabeel Hamdi). Intermediate Technology Press: London, p.136-148.
  • Pete Kolsky (1999) Storm Drainage: An Engineering Guide to the Low-Cost Evaluation of System Performance. Intermediate Technology Publications; London.
  • Sophie Tremolet, Pete Kolsky, and Eddy Perez (2009) Financing On-Site Sanitation for the Poor: A Six Country Comparative Review and Analysis. Water and Sanitation Program and World Bank: Washington DC.
  • Kolsky, P.J., & U.J. Blumenthal (1995) “Environmental health indicators and sanitation-related disease in developing countries: limitations to the use of routine data sources.” World Health Statistics Quarterly: vol.48:2, p.132-139.
  • Kolsky, P.J. (1997) “Engineers and Urban Malaria: Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?” Waterlines: vol.16, p.159-163.


  • ENVR 890.001 Sanitation for Development (Fall)
  • ENVR 890.003 Urban Water Services Planning and Design (Spring)

Curriculum Vitae

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