- Express Your Interest in RCN Virtual Collaboratory Calls
- Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016 – Abstracts Due March 3rd
- Papers by Kara Kockelman on Shared Autonomous Electric Vehicles
- Nature Climate Change Publication: Justice in Urban Climate Adaptation
- RCN Panel at NCSE Conference on Food-Energy-Water Nexus
- PCAST Report: “Technology and the Future of Cities”
- Sybil Derrible Wins NSF CAREER Award with Urban Metabolism Research
- Publications by the International City/County Management Association
- Mark Reiner and Anu Ramaswami Define Remedial Secondary Infrastructure
- Apply for UIC’s Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy
- Job Openings in Sustainability
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RCN Panel at NCSE Conference on Food-Energy-Water Nexus
Members from the RCN presented at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)’s 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The conference was held in Washington DC January 19-21, 2016.
Anu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota) and Patricia Culligan (Columbia University) co-moderated a panel entitled: “The Nexus in Cities: Measuring Impact and Exploring Solutions”. Panel speakers included: Dana Boyer (University of Minnesota), Oliver Gao (Cornell University), Debbie Goettel (City of Richfield, MN), Joshua Newell (University of Michigan) and Timothy Smith (University of Minnesota). Topics discussed ranged from urban gardens in Detroit and New York, to Delhi’s water and greenhouse gas emissions footprints, to carbon emissions and air pollution of food supply chains. The work was well received by the many policy makers and academics in attendance.
More information on the conference can be found here:http://foodenergywaternexus.org/.
PCAST Report: “Technology and the Future of Cities”
On February 23, 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a Report to the President on Technology and the Future of Cities. Growing urbanization presents the United States with an opportunity to showcase its innovation strength, grow its exports, and help to improve citizens’ lives – all at once. Seizing this triple opportunity will involve a concerted effort to develop and apply new technologies to enhance the way cities work for the people who live there.
Sybil Derrible Wins NSF CAREER Award with Urban Metabolism Research
Professor Derrible’s project, “Understanding the Fundamental Principles Driving Household Energy and Resource Consumption for Smart, Sustainable, and Resilient Communities”, combines urban metabolism with complexity theory. “The funding will help to discover the fundamental principles that govern how location and lifestyle matters for energy and resource consumption,” said Derrible. A better understanding of energy flows in cities will provide planners and engineers with information that will enable them to design smarter and more resilient infrastructure systems that are decentralized and distributed.
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Publications by the International City/County Management Association
For more information, contact Cory Fleming, Senior Technical Specialist and Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To better understand opportunities for local governments to support food systems through policies, programs, plans, and partnerships, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)and the Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems conducted a benchmark survey in 2012 and fielded a follow-up survey in 2015. The preliminary 2015 results from more than 2,200 respondents highlight trends and changes in many areas of community food systems, including production, processing, distribution, access, and disposal, and paint a clearer picture of the motivations and potential roles for local governments and their partners in food system development.
ICMA and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems will release the full findings of the 2015 survey in the coming months. In the meantime, the Local Government Knowledge Network features a number of resources to help communities and advocates with sustainable community food systems, including:
- 2015 Growing Local Food Systems Case Studies (Includes executive summary; Catawba County, North Carolina; Decatur, Georgia; Topsham, Maine; and Washtenaw County/Ann Arbor, Michigan),
- Food Security topic page, and
- 2012 Local Food Survey: Compiled data and summary article
Mark Reiner and Anu Ramaswami Define Remedial Secondary Infrastructure
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Apply for UIC’s Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy
To apply, applicants must submit an online application, a resume, and two recommendation letters for consideration. Application information, program information, and more can be found at the website (https://sise.uic.edu/). Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2016.
Job Openings in Sustainability
- The California Environmental Protection Agency is looking to hire a fuel and industrial sector inventory specialist to join California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory team. The job ad can be found here. Application deadline is MARCH 10.
- The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure track professor in Sustainability Science at the rank of assistant or associate professor.