RCN Faculty to Present at Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conference in D.C.

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is hosting its 16th annual conference in Washington, D.C. on January 19-21.  This year’s topic is the Food-Energy-Water Nexus.  Participants will fully understand how the three sectors are a system of interdependent components and how to develop solutions based on multi-sector engagement.

Faculty from the Research Coordination Network (RCN) on Sustainable Cities will be presenting the following symposia:

  • January 19th, 1:45 PM – Cities at the Nexus – Anu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota and RCN Lead PI) will be a part of a panel to introduce how the core needs of food, water, and energy can be, and are being, integrated into sustainable planning of cities and surrounding areas.
  • January 20th, 10:50 AM – The Nexus in Cities: Measuring Impact and Exploring Solutions – Panelists will discuss how urban residents, city planners, and policymakers can shape the sustainability of food, energy, and water demand and supply to cities. The discussion will be moderated by Anu Ramaswami and Patricia Culligan (Columbia University).
  • January 21, 9:45 AM – Systems-Based Modeling of FEW Nexus in Megacities – Joshua Sperling (National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Colorado) will be a part of a panel to address challenges and complexity in the protection and interactions of FEW resources utilizing mathematical and GIS techniques, big data analytics, decision support tools, and “infrastructure ecology” methodologies.

The NSF-funded RCN grant seeks to develop an interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners from universities, national labs, nonprofit organizations, and private institutions who will coordinate their work on the overarching theme of Sustainable Cities. The focus is on reducing energy use, carbon emissions, and mitigating climate-risks to water supply and public health in cities.

The National Council for Science and the Environment is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.  Their national conference will bring together over 1,200 scientific, educational, business, civil society, and government professionals from diverse fields to explore the connections between science and decision-making associated with a particular high-profile environmental issue. Learn more about the event.

“The Cleanest Cities? It’s Not So Simple”: RCN research featured in New York Times

Professor Clint Andrews (Rutgers University) and Professor and SRN Director Anu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota) are quoted in this New York Times article on the variety of ways to assess a city’s efficiency when it comes to energy and impact on the environment.

The article is part of an ongoing series in Energy & Environment, Special Report: Energy for Tomorrow. The RCN Coordinator’s home town of Delft, Netherlands, is mentioned as having greater energy efficiency, due to being  one of “modest-sized cities that still have crops growing nearby and where you can walk to school or work.”

Read the full article here.

RCN Student Piece: Implementing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal in Atlanta and Delhi

A group of RCN students recently published a piece on urban sustainable development goals for the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) blog. Read their post. The authors of the piece include:

Dana Boyer, University of Minnesota, USA
Stefanie Brodie, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Joshua Sperling, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
Eleanor Stokes, Yale University, USA
Alisa Zomer, Yale University, USA

RCN Sustainable Cities Winter 2015 Student Workshop, Urban Social Equity and Urban Farming, held at Florida State University

On March 27-31, 2015 the RCN Sustainable Cities Winter 2015 Student Workshop, Urban Social Equity and Urban Farming, was held at Florida State University. RCN student members Eric Svingen and Kate Wassel were the coordinators of this event.

Discussions at the workshop covered environmental and urban problems outside the normal boundaries. Additionally, they identified ways in which to build and collaborate across disciplines with the goal to reach better solutions to these problems. They  advanced the status of two previous working groups (1. UGEC / equity, 2. urban farming) and created two new working groups (3. sustainable development goals, 4. new energy rules). One exciting outcome is the urban farming group preparing a paper for submission to an open access journal, PLOS ONE, expected early 2016.

This event enlarged and strengthened their network of professional relationships. They created a plan to keep this conversation going as they move forward in their careers.

RCN member Dr. Anu Ramaswami was the keynote speaker at a training session hosted by the United National Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

On April 8-12, 2015 RCN’s policy partner, ICLEI, held it’s 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Over 2,500 delegates from 249 local governments worldwide participated in this event. The theme was, “Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future.”

At this event, RCN member Dr. Anu Ramaswami was the keynote speaker at a training session hosted by the United National Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) aimed at building resilient and resource efficient cities.

RCN Member Dr. Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy gave the keynote address at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability

RCN Member Dr. Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, with Georgia Tech, gave the keynote address at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability.

Two separate News releases featuring Dr. Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy as the Keynote speaker:
http://www.ce.gatech.edu/media/news/6593
https://clas-pages.uncc.edu/inss/annual-meetings/2015-meeting/2015-keynote/

If you are not familiar with what INSS is click on the links below:
https://clas-pages.uncc.edu/inss/what-is-the-network/
https://clas-pages.uncc.edu/inss/

The impact of Joann Carmin’s legacy

The impact of Joann Carmin’s legacy continues to reach through her work. One of her papers was recently published in Climate Policy and was co-authored with affiliated RCN member Dr. Eric K Chu, of MIT. This paper is a comparative analysis of inclusive adaptation planning approaches in Quito and Surat, and builds on their Global Environmental Change paper published last July.

Both articles, Climate Policy and Global Environmental Change, will be the final peer-reviewed papers with JoAnn listed as a co-author. But this is not the last of her hard work making it to the publishing realm. JoAnn still has 2 forthcoming books chapters: The first is in an upcoming volume entitled Society and Climate Change: Sociological Perspectives (edited by Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle), published by Oxford University Press (August 2015). The second is in an upcoming volume entitled Handbook on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (edited by Karen Seto and Bill Solecki), published by Routledge (soon). Finally, JoAnn’s impact will continue to be visible as her students begin to publish papers and chapters that have benefited from her guidance.

To view the Climate Policy paper here.
To view the GEC paper here.