Tuesday, September 13, 2016

From PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America): "Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development" by Laura Diaz Anadona, Gabriel Chanc, Alicia G. Harleya, Kira Matusb, Suerie Moona, Sharmila L. Murthye, and William C. Clarka

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New Publication out on Nature: Energy "The pressing energy innovation challenge of the US National Labs." by Laura Diaz Anadon, Gabriel Chan, Amitai Y. Bin-Nun & Venkatesh Narayanamurti

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Monday, August 15, 2016

"Ramaswami et al., 2016, Exploring social and infrastructural factors affecting open burning of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Indian cities: A comparative case study of three neighborhoods of Delhi" Appeared in Waste Management Research

In this study we have uncovered social and infrastructural factors that affect MSW-burning at the neighborhood level in Delhi. We couple physical assessments of the infrastructure provision and the MSW-burning incidences in three different neighborhoods of varying socio-economic status in Delhi, with an accompanying study of the social actors (interviews of waste handlers and households) to explore the extent to which, and potential reasons why, MSW-burning occurs. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

STEP-FAR Seminar

Community-Scale Wastewater-Food Waste-Energy Systems for Sustainable and Equitable Infrastructure Provision in Delhi: Concept Development & Systems Analysis

Ritesh Patidar, Ajay Nagpure
STEP Area, Humphrey School

Please join us to hear from Ritesh Kumar, Visiting UG Researcher from IIT Roorkee, India, and Ajay Nagupre, POst Doc Humphrey School, who have been working on a project led by Professor Ramaswami on developing a new concept for providing clean energy and sanitation in underserved areas of Delhi, India. Learn about early research results and discuss future directions and collaborations.

When: Thu Aug 11, 2016 12pm – 1pm (CDT)
Where: HHH Room 170 (Stassen Room)
See you there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016



Please join us in welcoming Gabriel Chan and Cali Curley to the Network’s team of faculty!
  • Gabriel Chan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. He will investigate the design and performance of community-scale solar energy initiatives, using Minnesota’s community solar garden program as a test case.  Learn more about Gabe.  
  • Cali Curley is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Courtesy Professor at Florida State University. She will be coordinating the Tallahassee utilities relationship and managing the utility level data.  Learn more about Cali. 
See a complete list of faculty collaborating on our Network.


On July 8th, we said farewell to our Managing Director, Luke Hollenkamp.  Luke accepted a new position with the City of Minneapolis’ Sustainability Office.  We wish him the very best in his new role!
Joining Tracy Fallon, our Operations Manager, are three additional team members.  Please welcome Robert Johns, Katja Kruit, and Frank Douma to the Network!

Robert (Bob) Johns will be our Senior Strategy Advisor.  Bob returned to the University of Minnesota as a Senior Fellow this January after serving as Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.  His experience and expertise will guide the internal management of the Network and will advise on strategic connections with external partners.  Learn more about Bob.  

Katja Kruit will be our Research Manager.  Katja brings experience in managing other NSF research grants at the University of Minnesota and an expertise in sustainability science and renewable energy.  She will coordinate research in Theme 1, the Energy/Water Testbed, and the Green Infrastructure/Urban Farming Testbed, as well as manage the budget and contractual agreements.

Frank Douma is building on his responsibilities at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs by joining us as a Senior Fellow.  Frank will be coordinating research within the Transportation testbed, Theme 2’s social actors study, and Theme 3.  Learn more about Frank.

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SRN Researchers Present at Gordon Research Conference

SRN faculty, students, and post-docs participated in the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference from Jun 18-24, 2016 in Stowe, VT. 

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From Sustainable Healthy Cities: Director Ramaswami to Chair GRC

Anu Ramaswami, Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair Professor of Science Technology and Environmental Policy and the Director of the Sustainable Healthy Cities Network, was recently elected Vice Chair of the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference (GRC). She was elected by conference attendees at the recent Industrial Ecology GRC held June 19-24 in Stowe, Vermont.

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