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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Discover: Science + Technology: Model for addressing climate change Link at: http://goo.gl/QVFQcF

STEP-FAR Seminar 


Join us for an afternoon seminar with Marta Monti, lead research associate on the Humphrey School report, "Transmission Planning and CapX2020: Building trust to build regional transmission systems."

The report is the product of research led by STEP Professor and Institute on the Environment Fellow, Elizabeth Wilson, and tells the story of CapX2020, a coalition of eleven utilities from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest that worked together to plan, develop and build the region’s first major energy line expansion in 40 years.

Monti is a third-year MPP-STEP (Masters of Public Policy and Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Concentrator) and CIL (Center for Integrative Leadership) student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She will discuss the team's research and offer her reflections on the project.

To read more about the report, go to this article on the UMN Discover site, or to view the full report, visit the STEP Center site.

Date: 5/11/2016
Time: 4:00PM
Location: HHH RM 215
Link to this site: goo.gl/TEIvcI

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

CSTEP Chair Anu Ramaswami Quoted in NY Times on the Difficulties of Ranking "Clean" Cities

Dr. Anu Ramaswami, Professor and Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of the STEP area, lent her expertise to a NY Times article, "The Cleanest Cities? It's Not So Simple," part of an ongoing series in Energy & Environment, Special Report: Energy for Tomorrow. 


"Evaluations of energy intensity often adjust for differences in economic development, industrial bases, climates, population density and other factors to make a more equal comparison.
The drawback then is that “every city ends up being the same,” said Christopher Kennedy, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto and the lead author on the megacities study.
Another way to compare cities is one economic or social segment at a time, such as transportation or industry, said Anu Ramaswami, . . ." Read the full article here.
Dr. Ramaswami's work with the National Science Foundation-supported Sustainability Research Network highlights integrated urban infrastructure solutions for healthy, livable, and sustainable cities. More at www.sustainablehealthycities.org.

Andrew Fang on The Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus - Implications for Urban Sustainability

STEP PhD Candidate Andrew Fang presented Monday on The Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus as part of the bi-weekly STEP-FAR (Feedback and Research) Seminar series.

The Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus - Implications for Urban Sustainability

Cities in China, India and the US face continued issues of water scarcity which will likely be exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Many of these cities also rely on far-reaching supply chains to procure enough food, energy, and water to support urban activity.


While cities are aware of their water demands, the water resources they rely on generally come from non-local sources, particularly in the western US and India. Additionally, up to 47% of water withdrawn in the US is used by the electricity sector, while 70% of global freshwater consumption is attributed to the agricultural production. Therefore, cities must consider the needs of these sectors in order to develop effective strategies to manage the water resources they rely on. In particular, I focus on the cases of Delhi and California to examine the implications of the FEW nexus on both the regional supply chains and urban water demands in order to determine what cities can do to secure their future water supplies.

Friday, November 20, 2015

On Technological Change, Socially Engineered Competition, and Death Spirals: How Renewable Energy Promises and Threatens Everything


November 23, 2015
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
(Join us for lunch - There will be Sambusas!)
HHH Room 215

Please join us for a STEP-FAR Fall seminar with Dr. Arne Kildegaard. 


About Dr. Kildegaard:

Professor of Economics and Management, 
University of Minnesota, Morris

Guest Researcher, Energy Systems Analysis,
RisΓΈ National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Denmark
Ph.D., University of Texas
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College

Expertise:

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Economics of Renewable Energy Systems
Economic Development


Future Events

Andrew Fang, PhD Candidate
December 7, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM


About the STEP-FAR Seminar Series

STEP FAR (Science Technology and Environmental Policy Feedback and Research) is designed for students, staff, faculty, and fellows to get together in an informal setting to discuss their projects, research-in-progress, opportunities, and a variety of other issues related to science, technology, environment, energy, and policy. It is a bi-weekly seminar taking place throughout the academic year. Learn more about STEP-FAR.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Big Data Challenges (and Opportunities) of Next Generation Sustainability Management


November 2, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
(there will be pizza!)
HHH Room 215

Please join us for a STEP-FAR Fall seminar with Dr. Tim M. Smith. 

From energy management to supply chain and marketing operations, identifying where and when to engage in sustainability requires unprecedented visibility and understanding of market, operational, and natural/social system dynamics. Particularly facing large firms with global production and distribution networks, finding CO2, water and material efficiencies - and managing exposure risks - requires looking beyond annual, national, or company-wide averages to high-resolution big data solutions.  In the context of industrial energy management and food chain strategic sourcing, Dr. Smith will illustrate firm-specific spatial and temporal variability of sustainability performance and introduce new pathways for sensing and analytics technologies across facility, companies and value chain networks.

About Dr. Smith:

Dr. Timothy M. Smith is director of the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the Institute on the Environment; and professor of sustainable systems management at the University of Minnesota.  His work focuses on policy and market adoption of technologies that enhance environmental performance, public and private governance of sustainability, and sustainability systems modeling in decision making. Dr. Smith has held the rotating chair in sustainable entrepreneurship at Wageningen University, Netherlands, served on the faculty at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, and teaches international business at the Carlson School of Management. He is a former AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow and has advised the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, the National Research Council's Committee on Certification of Sustainable Products and Services, and numerous companies and organizations on supply chain sustainability and product-based policies.

Future Events

Dr. Yingling Fan
November 16, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM

Dr. Charles Weiss
November 23, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM

About the STEP-FAR Seminar Series

STEP FAR (Science Technology and Environmental Policy Feedback and Research) is designed for students, staff, faculty, and fellows to get together in an informal setting to discuss their projects, research-in-progress, opportunities, and a variety of other issues related to science, technology, environment, energy, and policy. It is a bi-weekly seminar taking place throughout the academic year. Learn more about STEP-FAR.
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