Uncovering the Food-Energy-Water Nexus for Urban Sustainability
Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion projected to increase to 66% by 2050. Nearly 90% of the expected urban population growth will be concentrated in developing counties. Cities in these countries will face numerous problems in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations. Among these problems, the efficient provision of food, energy, and water is particularly challenging. This is not only because they are essential resources for meeting basic human needs, but also due to their complex interconnectedness. These interconnectedness calls for innovative approaches to characterize and analyze the urban food-energy-water (FEW) system as an integrated whole, instead of examining them individually, for sustainable provision of food, energy, and water in urban areas with improved efficiency. This project will address this knowledge gap by exploring how we can better manage urban FEW systems to improve its efficiency.
UNS: U.S.-China: Integrated Systems Modeling of Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus for Urban Sustainability
$499,990 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The moveable nexus: design-led urban food, water, and energy management innovation in new boundary conditions of change
$250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
$317,786 grant from the National Science Foundation