WC-19 Integrating Food, Energy and Water Planning for Sustainable Development

Organizers:

  • Jenni Evans, Professor of Meteorology and Associate, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment,The Pennsylvania State University

Summary:

The goal of the symposium is to advance awareness and ability of development agencies to develop, prioritize, and implement holistic resource security initiatives to promote sustainable development. The first step towards building a sustainable society is to evaluate the state of resources across the water-food-energy-health spectrum, identify and evaluate sustainability goals encompassing these societal fundamentals, and devise metrics for evaluating progress towards, or modification of, these sustainability goals. These inter-related questions of social, economic, environmental and other sustainability goals will be discussed in terms of systems analysis. We will focus on tropical West Africa, considering how climate forecasts can be applied to developing safe and resilient water resources, reliable energy supplies and predictions of disease outbreaks.

Moderators:

  • Jenni Evans, Professor of Meteorology and Associate, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment,The Pennsylvania State University

Speakers:

  • Henry Willis, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Morgan Bazilian, World Bank
  • Mark Howells, Professor, Energy Systems Analysis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Gregory Jenkins, Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Meteorology, Penn State University
  • Andrew Morse, Professor of Climate Impacts, University of Liverpool
  • Jeffrey Brownson, Co-Director for the 2iE-PSU Centre for Collaborative Engagement in West Africa, and lead faculty for the online Masters program in Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems (RESS-Solar Option, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ana Barros, James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental, Pratt School of Engineering, and Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

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