• Our Mission: Advancing Sustainability, Health and Livability,
  • In Diverse Cities Across the World,
  • Through Infrastructure Innovations,
  • In Energy, Water, Transportation, Green Infrastructure, and Food Systems,
  • Linked with Social, Behavioral and Policy Change.
Our Mission: Advancing Sustainability, Health and Livability,1 In Diverse Cities Across the World,2 Through Infrastructure Innovations,3 In Energy, Water, Transportation, Green Infrastructure, and Food Systems,4 Linked with Social, Behavioral and Policy Change.5

SRN: Integrated Urban Infrastructure Solutions for Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy, and Livable Cities

We are a network of scientists, industry leaders, and policy partners, committed to building better cities of the future through innovations in infrastructure design, technology and policy. Developed with support from the US National Science Foundation’s Sustainability Research Network (SRN) program, our network connects across nine research universities, major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and India, as well as infrastructure firms, and policy groups. Our work focuses on ways to reimagine infrastructure—energy grids, transportation networks, green spaces, and food and water systems—to create cities that are highly functional, promote the health of residents and the environment, and have that intangible feeling called livability, that makes cities desirable places to live and work. Our project explores a new movement gaining momentum in cities around the world toward “distributed,” or more local, infrastructure such as urban farms, district energy systems, bicycle paths, car-sharing systems, and more. We seek to identify the best mix of local and large infrastructure systems to achieve urban sustainability, health and livability goals, by examining possibilities in diverse cities across the U.S. and in India. We explore physical changes in infrastructure design, the role of new technologies, as well as the changes in public attitudes and policies that can help achieve the infrastructure transitions needed to build desirable cities, today and into the future.


Our Mission is to advance environmental sustainability, health, and livability in diverse cities across the world through infrastructure innovations in energy, water, transportation, green infrastructure, and food systems, linked with social, behavioral, and policy change.

University of Minnesota
Columbia University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Colorado State University
Florida State University
Ohio State University
University of Michigan
University of Texas at Austin
Indian Institute of Technology


Our network connects research and education with concrete actions in cities. The universities in our network are partnering with their local cities, and with industry and policy partners who bring great potential to disseminate the findings of our network to more than 29,000 cities in the US and globally.

University Partners City Partners Industry Partners Education & Diversity Partners Policy Partners