Environment

RESEARCH OVERVIEW

The Sustainable Healthy Cities network assesses environmental sustainability by tracking the resource use and pollution footprints of all seven-infrastructure sectors together to inform the impact of cities on the environment both within and outside their boundaries. Footprints that combine material-energy-flow-analyses of cities with life cycle assessments can be used to quantify the impact of cities on scarce water, energy, land, and nutrient resources.

Spatially delineating and linking such footprints with models helps characterize water-pollution, air-pollution, GHG emissions, climate impacts and ecosystem services – addressing impacts both in and outside the city boundary. The network’s research approach addresses the relationship of cities to urban design features within the city such as density and urban form that affect transportation energy use, as well as interactions with surrounding regions and with other cities via global trade.

OUR PRODUCTS

Impacts of rural worker migration on ambient air quality and health in China: From the perspective of upgrading residential energy consumption

  • April 2018
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Author: Multiple

Shen, H., Chen, Y., Russell, A. G., Hu, Y., Shen, G., Yu, H., Yu, H., Henneman, L., Ru, M., Huang, Y., Zhong, Q., Chen, Y., Li, Y., Zou, Y., Zeng, E., … Read more

Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Transitions in the ASEAN Region: A Resource Perspective (UN Environment and Sustainable Healthy Cities collaboration)

  • February 2018
  • Report
  • Author: Multiple

The ASEAN nations are a hot spot for rapid urbanization over the next 30 years: Between 2015 and 2050, ASEAN cities are projected to add 205 million new urban residents … Read more

The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization (International Resource Panel report with Sustainable Healthy Cities contributing authors)

  • February 2018
  • Report
  • Author: Multiple

Over the next 30 years, an additional 2.4 billion people are likely to be added to the global urban population. This increase in population will result in a significant expansion … Read more

Circular Economies and Low Carbon Urban Infrastructure Planning

  • February 2018
  • Podcast
  • Author: Anu Ramaswami

What is the unique role that urban infrastructure planning can play in national carbon mitigation? In this podcast, learn how cities are positioned to plan infrastructure systems using circular economy … Read more

All-city Carbon Emissions: Understanding City Types and Impact

  • February 2018
  • Podcast
  • Author: Anu Ramaswami

It is common practice to consider the carbon emissions of single cities. But what happens when you analyze carbon emissions for all cities in a country using nationally aligned data? … Read more

Evaluating Urban Food Systems

  • February 2018
  • Video
  • Author: Dana Boyer

It is projected that about two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Making sure that cities can handle the influx of people means considering more … Read more

Considerations for Reducing Food System Energy Demand while Scaling Up Urban Agriculture

  • December 2017
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Author: Multiple

Mohareb, E., Heller, M., Novak, P., Goldstein, B., Fonoll, X., & L. Raskin. (2017). “Considerations for Reducing Food System Energy Demand while Scaling Up Urban Agriculture.” Environmental Research Letters, 12(12).  ABSTRACT: There … Read more

What Affects Local Government Climate Policy Adoption?

  • November 2017
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

Why do local governments in the US voluntarily adopt climate policies or climate protection plans when they could easily “free load” on the climate actions of other jurisdictions? A study … Read more

Regional Modeling of Shared Autonomous Vehicle Travel Patterns, Preferences and Impacts

  • August 2017
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

How does a system of shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) perform in a metropolitan region when modeled to mimic real-world daily travel behaviors? Will SAVs return sustainability gains for metropolitan regions … Read more

Municipal solid waste and dung cake burning: discoloring the Taj Mahal and human health impacts in Agra

  • October 2016
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Author: Multiple

Lal, R. M., Nagpure, A. S., Luo, L., Tripathi, S. N., Ramaswami, A., Bergin, M. H., & Russell, A. G. (2016). “Municipal solid waste and dung cake burning: discoloring the … Read more

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