Building the City of Tomorrow: Zero Carbon Cities & Food-Water-Energy Nexus

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Cities are undergoing rapid change throughout the globe facing sustainability challenges as they strive to provide energy, water, and food supplies for their inhabitants. Decision makers, including governments, utility providers, planes, and investors are more than ever required to  understand and respond to interdependencies among the various elements of this nexus. Model the food-water-energy nexus, including the impact of land/water use, urban infrastructure and renewable energy transition can facilitate strategies and target infrastructure investment forwarding global objectives including carbon neutral and sustainable cities.

In a series of one scientific symposium and four workshops from June 1-7, research partners from the US and Germany share their research on the development in modeling approaches for the food, water, energy nexus. The event takes place in collaboration with stakeholders from the government and the industry in order to shape new project concept and collaborations.

Friday June 1st

Zero Carbon Cities & FEW Nexus research – the scientific symposium gives insight into research challenges and solutions for sustainable urban districts. The event is framed by short statements and a poster exhibition by young scientists who participated in the week long Urban Summer School in New York City using a Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood district as case study. This Hackathon style event engaged approximately 40 students from the US and Germany working on developing data driven characterization, modeling and solution identification for sustainable energy, water and food supply.

1 pm – 5 pm including reception
Host: Masoud Ghandehari, New York University
Venue: 6 Metrotech Center (the Maker Space), Brooklyn NY 11201


Monday June 4th

FEW Nexus: Water & Energy – topic of this workshop is to identify interdependencies and synergies in urban water supply and treatment and energy. We focus on water quality and energy needs, innovations in waste water treatment, energy efficiency and generation potentials, demand response options and innovative solutions in the water sector.

9.30 am – 1 pm (including lunch)
Host: Masoud Ghandehari, New York University
Venue: 6 Metrotech Center (the Maker Space), Brooklyn NY 11201


Tuesday June 5th

Collaborative Project Definition Workshop. Participate in a project definition workshop that leads to joint US-German project designs on sustainable urban districts. We discuss innovative ideas and approaches on urban energy systems in the context of potentially developing a joint proposal.

9.30 am – 4 pm
Host Ahmed Mohamed, City College of New York, and Michael Bobker, City University of New York
Venue: City College of New York, Grove School of Engineering
140 St at Convent Avenue, Exhibit Room, Steinman Hall-124


 Wednesday 6th June

FWE Nexus: Food, land use and material flows. Learn about urban food supply and organic waste treatment, explore synergies with water and energy and the potentials of urban metabolic cycles.

9.30 – 1.30 pm (including lunch)
Host: Masoud Ghandehari, New York University
Venue: 6 Metrotech Center (the Maker Space), Brooklyn NY 11201


Thursday 7th June

FEW Nexus: Food logistics/supermarkets/cooling. Presentations and discussions in this workshop center around urban food supply logistics and interactions with the energy system, cooling chains, cold storage, supermarkets as components of the energy system, demand response and cold logistics

9.30 – 1 pm (including lunch)
Host: Masoud Ghandehari, New York University
Venue: 6 Metrotech Center (the Maker Space), Brooklyn NY 11201

Event Information

June 1 to 7, 2018

New York, NY
Organizer: German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH NY), Stuttgart Technology University of Applied Sciences (HFT)

Location

NYU Maker Space

Address: 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn NY 11201