WC-21 Food, Energy and Water in the Corn Belt

The purpose of this session is to explore the complex relationships among Food, Energy and Water in the Corn Belt and discuss opportunities to optimize societal benefits while minimizing negative consequences. It reports on major new findings of the USDA funded “Climate and Corn-based Cropping Systems CAP (CSCAP or “Corn Cap”)” – a transdisciplinary partnership … Read more

WC-22 Aquaponic and Hydroponic Systems in Controlled Environments

This session will address the potential of hydroponic and aquaponic (aquaculture with hydroponics in a closed loop) systems within controlled environments (CE) to sustainably meet demands for food production with limited resources. In conventional agriculture, food productivity is limited by the input of energy, water, nutrients, and labor, and modulated by local climate. In contrast, … Read more

WC-23Opportunities and Challenges for Integrated Food-Energy Systems

Organizers: This world café brings together practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders of diverse agri-food systems that involve local co-production of food and energy. As a result, it provides a rare opportunity for sharing and synthesizing knowledge across integrated food-energy systems (IFES), ranging from landfill methane recapture powering greenhouses, to agri-voltaics, to manure-based biogas systems. The … Read more

WC-5 Solutions to Energy-Water Conflicts Part 1

Water and energy networks are inextricably linked. Energy production and electricity generation both require water. Conversely, distributing water to consumers and wastewater treatment depend on energy. The global population is projected reach 9 billion by 2050, increasing demands on water and energy networks. New paradigms are therefore needed for increased usage efficiencies to optimize the … Read more

WC-6 Innovative Solutions in Cities Part 1

This session will explore innovative solutions for addressing the water-food-energy nexus in urban settings, focusing on the emerging collaborative framework and practice method of Bioregional Urbanism. This framework is designed to support scientists, design, policy and community practitioners as they collaboratively evaluate bioregional resources of food-water-energy, and develop projects to improve stewardship of these resources … Read more

WC-7 Connecting Education to Practice and the Workforce at the Nexus

Moderators: Christopher Dyer, Executive Director, University of New Mexico- Gallup Maria Boccalandro, Sustainability Director, Cedar Valley College – DCCD Summary: The 21st Century requires comprehensive and sustainable solutions to the integrated challenges of the food, water and energy security nexus. Population growth, climate change, and associated environmental impacts provide challenges and opportunities for educational efforts … Read more

WC-8 Advancing Sustainable Development through FEW Integration

This session will explore integration of food, energy, and water systems in developing regions. Some speakers will explore population as a food-energy-water connector. Other speakers will describe efforts to produce policy insights into difficult global challenges by modeling some of the key environmental, economic, political, and social systems that interact to make these problems complex. … Read more

WC-9 Integrating Food, Energy and Water Systems to Eliminate Waste

Food, energy, and water (FEW) systems use technologies developed to address the needs of a given sector (e.g. energy or agriculture), and wastes from each sector are usually managed separately. Production systems underlying FEW have traditionally treated pollution and waste as externalities that are diluted into the ambient environment, and the infrastructure for FEW has … Read more