Assessing the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus at the US County Level from a Production Perspective: Hot Spots of Production and Water-vulnerability

Peter Nixon

University for Minnesota

Peter Nixon studies material flow and energy within the food system with the goal of informing local level and city governments in making sustainable food, energy, and water policy. 

Anu Ramaswami

University for Minnesota

Ramaswami is among the leading scholars on sustainable urban infrastructure and has seen her work adopted as policies and protocols for developing sustainable cities in the United States and internationally. She is lead PI and Director of the US National Science Foundation’s interdisciplinary Sustainable Healthy Cities Network.Ramaswami’s research spans environmental science, industrial ecology, sustainable infrastructure design, urban systems analysis, and integration of science and technology with policy and planning for real-world implementation in communities. She has developed novel interdisciplinary research and education in these diverse areas. She is the author of a graduate-level textbook on integrated environmental modeling, and is presently developing a Social-Ecological-Infrastructural System framework to study Sustainable Urban System.Ramaswami received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras, India, and her M.S. and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Ramaswami serves on the United Nation’s International Resource Panel and co-chairs its inaugural report on SDGs to the UN.


The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus refers to intersections among food, energy, and water systems that have large impacts on natural resources (water, energy, nutrients), on pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and on... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Peter Nixon (University for Minnesota)
  2. Anu Ramaswami (University for Minnesota)

Topic Areas

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Sustainability and resilience metrics , • Decision support methods and tools


WS-7 » Food-Energy-Water nexus 2 (11:30 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room D)

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