A National Assessment of the Water Withdrawn and Consumed for the US Energy Economy

Kelly Sanders

University of Southern California

Dr. Kelly T. Sanders is an Assistant Professor in the University of Southern California’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research aims to ease tensions between human and natural systems through technical, regulatory and market intervention, with particular emphasis on analyzing opportunities at the nexus of energy and water. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science,and policy. Sanders has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy and MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 for her contributions to the energy field. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as Forbes,The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. Sanders received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University, as well M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. She teaches classes related to energy and the environment.


Water is a critical input to the United States energy economy. Large volumes of water are required throughout the lifecycle of energy systems from primary energy extraction through ultimate waste disposal and site remediation.... [ view full abstract ]


  1. E Grubert (Stanford University)
  2. Kelly Sanders (University of Southern California)

Topic Area

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints


WS-2 » National and Global Resource Use (09:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room E)

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