Our mission is to improve people’s lives by advancing the application of science and technology to solve public problems. CSTPP explores the increasingly important role that science and technology plays in our society and examines its implications for public policy at the international, national, state and local levels.
The Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS–STEP) prepares individuals with natural science or engineering backgrounds to assume roles in public policy development and implementation.The MS–STEP degree focuses on understanding the role of science, technology, and the environment in our society, particularly in relation to economic growth, sustainability, health, education, and national security.
In July 2014, second year MS-STEP student Matt Prorok had the opportunity to travel to Colorado to present his research on sustainable cities. Matt conducted a baseline energy study and sustainable action planning project in conjunction with the City of Louisville, CO.
The study utilized Dr. Anu Ramaswami’s Trans-Boundary Infrastructure Footprint greenhouse gas accounting methodology and focused on providing a strategic path forward for the city to address its sustainability goals, engage with existing institutions and programs in surrounding communities, and coordinate efforts throughout the city’s government. Matt explained how, to his surprise, “there has already been a significant amount of movement on sustainability issues in Louisville. There is an extensive recycling program in place, investment in renewable energy to support water treatment energy needs, and a city level sustainability advisory board. However, many of the institutions working on these programs have not been communicating. I feel my presentation set the stage to expand and improve communication across the city council and other institutions related to sustainability, as well as focus a much needed spotlight on the recently established sustainability advisory board”.
Matt says he is looking forward to getting started on his next project, a similar greenhouse gas accounting project with Dane County, Wisconsin.
A joint workshop convened by UMN and TISS was held in Mumbai August 13–14, co-chaired by Humphrey School Professor Anu Ramaswami and M. Sivakami, sponsored by a grant from UMN Global Spotlight program. The workshop was motivated by increasing reports of non-domestic violence against women emerging in cities in India, ranging from verbal harassment to violent incidences of sexual assault and rape—occurring in public infrastructure and spaces—such as transit (buses, trains, and the walk to and from buses), streets, and access-ways to public toilets. While domestic violence has been studied and is now recognized as a public health risk to women, we know very little about the prevalence of VAWPI and its impact on the health and well-being of women. With new efforts underway to design cities that are sustainable, livable and inclusive, this workshop begins to explore the extent to which gender-conscious infrastructure design addressing VAWPI can make a difference.
Humphrey School Mumbai team
The workshop was attended by about 12 academicians and professionals (doctors, police commissioners, lawyers, and women’s advocates) and provided a wide-ranging, yet in-depth view of this phenomenon viewed from multiple sectors and from diverse disciplinary perspectives. In was inspiring to see the energy and passion and time that the participants have taken to address VAWPI from their own professional perspectives. The participants will be putting together a report and outlining an action in the next month.
Dr. Anu Ramaswami and Ajay Nagpure, Humphrey School post-doctoral associate, join a larger team of co-authors of "International, Interdisciplinary Education on Sustainable Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities: Key Concepts and Skills," in The Bridge, published by the National Academy of Engineering. The article outlines an international, interdisciplinary lecture-fieldwork course that trains graduate students to address the challenges of developing internationally sustainable and healthy cities. Read the full article here.
Overview of PIRE Sustainability Summer Course
A team of leading sustainability authorities from across the globe led by Dr. Anu Ramaswami, Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair Professor of Science Technology & Public Policy, is coordinating a summer school that is training students on solving Asia’s most vexing sustainability problems. Read more here.
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