Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities

Estimates indicate that by 2050, three billion more people will live in cities, resulting in two-thirds of the world’s population inhabiting urban areas. A majority of the future infrastructure required to accommodate that growth has yet to be built, or will need to be rehabilitated from existing systems.

With business-as-usual trajectories, such growth will continue to exert tremendous pressure on water, energy, and land resources, creating traffic congestion, air pollution, and urban inequity that already affects the health of millions of urban residents today.

 This initiative explores how the design of new technologies and policies in seven key infrastructure sectors—energy supply, water supply, waste management, transportation, buildings, green spaces and food supply—can enhance the environmental sustainability, health and livability of our cities, today and in the future. Our team of interdisciplinary scholars and students is drawn from several colleges and disciplines at the University of Minnesota and a network of other universities.

Research and Projects

Publications and Policy Engagement

Faculty: Anu RamaswamiMark Reiner,  and a network of researchers. 


Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

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301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455