All my US projects have strong international components. In addition, I also serve on the United Nation's International Resources Panel (add link). The Panel’s mission is to provide independent, coherent and authoritative scientific assessments of policy relevance on the sustainable use of natural resources and, in particular, their environmental impacts over the full life cycle; and contribute to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. Specifically, I've been active on three projects. (UN IRP logo on right of this intro, if we have permission to use)
Assessing Global Resource Use: A systems approach to resource efficiency and pollution reduction
Co-led by Stefan Bringezu and Anu Ramaswami with a team of experts from the International Resources Panel. This report presents the current outlook and future trajectories for global resource use with implications for sustainable development. Ramaswami’s team leads chapters on cities and air pollution, identifying strategies at the intersection of infrastructure planning and resource efficiency that can reduce air pollution and advance sustainable development in cities of both developed and developing nations. This report was launched at the United Nations Third Environmental Assembly in Nairobi in 2017. (photo of Anu with three colleagues at UNEA)Assessing Global Resource Use
Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Transitions in the ASEAN Region
This report contextualizes the Weight of Cities report to urbanization in the Association for Southeast Asian Nations. The ASEAN Nations are a block of 10 countries including: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, and Laos. A key finding in this report is that the region is expecting the rise of more than 200 small cities over next 30 years, making infrastructure planning very important for sustainability. Strategies are identified in land use planning, transportation planning, energy efficient buildings, and cross sector ways to value projects to enhance resource efficiency while developing inclusive cities. (some pic or front page of report)Link
The Weight of Cities: Resource Requirements of Future Urbanization
Led by colleagues Mark Swilling and Maarten Hajer.
The Weight of Cities report makes a first order estimation of the material requirements for key infrastructure sectors in cities including buildings and transportation networks. My group contributes by accessing the material requirements to develop more equitable and inclusive, resource efficient cities in India. (Ajay any good photos of multi story buildings or slums, ask KK and Jerry Zhao: ask KK about photos from India/China trip)Link