The nexus of urban energy-water-mobility futures: Key transitions and their potential impacts

Samuel White, Joshua Sperling, Ilan Juran

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Abstract

This paper explores available city-regional data across infrastructure sectors and the related perspectives of key actors managing or helping to shape larger innovations in and management of transportation, energy, and water infrastructure systems and services in rapidly urbanizing arid regions of the United States. Indicators are developed, critical "nexus" questions to be addressed by urban-regional infrastructure managers are identified, and emerging urban transitions and their potential risks and benefits are explored across energy, water, and mobility futures for 10 growing cities. While datasets are emerging for increasing the efficiency of each system towards overall urban sustainability, more integrated data and indicators are still being conceptualized. A through data review of selected cities and surveys of experts to identify cross-sector decision making for business decisions leading to critical resource efficiencies across the food-energy-water system with regards to long term infrastructure investments at local and transboundary levels. Of importance is how energy and water utilities, and mobility service providers understand interdependencies between their own sectors and neighboring sectors for optimizing cross sectoral interactions for increased efficiency and resiliency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017
Subtitle of host publicationMethodology - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages359-376
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780784481196
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017
Event2017 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Methodology, ICSI 2017 - New York, United States
Duration: Oct 26 2017Oct 28 2017

Other

Other2017 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Methodology, ICSI 2017
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period10/26/1710/28/17

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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White, S., Sperling, J., & Juran, I. (2017). The nexus of urban energy-water-mobility futures: Key transitions and their potential impacts. In International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017: Methodology - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017 (pp. 359-376). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784481196.033