Sustainable Cities and Interdisciplinary International Education

Areas of Interest:

Environment, Education, Energy, Ethics

Project Type:

Other Study

Latest Update: March 15, 2017
Primary Contact: Rachelle Hollander

The NAE’s Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES)  participated in an NSF Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant led by Anu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota) that focused on “Developing Low-Carbon Cities in the USA, China & India through Inter-Disciplinary Integration Across Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences & Public Health.” This PIRE project has developed a transformative international research, education and outreach program to assist in the development of low-carbon, resource-efficient and healthy cities in the US, China and India.

The NAE CEES’s contribution to the project was focused on holding a planning workshop in the Spring of 2013 to help the project develop the global and international perspectives and understanding necessary to initiate successful research-based curricula on sustainable cities. This 2.5 day workshop connected ethics, sustainability education, and international/global education. The NAE Online Ethics Center also compiled a list of educational resources on the topics and conducted video interviews of participants.

In addition to the NAE’s Rachelle Hollander, and Anu Ramaswami at the University of Minnesota, the PIRE partners include Marian Chertow (Yale), Ted Russell (Georgia-Tech), Paty Romero-Lankao (National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR), and Chris Weible (University of Colorado Denver).

The PIRE project maintains a blog with project announcements and posts from students about their experience participating in the program. The blog is available at

For details on the interdisciplinary education program, an article in the The Bridge provides an overview along with preliminary results from the 2013 and 2014 summer programs in India and China.  

An educational description of the program is also available on the the Online Ethics Center.

Project Status
Project Sponsor

National Science Foundation (NSF) #1243535


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities