Sustainable Cities and Interdisciplinary International Education

Areas of Interest:

Environment, Education, Energy, Ethics

Project Type:

Other Study

Latest Update: August 29, 2016
Primary Contact: Rachelle Hollander

The NAE’s Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) is participating in an NSF Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant led by Anu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota) that focuses 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 is developing 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 is 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 connects ethics, sustainability education, and international/global education. The NAE Online Ethics Center is also compiling a list of educational resources on the topics and conduct video interviews of participants.

In addition to the NAE’s Rachelle Hollander, and Anu Ramaswami at the University of Minnesota, the PIRE partners includes 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.

Project Status
In Progress
Project Sponsor

National Science Foundation (NSF) #1243535


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities