About the RCN




This NSF RCN grant seeks to develop an interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners from 20+ US universities, national labs, nonprofit organizations, and private institutions who will coordinate their work on the overarching theme of Sustainable Cities. Our RCN’s focus is on reducing energy use, carbon emissions, and mitigating climate-risks to water supply and public health in cities. The US network will collaborate with international sustainability research networks in Australia, Europe, and Asia, and with a network of practitioners and policymakers in US and global cities. For more details, click here for the full grant abstract.


Our work is organized into four interlinked themes and fifth area that focuses on the opportunities to share research and educational resources through inter-disciplinary collaboration:


  • Urban Metabolism & Environmental Footprints of Cities

  • Urban Public Health, Risks, & Vulnerability

  • Urban Modeling & Infrastructure Interventions

  • People, Networks, & Behavior and Governance

  • Inter-disciplinary Research & Education on Sustainable Cities


Contact the RCN  


Katja Kruit, RCN Program Coordinator

rcnsustainablecities@gmail.com | 612.624.4659

RCN Program Coordinator

  • Katja Kruit

    RCN Program Coordinator, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota


    The RCN Program Coordinator is the central person who coordinates work for the network and is the primary point of contact for the RCN.

RCN Principal Investigators

  • Dr. Anu Ramaswami (Lead-PI)

    Affiliation: Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair Professor of Science, Technology, & Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor, Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, The University of Minnesota (visit site)

    Research Area(s): Inter-disciplinary sustainable urban systems studies; Urban infrastructure design and policies

  • Dr. Lawrence A. Baker

    Affiliation: Research Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota

    Research Area(s): mass flow analysis of urban systems; urban water management; urban storm water

  • Dr. Marian R. Chertow

    Affiliation: Professor, Industrial Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

    Research Area(s): Industrial Ecology, Business/Environment Issues, Waste Management, and Environmental Technology Innovation

  • Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao

    Affiliation: National Center for Atmospheric Research

    Research Area(s): dynamics of urbanization and urban systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risks, challenges of reducing emissions while improving response capacity to environmental impacts

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    Ground breaking deal between the U.S. and China on Climate Change and Clean Energy. President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030. Go here to read the Fact Sheet. 

  • Events & Jobs



    2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Cities

    When: April 13-17, 2015 
    Where: Seattle, Washington


    More info on the events page!


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