Colorado State University

Workshop on Food-Energy-Water Nexus Issues in Energy Production


Food, energy and water are fundamental human needs. They’re also deeply interconnected.

To offer holistic, systems-level insights and solutions to global food, energy and water problems, Colorado State University hosted a two-day workshop, Food-Energy-Water: Nexus Issues in Energy Production, Dec. 7-8, 2015 at the Marriott Residence Inn, Arlington, Va. 

“Think about food, energy and water: they are all critical resources for society,” said Ken Reardon, CSU professor of chemical and biological engineering and workshop organizer. “You can’t trade one for the other, and they interact. You can’t fix one problem without thinking about how that solution is impacting the others.”

Multiple viewpoints

Global food, energy and water issues are all affected by increasing populations and by climate change, Reardon continued. The workshops included expert viewpoints from across the nation and provided an overview of the multidimensional challenges in energy production; current tools derived from physical science, technology and social science; and identification of further research and development needs.

Discussions began with food-energy-water issues in two key energy sectors: oil and gas production and biofuels production, and lead into evaluation of general research needs related to sustainable energy production.



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Energy Institute Member Organizations

Center for Energy and Behavior Center for Energy Development and Health Center for Energy Water Sustainability Center for Laser Sensing and Diagnostics Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics Center for the New Energy Economy Electric Power Systems Laboratory Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory Industrial Assessment Center Institute for the Built Environment Rural Energy Center Sustainable Biofuels Development Center