What policies determine success for food-waste recycling programs?

Scrapes of food account for 22 percent of municipal solid waste deposited in landfills or incinerators in the U.S., diverting that waste into composting and soil enrichment programs could have a significant effect on our environment.

DUSP PhD candidate, Jessica Gordon, awarded a 2017 Fulbright grant

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, operates in over 160 countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards represent excellent achievements in their academic and professional lives as well as demonstrated ability and leadership potential in their roles as cultural ambassadors.

Ms. Gordon will conduct her research in the Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, and Guizhou provinces. She will be studying how governmental policies affect climate change adaptation in China.

Another Year of Water Diplomacy Workshops in Action

By Yasmin Zaerpoor

For the seventh year, MIT Professor Lawrence Susskind and Tufts Professor Shafiqul Islam hosted an international week-long Water Diplomacy Workshop for water professionals in Boston. This year’s event was hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT provided wonderful teaching space for this year’s workshop.

Does our health care affect where we live?

While the relationship between neighborhood effects on health are widely supported by current research, but what do we know about how does health selection into neighborhoods affect the observed link between place and health?

In an article in Preventive Medicine Reports, DUSP's Mariana Arcaya, as well as, Ruth Coleman (Oxford), Fahad Rzazk (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital), Maria Alva (RTI International), and Rury Holman (Oxford), explore what hidden factors may be informing the connection between where we live and the health outcomes.

Two DUSP Students Named Switzer Fellows

Each year, 20 promising environmental leaders are selected by their academic institution or environmental experts to be named as the year's Switzer Fellows.  In 2017, this select group included two DUSP students: Adam Hasz and Doug McPherson:

DRAN New Virtual Symposium

Why has displacement become a key academic theme, is the academic displacement literature useful for understanding the phenomena, and is displacement best conceptualized as global, local, or in a comparative context?

In a new virtual symposium, New Directions in Displacement Research, initiated by Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal and co-edited by Sai Balakrishnan, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Nicholas Blomley, Simon Fraser University, leading scholars engage with these questions and more to generate reflections on the field and deepen our understanding of displacement.

How can we help overcome barriers to adoption of technological solutions for urban water pollution?

One of the leading causes of water pollution is runoff from continued urbanization and aging urban infrastructure. Two new technologies, green and smart infrastructure systems, are often proposed to improve stormwater management. DUSP’s Dr. Ting Meng and Professor David Hsu, with Professor Bridget Wadzuk from Villanova University, examine the perspectives of local agency officials in Pennsylvania to better understand the perceived advantages and disadvantages of these proposed technologies, and to suggest how to overcome barriers to adoption.

How do energy measurement and disclosure policies affect energy consumption?

Buildings are responsible for about 40% of primary energy consumption and one-third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. As part of energy efficiency efforts, governments increasingly require building owners to measure and disclose their energy use, but do these policies themselves affect energy consumption? In a new article for Energy, DUSP’s Dr. Ting Meng and Professor David Hsu and the University of Calgary's Dr.

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