Sustainable Urban Development and the Energy-Water Nexus, December 17, 2020

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This facilitated panel discussion explores some of the solutions we can bring as development professionals who spend time on towns, cities, and the built environment and the nexus of water and energy. By association, it has relevance to “off-grid” energy and water and energy systems in non-urban settings.

We start with an exploration of measuring multiple benefits (social, economic and environmental) of GHG emission reduction programming from USAID’s recently concluded South Africa Low Emission Development (SA LED) program, which focused on capacity building for low emission municipal development. From there, the presenters will explore specific examples of improved urban infrastructure at the nexus of water and energy: waste to energy systems at waste-water treatment plants, urban indoor-agriculture technologies, and urban micro-grids.

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