Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI)

Systems Analysis for Sustainability

Motivation

What are the best methods to use to analyze complex, interrelated sustainability issues in a particular system and how those issues might affect other systems?

Example Projects

National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water (NSF INFEWS)- A team of Michigan Tech researchers is participating in an NSF INFEWS project, which seeks to explore important connections within aspects of the Food-Energy-Water nexus. The Michigan Tech INFEWS project is focused on reducing environmental impacts resulting from 'household metabolism', where our homes transform inputs of water, energy, and food into outputs of greenhouse gas emissions. Through understanding the complex motivations for current consumption patterns, and testing potential interventions that can increase the willingness of households to adopt more environmentally favorable habits, we hope to learn important lessons about how to improve the outcomes in this area.