Hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost at Tufts University, the 8th Research Day on Sustainability featured four panel discussions on Sustainable Technology, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Policy, as well as poster presentations.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Sustainable Development Panel

Jeffrey Griffiths, William A. Masters, Elena Naumova, Peter Walker
Moderated by: Peter Uvin

Sustainable Cities Panel

Doug Brugge, Justin B. Hollander, Colin Marks Orians, Kent E. Portney
Moderated by: Sheldon Krimsky

Keynote Presentation and Luncheon

Barbra Batshalom, Executive Director, Sustainable Performance Institute

Sustainable Policy Panel

Timothy Griffin, Gilbert E. Metcalf, George Saperstein, Richard M. Vogel
Moderated by: Christopher Swan

Sustainable Technology Panel

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Albert Robbat, Jr.,
Aleksandar Stanković
Moderated by: Linda Abriola

Sustainable Development

The Longterm Returns from Water and Sanitation Improvements
Jeffrey Griffiths
Africa’s Turnaround: Towards Sustainable Growth in African Agriculture
William A. Masters
The Use of Novel Information Technologies for Global Disease Surveillance
Elena Naumova
Sustainable Development in Protracted Crises
Peter Walker
Moderated by Peter Uvin

Sustainable Cities

Sustainability Policies and Programs in U.S. Cities: What City Governments are Doing and Why
Kent E. Portney
Cardiovascular Health and Near Highway Pollution: The CAFEH Study
Doug Brugge
Maximizing the Benefits of Green Roofs in Urban Landscapes
Colin Mark Orians
Can a Shrinking City be “Sustainable”?
Justin B. Hollander
Moderated by Sheldon Krimsky

Sustainable Policy

Linking Farm and Food Policy to Sustainability
Timothy Griffin
The Challenge of Assuring Food Safety for Locally Produced Livestock Products:
The Azuluna Brands Example

George Saperstein
Climate Change Policy: The Role of Economics
Gilbert E. Metcalf
Approaches to Sustainability Evaluation
Richard M. Vogel
Moderated by Christopher Swan

Sustainable Technology

Deployment of Cleaner Energy Technologies
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Sustainable Environmental and Economic Development Based on Analytical Technologies
Albert Robbat, Jr.
Nanocatalysis for Sustainable Energy
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
Energy Networks as Enablers of Sustainable Energy Systems
Aleksandar Stanković
Moderated by Linda Abriola

Barbra Batshalom, LEED AP 
Barbra BatshalomFounder and Executive Director of The Green Roundtable and Sustainable Performance Institute. GRT is an independent “not-just-for-profit” organization whose mission is to transform the paradigm of the built environment so that natural systems and human systems thrive in synergy. Under her direction, GRT organizes and facilitates a forum for proactive dialogue among diverse professions and provides resources and expertise to the development, design and construction community. GRT is also active with legislative and policy initiatives so that eventually, sustainable strategies become “business as usual”. Barbra is an educator, design and policy consultant and works with a wide range of governmental, institutional and private sector clients.
  
Doug Brugge, PhD, MS 
Doug BruggeProfessor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. His research has largely employed the model of community-collaborative research and methodologically has involved focus groups, oral histories, surveys, environmental sampling, and health outcome assessment. His research includes studies of asthma, the impact of culture and language on health communication, the health effects of traffic-related air pollution and environmental tobacco smoke, motor-vehicle-related injuries, and the impact of uranium mining and processing on Native Americans. He is director of the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health study which is a community-based participatory research project funded by NIH, EPA, and HUD.
  
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, PhD 
Maria Flytzani-StephanopoulosRobert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability, Tufts University School of Engineering. She directs the Nano Catalysis and Energy Laboratory in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering which uses heterogeneous catalysis principles to solve problems in the production of clean and efficient energy. Specifically, she investigates properties of nanoscale metals and oxides as catalysts and sorbents for fuel processing and the production of hydrogen for fuel cell applications. Since 2002, Prof. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos has served as Editor ofApplied Catalysis B: Environmental.
  
Timothy Griffin, PhD  
Associate Professor and Director, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. His primary research interest is the intersection of agriculture and the environment and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems. Current research includes: development and implementation of equitable food systems at the local to regional scales, environmental impacts of agriculture (nutrient flows, carbon retention and loss, and climate change), and impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems.
  
Jeffrey Griffiths, AB, MD, MPH&TM  
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Adjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Engineering; Adjunct Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. His research focuses on the human, animal, and environmental epidemiology of the emerging pathogen Cryptosporidium; development of an ultrastable, unrefrigerated measles vaccine for use where there is no refrigeration; and the influence of malnutrition and environmental factors on common infectious diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
  
Justin B. Hollander, PhD 
Justin B. HollanderAssistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. He has worked in land use and environmental planning at the local, regional, and federal levels, most recently for the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration. His research has focused on the role of planning and public policy in managing land use and environmental changes associated with shrinking cities. His research has been supported through grants from the Urban Land Institute, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Government of Canada, and the Appraisers Research Foundation.
  
William A. Masters, PhD 
William A. MastersProfessor, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Will Masters teaches and conducts research on food policy and agricultural development, especially in Africa. He is an editor of Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economics, and co-author of the recent textbook Economics of Agricultural Development (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2010). His research focuses on markets, trade and productivity as determinants of household income and child nutrition outcomes. Recent articles include “Effects and determinants of mild underweight among preschool children across countries and over time” (Economics and Human Biology, 2010), and the chapter on economic development in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy.
  
Gilbert E. Metcalf, PhD 
Gilbert E. MetcalfProfessor, Department of Economics, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. His current research focuses on policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change. He has analyzed cap and trade programs to address climate change and written extensively on carbon taxation and green tax reforms in which revenues from taxes on pollution are used to lower taxes on labor supply and capital investment. In June, Metcalf will take a position in the U.S. Department of the Treasury as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy leading the office responsible for developing, coordinating, and executing the Treasury Department’s role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States. He will be on leave from Tufts while in government service.
  
Elena Naumova, PhD 
Elena NaumovaProfessor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering; Director, Tufts Initiative for Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMID); Faculty Director, Health and the Environment, Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE); Adjunct Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University; Adjunct Professor, Christian Medical College, India. Her area of expertise is in methodology development for modeling of transient processes with application in environmental epidemiology, infectious diseases, and public health. She is using remote sensing data and satellite imagery for a better understanding of the nature and etiology of diseases on local and global scales.
  
Colin Mark Orians, PhD 
Colin Mark OriansProfessor, Department of Biology, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences; Director, Environmental Studies Program, Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). His research centers on ecology and plant/herbivore/environment interactions. He sees a broad intersection between environmental issues and other topics – including conservation, health, socio-economic disparities, engineering, communications, and international relations. His research played a big part in the design of the Tisch Library Green Roof Collaborative, which illustrates the social, economic, and ecological benefits of having green spaces incorporated into urban environments.
  
Kent E. Portney, PhD 
Kent E. PortneyProfessor, Department of Political Science, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include methodology, judicial politics, political behavior, public administration, survey research, and environmental politics. He is fascinated by the role of government and politics in determining the kinds of outcomes that we get in public policy. Some of his research looks at the role of local non-profit organizations and how they indirectly provide the political support for protecting our environment in general and the climate in particular. He has been directly involved with green cities initiatives on a national level and has published books on how economic development impacts the environment.
  
Albert Robbat, Jr., PhD 
Albert Robbat, Jr.Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. His primary expertise is in analytical instruments, sampling tools, and data analysis software, including mass spectral deconvolution algorithms, 1- and 2-dimensional gas and liquid chromatography systems, ultrafast resistively heated GC columns, field mass spectrometers, aimed at improving human and environmental health. An area of focus is chemical hazards that pose immediate and long-term threats to the nation’s security. The research is focused on developing a real-time, remote sensor and rapid, quantitative GC/MS measurements of environmental pollutants, pesticides in food, as well as explosives and chemical warfare agents.
  
George Saperstein, DVM 
George SapersteinAmelia Peabody Professor of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Environmental and Population Health, International Veterinary Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. His current research focuses on sustainable agriculture, preservation of germplasm from endangered breeds of livestock, antibiotic susceptibility diagnostics, congenital and hereditary diseases of large animals, and staphylococcal mastitis in cows and goats. He is also encouraging regional livestock producers to participate in a local premium livestock branded product program aimed at bringing local farmers added revenue streams by changing the way they raise livestock and market their products.
  
Kelly Sims Gallagher, AB, MALD, PhD 
Kelly Sims GallagherAssociate Professor, Energy and Environmental Policy Program, The Fletcher School at Tufts University; Director – Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her research focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She is particularly interested in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. She is interested in the processes of technological innovation (especially the role of public policy) with a particular emphasis on the deployment of advanced energy technologies, including the transfer of technologies from one country to another.
  
Aleksandar Stanković, PhD 
Aleksandar StankovićAlvin H. Howell Professor in Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering. His research is on electric energy processing and applications for power systems. He is interested in finding a way to improve the integration of new sources and loads by using analytical and experimental work involving modeling, control, and estimation. His work uses electronics to efficiently condition energy sources for practical uses and strives to develop new ways to utilize resources for energy-conscious consumers.
  
Richard M. Vogel, PhD 
Richard M. VogelProfessor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering; Director, Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) at Tufts University. His primary expertise is in the areas of hydrology and water resource engineering with emphasis on hydrologic, hydraulic, and statistical methods for analyzing water resource systems. His current research program focuses upon the areas of watershed modeling and management, water quality, regional hydrology, environmental statistics, and the new field of hydromorphology. Hydromorphology deals with improving our understanding of how hydrologic systems have evolved due to influences including climate change, water infrastructure, and urbanization.
  
Peter Walker, PhD 
Peter WalkerDirector, Feinstein International Center at Tufts University; Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He has worked for a number of British-based NGOs and environmental organizations in several African countries, as well as having been a university lecturer and director of a food wholesaling company. He is interested in humanitarian crises with a special focus on organizations’ adaptation to future global stress and recovery from crisis, as well as environmental concerns such as climate change and soil drainage. His work is published widely on subjects such as famine early warning systems to the role of military forces in disaster relief.

TitleAuthor(s)

Sustainability Research of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School

 

Moomaw, Sims Gallagher, van der Wansem

Technology and Policy Approaches to Clean Energy Conversions: The Case of Brazilian Biofuels

 

Araujo

Developing a Carbon Capture and Storage Roadmap for China

 

Liu, Sims Gallagher

Identifying Key Factors in the CleanTech Innovation: An Empirical Study on EV/HEV Innovation by Japan and the U.S. in 1990s

 

Zhao

A Thirst for Power: A Global Perspective on the Water Requirements of Energy Systems

 

Spang

Social Values Towards Time and Their Influence on Sustainable Development Performance

 

Gleason

Global Warming’s Smoking Gun

 

Chaisson

Tackling Maritime Bunker Fuel Emissions: The Evolution of Global Climate Change Policy at the International Maritime Organization

 

Strong

Sustainable Engineering via Service Learning: Preparing Students for Future Challenges

 

McCormick

Sustainability in Theatre

 

Bedik

Green Keynesianism: What Are the Prospects?

 

Harris

The Diffusion of Off-Grid Solar Photovoltaic Technology in Rural Bangladesh

 

Siegel

From a Culture of Disaster Response to a Culture of Adaptation: Climate Change and Flooding in Honduras

 

Kuhl

Rare Earth Oxysulfides as Sulfur Tolerant High-Temperature Catalysts for the Water-Gas Shift Reaction

 

Valsamakis, Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Reactivation of Supported Gold Catalysts

 

Lessard, St. Sauver, Valsamakis, Zhai, Boucher, Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Dispersed Gold Clusters: Novel Catalysts for Sustainable Hydrogen Production

 

Yi, Boucher, Goergen, Saltsburg, Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Low-Cost Alkali Ion-Stabilized Atomic Pt Catalysts for Hydrogen Generation

 

Zhai, Wang, Yi, Saltsburg, Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Development and Application of New Technologies to Detect Pollutants in the Subsurface and Forensic Analysis of Coal Tar and Crude Oil in the Environment

 

Zeigler, Antle,
Robbat, Jr.

Mechanistic Studies & Green Catalysis Using Biomimetic Iron Complexes for Hydrocarbon Oxidations

 

Palluccio, Makhlynets, Rybak-Akimova

Towards Understanding the Fischer-Tropsch Reaction on Model Cobalt Nanoparticles

 

Lewis, Jewell, Iski, Sykes

Ion Gels for Printable Electrochemical Capacitors

 

Visentin, Panzer

Sustainable Post-Processing of Ion Gel Electrolytes for Energy Applications

 

Horowitz, Panzer

Fabrication of Cu2O and CuO Thin Films on Transparent Conducting Substrates via Solution-Based Electrodeposition for Highly Efficient Photovoltaic (PV) Cells

 

Zhu, Panzer

Optimizing the Efficiency of Organic Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaics Using the Design of Dynamic Experiments Methodology

 

Pantelidou, Panzer, Georgakis

Carbon-Supported Platinum Catalysts for Bio-Propane Production

 

Zugic, Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Ecology and Physiology of Green Roof Plant Communities

 

Butler, Orians

Changing Population Projections

 

Goodwin

Turning Black Gold Into Green Gold: Prospects and Challenges for Reforming the Alternative and Renewable Energy Sector in Azerbaijan

 

Ratcliff

Rail and Property Development in Boston

 

Monty

The Distillery Program at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

 

Popowski, Hawkes

Development of a Predictive Model of Ultrafine Particle Levels in an Urban Neighborhood Near a Highway

 

St. Vincent, Padro, Zamore, Brugge, Durant

Analysis of the Coastal Protection Experience in Three Towns on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

 

Kelly-Joseph

The Potential to Reduce Global Poverty and Mitigate Climate Change Through an Earth Atmospheric Trust

 

Roach

Geological Carbon Sequestration in Europe and the US

 

Danielson

Sustainability Research at Tufts University

 

Danielson, Portney, Kaufman

The Tufts Community Agriculture Project

 

Hake, Pierce-Quionez

The Impact of Future Climate Change on Wine Grape Revenues in the Pacific Northwest United States

 

Fitzgerald

Strengthening Agroforestry Projects & Impact Assessment in Guatemala

 

Coleman

Water Quality and Sustainability Gains in Small Drinking Water Supply Systems: Assessing the Impacts of a Post-Construction Support Model in El Salvador

 

Kayser, Griffiths, Moomaw, Schaffner, Lorge Rogers

 The Battir Spring — the Road to a Safe Water Resource

 

Levental

Epidemiology of Water-Related Disease in the Context of Massive and Rapid Urban Displacements

 

Deola

Student Preference in Water

 

Tufts Against Plastic
Evaluating Trayless Dining at Tufts Dining HallsKolbe, Freedman, Pang, Wilburn, Shapiro, Scott, Toosi, Woolston, Klos, Gittleman
Food Assistance Programs: Sustaining Impacts After Program ExitLorge Rogers, Coates, Houk, Kegode, Sanchez
Building Sustainable Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response Systems Using a One Health ApproachAlders, Araba, Bagnol, Fenwick, Hickler, Lindenmayer, Nutter, Saila-Ngita, Griffiths, Mor, Terkla, Javin, Albright, Catley
One Heath for SustainabilityKaufman, Alders, Lindenmayer, Griffiths, Mor, Albright, Orians, Reed, Naumova, Danielson

Adiponectin and the Suppression of Osteosarcoma Cell Metastasis

 

Saunders, Tu, Chen

Buccal and Palatal Bone Remodeling Following Single and Contiguous Teeth Extractions: A Study in Dogs

 

Al-Askar, Griffin, O’Neill, Stark, Al-Hezaimi

Stormwater Management Under Climate Change Uncertainty: Site-Specific and Robust Strategies for Three Case Studies

 

Caputo, Rosner, Renaud

Shifting Sands: The Commercialization of Camels in Ethiopia and Beyond

 

Aklilu

Contraception as a Tool for Humane Sustainable Management of Suburban Deer

 

Rutberg

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia: The Nile River Disputes Case Study

 

Wang, Islam

Barriers to Use and Sustainability of Water and Sanitation Facilities in Ethiopian Primary Schools

Grewal