SEMINAR: Quantifying the Energy and Carbon Implications of Urban Water Systems
Water systems, like other long-lasting infrastructure in the U.S. and globally, are deteriorating and need significant investment to improve resilience and sustainability in the face of a changing climate. Systems analysis and life-cycle thinking are needed to inform more holistic decision making, improve our aging water systems, more efficiently address the water-energy nexus, and avoid unintended consequences. This presentation will highlight opportunities for innovation in urban water systems and discuss the results of life-cycle assessment studies evaluating conventional and innovative water management alternatives, including surface water and groundwater supplies, water efficiency, desalination, water reuse, decentralized wastewater treatment, resource recovery, and stormwater control.
Research Engineer and Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Stokes-Draut is a Research Engineer and Lecturer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of California in Berkeley. Her research focuses on the economic and environmental implications of innovative and integrated urban water systems, specifically evaluating tradeoffs and synergies between different water-related functions (water supply, wastewater services, and stormwater control) and economic sectors (e.g., energy, food). She is an expert in conducting life-cycle cost assessment (LCCA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA). She has developed several decision-support tools to conduct LCA on water systems, including WESTWeb (http://west.berkeley.edu). She has a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and MS and PhD degrees from UC Berkeley, all in Civil and Environmental Engineering.