Food Energy Water Nexus

Food, water, and energy are linked.

Reuse of wastewater has potential to reclaim nutrients and reduce demand for freshwater. There are also health and environmental concerns with the reuse of wastewater.

We are evaluating the use of wastewater to grow food, seeking ways to integrate energy, water and nutrients.

Publicatons and Presentations:

Banboukian A., Thomas, V. M.. “Conventional Agriculture, Greenhouse and Hydroponics: An LCA of US Lettuce.  Poster. ISSST 2021 Conference. June 21-25, 2021

Banboukian A., Cater G., Husbands-Fealing K., Thomas, V. M. Policy for Water Reuse. Working Paper, 2021.

Moellmann, J., Thomas, V. M. Impact of Energy Transitions on Water Challenges. Working Paper, 2021.

Golin, C., Cox, M., Brown M., and Thomas, V. The Water Efficiency Gap. Sustainable Water Resources Management 1(4): 315-324, 2015.

Collaborators: Aline Banboukian, Gabriel E. Carter, Yongsheng Chen, Kaye Husbands Feeling, Valerie M. Thomas.

Acknowledgement: Work supported by USDA NIFA AFRI 1016016, GEOW-2017-08908.