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The Resource Nexus for Sustainability Grand Challenge

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Photo by Priscilla Grover

The Resource Nexus for Sustainability Grand Challenge tackles the issues of resilience and sustainability with the goal to build more resilient and sustainable urban and rural systems. For example, three current ‘Nexus’ teams are exploring topics such as:

  • Idaho regenerative ranching and carbon projects
  • Tribal energy solutions
  • Refugee farming resilience

This initiative will catalyze a nexus of scholars and practitioners to explore interactions between the built and natural environment through the lens of many disciplines and stakeholders.

View the Resource Nexus for Sustainability project report

The Nexus teams are exploring ways to connect the outstanding work of current research groups while establishing the resources for all of those who wish to engage. Additionally, these researchers are also investigating how to support multidisciplinary, community-engaged research efforts financially and through policies that promote and reward these efforts.

Learn more about this Grand Challenge from research leaders

Three projects, one massive challenge

two students walk through rangelands to conduct carbon sequestration researchIdaho regenerative ranching and carbon projects

Ranching is the predominant use of western lands, and School of Public Service faculty Jared Talley and his team want to discover if different grazing management plans could impact how much carbon the soil can sequester, thereby potentially creating another economic opportunity for rural Idaho ranchers to contribute to their local communities while helping recover public land ecosystems.

solar unit being installed on roofTribal energy solutions

“What is most interesting about the project for me is the deep involvement of our community partners in both the design and implementation of the research, as well as the ability to build interdisciplinary capacity and a community network to advance energy and water resource sustainability in the remote and rural regions of Idaho,” says Stephanie Lenhart, a School of Public Service associate research professor.

hands hold various dried beansRefugee farming resilience

“By engaging in a range of methods and community partners we can understand more deeply the challenges that refugee farmers in the Treasure Valley face,” team lead Rebecca Som Castellano said. “From there we will be working with the city of Boise to put our findings to action.”

Leadership Team

Asset Mapping Team

Benchmarking Team

Community Engagement Team