develop and implement a strategic Public Participation in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics Research (PPSR) protocol for engaging communities,
disseminating information, and communicating the impacts of local decisions
through the Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) nexus. The FEW nexus is a dynamic,
coupled natural-human system in which interregional trade, river basins and
aquifers, irrigation districts, crop belts, states, tribes, and cities, power
grids, climate gradients, and seasonal timescales interact. The FEWSION project
is funded by the NSF to produce the first detailed maps and public
visualization systems for the US FEW system. Most FEW goods and services
originate in rural and small communities, and over 99% of US counties contain
rural and small communities. Yet smaller local communities lack the information
and the FEW policy sophistication of Megacities. The objective of this proposal
is to pilot a PPSR model to engage the residents and leaders of small US
communities in the resilient management of their FEW systems using a nationally
scalable PPSR protocol that leverages and enhances the FEWSION project’s
transformative data science and visualization tools. To address this problem,
science education experts at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning
(CSTL) at Northern Arizona University will partner with the FEWSION team to
engage education and community leaders in co-creation and evaluation of the
We are beginning to
recruit passionate participants in this project, especially in the Flagstaff
area, but also nationwide! The project's press release and recruitment campaign
are pending fall and winter of 2017. If you have questions, contact the project
or stay tuned for that release.
Volunteers Needed to Study Flagstaff’s Food, Energy, and Water Systems.
Public Participation in STEM Research: Local Awareness and Community Engagement for Food, Energy, and Water Systems (PLACE4FEWS).
We are looking for 8-10 citizens of the Flagstaff region (not limited to city boundaries) who are committed to the scientific study of our local Food, Energy, and Water Systems and to the communication of research findings to our city’s leadership and citizenry. Participants will work with Northern Arizona University (NAU) scientists to identify the sources of our community’s food, water, and energy supplies and to research the security and sustainability of those supplies. This project is designed as a pilot program that will provide the foundation for sustainable citizen science that will improve FEW Systems in Flagstaff, Arizona, and will serve as a model for other communities across the United States. Be a part of a first-of-its-kind NAU science project that will help improve our community’s sustainability and security!
Center for Science Teaching and Learning at NAU
City of Flagstaff, Arizona