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Sustainable Cities and Societies

Sustainable Cities and Societies



With increasing global change pressures (urbanization, climate change etc.), coupled with existing un-sustainable factors and risks inherent to conventional urban water management, cities in the future will experience difficulties in efficiently managing scarcer and less reliable water resources. In order to meet these challenges, there needs to be a paradigm shift. This paradigm shift is based on several key concepts of urban water management including: resilience of urban water systems to global change pressures; interventions over the entire urban water cycle; reconsideration of the way water is used (and reused); greater application of natural systems for treatment.

The sustainable cities and societies (SCS) will serve as a one-stop support hub for sustainable water and renewable energy research and education. SCS hub will have an emphasis on integrating water, energy, and food with sustainable development, developing cross-disciplinary projects and providing excellence in stakeholder engagement and training.


The mission of SCS is to advance scientific knowledge and create tools and technologies for sustainable and resilient cities.

Long-term goal

To establish a one-stop support hub for WEFs research and education.

Short-term goal

To address key issues of food waste management and renewable energy production through WEF.

Strategic Directions

To fulfill our mission, we developed a road map shown in the figure below:

Thematic areas as a pillar for SCS Hub  

Figure: Thematic areas as a pillar for SCS Hub  

  • Mobile water-energy-food systems (WEFs): ‘PowerKiosk’ for Disaster Resilience

  • Household Scale Biodigester

  • Cyber Infrastructure: Virtual-Reality based Water-Energy-Food System Simulation and Visualization

  • Flood Resiliency: Virtual Reality for Flood Simulation

  • Precision Agriculture

  • Integrated Urban Water Modeling

  • Gray 2 Green (G2G)

  • Faculty-Led Student Research Projects

  • Partners and Collaborators

Have Questions?

If you have any questions, comments, opinions or just about anything to say, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Seneshaw Tsegaye, Ph.D

Backe Chair of Sustainable Water and Renewable Energy Research, Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction Management

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd. So. Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Office: Holmes Hall, 423