NY state’s energy production portfolio is relatively diverse, with significant proportions of hydroelectric, nuclear, natural gas, solar, and wind. Furthermore, NY is a leading producer of apples, grapes, onions, sweet corn, tomatoes, and maple syrup in the United States. Production of food and energy in a changing climate involves both trade-offs and tension, including impacts to water resources.
- Identify significant and/or emerging water resource risks/impacts associated with NY’s energy and food production portfolios.
- Conduct research and outreach on risks and trade-offs identified at the water-energy and water-food nexuses.
- Communicate results to resource managers, government entities, and the public in order to educate NY stakeholders about the consequences of our energy and food production choices.
- What are the water-related impacts of expanded renewable energy development, particularly solar and wind?
- What are the risk to water quality related to agricultural and forested land-use?
- Are there benefits of land conversions between food and energy in terms of water quantity and quality?
- How is climate change effecting the tensions across the WEF nexus?
- Create summaries of research findings and engage with local/regional stakeholders involved with solar development, including Cornell University and their contractors.
Diversity Equity & Inclusion / Environmental Justice (DEI/EJ)
- Determine whether issues at the intersection of the water, energy, and food address EJ and assess the adequacy of responsiveness.
- Make recommendations on how to better incorporate EJ into policies and programs that are at the forefront of water, energy, and food issues.