PIRE Winter Study Tour
December 27, 2015 through January 18, 2016
A group of students and researchers are touring cities in India and China this month as part of a National Science Foundation Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant that focuses on “Developing Low-Carbon Cities in the USA, China, and India through Inter-Disciplinary Integration Across Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, and Public Health,” led by the University of Minnesota. This PIRE project seeks to develop a transformative international research, education and outreach program to assist in the development of low-carbon, resource-efficient and healthy cities in the US, China and India.
The purpose of the trip is to address opportunities to inform the smart and sustainable urban infrastructure development in cities in the sectors of energy, transportation/transit, industrial development, and water and waste management systems. Students will compare and contrast infrastructure and transitions toward low carbon and sustainable cities across India and China. They will be meeting with city officials, decision makers, urban planners, and industry leaders from all three countries.
The tour of India began on December 27, 2015 in Delhi, with visits to Rajkot, Ahmedabad, and Agra. The tour of China will begin in Shanghai on January 14, 2016 and wrap-up on January 18.
U.S. participants of the PIRE tour are from the University of Minnesota (21), Georgia Tech (2), and Yale University (6). They are being joined by students and researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, China Academy of Sciences, and Tsinghua University.
Learn more about this project on the PIRE website.
Read blogs from the participants: