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The New Sustainable Frontier: Principles of Sustainable Development (pdf), developed with significant input and guidance from CIER, goes beyond small incremental improvements to provide federal agencies and the Government Services Administration with concepts, tools and strategies for operationalizing sustainability and sustain the Government’s operations within the scale of the Earth’s closed system.

Linking the Global Energy Environment to Local Investment Decisions (LinkS), an international collaborative research project with the Norwegian Research Consortium and Professor Steve Gabriel with UMD Civil and Environmental Engineering, is combining climate research with regional energy system design in a cross-national comparative study. The LinkS project will develop an integrated decision support framework for more sustainable energy infrastructure for both governments and industrial decision makers. The project will provide policy recommendations for sustainable development of regional energy systems and analyze how projected climate changes will influence the future development of regional energy systems with an increasing share of renewables in a 100-year perspective.

Reality Check Plus - Envisioning a Sustainable Maryland, an EPA STAR grant project conducted in collaboration with the Center for Smart Growth Education and Research, examines the implications of increased energy use patterns and climate change in Maryland in light of significant population growth and development in the state expected over the next several decades. This research extends prior visioning exercises for the state by adding empirically and modeling based detail on energy use and water quality implications in Maryland. Presentation (PDF)

To aid a statewide effort to expand sustainable agriculture in Maryland, CIER research, as reported in Multiple Ecosystem Markets in Maryland, has examined ways in which a state nutrient trading program to reduce water pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay might also reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.