Supporting teaching and learning in the Food-Energy-Water (FEW)-Nexus through a National Collaborative

Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm SERC Building - Atrium | Poster #30
Poster Session Part of Monday Poster Session


Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Nicole Sintov, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Hui-Hui Wang, Purdue University-Main Campus
Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Doug Lombardi, University of Maryland-College Park
Chelsie Romulo, University of Northern Colorado
The Food-Energy-Water (FEW)-Nexus has emerged as a powerful framework for teaching and learning that supports systems thinking and decision making in coupled human-natural systems. The National Collaborative for Research on Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW; was initiated in 2016 as a new transdisciplinary community to support FEW-Nexus-based education. Now a National Science Foundation-funded Research Coordination Network, NC-FEW brings together educators and education researchers engaged in FEW-Nexus-based educational programming and research/evaluation in a wide array of contexts, including K-12 and postsecondary classrooms, informal and non-formal learning environments, and in public spaces. Supporting a diverse array of educators and education researchers with backgrounds in areas such as geoscience, environmental science, ecology and agriculture, food, and natural resources, NC-FEW provides a novel and innovative space for discourse, networking, and collaboration-building around FEW-Nexus-based education. To date, NC-FEW has engaged ~250 individuals through efforts including quarterly newsletters highlighting network efforts, a quarterly virtual workshop series, and an invited conference. We have collaboratively developed a vision for FEW-Nexus-based education that (1) intentionally integrates food, energy, and water systems through interdisciplinary educational contexts, (2) centers decision making about management of natural resources, which support sustainable use and development, in a complex system, and (3) utilizes the nexus perspective, which emphasizes connections between food, energy, and water systems, in consideration of tradeoffs in potential solutions. Ongoing efforts of NC-FEW are centered on continuing to grow the network and develop ways in which we can support faculty collaboration in service of education and education research in the FEW-Nexus.