team PGIM on site visit

Mapping PSEG ISS Research Grants to the SDGs

2016 Faculty Grants – Completed

Development and web-based dissemination of high-resolution distributed hydrological information for promoting sustainable water management.

Dr. Clement Alo (Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Dr. Aparna Varde (Computer Science)
Research sought to develop high-resolution (10 km) climate projections for the next ~5 decades to facilitate regional and watershed scale impact assessments in sub-Saharan Africa.
The aim of these projections is to inform sustainable climate-related resource development in the region.

SDGs

Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 6: Clean Water and Snaitation
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

SDG Targets

Target 1.5
By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
Indicator 1.5.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 1.5.2
Direct economic loss attributed to disasters in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP)
Indicator 1.5.3
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Indicator 1.5.4
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Target 2.4
By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
Indicator 2.4.1
Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture
Target 3.9
By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
Indicator 3.9.1
Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution
Indicator 3.9.2
Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)
Indicator 3.9.3
Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning
Target 4.a
Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
Indicator 4.a.1
Proportion of schools with access to (a) electricity; (b) the Internet for pedagogical purposes; (c) computers for pedagogical purposes; (d) adapted infrastructure and materials for students with disabilities; (e) basic drinking water; (f) single-sex basic sanitation facilities; and (g) basic handwashing facilities (as per the WASH indicator definitions)
Target 6.1
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Indicator 6.1.1
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
Target 6.2
By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Indicator 6.2.1 Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water
Target 6.3
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Indicator 6.3.1
Proportion of wastewater safely treated
Indicator 6.3.2
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Target 6.4
By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
Indicator 6.4.1
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Indicator 6.4.2
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
Target 6.5
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Indicator 6.5.1
Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0–100)
Indicator 6.5.2
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Target 6.6
By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
Indicator 6.6.1
Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time
Target 6.a
By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
Indicator 6.a.1
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Target 9.5
Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending
Indicator 9.5.1
Research and development expenditure as a proportion of GDP
Indicator 9.5.2
Researchers (in full-time equivalent) per million inhabitants
Target 11.5
By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
Indicator 11.5.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 11.5.2
Direct economic loss in relation to global GDP, damage to critical infrastructure and number of disruptions to basic services, attributed to disasters
Target 13.1
Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
Indicator 13.1.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 13.1.2
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Indicator 13.1.3
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Target 13.2
Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Indicator 13.2.1
Number of countries that have communicated the establishment or operationalization of an integrated policy/strategy/plan which increases their ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development in a manner that does not threaten food production (including a national adaptation plan, nationally determined contribution, national communication, biennial update report or other)
Target 13.3
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Indicator 13.3.1
Number of countries that have integrated mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning into primary, secondary and tertiary curricula
Indicator 13.3.2
Number of countries that have communicated the strengthening of institutional, systemic and individual capacity-building to implement adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer, and development actions
Target 13.a
Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible
Indicator 13.a.1
Mobilized amount of United States dollars per year between 2020 and 2025 accountable towards the $100 billion commitment
Target 13.b
Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
Indicator 13.b.1
Number of least developed countries and small island developing States that are receiving specialized support, and amount of support, including finance, technology and capacity-building, for mechanisms for raising capacities for effective climate change-related planning and management, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
Target 15.1
By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
Indicator 15.1.1
Forest area as a proportion of total land area
Indicator 15.1.2
Proportion of important sites for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity that are covered by protected areas, by ecosystem type
Target 17.6
Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge-sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
Indicator 17.6.1
Number of science and/or technology cooperation agreements and programmes between countries, by type of cooperation
Indicator 17.6.2
Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed
Target 17.7
Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
Indicator 17.7.1
Total amount of approved funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies

Connecting New Jersey farmers and consumers through direct-to-consumer marketing channels: A transdisciplinary approach.

Dr. Renata Blumberg (Nutrition and Food Studies) and Dr. Pankaj Lal (Earth and Environmental Studies)
Research sought to analyze how farmers’ markets in urban communities could play a role in improving both farmer livelihoods and the nutrition of low-income consumers with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The goal of this research is to bridge the gap between New Jersey’s agricultural producers/farmers and consumers, advancing sustainable development in New Jersey.

SDGs

Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

SDG Targets

Target 1.2
By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
Indicator 1.2.1
Proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age
Indicator 1.2.2
Proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
Target 2.1
By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
Indicator 2.1.1
Prevalence of undernourishment
Indicator 2.1.2
Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)
Target 2.2
By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
Indicator 2.2.1
Prevalence of stunting (height for age <-2 standard deviation from the median of the World Health Organization (WHO) Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age
Indicator 2.2.2
Prevalence of malnutrition (weight for height >+2 or <-2 standard deviation from the median of the WHO Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age, by type (wasting and overweight)
Target 2.3
By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
Indicator 2.3.1
Volume of production per labour unit by classes of farming/pastoral/forestry enterprise size
Indicator 2.3.2
Average income of small-scale food producers, by sex and indigenous status
Target 8.2
Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
Indicator 8.2.1
Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person
Target 10.1
By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
Indicator 10.1.1
Growth rates of household expenditure or income per capita among the bottom 40 per cent of the population and the total population
Target 11.a
Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
Indicator 11.a.1
Proportion of population living in cities that implement urban and regional development plans integrating population projections and resource needs, by size of city
Target 12.3
By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
Indicator 12.3.1
(a) Food loss index and (b) food waste index
Target 17.16
Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Indicator 17.16.1
Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the sustainable development goals
Target 17.17
Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
Indicator 17.17.1
Amount of United States dollars committed to (a) public-private partnerships and (b) civil society partnerships

Towards a sustainable direct potable reuse (DPR) approach with stormwater.

Dr. Yang Deng (Earth and Environmental Studies) and Dr. Pankaj Lal (Earth and Environmental Studies)
Research sought to develop a new direct potable reuse (DPR) approach using storm water as an alternative water source to support sustainable development.
The research also focused on developing an innovative storm water management strategy to alleviate the runoff induced pollution to natural water bodies for safeguarding healthy ecosystems and recovering the productivity and cost-loss related to the environmental pollution.

SDGs

Goal 6: Clean Water and Snaitation
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 15: Life on Land

SDG Targets

Target 6.a
By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
Indicator 6.a.1
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Target 6.4
By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
Indicator 6.4.1
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Indicator 6.4.2
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
Target 6.3
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Indicator 6.3.1
Proportion of wastewater safely treated
Indicator 6.3.2
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Target 6.5
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Indicator 6.5.1
Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0-100)
Indicator 6.5.2
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Target 6.b
Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Indicator 6.b.1
Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management
Target 6.4
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
Indicator 12.4.1
Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement
Indicator 12.4.2
Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment
Target 12.8
By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
Indicator 12.8.1
Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development (including climate change education) are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment
Target 15.1
By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
Indicator 15.1.1
Forest area as a proportion of total land area
Indicator 15.1.2
Proportion of important sites for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity that are covered by protected areas, by ecosystem type

Increasing contaminated soil enzymatic function with targeted microbial inocula.

Dr. Jennifer Krummins (Biology) and Dr. Nina Goodey (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Research sought to elucidate the factors driving soil enzymatic activity in contaminated soil at Liberty State Park (LSP).
Research also explored how the microbial community functions in the restoration and management of degraded and post-industrial soils, which are necessary to sustainably support the increasing environmental pressure associated with growing population density.
As a result of this funding, three conference presentations and one invited seminar were given.

SDGs

Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 15: Life on Land

SDG Targets

Target 2.4
By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
Indicator 2.4.1
Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture
Target 8.4
Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead
Indicator 8.4.1
Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP
Indicator 8.4.2
Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP
Target 11.7
By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
Indicator 11.7.1
Average share of the built-up area of cities that is open space for public use for all, by sex, age and persons with disabilities
Target 15.1
By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
Indicator 15.1.1
Forest area as a proportion of total land area
Indicator 15.1.2
Proportion of important sites for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity that are covered by protected areas, by ecosystem type
Target 15.3
By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
Indicator 15.3.1
Proportion of land that is degraded over total land area

A quick, sensitive, and economical genomic diagnostic for the surveillance of pharmaceuticals and heavy metals contamination.

Research sought to use an economical and sensitive tool to detect pharmaceutical contamination that may lead to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and drug resistant (DR) infections in developing countries.

SDGs

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

SDG Targets

Target 3.d
Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks
Indicator 3.d.1
International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity and health emergency preparedness
Target 12.4
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
Indicator 12.4.1
Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement
Indicator 12.4.2
Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment

Target 17.6Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge-sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanismIndicator 17.6.1Number of science and/or technology cooperation agreements and programmes between countries, by type of cooperationIndicator 17.6.2Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed

Climate change and housing relocation in three global cities: New York, Manila and Ho-Chi Minh City.

Dr. Robert Taylor (Earth and Environmental Studies)
Research sought to provide practical models that can aid planners, decision-makers and policy makers in global cities most vulnerable to climate change.

Research was presented at four conferences:
Passaic River Institute Symposium VIII, on October 13, 2016
The Third International Conference on Sustainable Development, Columbia University, Sep. 21–22, 2016
Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, April 8, 2017
Workshop at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment.

SDGs

Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

SDG Targets

Target 1.5
By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
Indicator 1.5.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 1.5.2
Direct economic loss attributed to disasters in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP)
Indicator 1.5.3
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Indicator 1.5.4
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Target 9.1
Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
Indicator 9.1.1
Proportion of the rural population who live within 2 km of an all-season road
Target 9.5
Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending
Indicator 9.5.1
Research and development expenditure as a proportion of GDP
Indicator 9.5.2
Researchers (in full-time equivalent) per million inhabitants
Target 11.1
By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
Indicator 11.1.1
Proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing
Target 11.3
By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries11.3.1 Ratio of land consumption rate to population growth rate
Indicator 11.3.2
Proportion of cities with a direct participation structure of civil society in urban planning and management that operate regularly and democratically
Target 11.5
By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
Indicator 11.5.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 11.5.2
Direct economic loss in relation to global GDP, damage to critical infrastructure and number of disruptions to basic services, attributed to disasters
Target 11.7
By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities11.7.1 Average share of the built-up area of cities that is open space for public use for all, by sex, age and persons with disabilities
Indicator 11.7.2
Proportion of persons victim of physical or sexual harassment, by sex, age, disability status and place of occurrence, in the previous 12 months
Target 11.a
Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
Indicator 11.a.1
Proportion of population living in cities that implement urban and regional development plans integrating population projections and resource needs, by size of city
Target 11.b
By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
Indicator 11.b.1
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Indicator 11.b.2
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Target 13.1
Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
Indicator 13.1.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 13.1.2
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Indicator 13.1.3
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Target 13.3
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Indicator 13.3.1
Number of countries that have integrated mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and
Indicator 13.3.2
Number of countries that have communicated the strengthening of institutional, systemic and individual capacity-building to implement adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer, and development actions
Target 17.6
Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge-sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
Indicator 17.6.1
Number of science and/or technology cooperation agreements and programmes between countries, by type of cooperation
Target 17.7
Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
Indicator 17.7.1
Total amount of approved funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies
Target 17.17
Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
Indicator 17.17.1
Amount of United States dollars committed to (a) public-private partnerships and (b) civil society partnerships

2017 Faculty Grants – Awarded

An integrated geological, economic, and biological beach dune model

Dr. Jorge Lorenzo Trueba (Earth and Environmental Studies) and Dr. Pankaj Lal (Earth and Environmental Studies)

SDGs

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water

SDG Targets

Target 11.5
By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
Indicator 11.5.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 11.5.2
Direct economic loss in relation to global GDP, damage to critical infrastructure and number of disruptions to basic services, attributed to disasters
Target 11.b
By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
Indicator 11.b.1
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Indicator 11.b.2
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Target 13.1
Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
Indicator 13.1.1
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Indicator 13.1.2
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Indicator 13.1.3
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Target 13.3
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Indicator 13.3.1
Number of countries that have integrated mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning into primary, secondary and tertiary curricula
Indicator 13.3.2
Number of countries that have communicated the strengthening of institutional, systemic and individual capacity-building to implement adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer, and development actions
Target 14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Indicator 14.2.1
Proportion of national exclusive economic zones managed using ecosystem-based approaches

Lead hazard in the urban areas of New Jersey: A multidimensional approach to sustainable risk management

Dr. Neeraj Vedwan (Anthropology), Dr. Yang Deng (Earth and Environmental Studies), and Dr. Pankaj Lal (Earth and Environmental Studies)

SDGs

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 6: Clean Water and Snaitation
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG Targets

Target 3.9
By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
Indicator 3.9.2
Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)
Indicator 3.9.3
Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning
Target 3.d
Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks
Indicator 3.d.1
International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity and health emergency preparedness
Target 6.1
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Indicator 6.1.1
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
Target 6.3
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Indicator 6.3.1
Proportion of wastewater safely treated
Indicator 6.3.2
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Target 6.5
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Indicator 6.5.1
Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0–100)
Target 11.1
By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
Indicator 11.1.1
Proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing
Target 12.4
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
Indicator 12.4.1
Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting
Indicator 12.4.2
Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment

Advancing predictive understanding of hydrologic variability for sustainable management of water resource in the Passaic River Basin, New Jersey

Dr. Clement Alo (Earth and Environmental Studies), Dr. Menberu Bitew (USDA), and Dr. Ming-Liang Liu (Washington State University)

Closing the Urban Water Cycle: Sewage Sludge-Derived Biochar (SSDB) for Urban Stormwater Management

Dr. Yang Deng (Earth and Environmental Studies), Dr. Pankaj Lal (Earth and Environmental Studies), and Dr. Jinshan Gao (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

SDGs

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 6: Clean Water and Snaitation
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG Targets

Target 3.9
By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
Indicator 3.9.2
Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)
Indicator 3.9.3
Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning
Target 6.1
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Indicator 6.1.1
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
Target 6.3
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Indicator 6.3.1
Proportion of wastewater safely treated
Indicator 6.3.2
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Target 6.5
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Indicator 6.5.1
Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0–100)
Target 11.6
By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
Indicator 11.6.1
Proportion of urban solid waste regularly collected and with adequate final discharge out of total urban solid waste generated, by cities
Target 12.4
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
Indicator 12.4.1
Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting
Indicator 12.4.2
Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment
Target 12.5
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
Indicator 12.5.1
National recycling rate, tons of material recycled

The Norman Sicily Project, transdisciplinary sustainability research and grant proposal development for a digital humanities effort, an evolving website that promotes the appreciation and dissemination of the monuments that survive from Sicily’s Norman period (ca. 1060 – 1194)

Dr. Dawn Hayes (History) and Dr. Greg Pope (Earth and Environmental Studies)

SDGs

Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG Targets

Target 4.7
By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
Indicator 4.7.1
Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development, including gender equality and human rights, are mainstreamed at all levels in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment
Target 11.4
Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
Indicator 11.4.1
Total expenditure (public and private) per capita spent on the preservation, protection and conservation of all cultural and natural heritage, by type of heritage (cultural, natural, mixed and World Heritage Centre designation), level of government (national, regional and local/municipal), type of expenditure (operating expenditure/investment) and type of private funding (donations in kind, private non-profit sector and sponsorship)

Development of a field-usable rapid detection test for Ranavirus, an emerging disease of ectothermic vertebrates

Dr. Kirsten Monsen (Biology), Dr. Nina Goodey (Chemistry and Biochemistry), and Dr. Lisa Hazard (Biology)

SDGs

Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 15: Life on Land

SDG Targets

Target 2.1
By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
Indicator 2.1.1
Prevalence of undernourishment
Indicator 2.1.2
Prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity in the population, based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)
Target 2.2
By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
Indicator 2.2.1
Prevalence of stunting (height for age <-2 standard deviation from the median of the World Health Organization (WHO) Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age
Indicator 2.2.2
Prevalence of malnutrition (weight for height >+2 or <-2 standard deviation from the median of the WHO Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age, by type (wasting and overweight)
Target 2.3
By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
Indicator 2.3.1
Volume of production per labour unit by classes of farming/pastoral/forestry enterprise size
Indicator 2.3.2
Average income of small-scale food producers, by sex and indigenous status
Target 12.2
By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
Indicator 12.2.1
Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP
Indicator 12.2.2
Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP
Target 12.3
By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
Indicator 12.3.1
(a) Food loss index and (b) food waste index
Target 15.5
Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species
Indicator 15.5.1
Red List Index
Target 15.8
By 2020, introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate the priority species
Indicator 15.8.1
Proportion of countries adopting relevant national legislation and adequately resourcing the prevention or control of invasive alien species