[Ok-sus] FW: SHC Seminar - A System Dynamics Model for Integrated Decision Making: The Durham‐Orange Light Rail Project

Grissom, Gregory Grissom.Greg at epa.gov
Wed Jan 20 18:22:00 UTC 2016


This seminar will be conducted via a web conference and audio link.  Instructions for accessing the web conference are provided in this announcement.

Please register for this seminar here.<https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-sustainable-and-healthy-communities-shc-webinar-a-system-dynamics-model-for-integrated-registration-19641785108>

U.S. EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Seminar Series Proudly Presents…

Rochelle Araujo

Senior Ecologist
National Exposure Research Laboratory
U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development

Jenna Kolling

ORISE participant
National Exposure Research Laboratory
U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development


A System Dynamics Model for Integrated Decision Making:
The Durham‐Orange Light Rail Project

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

EPA-RTP employees: Please join us in person in classroom C112.

---This talk is open to all interested audiences – please forward as you see appropriate---


ABSTRACT:
EPA tools and approaches are being developed to enable communities to effectively weigh and integrate human health, socioeconomic, environmental, and ecological factors into their decisions to promote community sustainability. To test the utility of such tools when applied to a real-world situation, our multidisciplinary team developed a prototype system dynamics (SD) model for community sustainability using the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Project (D-O LRP) as a case study. The case study demonstrated that an integrated modeling approach could usefully represent the wide range of policies and decisions, both singly and in combination, that would have direct and cascading impacts on and resulting from the construction of a light rail transit system from Durham to Chapel Hill, NC. This seminar will give an overview of the development of the D-O LRP SD Model, which was designed with a high degree of input from stakeholders, and discuss results from some of the main scenarios that were constructed to aid stakeholders in finding leverage points within the system where interventions could have the largest impact.

SPEAKER BIOS:
Rochelle Araujo is a researcher in the National Exposure Research Laboratory. Her academic training in oceanography and microbial ecology prepared her to work over a wide range of scales, bringing a systems perspective and an interest in integrating observations and modeling approaches. During her twenty-plus years with ORD, she has conducted research on ecosystems and water quality, ranging from oil spill degradation in Alaska to mercury cycling in the Everglades.  Developing a late-life interest in the activities and well-being of humans, she now conducts research on Sustainable Communities, with an emphasis on the interactions of built, natural, and social infrastructure on community sustainability and resilience.

Jenna Kolling is an ORISE participant in the National Exposure Research Laboratory. Her fascination with the weather and environmental science led her to study air quality meteorology as an undergraduate at Penn State University. While pursuing her MS in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked with air quality models and gained an interest in using computer models to predict human impacts on the environment. As an ORISE participant at the U.S. EPA in RTP, NC, she has learned the art of system dynamics modeling, expanding her research interests to not only the environmental impacts of human activities, but the societal and economic impacts as well, and how they all connect.


To Access the Web Conference:
1.      Please register for this seminar here.<https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-sustainable-and-healthy-communities-shc-webinar-a-system-dynamics-model-for-integrated-registration-19641785108>
2.      Click on the conference link and enter as a guest: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/shc_seminars/
3.      Dial:  (866) 299-3188, then enter the conference code: 9195415646#

Please Note:
•       Audio from the conference line will be broadcast both by telephone and by computer via Adobe Connect. If you plan to participate by phone, please mute your computer speakers prior to the seminar to avoid feedback.
•       If possible, please arrange to connect to the conference from a central location to ensure that we have sufficient conference lines.
•       If you have trouble accessing the link above, presentation materials will be distributed to invitees prior to the seminar as soon as they are available. If you cannot locate or open the materials via your email service, please contact Greg Grissom<mailto:grissom.greg at epa.gov> to obtain the needed files.
•       This seminar will be recorded in its entirety. The recording is permanently archived by SHC and may be viewed at any time online for your convenience. If you are interested in obtaining an offline copy of the recording, please contact Greg Grissom<mailto:grissom.greg at epa.gov>.
•       If you know of a colleague or colleagues who should be added to the mailing list for the seminars, or if you do not wish to be included on this mailing list, please email grissom.greg at epa.gov<mailto:grissom.greg at epa.gov>.


DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this presentation are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.


Archived SHC Seminars<http://intranet.ord.epa.gov/groups/sustainable-and-healthy-communities-shc/shc-seminar-archives-0>

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For additional information, contact Greg Grissom, Student Services Contractor, at (919) 541-2155 or grissom.greg at epa.gov<mailto:grissom.greg at epa.gov>.





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