Dr. Nelson reflects on his 50+ years at MSU as he approaches retirement, and Dr. Bessette shares his unique perspective as an alumni and now professor in our department.
In addition to evaluating the economic, ecological, and health impacts of major public policy initiatives, impact assessments typically also need to identify and evaluate an action’s social and cultural (S/C) impacts. A wide range of S/C metrics have been suggested, and guidelines exist to help ensure their thoughtful and comprehensive development. Nevertheless, many of theContinue reading “The promise and reality of social and cultural metrics”
The global COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis, an economic crisis, and a justice crisis. It also brings to light multiple ongoing, underlying social crises. The COVID-19 crisis is actively revealing crises of energy sovereignty in at least four ways. First, there are many whose access to basic health services is compromised because of theContinue reading “The energy crises revealed by COVID: Intersections of Indigeneity, inequity, and health”
The concept of energy sovereignty redefines the priorities for decision making regarding energy systems while encouraging increased reliance on renewable energy technologies like solar. Energy sovereignty involves centering the inherent right of humans and communities to make decisions about the energy systems they use, including decisions about the sources, scales, and forms of ownership thatContinue reading “Energy policy for energy sovereignty: Can policy tools enhance energy sovereignty?”
Both residents of Michigan and decision- and policymakers tasked with water quality in northern Michigan are more concerned about a Line 5 spill occurring under ice than spill occurring in open water. Groups are split about the Line 5’s fate.
Go to for original story: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/msu-awarded-grant-to-study-renewable-energy-adoption-in-michigan “Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded close to $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a five-year study of renewable energy options using a cross-disciplinary research approach in eight Michigan communities, including two Native American communities. The project, “Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community and Anishinaabe RenewableContinue reading “MSU awarded grant to study renewable energy adoption in Michigan”
This paper by Victoria Campbell-Arvai, Lisa Kenney, Joe Arvai and I reviews five challenges faced during decision making about carbon management initiatives. The first of these challenges deals with behavioral and perceptual obstacles, which often leads to the introduction of systematic biases during decision making. The remaining four obstacles deal with the complexity associated withContinue reading “Improving decision making for carbon management initiatives”
Other than my name being misspelled, this helpful DSF fact sheet introduces users to our weed management decision support tool. To check it out go to http://www.organicweedmanager.com or read our paper in Weed Science!
Thought I’d make my slides from ERSS 2019 available here. ERSS_O7.6_Presentation_Bessette_v4