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Most cities in the United States are facing challenges from aging infrastructure that are not effective to addressing today’s challenges nor are they operationally efficient. Sustainable cities must effectively deliver critical provisions such as food, water, security, and energy to their residents. Densely populated urban areas must draw these provisions from networks that include local production but also reach far beyond their borders. Thus, resource provisioning requires coordinated approaches that understand the interaction among delivery approaches, the interdependencies of decisions that affect supplies of each of these resources, and the distribution of risks among stakeholders. CURES will have expertise in each of these areas and provide a forum for cutting across the silos that have traditionally impeded the effectiveness of a nexus approach to provisioning solutions.

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