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(POSTPONED) Monitoring ecotechnologies at the nexus of energy, water and food systems

UPDATE: The following event has been postponed due to the power shutdown.


In this Sustainable Futures Speakers Series event, Ilse Ruiz-Mercado will introduce key concepts to understand the socio-technical-ecological systems approach. She will present current ecotechnology implementation efforts in the Yucatan Peninsula that are helping rural communities and researchers develop strategies to cope with the increased variability in local weather patterns, water availability and access to cooking fuels. Ilse Ruiz-Mercado is Assistant Professor of Ecotechnology Adoption and Innovation at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), at the ENES Mérida in Yucatán. Her research focuses on monitoring the adoption process and evaluating the impacts of community-managed ecotechnologies at the nexus of energy, water and food systems. Her expertise is in developing tools and methodologies for characterizing the drivers and dynamics of socio-technical-ecological systems (STES). Her earlier work contributed conceptual frameworks for rural household energy and innovative tools like the Stove Use Monitors (SUMs). She holds a PhD and MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems with emphasis in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BSc in Physics from UNAM. The talk will take place at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 31st in Founders Hall 118 on the HSU campus. For more information, call 826-4345 or visit

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